Toyota Adds Another Electric SUV to US Production

Toyota plans to invest $1.4 billion in its plant in Princeton, Indiana, to assemble an entirely new three-row, battery-electric SUV.

The Indiana plant will add an extra 340 jobs to its existing 7,500 workers.  This announcement follows Toyota’s February 2024 announcement of a large investment in its Kentucky plant, to manufacture a range of electric SUVs using different processes.


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Par-Baking at Panera Bread

Panera Bread has received a lot of attention for planned menu changes that add new items and remove some old favorites, but the company’s planned changes go even further.

One of the potential changes is how the bakery functions. At the moment, Panera’s bread dough is made at a fresh dough factory (FDF), and immediately transported to individual stores to be baked fresh daily.

Panera Bread is now considering the use of par-baking, the process of partially baking bread […]

How 2 Billion PEEPS Are Made Each Year

PEEPS are the most popular non-chocolate Easter candy, and the spotlighted video shows the automated production process used to make over 2 billion PEEPS each year.


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This post is based on the Tomorrow’s World Today article, Candy Creation: A Conversation with PEEPS® Brand Manager Caitlin Servian, by TWT and Caitlyn Servian, March 27, 2024, and the YouTube video in the Spotlight. Image source: Vector_KIF/Shutterstock

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Robots Flippy, Sippy, and Chippy Used in Fast Food Kitchens

The use of robots in restaurants continues to expand.

For example, Flippy the robot has been around since 2018, flipping burgers. It even worked at Dodger Stadium. Since Flippy’s introduction, improvements to Flippy have been made. Flippy 2.0 has expanded from making burgers to operating fry stations. White Castle plans to install over 100 robot cooks in its kitchens.

Flippy is also used by Wing Stop for the last step in the wing making process. Chippy, an iteration of Flippy, makes chips […]

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