For General Mills, Shortages Lead to Price Increases

Ongoing supply chain issues have created material shortages and rising input costs for General Mills.

Disruptions of materials such as fats, oils, starch, and packaging have made it difficult to keep up with demand for General Mills’ ready-to-bake products, pizzas, and hot snacks.

General Mills resorted to changing its recipes to keep products on shelves.  Increased labor, transportation, and raw and packaging materials costs mean that the company will charge customers more for its products.


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Managing Supply Chain Risk: Plane Seizure in Russia

Russia has refused to give back the approximately 400 planes worth $10 billion dollars which were due to be returned to EU leasing companies on March 28.

Instead, the Russian president signed a law allowing the country to keep the planes and continue to fly them, constituting the largest theft ever of airplanes.  The companies which own them may spend years trying to recover some part of this loss from insurance companies.


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Bacteria + Food Waste = Leather

With vegan leather, material circularity further confirms its growing role in product design.

The trend toward material circularity continues to expand from furniture to fashion. This article features Polybion’s use of bacteria and food waste to produce an environmentally friendly cellulose membrane. That membrane can then be tanned to become vegan leather. Not only is this leather easier to produce than competing fungi-based products, but it is also more versatile and scalable. Therefore, the product […]

Russian-Ukraine War’s Effect on Wheat and Corn Supply

With Ukraine supplying 16% of corn and 12% of wheat for global markets, and Russia providing 17% of global wheat needs, the war between their countries is impacting food supplies and prices.

Ukraine had a bumper crop of corn for the 2021-2022 year, but only a little over half has been shipped out.  Now, with ports closed and conflict raging, commercial vessels can no longer access this critical commodity.

In addition, spring crops need to be planted, and it is unclear to […]

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