May 2011

Monthly Archives

The Mother of Invention at a Women-Owned Company


Barium & Chemicals, Inc. is a women-owned business in Ohio that is dealing with the common shortage of raw materials and inconsistencies in product quality.  Linda Yanok noted that the silver lining in the current situation  is their ability to make and manufacture product by re-working materials to refine it to their high standards.  She … Read More

Technology Merging The Body and The Machine


The sensors expo and conference is taking place June 6-8 at the Donald E. Stevens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.  The keynote speaker is Dr. Hugh Herr, Biomechatronics Researcher, MIT  Media Lab.  In his Keynote Session: The New Era of Human 2.0: New Minds, New Bodies, New Identities Dr. Herr’s story and message describes how … Read More

Learning from Venoms – from a safe distance


Webinars are useful ways to learn while saving time, travel expense and the ability to share valuable information across an organization.  An upcoming webinar from chemical information services on June 6th about venoms puts a safe distance between attendees and animals.   Animal venoms are complex mixtures of highly diverse bio-active molecules of various sizes, … Read More

IFT SPECIAL UPDATE: No Flooding In New Orleans


Many CYP buyers and suppliers are firming up plans for the upcoming 2011 IFT Annual Meeting & Food Expo June 11 – 14th in New Orleans.  I’ll be blogging about what people are expecting, trends and business at the show.  Let us know if you’re Tweeting at the Expo and we’ll follow along! @JAZDChem In … Read More

Drumming Up Business In Düsseldorf


interpack 2011 wrapped up last week and organizers are describing it as one of the most successful events in its 53-year history.  Colder Products Company mentioned that two important issues kept coming up in conversation – safety and cost savings in minimizing waste of materials in the process of dispensing products out of containers.  This … Read More

Remind Prospective Customers Where You Do Business


I spoke with a chemical buyer today about his experience using CYP to source products.  One of the products that he was looking for was potassium chloride.  He noted three important factors in buying in the following order: 1. Location of the supplier 2. Cleanliness of the product – dirt to product ratio 3. Price … Read More

Smart Sourcing


The current situation of higher demand with tight inventory of products is making the phone ring.  That’s the word from Bruce Schechinger of BHS Marketing.  Bruce says that access, good inventory management and market leadership are helping BHS Marketing respond to the needs of current clients and inquiries from new customers.  He termed it “Smart … Read More

Strong buyer interest at ifia JAPAN


Today is the second day of ifia JAPAN 2011.  Now in its 16th year in 2011, ifia is Japan’s largest event dedicated solely to the food additives and ingredients industries.  Event sources say due to the sharp rise in food raw materials prices, never before has the demand for additives and alternative ingredients been so … Read More

Buckets of Business from Stormy Weather


The extended periods of rain across North America are causing concerns for construction companies in managing storm water.   Often you see hay bails and tubes of hay set up around sites to form a berm to prevent excessive dirt, silt and debris from entering storm drains and water ways in order to remain compliant with … Read More

Report from the North Rings True


In yesterday’s blog I mentioned positive signs of transborder business from DSN Chemical Transportation.  Today Aaron Raphael of Allan Chemical Corporation pointed out to me that they are seeing improvements in business in general, but they are being pressured by increased commodity prices and that certainly increases the competitive environment.  Beyond price, customers still place … Read More