How Waiakea Water Has Dominated Their Industry

When Waiakea Water first introduced their volcanic water in 2012, the company was able to make their mark based on the unique purification system of the island. The company tapped into a natural aquifer that was able to process millions of gallons of the purest water on Earth, passing through several thousand feet of volcanic tubes to strip away impurities. The end result, an award-winning bottled water that didn’t need fancy hype or creative marketing to grow a following.

Although the source of the water was unique, what Waiakea Water did right out of the gates was something others never considered. Even before the company received global recognition, they were donating approximately 3 percent of revenues towards local Hawaiian organizations and people native to the islands in need. As the company began to grow, they felt a moral obligation to give back more. Each time a bottle of the volcanic water was sold, Waiakea Water began donating a weeks amount of fresh water to communities around the world that didn’t have access to clean water.

Being blessed with an unlimited sources of delicious tasting water helped explode sales, yet the company always had their eyes on environmental initiatives. The founder and CEO of Waiakea Water, Ryan Emmons, says that the bigger the company got, the more they could help. Teaming with PumpAid seemed like a natural fit. With the help of PumpAid, Waiakea Water sends volunteers to countries in need and helps install new water pumps in the communities. The teams utilize resources from the locals to complete the assembly, then show the locals how to install, maintain, operate, and repair the pump moving forward.

All the while this was going on, Waiakea Water was also working with TimePlast to develop the very first degradable plastic bottle for their water. Since traditional plastic bottles take 1,500 years to degrade, Emmons again felt his company needed to step up and lead the charge to making a plastic bottle that will not be littering landfills for future generations. The new additive they developed will allow the new plastic bottle to degrade in only 15 years.

OSI Group – A Giant in the Food and Beverage Industry

OSI Group is one of the top US companies that has achieved prominence in the food and beverage industry through its high-quality processing methods which supplies meat products in a lot of food retailing companies around the world.


OSI Group began as a family business in 1909. This was owned by Otto Kolschowsky, a German who immigrated to Illinois, United States in 1907. It took eight years before the small meat market turned into an extensive meat business which required Otto to move to Maywood. Although the new Otto & Sons became quite a popular local meat supplier for decades, their biggest break came when the then-startup McDonald’s company decided to strike a deal with the former as the main provider of ground beef patties for its primary restaurant located in Des Plaines, Illinois.

As Otto & Sons preserved its position as one of the major suppliers for McDonald’s, they constructed their first meat processing plant in West Chicago that houses machinery which can generate perfectly shaped patties and freeze food using liquid nitrogen. On 1975, the descendants of Otto Kolschowsky formally changed the company’s name into OSI Group.

Business Accomplishments

From its humble beginning, OSI Group has been able to expand with over 20,000 employees to date. Yet, the greatest accomplishment that they have received thus far is a huge leap they had done in the Forbes’ list of America’s Largest Private Companies.

By 2011, the company only held the 136th spot in the same category. Due to their diligence in maintaining the best quality of meat merchandise that they deliver to some of the renowned fast food chains – Pizza Hut, McDonald’s, Starbucks, KFC and Subway, among others – that have thousands of branches across the planet, the OSI Group went up to the 58th rank come 2016. More than that, their earnings doubles in simply a matter of five years, as the company attained 6.1 billion dollars of sales, as stated by Forbes.

Related: Top 100 Food Processing Companies

Recent Innovations

OSI Group is capable not only of producing food products, but also of acquiring various manufacturing companies in the industry. Their latest acquisition is Baho Food, a Dutch company whose processed snacks, delis, and other food items reach the convenience stores within a total of 18 countries in the Europe.

According to OSI Group’s chief operating officer, David G. McDonald, the procurement is part of the company’s objective to broaden their European presence, as well as get ahold of diverse processing techniques which did not exist in their manufacturing plants before. OSI Group will be absorbing the managing director of Baho Food, John Balvers, along with the managers under him so as to develop more ideas to help the growth of the corporation.

About the CEO

Many years passed, and Sheldon Lavin is now the chief executive officer and chairman of OSI Group. Apart from that, he is also a General Trustee and President for Rush University Medical Center and OSI International Foods, respectively, as well as a former director for the National Fish & Wildlife Foundation.

