The Smoldering Remains of American Coal

The Smoldering Remains of American Coal

Coal production in the US continues to fall year-over-year, despite the best efforts of the current administration to end the “war on coal” and efforts by industry insiders to maintain market share. Even with relaxed environmental standards, demand for coal is falling precipitously. If environmental regulations are not responsible for killing coal, what is?

  • by Owen Stuart
  • October 15 2018
  • food


Canned Food Companies Reevaluate Strategies as Sales Stagnate

Canned Food Companies Reevaluate Strategies as Sales Stagnate

The canned food industry seems to have opened a can of worms. Long a staple of consumer diets, canned food has fallen out of favor with consumers, with more consumers valuing fresh, healthy food made without packaging. For example, several major canned food companies saw revenues decline in the first half of 2018. Furthermore, Campbell canned its CEO due to a precipitous drop in sales. So what happened? How did canned food get left off of consumers’ plates? And what are companies doing to respond?


Mapping the Way to Better Bread

Mapping the Way to Better Bread

Gluten has been in the news frequently in the past few years, and people increasingly avoid it due to allergies and various dietary trends that seek to limit gluten intake. A new breakthrough has been made in cracking the wheat genome – a code over five times more complex than the human genome. Can the development help fulfill consumer desires for better-tasting, better-for-you wheat products, including gluten-free options?


Food Fight: Businesses, Consumers, & Advocacy Groups Square Off Over GMO Labeling

Food Fight: Businesses, Consumers, & Advocacy Groups Square Off Over GMO Labeling

The battle over the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the US food supply has raged on for years. The fight pits advocacy groups, such as Just Label It and The Center for Food Safety, against major crop and food producers such as Monsanto and PepsiCo. Advocacy groups argue that consumers have a right to know. Industry groups opine that two decades of research has suggested GMOs are safe and thus labels are unnecessary and will scare consumers.


Toaster Ovens: The Small Kitchen Appliance That Could

Toaster Ovens: The Small Kitchen Appliance That Could

Consumers showed an increasing preference for toaster ovens – not to be confused with toasters – over the 2007-2017 period due to the convenience they provide in meal preparation. The affordability of these products also supports sales, as does the wide variety of top rated products with useful features.


Mass Transit Investment Grows as High-Tech Solutions Fall Short

Mass Transit Investment Grows as High-Tech Solutions Fall Short

The 2007-2009 recession inflicted massive damage to state and local government budgets and hampered investments in mass transit across the US. At the same time, the launch of transportation network companies (TNCs) such as Uber Technologies in 2010 and later Lyft, the potential of hyperloops, and promises of self-driving cars gave many public officials hope that the problems of urban transportation could be solved by technology. However, small and large hiccups along the way have shown that technological solutions could take much longer and deliver relatively limited solutions towards fixing the ailing transportation systems of many US cities.

  • by Chris Dyer
  • September 17 2018
  • gambling


Are States Ready to Gamble on eSports?

Are States Ready to Gamble on eSports?

With the recent federal decision to allow sports betting, states are leaping at the opportunity to seize their share of the legal take. eSports – the competitive play of video games – is set to be the next sports gambling opportunity. Are states and those in the gambling industry ready?

  • by Leon Mengri
  • September 17 2018
  • food


The Rise of Tortillas

The Rise of Tortillas

The versatile tortilla is on a roll, breaking out of the Tex-Mex stereotype and finding its way into all sorts of meals and snacks. That said, the increasing popularity of Mexican cuisine hasn’t hurt either.


You Shall Not (Movie)Pass!

You Shall Not (Movie)Pass!

MoviePass, a subscription-based service originally designed to allow subscribers to view unlimited movies in theaters nationwide for a single monthly rate of $9.95, sounds too good to be true. Maybe it is?


Mattress Retailers Are Losing Sleep

Mattress Retailers Are Losing Sleep

Online sales of mattresses are a growing market, particularly for “bed-in-a-box” companies. Intensifying competition from formless digital stores is keeping brick-and-mortar players up at night, one might say.