Beer giant Carlsberg is set to conduct its biggest trial in a bid to launch its fibre beer bottle across Europe. Eight thousand of the group's new bottles - all completely recyclable - will be sampled by customers in eight markets across the continent including the UK, Poland and France. The bottle has been made with wood-based fibre shell and contains a lining made of a plant-based Polyethylene Furanoate (PEF) polymer. Carlsberg said the materials can all be recycled and claimed it will retain the beer's "taste and fizziness" against the same product in glass bottles. Carslberg's new offering could potentially stay colder for longer compared to its glass and can counterparts too due to the fibre exterior, the company claimed. Stephane Munch, vice president for group development at Carlsberg, described the product as a "great achievement" and said the company will continue to work with partners Avantium, who specialise in renewable chemistry and developed the polymer lining, … [Read more...] about Beer giant to trial completely recyclable fibre beer bottle across Europe
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Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Several state legislatures have recently begun punishing investment companies that take environmental, social, and governance (ESG) data into consideration when making investment decisions. Elon Musk tweeted, “ESG is a scam. It has been weaponized by phony social justice warriors.” In an opinion piece in The Wall Street Journal, former Vice President Mike Pence says that investing using ESG principles is politically driven and is part of a plan by the “woke left” to conquer corporate America. While all of this may be great rhetoric to motivate a political base, along with the boogeymen of CRT (Critical Race Theory) and DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion), the question is, what is the ultimate goal of this fight and who does it benefit? In the case of the state legislatures, most are from states where fossil fuels are a major contributor to their local economies. It makes sense that they're trying to protect … [Read more...] about Who Benefits From The Fight Against ESG?
WEARINGTWO HATS Incoming CEO of the land, Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., has decided to concurrently manage the Department of Agriculture. —REUTERS Incoming President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr., who will be inaugurated as the 17th president of the Philippines on June 30, made the unorthodox decision to concurrently take on the role of secretary of agriculture. At a press conference, he said, “ .. As to agriculture, I think that the problem is severe enough that I have decided to take on the portfolio of the secretary of agriculture at least for now. We will rebuild the value chain of agriculture.” With this statement, one wonders, how severe is the problem? While rebuilding the value chain (the integrated range of goods and services necessary for an agricultural product to move from the producer to the final consumer) is important, there is in fact something more urgent: a hunger crisis. In March of 2021, the New York Times already reported that “a global food crisis … [Read more...] about What awaits President/Agri chief Bongbong Marcos?
AS you’re aware, there is a serious manpower situation that Malaysia is facing. Some are saying Malaysia is at breaking point. It’s feared that our country is missing a golden opportunity to capitalise on high palm oil prices and will suffer production losses because of the acute shortage of workers. What has been done? According to the Malaysian Palm Oil Board (MPOB) report in 2015, up to 78% of the oil palm plantation workers are foreign workers, with most of them coming from Indonesia. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there was no new arrival of foreign workers beginning from March 2020, and Malaysia recently opened its international borders on April 1, 2022. Due to the shortage of workers in the oil palm plantation sector, expected revenue losses are around RM20bil. ALSO READ: More foreign labour soon This has led to the Malaysian Cabinet to agree to a special exemption for the intake of 32,000 foreign workers for the palm oil sector in April 2022. As mentioned much … [Read more...] about Resolving worker shortage woes
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin If you are a fan of all things spicy, you probably have quite an arsenal of heat-packed options in your pantry. So, the recent news that there's a Sriracha shortage coming might be making you a bit nervous. The good news is, there’s still a good amount of Sriracha to be found, and for those who can’t find their favorite brand as easily right now, it’s a great opportunity to try some other great flavor-packed heat-filled sauce, spice, and condiment options. "There may be an issue with Huy Fong Foods’ Sriracha due to a shortage of chili peppers because of the heat waves in the western parts of the states, but that doesn't mean all sriracha is out of production,” said Chef Gavin Lambert, co-founder of Beeline Kitchen . There’s loads of other substitutions that will still satisfy your cravings for tangy, garlicky heat. Here’s some favorites: Kitchen Garden Farms ’ Sriracha: “They grow all their own peppers in … [Read more...] about 10 Spicy Options For Surviving Sriracha Shortage
