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Another Casualty of the Smartphone War

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-lg-elec-smartphones-idUSKBN2BS1M3 There was a big announcement in technology this week, with South Korea's LG announcing they will shut down their smartphone business effective July, 2021, and shift their investment and focus toward smart home products, electric vehicle components, robotics, artificial intelligence, business-to-business products and other connected devices. So, what happened? A Quick History of the Smartphone …

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Can Processed Foods Adversely Affect the Immune System?

Processed food continues to be of topical news coverage as we deal with an epidemic of heart disease, type II diabetes and obesity related to dietary choices. As if you needed another reason to avoid processed food, a new study suggests that common additives can also harm the human immune system. In the world driven …

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Five Ways to Eat Less Processed Food

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/cardiovascular-diet-heart-processed-foods/2021/03/23/id/1014827/ Regardless of which dietary philosophy you choose - Vegan, Paleo, Pegan, South Beach, Atkins, Low Carb, Ketogenic - there is one aspect that ALL of these eating philosophies share: avoid processed foods. Even the fundamentally flawed 2020 - 2025 U.S. Dietary Guidelines & MyPlate recommend consuming more "nutrient dense" foods in lieu of processed …

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A Global Report Linking Obesity & COVID-19

https://www.newsmax.com/health/health-news/coronavirus-death-obesity/2021/03/04/id/1012449/ It's been over a year since COVID-19 started ravaging the world with a global pandemic that has directly or indirectly claimed the lives of 2.5 million people. As scientists and governments try to assess how to manage through the pandemic, including vaccinating the population, we continue to learn about who is at the highest …

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How Hormel’s Acquisition of Planters from Kraft Heinz Underlines the Importance of Brand Strategy

https://finance.yahoo.com/news/why-spam-maker-hormel-just-bought-115-yearold-planters-for-335-billion-144921127.html Hormel announced they are buying the Planters, Cheese Balls & Corn Nuts brands from Kraft Heinz for $3.35 billion. While this deal had been rumored for some time, it's helpful to understand why this makes sense and the different trajectories of these two CPG conglomerates. The Struggles at Kraft Heinz Prior to the merger …

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Interviewing Six Pack

Interviewing. Most of us have done it, and at various times, many have been both the interviewer as well as the interviewee. Think about your interviewing experiences, and which ones stand out as memorable? What did YOU do in the interview that was memorable? How about the other person(s) in the interview? Successful interview experiences …

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A Culture of Innovation

While Amazon.com's earnings reports are always anticipated, Tuesday's results were accompanied by a big announcement, even by their standards. Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos will be transitioning out of his current CEO role to become Executive Chairman in the third quarter. Anytime there is a leadership change, employees and investors get nervous. What makes this particularly …

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U.S. Dietary Guidelines Fail to Change Course

https://www.wsj.com/articles/new-u-s-dietary-guidelines-reject-recommendation-to-cut-sugar-alcohol-intake-11609254000?reflink=share_mobilewebshare In 1977, the first edition of the U.S. Dietary Guidelines was published with an intent to reduce heart disease and diabetes through a diet high in carbohydrates, low in fat, and paying attention to measurements like blood cholesterol. Since that seminal moment, the health of Americans has spiraled downward with obesity, diabetes, heart disease …

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Holiday Snacking Help

https://www.drlamcoaching.com/blog/holiday-themed-trail-mixes/?utm_source=daily-newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=subscriber-newsletter&utm_term=diet&utm_content=article-19065&inf_contact_key=0769e399d8f9a13dcd45f498a7a5c0644dfbc39d7283b2cb89d5189540b69330 While most look forward to Christmas with anticipation and excitement, even the most jolly soul will admit the holidays are stressful. Managing the needs of work and personal commitments, attending parties, buying the "perfect" gifts, dealing with traffic & schedules, the threat of lousy weather, and the highs & lows of extended family time …

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Managing Lactose Intolerance

Would it surprise you to hear almost 2/3 of the world's population is deficient in the ability to digest lactose? After infancy, 65% of the world's population has some difficulty with lactose absorption, with the only group not having noticeable issues being those of Northern European descent. When you consume dairy products with the sugar …

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Generations Y & Z On the American Dream

The attached article highlights some interesting responses from a June 2020 survey of 4,000 Generation Y (Millennials) & Z respondents. Three things that stood out: Faith and emphasis in work ethic as a catalyst to achieving their version of the American Dream. Just over 80% believe their hard work will enable them to succeed. Nearly …

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Simple and Unprocessed

As I've been advising private equity clients and consulting on category expansion projects, I'm struck with how process becomes a blocker to success. In some cases, there is too much process, so steps in an innovation pipeline, a decision to hire outstanding talent, or the ability to capitalize on a commercial opportunity get bogged down …

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