Chobani CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is standing in his company’s industrial-chic test kitchen in lower Manhattan, gleefully doing shots. He’s not drinking alcohol, but something that is, at least for him, another kind of controlled substance: milk. advertisement advertisement Yes, the Greek yogurt titan—the man who once milked cows for a living and famously bootstrapped what became a $1.5-billion-in-annual-revenue company by getting America hooked on the creamy, tart, and protein-rich yogurt of his Turkish youth—is sensitive to dairy. Around the time his trademark mop of curly hair began turning salt-and-pepper, Ulukaya realized that he was lactose intolerant and stopped drinking milk. (Yogurt, because of the fermentation process, is easier to digest.) Then, about a year ago, he began stealthily developing his own plant-based alternative. “Awesome, no?” he says, grabbing an unmarked cardboard carton and pouring himself another small glass of … [Read more...] about Exclusive: Chobani’s empire was built on Greek yogurt. Here’s why its next move is oat milks
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Company Profile 50 Most Innovative Companies One of the buzziest food products of 2018? A milk alternative made of pulverized oats. Founded in 1994, Swedish company Oatly was the first manufacturer to commercialize oat milk, but it was only after launching in the U.S. in 2016 that the product became a sensation, at one point last year selling for $200 per case online. CEO Toni Petersson set out to make Oatly a cult product in the U.S. by tapping about 10 high-end coffee shops in major cities to be its exclusive retailers. “Coffee shops influence other coffee shops,” he says. After baristas were impressed by the milk alternative’s neutral flavor and ability to foam, demand quickly exploded: 2,500 coffee shops and 1,500 grocery stores now carry Oatly, including Whole Foods and Wegmans, where its cartoonish, witty aesthetic stands out among both dairy and nondairy beverages. Between 2017 and 2018, the company’s revenue grew from $1.5 million to more than $15 … [Read more...] about How Swedish oat milk exploded into a $15 million business last year
Gradually, awareness about the harm we have inflicted on the planet has been growing. But while a few take action, most people do nothing. Why? Because they feel hopeless and helpless. “What can I do about it?” they say to themselves. So they do nothing and sink into apathy. The most important message I have for these people is to help them understand that every single day, each of us makes some impact on the planet—and we can choose what sort of impact we make. It is the cumulative effect of millions—or billions—of ethical choices regarding what we buy (especially concerning our diet) that will move us toward a better world. Of course, some people—decision makers in government, CEOs of big corporations, and so on—can make individual choices that will have a huge impact. advertisement advertisement I am motivated to carry on [with this work] because I care passionately about the natural world, animals, future generations. I know that … [Read more...] about Jane Goodall would love to pet your dog, if that’s okay
At first, it can feel like hunger, fatigue, horniness, or undue excitement—an adrenal, bodily buzzing that increases in volume until it drowns out everything else. It escalates quickly from a curious sensation to an edict: food, now. The world fades away. I feel wrung out and shaky, a discarded rag. That 10 a.m. conference call never stood a chance. advertisement advertisement Disabilities are isolating, because no matter how poetic the metaphor, it’s impossible to live in someone else’s body. I was diagnosed with type I diabetes at age 14, so I’ve never known adulthood without constant vigilance over my body . I overcame a lot of anxieties about appearing “diseased” out of sheer laziness. I can no longer be bothered by a trip to the bathroom to inject after a meal, or to shield my fingers from prying eyes when I need to get a blood sugar reading. (I’m in good company: I once read that Sonia Sotomayor, who also has type … [Read more...] about How my chronic illness changed my approach to work
Manhattan is the densest area in the U.S., and one of the densest in the world. That’s because while there are 2 million people who reside on the island, that number doubles to 4 million during the workday, when people from the surrounding counties and states pour into the city. advertisement A new interactive by the data viz designer and researcher Justin Fung shows this remarkable mini-migration over the course of a single day. Using a mix of data from the 2010 Census, the MTA’s turnstile database, and a previous NYU study, Fung was able to create block-by-block estimates for the population of Manhattan at any given time. Fung first became interested in compiling this kind of data set after Hurricane Sandy, when he began to wonder if there are good estimates for how many people are actually in Manhattan at particular times, which would help with emergency planning. He was in graduate school at Columbia University at the time for operations research, and created … [Read more...] about This Gorgeous Viz Reveals The Invisible Heartbeat Of N.Y.C.