(Representative image: Reuters) Dear Reader, A whiff of change wafted through the markets this week. The focus shifted from worrying over inflation to concerns about growth. The advance Purchasing Managers Indices (PMIs) for the current month for the US and the Eurozone showed slowing growth, but while they indicated inflation was cooling in the US, it continued to rise relentlessly in the Eurozone. They also reflected stalling demand and falling business confidence. The New York Fed’s economic model predicted an 80 percent chance of a hard landing for the US. UK consumer confidence hit a record low. In China, housing starts and property transactions reached extreme lows. The worries over an imminent recession in the US, the UK and the Eurozone sent commodity prices sharply lower. Copper prices have moved down dramatically. My colleague Ravi Ananthanarayanan wrote about the dark clouds hovering over steel . Crude oil prices too fell. That dissipated some of the … [Read more...] about MC Pro Weekender | A new narrative
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin After the victims have been recovered. After power has been restored and roads cleared. After The New York Times and “Good Morning America” move on to other stories. After visits from the governor and First Lady, towns recovering from a natural disaster face a grueling, monotonous, years-long effort of cleanup, recovery and rebuilding outside the spotlight. There are, after all, no shortage of immediate crises to draw the country’s attention. Bowling Green, Kentucky is past its “attention” phase following a pair of tornados which hit the area on December 11, 2021, resulting in 16 deaths. One other Warren County resident would die shortly after from a heart attack suffered during initial cleanup efforts. The historic storms resulted in 77 deaths statewide and 90 across multiple states during a terrifying outbreak which led national news broadcasts for days. “We have transitioned out of that emergency response … [Read more...] about How Visitors To Bowling Green, Kentucky Can Help Community Still Recovering From Deadly Tornados
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin The Art Basel and UBS Global Art Market Report for 2022 reports that the global art market saw pandemic recovery with robust sales of art and antiques by dealers and auction houses, reaching an estimated US$65.1 billion, up 29% from 2020 (US$50.1 billion), and exceeding pre-pandemic 2019 values. Public auction sales of fine and decorative arts and antiques rose by 47% compared to 2020, reaching an estimated US$26.3 billion. Private sales in the auction sector also saw a steady uptick of 32%, reaching US$4.1 billion, of which Sotheby’s and Christie’s auction houses make up US$3.0 billion alone. As your stock portfolio has been hammered by the recent Bear Market and your artwork has appreciated, you may want to sell your Artwork and reinvest into investments, but with the growth of the value of your artwork comes the tax cost of all of that appreciation. The tax rate on capital gains on artwork is 28%, plus the 3.8% Net … [Read more...] about Funding A Charitable Remainder Trust With Artwork
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin You've probably seen the pictures of the mountains of luggage at London's Heathrow Airport. You've heard about the heat wave. And maybe you have friends who got Covid while they were in Europe. With all that's happening, maybe you need a better guide to traveling to Europe this summer. "Tourism is back," says David Corsun, director of the University of Denver's Fritz Knoebel School of Hospitality Management. "Hotels are full. Flights are full. Restaurants are full." Travel by Americans to Europe will soar 600 percent over last summer , according to new projections by Allianz Partners. Europeans are traveling more, too. A new survey by insurance company Europ Assistance Group found that 71% of Europeans intend to travel during the summer . That's a 14 percentage point increase compared to 2021. But you don't have to get stuck in a crowd and miss the best part of your European vacation. Europe has changed … [Read more...] about The Ultimate Guide To Traveling To Europe This Summer
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin It's going to be a busy summer travel season. And different. The summer travel advice from experts is different, too. Domestic travel volume will rise 16% over last year, with almost 75% of Americans planning to travel domestically for summer vacations, according to Allianz Partners' Top 10 Summer Destinations review . And travel to Europe will soar 600% over last year. "The floodgates have opened," says Valentina O'Kane, owner of Incognito Global Travel , an affiliate of Embark Beyond. "People are rushing to get out there again. The popular tourist destinations are overbooked, with little if any availability. They are going to be overcrowded and overpriced this summer." I just interviewed 200 top travel experts about what lies ahead for travel. Here's part one of my series , which outlines what to expect in the next three months. There are two important takeaways. Covid is far from over, so you may … [Read more...] about Expert Summer Travel Advice For Your Next Vacation