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 […]

A False Sense of Safety for Toyota Drivers

Toyota’s commitment to excellence is legendary. This image is now tarnished.

Daihatsu, a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Corporation, has been involved in a series of scandals involving the falsification of safety compliance tests. The news has damaged Toyota’s reputation for reliability and safety. Over the years, the company has survived multiple recalls and lawsuits. This post explores what the company can do to regain customers’ trust.


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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 […]

Using Repetitive Processing for Novelty Ice Cream

Chapman’s is Canada’s biggest independent ice cream manufacturer. The Video Spotlight features Chapman’s processes for making ice cream sandwiches and ice cream cones for the “novelty” ice cream market.

All of the products begin with ice cream, which follows a standardized production process. However, despite using a repetitive processing system, Chapman’s has found ways to achieve modest amounts of variety in its products.


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