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Driving Trading Efficiency using Data Science

By Craig Foltz on November 27, 2018


The world of online trading can be hard to forecast. Long-time investors and traders often embed a kind of murky, undefinable magic within their success stories. There are so many possible factors to consider, many of which arise from a combination of unknown variables, making research-based decisions difficult. However, new strategies arising from the capture of big data and modelling behaviour based on data analytics is here to change that.

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Topics: Food Industry, Trends, Future, Business

Four Factors in the Overloaded Dairy Market

By Craig Foltz on November 13, 2018


From North America to New Zealand to Ireland and Malaysia, an unexpected surplus in the dairy market has created dilemmas for suppliers, farmers and buyers. Milk production in the EU is up approximately 2% in 2018 increasing pressure on export markets. This oversupply stems from a number of factors depending on what part of the world is being described.

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Topics: Insider, Food Industry, Food Production

Foods We'll be Eating in 2025

By Craig Foltz on October 30, 2018


Humans have been eating strange things for a long time. Twinkies, Jell-o, Oreo Cookies, Spam, Avocado-free guacamole. And don’t even get me started on spray-can cheese!

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Topics: Food Industry, Food Production, Future, Sustainability

Four Ways Online Trading Makes Life Easier for the Primary Industry Sector

By Craig Foltz on October 16, 2018


The Primary Industry Sector is constantly experiencing unpredictable and dynamic competitive pressures. Because of this, the strategic leaders of these businesses need to leverage every asset at their disposal. 

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Topics: Food Industry, Trends, Business, Sustainability

Three New Food Production Trends Impacting the Global Food Industry

By Craig Foltz on September 12, 2018


When it comes to “future foods” the future is now. How we think about food is constantly evolving. It’s not just how we think about what we eat, but it’s also about how and where what we eat comes from. Some of the trends in the food industry are competing: One region of the world may be focused purely on obtaining a stable and robust food supply to feed their population. While other areas may be more focused on producing food that aligns with their sustainability goals. In some places these trends are converging in a way that (hopefully) addresses all of our global goals.

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Topics: Food Industry, Trends, Food Production

10 Blockchain Facts or Fantasies?

By Craig Foltz on August 30, 2018

Dispelling some common myths around blockchain.

1: A single person invented blockchain.

Unknown. “Satoshi Nakamoto” invented blockchain, but whether “Satoshi Nakamoto represents an individual or a group of individuals is a mystery.

2: Blockchain technology uses more electricity than Ireland.

Fact. A single bitcoin transaction uses about the same amount of energy as it takes to boil 36,000 kettles of water. That’s a lot of tea! By summer 2019, it’s estimated that the total energy consumption for blockchain will be roughly equivalent to the entire US output.
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Topics: Future, Blockchain, Bitcoin

How Trade Conflicts Could Impact the Dairy Industry

By Craig Foltz on August 23, 2018

With every tweet US President Donald Trump seems to be escalating more trade conflicts among formerly-trusted US trading partners. With these conflicts escalating and spreading from China to Canada to Mexico to Turkey, it’s fair to ponder what the likely fallout will be for the dairy industry.

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Sustainability in the Seafood Industry

By Craig Foltz on August 21, 2018

Approximately 3 billion people worldwide rely on seafood as their primary protein source. This puts tremendous pressure on wild stocks which, according to WWF’s Living Planet Report, declined by 50% between 1970 and 2012. The seafood industry is both behind and ahead of the curve when it comes to sustainability. On the one hand, numerous internationally-recognised organisations track and certify the industry’s sustainable catch around the world, but, on the other hand, the sustainable market is unable to cope with the magnitude of growth that has happened in the industry over the past generation or so. Even so, the portion of seafood which is sourced sustainably is steadily increasing.

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Topics: Food Industry, Trends, Food Production, Seafood, Sustainability

Top 5 challenges facing the dairy industry

By Craig Foltz on August 13, 2018

Like other agribusiness sectors, the global dairy industry faces a slew of challenges. Successful innovation will be the key driver for negotiating this period of instability. What are the top issues facing the dairy industry? How can the industry transform these challenges into opportunities?

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5 Ways E-Commerce is Changing the Dairy Industry

By Craig Foltz on August 13, 2018

The world of dairy trading is complex and nuanced. Traditionally, dairy transactions have occurred over the phone or by email, with manual integration processes and ad-hoc databases used to record any history. But, as we move deeper into the future, e-Commerce is becoming more of an industry norm.  

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