Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey’s To Manufacture Its Own Masks

Hershey is investing $1 million to acquire new production capabilities to make face masks for its employees and their families as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Unlike other food and beverage companies that retrofit existing equipment for personal protective equipment (PPE) production, Hershey is expanding its capabilities to keep both chocolate and PPE manufacturing operations running.  This way Hershey ensures a safe and clean working environment for continual operations as well as providing relief for much needed face masks to protect health workers and general public against the highly contagious coronavirus.


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This post is based on the Food Dive article, Hershey to acquire facility to manufacture face masks, by Jessi Devenynys, April 28, 2020, and the YouTube videos in the Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock / Dech St

Discussion Questions:

1. What capacity decision has Hershey made in response to the COVID-19 pandemic?

Guidance: Face masks are in short supply as they are a key personal protective equipment (PPE) to combat the COVID-19 pandemic.  The masks are also Continue reading

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Bug butter in Belgium

Bug butter in Belgium

Scientists at Ghent University in Belgium succeeded in replacing butter with Black soldier fly larva fat in waffles, cakes, and cookies.  Not only is the insect food higher in protein, vitamin, fiber and minerals, it is also more environmentally friendly and cheaper than animal products.


Video Spotlight: Scientists bake cake using insect ‘butter’ and folks can’t tell the difference (Feb 28, 2020, Breaking News)


This post is based on the Reuters article, Waiter, there’s a fly in my waffle: Belgian researchers try out insect butter, by Jakub Riha, February 28, 2020, and the YouTube video featured in the Video Spotlight. Image source: © 2/James Worrell/Ocean/Corbis.

Discussion Questions:

1. What operational issues are addressed by replacing butter with larva fat?

Guidance: It addresses economic and sustainability issues. Insect-based food is more environmentally friendly, and less expensive, than animal products.

2. In what ways is larva fat more sustainable than butter?

Guidance: Insects use less land and are more efficient at converting feed than cattle.  Additionally, less water is used to produce butter.

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The Origin of Ride-Share

The Origin of Ride-Share

Cruise, an autonomous vehicle start up owned by General Motors and Honda, developed a self-driving, electric car for shared ownership called Origin to provide driverless ride-sharing services.  Origin is a shuttle-like, all-electric vehicle that is environmentally friendly, affordable, modular, long-lasting, and safe.


Video Spotlight: Introducing the Cruise Origin (Cruise, Jan 21, 2020)


This post is based on the CNBC article, Debut of GM’s Cruise Origin shows the future of ride-sharing, autonomous vehicles is a box, by Michael Wayland and Lora Kolodny, January 23, 2020, and the YouTube video in the Video Spotlight. Image source: Shutterstock/metamorworks

Discussion Questions:

1. Is the debut of Origin considered an operations strategy of Cruise?  Explain.

Guidance: Yes.  Origin is a strategic operations decision in the area of product design to enable Cruise’s future vision of the auto industry

2. What are the product design considerations of Origin?

Guidance: The product design considerations of Origin include environmental friendliness, affordability, modularity, safety, reliability, and shared mobility.

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