Starbucks has introduced drinks topped or sweetened with cascara, which comes from coffee husks. Aida Batlle, an El Salvadorian coffee farmer, is selling cascara for $7 a pound, while the average price for coffee is around $1.20.
The EU passed rules and targets for waste management this week, hoping to make reusing and recycling a priority over landfilling. The EU's new recycling targets for packaging waste are 65% by 2025 and 70% by 2030.
Target's Takeoff accelerator program is helping smaller brands like Hue for Every Man transition to mass market retail. The multicultural men's grooming brand has earned space at select Target locations and on the retailer's website.
L'Oreal is spearheading an effort dubbed SPICE: the Sustainable Packaging Initiative for CosmEtics, that will work to help the beauty industry develop more sustainable packaging. The program has 11 members including Coty, Avon Products, Shiseido, L'Occitane en Provence and Clarins Group.
IHA President and CEO Phil Brandl has decided on retirement after serving 22 years in his leading roles, and he will transition into a role as a consultant.
"It all seems natural and appropriate at a time when IHA is blessed with such a great and talented staff to continue to lead the association to the next level, and a great and successful future," he said about his retirement.
The bakercube is a 3D-printed cube designed to measure ingredients from a fourth of a teaspoon to one cup. The design can be downloaded from Thingiverse, but its inventors are looking to offer a food- and dishwasher-safe plastic version on Indiegogo starting next month.
Manufacturers can run their software and operating systems to failure, but they should at least plan for it and understand the risks, says Alan Stanfill of Stone Technologies. IT should work closely with operations on upgrades and patches, he says.
Millennial preferences in products are leading a transition to mass customization in manufacturing, which requires machines that adapt to the products or packages being made, says John Kowal of B&R. These adaptive machines allow each product to be independently controlled, he says, saving on inventory costs and streamlining supply chains.
Cyberattacks on industrial equipment could be mitigated through the use of low-tech strategies. Andy Bochman of the Idaho National Laboratory recommends using vibration systems to detect breaches or having a backup system that could take over if malware is detected.