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Over Half a Million Americans Expected to Lose Eligibility for Food Aid in 2016

by February 7th, 2016
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Policy analysts estimate that between 500,000 and 1 million Americans will lose eligibility for participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamps Program, over the course of 2016. The prompt change in coverage for 2016 is due to federal implementation of a 1996 welfare law which limits childless, non-disabled […]

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Technological Adaptation Transforms the US Post and Courier Service

by January 12th, 2016
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Global post and courier service turnover increased by a CAGR of 3% in 2009-2014. The US plays a significant role in the global post and courier business, accounting for 34% of total earnings in 2014. In comparison, developed European countries such as UK or Germany generated just 8% and 6% of total revenue in 2014, […]

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Brooklyn’s Coffee Shop Scene Shows Growing Demand for Specialty Coffee

by January 6th, 2016
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  A look at Brooklyn, New York’s “third wave” coffee shop scene indicates a rising interest in specialty coffee in the US and beyond. Americans’ interest in all things handcrafted and artisanal has led to a strong demand for specialty coffee such as single-origin beans prepared with pourover methods using the Chemex and Hario V60 both […]

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Chipotle’s Food Safety Scares may have Lasting Effects

by December 21st, 2015
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US-based fast casual operator Chipotle is under fire for food safety concerns as of late following outbreaks of E. Coli and norovirus linked to tainted food. Food safety scares usually follow a predictable pattern, but Chipotle has yet to identify exactly how and why their food supply was tainted. Its entirely possible that Chipotle has become […]

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FAA’s Ruling on Drones may Impact Toys and Games

by December 18th, 2015
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  The US Federal Aviation Administration recently ruled that drones over 250 grams to be registered online for a small fee. This recent ruling has the potential to impact toy drones, even though most toy drones are under the weight limit. Although consumers may switch from buying professional-grade drones to toy drones, many parents may […]

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Brooklyn’s Third Wave Coffee Shops Signals Growing Emphasis on Sourcing

by December 15th, 2015
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  Two big trends exhibited in the Brooklyn coffee shop scene indicative of larger trends are single-origin coffee and direct trade coffee. In the past, grocery stores and coffee shops served blended coffee from multiple regions. This is more cost effective, but there is a shift towards single-origin coffee. Single-origin coffee comes from a single […]

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Three Thoughts on JAB’s Keurig Green Mountain Deal

by December 9th, 2015
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JAB Holding’s US$13.9 billion buyout of Keurig Green Mountain represents a further statement of intent regarding the investment group’s ambitions in the coffee space. While the company has focused its efforts on the US in 2015, with the Keurig deal following the acquisitions of third-wave coffee players Stumptown Coffee Roasters and Intelligentsia Coffee, the long-term […]

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First Genetically Modified Animal Achieves Regulatory Status by the FDA

by December 3rd, 2015
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http://traffic.libsyn.com/euromonitor/first-gmo-animal-fda-euromonitor.mp3 In mid-November 2015, the FDA in the United States approved the first genetically modified animal for human consumption when a genetically modified salmon achieved regulatory status. The announcement was met with an almost immediate uproar from opponents of genetic modification. In America, genetic modification is generally concentrated within the realm of cash crops such […]