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Throughout Our Lives Our Tastes Can Change

Ever wonder why many children hate the taste of vegetables but as adults they love them? Through the years, people‘s taste buds go through many changes. As we get older, most of the taste buds disappear, leaving only a third of the original amount. Usually, infants associate the taste of the milk or formula with the experience of being held in their mother’s arms. This is why baby food has a bland taste and why babies love the taste, but as we get older, we hate baby food. An infant who enjoyed plain milk, as a child might feel disgusted at the sight of milk that isn’t flavored.

Chris Lukehurst, head of research at the Marketing Clinic, who advises Ella’s Kitchen Organic Baby Food, believes that vanilla ice-cream is the most popular flavor because it comes closest to the taste of breast milk. Jaime Garcia Dias can certainly get behind that theory when thinking about it.

Children have their intense craving for sweet things until they reach puberty. Most vegetables have a bitter taste to them as far as most children are concerned. During puberty, children gradually develop a taste for vegetables such as green beans.

In adulthood, we have developed a taste for bitter things including the taste of coffee, sour cream, and sometimes hot and spicy foods. As an adult, you might not fast food chicken nuggets as much as you did as a child.

New CEO of McDonald’s Plans to Turn Around the Company

Lately, the mega fast food chain McDonalds has seen a decline in performance. McDonalds is known all around the world and is the largest fast food chain globally. The company announced on April 22nd that they were preparing a plan to turn around the business and planned to release the details on May 4th. Well, May 4th has come and gone so let’s see what McDonalds has decided to work on.

Many people speculated that Steve Easterbrook, the new Chief Executive Officer of the fast food chain, would work on customer service, or even revamp the menus and maybe even offer all-day breakfast for customers. Apparently that was not the plan. According to the story on, all the changes that Easterbrook plans on making have to do with a corporate structure. This announcement surprised many, since it is the attraction to McDonalds that is on the decline. Many consumers want to see a change in the food and the structure of the restaurant.

Healthy folks at Boraie Development know that McDonalds does plan on moving forward with new initiatives that they had announced months ago. In New York City, McDonalds will be offering delivery. In the United States, customers will soon be able to order a customized burger from a kiosk in the restaurant. Many have said though that the fast food chain needs to stay current with health trends and give the consumers more transparency when it comes to the food.

Common Food Misconceptions

It seems everyone is looking to either lose weight or eat healthier but with all of the different packaging schemes going on, it can be hard to decipher what is healthy and what is not. For more information on Wellness it is a good idea to consult with health professional Brian Torchin. Let’s take a look at some of the common food misconceptions that you might encounter on your next trip to the grocery store:

Granola can be really healthy for you since it is made with oats and it is a whole grain. These factors are true but many of the store bought granolas that you will find are made with a ton of unnecessary sugar and often cooked with butter or oil. Your best bet is to make your own healthy version at home or you can opt for a more plain variety in the store.

When you run your fruits and veggies through a juicer you are eliminating all of the fiber that is included in it. This can cause a more rapid spike in your blood sugar and insulin levels. While it can be a form of gentle detoxing or a way to get all of your nutrients in, juicing should only include a few fruits or veggies at a time to reap the most benefits.

Again, yogurt can be very beneficial because of the cultures that are included which help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Unfortunately, most of the yogurts you will find in stores have crazy amounts of sugar in them. Stick with a plain variety and add your own honey or fruit.

Tyson To Stop Use Of Antibiotics

Tyson Foods is currently the United State’s largest producer of poultry products. This past week they confirmed that they will stop feeding their chickens antibiotics that are commonly used in human medicine. Healthy people at STX Entertainment know that the use of antibiotics in the meat and poultry industry has seen a lot of publicity recently. Many people are concerned that this product is used preventatively. This could lead to human bacteria resistance and the quality of the meat could be compromised. Antibiotics are used on farms all across the United States at this point in time.

Basically, many farms are administering antibiotics to their animals to prevent them from becoming sick. Sometimes this is because the animals are not kept in sanitary spaces. In order to prevent infection because of unpleasant circumstances, the antibiotics are used. Not only does this spark controversy about
bacteria but also controversy regarding the living conditions of the animals we are consuming. Many farmers believe that the life of an animal will affect the quality of their meat. A very stressed and unhealthy animal is not going to produce high quality product.

Tyson has not disclosed what they will be using instead of human antibiotics. They also have not addressed the issue of hormone administration which is often used to make an animal larger in a very short amount of time.

