The Future Of Food: Predictions From 4 Industry Leaders

As the global economy and markets continue to shift, predicting the future of food can be difficult. However, several trends are likely to have an impact on what and how people eat in the coming years. Technology, convenience and personalization are some of the top trends that will affect consumption. Four industry leaders shared their thoughts on the food industry’s future in recent interviews: Ran Peled from CommonSense Robotics, Bruce Schroder from Moe’s Southwest Grill, Elana Karp from Plated and Christine Marcus from Alchemista. Technology People are changing the way…

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Weak foreign demand sinks German industry orders

BERLIN (Reuters) – Weaker demand from abroad unexpectedly dragged down German industrial orders in December, data showed on Wednesday, in a further sign that factories in Europe’s largest economy are shifting into lower gear due to a slowing world economy. Contracts for ‘Made in Germany’ goods were down by 1.6 percent – compared with a 0.3 percent rise forecast by economists – after an upwardly revised drop of 0.2 percent in the previous month, the Federal Statistics Office said. “The decline in orders in December indicates that the industry’s phase…

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The Crystal Ball: 10 Healthcare Industry Predictions for 2019

Getty As the year draws to a close, I’ve been thinking about what’s in store for healthcare in 2019. I offer ten predictions below: sincere ones, hopeful ones and a few final thoughts submitted with my tongue planted firmly in my cheek. Real Predictions 1. Humanism and humanity will make a real comeback. When you walk the halls of most hospitals and clinics these days, two subjects you hear a lot about are patient dissatisfaction and physician burnout. The two are closely linked. In the past, digital health has been…

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Better Late Than Never? The Fashion Industry Is Finally Embracing The Plus-Size Woman

The average American woman wears between a size 16-18, according to research. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena) One of the more cringe-worthy moments in the 2006 movie, The Devil Wears Prada, about the struggles of aspiring-journalist Andy Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway, working for Miranda Priestly (Meryl Streep), editor of fictional Runway magazine, happens in the office cafeteria. Andy observes to art director Nigel, played by the amazing Stanley Tucci, that all the other girls at the magazine don’t eat anything. He says, “Not since two became the new four and zero became…

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Serving Those The Fashion Industry Ignores

Heath Fradkoff Jeff Hansen (left) and Peter Manning design apparel for a cohort of retail consumer with limited options: ‘not so tall’ men. A good rule of thumb for any entrepreneur is to address the needs of those who feel they have been ignored. For Peter Manning, that meant addressing his own. Manning, founder of the eponymous New York-based clothing company, is targeting a clientele he can relate to: the 30 million men in the U.S. whose height does not exceed 5 feet, 8 inches; a demographic ill-served by most…

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Fashion Industry Officially Stands With Planned Parenthood

The Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) announced a new collaboration Monday with Planned Parenthood Federation of America (PPFA), to raise awareness and support for the wide range of services that the nonprofit organization provides. Just in time for New York Fashion Week, the CFDA and PPFA have collaborated on hot-pink pins designed by Condé Nast’s Creative Group that read “Fashion Stands With Planned Parenthood,” and they are already expected to become a hot item. They have been distributed to all participating NYFW designers, public relations agencies, modeling agencies, creative agencies, fashion…

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Nokia Sues Apple for Infringing Patents, Industry Back on War Footing

Nokia Corp said on Wednesday it had filed a number of lawsuits against Apple Inc for violating 32 technology patents, striking back at the iPhone maker’s legal action targeting the one-time cellphone industry leader a day earlier. Nokia’s lawsuits, filed in courts in Dusseldorf, Mannheim and Munich, Germany, and the US District Court for the Eastern District of Texas, cover patents for displays, user interfaces, software, antennas, chipsets and video coding. “Since agreeing a license covering some patents from the Nokia Technologies portfolio in 2011, Apple has declined subsequent offers…

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It’s time to talk about the politics of the fashion industry

Think back on the year in fashion and it probably looks something like this: Beyoncé in Formation or the latex look she served at the Met Gala, everything Kim Kardashian, Rihanna in a Saint Laurent red heart-shaped fox fur coat or Demna Gvasalia’s debut as creative director of Balenciaga. Consumers are less likely to ponder how the political and economic instability caused by events like Donald Trump’s election victory or the shocking Brexit vote impacted spending patterns, or how a bombing in the Instanbul garment district affected fashion’s supply chain.…

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How the health industry is better prepared for GOP reforms

Call it a case of deja vu. The health-care industry will once again be caught in the grips of uncertainty over health reform in 2017, but researchers at the PwC Health Research Institute say one thing won’t change — the pressure on the industry to provide better value for our health-care dollars. “We’re going to be more focused on cost … there’s public momentum towards understanding better what things cost within health care,” said Stacey Empson, PwC partner who specializes in health care. “I think we’re going to see it…

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GOP’s ‘Obamacare’ Repeal Path Worries Health Care Industry

One by one, key health care industry groups are telling the incoming Republican administration and Congress that it’s not a good idea to repeal the 2010 health care lawwithout clear plans to address the consequences. Hospitals, insurers and actuaries — bean-counters who make long-range economic estimates — weighed in recently, and more interest groups are expected to make their views known soon. Representing patients, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network reminded lawmakers that lives are at stake. The concerns go beyond the obvious potential hardship for 20 million people…

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