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4/26/2018

Givaudan's new advertising campaign focuses on the company's 250-year history with a limited-edition book, a social media campaign, and featured stories and interviews on the company's website. The company's story can be traced back to Grasse, France, and the perfume houses of Chiris and Roure.

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Givaudan
4/26/2018

Laundry chemicals for the hospitality industry are seeing tighter growth, mostly due to the increase in Airbnb and other short-term vacation rentals, according to "Laundry Chemical Products USA: Market Analysis and Opportunities" from the Kline Group. Meanwhile, long-term care and assisted-living facilities are driving more sales than hospitals of laundry chemicals for health care.

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CleanLink
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Kline Group, Airbnb
4/26/2018

Researchers at the University of Washington created a system for automatic reordering of laundry detergent using a 3D printer, a cellphone, plastic-and-copper-filament and a router. A 3D printed device attached to the detergent bottle measures the speed of the flow and if the flow decreases beyond a certain amount, an antenna signal lets an Amazon app know to reorder.

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University of Washington, Amazon
4/26/2018

Patients who sleep in the hospital bed of a previous patient who had a serious infection are almost six times as likely to get an infection themselves, according to a study by Columbia University. Hospitals need to clean beds better by looking for rips in mattress covers where fluids may have leaked and adopting high-tech cleaning measures, the study said.

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Columbia University
4/25/2018

France is one step closer to banning alternative meat companies from using terms such as "steak" and "sausage" to describe their plant-based products after the French National Assembly approved the measure last week. The move follows significant growth in the European market for meat-free products.

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French National Assembly
4/25/2018

The Global Organization for EPA and DHA Omega-3s has raised concerns with a recent study published in the New England Journal of Medicine that found high doses of EPA and DHA did not have an effect on dry eye disease. "Given that many of the trial participants were already using other treatments upon recruitment and continued to use them throughout the study, this was not a study of omega-3 alone (monotherapy)," the organization said, adding that the press release overstated the results.

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NutraIngredients
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EPA, Global Organization, GOED
4/25/2018

A person's risk of heart attack, heart failure or stroke won't decrease by eating nuts if other healthy lifestyle factors are not in place, according to a new study of 61,000 adults over 17 years. However, the study found a decreased risk of atrial fibrillation with nut consumption, even without the other lifestyle factors. "Nuts are a good food, but they may not provide as much benefit as we once thought," said lead author Susanna Larsson.

4/25/2018

An upgraded version of Agroideal, a tool developed by a partnership including The Nature Conservancy and Bunge Ltd., is helping soybean farmers increase sustainability by mapping possible development sites and forest degradation.
"Important data are now consolidated in one system and available for risk assessments on native vegetation, on suitability, and on some social risks that we inserted, data considered relevant" for the entire soy supply chain, said The Nature Conservancy's Rodrigo Spuri.

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Nature Conservancy
4/25/2018

David Vitter, a former senator who co-wrote the Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act, says the Environmental Protection Agency is working well at implementing changes. "TSCA implementation is a big challenge, but I think they're clearly taking it seriously," he said.

4/25/2018

Linde posted lower sales but saw 12% growth in earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortization in its first quarter. The company's merger with Praxair awaits regulatory approvals, including that of the EU.

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Linde, Praxair, EU