Preventing Further Train Derailments

The aftermath of the train derailment is still being felt in East Palestine.

The life of the entire community has been disrupted, and the image of the railroad industry has been tarnished. Yet, there has not been real pressure from Washington to prevent further catastrophes. To its credit, the major railroad companies, especially Norfolk Southern responsible for the accident, have taken some measures to improve safety, but accidents have continued to increase along with business volume. What else can be done?


Caught Selling Fake Kona Beans

From designer bags to your cup of coffee, counterfeit goods are everywhere.

Just like Champagne, you may not call it Kona unless the beans are grown and processed in the Kona District of the Big Island of Hawaii. Unfortunately, labels are deceptive. A Kona blend sold by well-known retailers may contain very little Kona coffee, if at all. Fortunately, better testing methods (see another post for similar improvements) that identify relative mineral concentrations in the samples help distinguish […]

Tabasco: Maintaining Traditional Processes

McIlhenny’s Tabasco sauce still uses many of the production processes developed over 150 years ago.

The process starts with hand-picking peppers. Next, the peppers are sent for grinding and mixed with salt within one hour of being picked, then placed in oak whiskey barrels, covered with salt, and left to age for three years.

From the barrel, the mash is mixed with vinegar and then churned for three to four weeks. This is followed  by a two-stage milling process that removes the […]

Process Management: How Wax Figures Are Made

Making wax figures is a form of art, but it also utilizes strict quality controls to make sure that each one looks just like the famous person it represents.

The slow and painstaking process employs highly skilled workers to yield the most realistic results possible!


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