eNewsletter November 2018

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The Herd
Newsletter November 2018

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NOVEMBER 1, 2018
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America is Drowning in Milk Nobody Wants

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America’s dairy farmers face a growing list of challenges: The Trump administration’s trade wars have coincided with an extended period of already low milk prices. The strong dollar is driving down exports, and consolidation has led to farm closures all across the country. Most darkly, the long decline in American consumption of fluid milk, the dairy product that brings farmers the highest earnings, shows no sign of slowing.

The key ratio of income-to-feed costs reveals that dairy farmers have very little margin left these days, said Bill Brooks, an economist at INTL FCStone. Feed such as alfalfa and hay are more expensive than last year, as are labor and energy expenses.

With so little room to maneuver, even the smallest cutbacks can have a big effect.

The amount of milk dumped by farmers in the U.S. Northeast reached almost 145 million pounds through July, including 23.6 million pounds that month alone.

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SAVE 50% Off Our Everyday Low Prices on these Highly Accurate pH Buffers!


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Weber pH Buffer Solution, Color-Coded

Accurate within ±0.01 pH units of specified value at 25°C. Provided with temperature pH conversion chart printed on the container. 500 ml size packaged in polyethylene bottle with flip-top dispensing cap; 4 liter size come in convenient cube container with dispensing spigot.

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Please enter the promotional code MN1118 into the "Promo Code" box during checkout and the sale price will be applied. Order online using the link above. You can also call in the order at 800-328-8378 or fax the order to 609-584-8388.

 

 

Oysters On The Half Shell Are Actually Saving New York's Eroding Harbor 


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Across New York City, more than 70 restaurants are tossing their oyster shells not into the trash or composting pile, but into the city's eroded harbor. It's all part of Billion Oyster Project's restaurant shell-collection program.

Once discarded, the shell joins hundreds of thousands of other half shells collected in blue bins and picked up (free of charge) from restaurants five days a week. The shells are trucked over to Governors Island in the heart of the New York Harbor. There, rolling shell hills sparkle in the sun while "curing" out in the elements for one year, a process that rids them of contaminants.

The shells then are moved to Billion Oyster Project's hatchery at the Urban Assembly New York Harbor School, a public high school on Governors Island that offers technical and vocational training in the marine sciences. In an aquaculture classroom's hatchery, student-grown oysters produce larvae in an artificially induced springtime environment. One reclaimed shell can house 10 to 20 new live oysters, depending on shell size.

Then, the oysters begin doing what oysters do — which, it turns out, is quite a lot. Oysters are natural water filters; each one cleans 30 to 50 gallons of water a day. They also provide food and shelter for all sorts of marine creatures, supporting biodiversity. 

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Packaging Matters study: Here’s what consumers look for in packaging


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Understanding what motivates today’s shopper to complete a purchase is critically important. Consumers are increasingly satisfied with their overall experience with packaging, which has increased by 46 percent over six years, according to the 2018 Packaging Matters study from WestRock, a provider of differentiated paper and packaging solutions. Findings from the study indicate brands are keeping up with — and responding to — consumer preferences.

Conducted online by researchers at Reputation Leaders among 5,000 U.S. adults ages 18 and older, the study identifies three key components of packaging that matter to them and impact shopping decisions: functionality, trust and aesthetics.

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Effects of Millennials on Culinary Food Safety

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According to the Pew Research Center, millennials are expected to overtake baby boomers in the U.S. population in 2019. As a result, food and beverage trends will evolve at a pace that has not been seen in decades. Whereas baby boomers want traditional and recognizable food and venues, millennials are seeking the adventurous and experiential while demanding affordable, healthy, and local food choices.

In response to this massive purchasing clout, the restaurant industry is innovating at a record pace in terms of menu choices and business models. This puts a strain on food safety management systems, as new risks must be assessed and interventions implemented in a large organization. Marriott International’s global food safety team is not immune to these growing pains. We realize that innovation must be done responsibly to protect public health. 