Restaurant Owner Reaches out to Dumpster Diver

Oklahoma City restaurant owner, Ashley Jiron, has noticed something going on in her restaurant’s dumpster lately. Ashley, who owns the newly opened P.B. Jams in Warr Acres, said that she noticed that some bags she had brought to the dumpster the night before had been opened and the food inside had been taken out. Seeing that broke her heart so she decided to reach out to the person who was clearly hungry enough to search the dumpster for food.

According to the story on, Ashley posted a noted on the front door of P.B. Jams. The sign on the front door is addressed to the person who was rummaging through the dumpsters and in it Ashley tells the person that they are “a human being, and worth more than a meal from a dumpster”. She then offers the person a free peanut butter and jelly sandwich, a side of veggies and a cup of water for no charge if they come in and ask for it.

The gesture is sweet but Ashley says no one has stepped up to claim it yet. Sergio Cortes finds that surprising, as stated in the article here. She is hoping that the free meal will help someone who is down on their luck at the moment.

Clearly Label GMO’s so Consumers Can Make Their Own Decision

The practice of genetically modified organisms(GMO’s) being in our food supply at your local grocery store has been a cause for concern for some. Not enough concern according to an article on Advocates of genetically engineering food point out that it enables scientists to create strains of various fruits and vegetables that grow larger and are more resistant to insects thus reducing costs by increasing yields from farm land and reducing the need for insecticide. Even countries in Europe, which had traditionally eschewed the use of GMO’s, have seen an increase in these products. Paul Mathieson has learned that Spain has become the largest grower of genetically engineered foods in Europe.

The only thing we know for sure about the long-term safety of GMO’s is that we can’t know too much about their long-term safety because they’ve only been available on the market since the late 1990’s. Genetic engineering, as a scientific field, is here to stay. Using it to modify foods to ‘improve’ them seemed a natural use for this science. There will always be those who view any attempted improvement on nature as no improvement at all. One thing is clear, food labeling laws should be expanded to clearly indicate which foods are GMO. Only in this way can individual consumers decide if they wish to take the risk until science has had a little more time to definitively determine the safety of these foods.

More Obvious Health Guidelines

This week, as more people digest the U.S. Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee’s report for 2015, focus has been placed on the part of the guidelines which states that people are consuming too many animal-based foods and need to focus on plant-based ones, especially fresh plant foods, since they are healthier and usually impact the environmentless as long as organic growing methods are followed.

Although this is extremely good advice as Zeca Oliviera has noted, it is the same advice that the American public has heard over the last 40 years from the majority of doctors, nutritionists and environmentalists. Instead of focusing on something the public already knows, the Committee should have focused on a framework of changes that could be made to make a plant-based diet a more cost-effective and more readily available and desirable choice.

The biggest cause of dietary issues in humans in 2015 is the vast selection of prepackaged foods that have poor nutritional value. People are faced with literally addiction-causing packaging designs crafted to distract them from choosing the healthier, fresh plant-based choices and a near constant bombardment of advertising designed to get them to ignore the fresh plant-based choices and instead choose non-plant foods or frozen or canned plant-based options that have less nutritional value. Additionally, they are constantly faced with “snack” plant-based foods that are high in sugar and fat that are designed to make them consume more rather than eat healthier.

Non-Green Salads to Try

If you love salads but hate leafy greens, life can be difficult. Because you want to keep eating healthy, you don’t have to munch on leady greens. Pinterest is full of non-green salad options that people have tried and shared. Here are some healthy salad options to try –

• Fruit Salad – Fruits have many things to offer you that vegetables simply cannot. Also, fruits are a bit more tasty that veggies, especially if you have a sweet tooth. So, try mixing all your favorite fruits together in a bowl and have some fruit salad for breakfast. Make sure the fruits are fresh.

• Crispy Avocado, Tomato and Bacon Salad – This is a salad with some flair. The recipe is simple enough and in the end, you can crispy avocado coated in parmesan panko mixture, fresh tomatoes and crispy bacon. You can add many other things to this salad to bring out the taste. Don’t forget to include your favorite sauce.

• Cabbage, Cilantro Carrot Slaw – Bored of coleslaw? Why don’t you try this Asian version with cilantro, red cabbage and carrot. The result is extremely colorful and if you place it in a glass, it would add to the aesthetic of your dinner table. Don’t forget to use Asian dressing for this salad, namely rice vinegar and sesame oil.

You can make your own non-green salads by finding out about the vegetables and fruits that you prefer and trying to make them compliment each other. Foodies like Susan McGalla know that eating healthy doesn’t have to be boring.