Changes in the global commodities market are revealing deep problems with contamination in the highly fragmented US recycling system. Although some advocate better education at the curbside collection point, municipalities across the nation are adding labor and slowing processing time in an effort to remove trash from recycling streams to satisfy more stringent contamination limits imposed by China.
A new study by the National Toxicology Program indicates that chemical replacements for bisphenol A, a hormone disrupting chemical often found in food and beverage containers, may be just as harmful to the endocrine system as the chemical they aim to replace. The federal study recommends that use of the chemicals in consumer products should be reconsidered.
Guittard Chocolate had to adjust by using different beans and trying out new processing techniques when new companies and products became prevalent in the US bean-to-bar chocolate scene. Through the changes, Guittard Chocolate President Gary Guittard found that the company could provide better quality than larger companies and produce higher quantities than artisanal producers.
Celebrity chefs Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripert have paired with Williams-Sonoma to create the Salt & Sin chocolate bar. The chocolate bar is made with Fair Trade organic cocoa beans and includes Himalayan sea salt, orange, fennel and spices.
Mrs. Fields Cookies stores will celebrate the company's 40th anniversary by giving out free chocolate chip cookies on Dec. 4. Participating locations will give away 400 free cookies on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Li-Lac Chocolates is one of several businesses that has noticed a decline in foot traffic on Bleecker Street in the New York City neighborhood of Greenwich Village, but owner Anthony Cirone doesn't think Amazon is to blame. Cirone believes the street has lost customers to more popular shopping areas, and Li-Lac has partnered with other local shops to attract customers back to Bleecker Street.
Ohio-based Graeter's continues to hand-pack about 20,000 pints of ice cream per day, one of the things that serves to differentiate the brand. It also uses the French pot method from the 1800s to make its ice creams, and the company has grown its distribution to 53 namesake stores and more than 6,000 grocery stores in 46 states.
Online grocer Movebutter launched earlier this year with the goal of delivering its members a curated selection of high-quality groceries while cutting out many of the inefficiencies associated with traditional food retail models. The retailer is one of several companies innovating in the grocery industry, a list that also includes Brandless, which sells every item for $3, and Thrive Market, which offers socially-responsible products.
Tyson Foods is expanding its chicken production capacity with a $300 million facility to be constructed in Humboldt, Tenn. The company aims to start operating the new plant, which will employ more than 1,500 people, near the end of 2019.