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HALO® Wireless Beer pH Meter (Hanna)

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Easily measure pH in mash, wort, and finished beer with the HALO Wireless Beer pH Meter.

This HALO is designed for home and craft beer makers. The specialized electrode features a durable titanium body, high temperature glass sensor, and an extendable cloth type junction for renewable electrode life. All readings are transmitted directly to your Apple or Android device or the edge® blu.

  • Take laboratory grade pH and temperature measurements using your smart phone or tablet.
  • HALO’s smart system tells you when your electrode needs cleaning or calibration.
  • High Temperature (HT) glass can stand up to the effects of elevated temperatures leading to longer probe life.
  • Renewable Cloth Junction. If clogged, simply clear the junction by extracting 1/8” of the junction from the electrode to expose a new portion, resulting in a renewed junction.
  • The titanium body offers increased durability that is ideal for rough environments.
  • Display of beer pH and temperature updated every second. Readings are automatically saved to a history file every hour, limited only by the available memory on the device.
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HALO® Wireless Foodcare pH Meter (Hanna)

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pH meter for food.jpgEasily measure pH in food products including dairy, dough, ground meats, and other semi-solid food samples with the HALO Wireless Foodcare pH Meter.

Designed to test pH levels of food, this wireless pH meter has an open junction to resist clogging, an easy to clean body, and a conical tip for easy insertion into food. All readings are transmitted directly to your Apple or Android device or the edge® blu.

  • Take laboratory grade pH and temperature measurements using your smart phone or tablet.
  • HALO’s smart system tells you when your electrode needs cleaning or calibration.
  • Low Temperature (LT) glass for fast stabilization and more accurate results at lower temperatures.
  • A built-in temperature sensor for temperature measurement and compensation.
  • The open junction design consists of a solid gel interface (viscolene) between the sample and internal Ag/AgCl reference.
  • Display of pH and temperature updated every second. Readings are automatically saved to a history file every hour, limited only by the available memory on the device.

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MONTHLY GIFT:

FREE Eco-friendly Bamboo Cutting Board

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Yours FREE with every order of $200 or more

Let your inner chef come alive with this Bamboo Cutting Board. Bamboo is a renewable, fast-growing, and hardy material that is stronger, more sustainable and easier on knives than hardwood cutting boards and chopping blocks. This board features a unique handle design with rounded corners and a drilled hole for hanging.


FREE with every order of $200 or more. Hurry – Quantities are limited!

Click here for details!

Please include the Gift Code WS1118 for the Bamboo Cutting Board when placing an order via website, phone or fax. 

When ordering on the website place this Gift Code in the "Notes/Instruction" field at check out (and not in the "Promo Code" box).




Upcoming Events

Come Join Us! We will be attending these upcoming conferences highlighting many new and exciting products.

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Chicago Section IFT Suppliers' Night 2018
November 1, 2018
Rosemont, IL
Booth # 763

 
In attendance will be Asif Rahman.

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Asif Rahman
Sales Manager





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QCS Leadership Conference
November 3-6, 2018
Fairmont Austin, Austin, TX
Booth # 50

In attendance will be Sharon Wilson and Asif Rahman.

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Sharon Wilson
Vice President of Marketing and Product Development


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Asif Rahman
Sales Manager



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Dairy Practices Council
November 7 - 9, 2018
McKinney, TX

In attendance will be
Sharon Wilson.


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Sharon Wilson
Vice President of Marketing and Product Development



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North Carolina Craft Brewers Conference
November 6-8, 2018
Winston-Salem, NC


In attendance will be
Tom Boudreau.

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Tom Boudreau
Market Specialist, Beer

 






 


Request the 2018-19 Product Catalog

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  • Heavily discounted prices without any of the hassle
  • Free freight upgrades and expedited service at our expense--not yours
  • No-nonsense 100% Satisfaction Guarantee so you can order with complete confidence

Request your 2018-19 catalog today!


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Dwuana Brown 
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