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Carlsberg sales up, lifts shareholder payout

“Carlsberg A/S (CARL-A.KO) on Wednesday proposed a bigger payout for shareholders after growing beer sales across all of its major markets in 2018” writes Dominic Chopping for marketwatch.com. For 2019, the company said it will continue to drive organic net revenue growth while maintaining tight cost control and strict cash discipline.It expects to deliver mid-single-digit-percentage organic growth in operating profit in 2019, with capital expenditure at constant currencies expected at around DKK4.5 billion.Analysts polled by FactSet had expected revenue of DKK62.1 billion. Source: marketwatch.com

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Pandora profit beats views, outlines cost cuts

“Net profit in the quarter fell 2.8% to DKK1.89 billion from DKK1.95 billion in the same period a year earlier” writes Dominic Chopping for marketwatch.com. Analysts polled by FactSet had expected net profit of DKK1.75 billion.Pandora also changed its guidance metrics from 2019 to focus on organic growth and earnings before interest and tax margin.Restructuring costs are expected to be up to DKK1.5 billion in 2019, with capital expenditure at DKK1.2 billion-DKK1.5 billion. Source: marketwatch.com

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Can we ditch intensive farming – and still feed the world?

“The most obvious alternative to industrialised intensive farming in the developed world is organic farming” writes Fiona Harvey for theguardian.com. If food production increases along current lines, that would require a landmass twice the area of India.Food production around the world must rise by half in the next 30 years to sustain a global population expected to top 10 billion by 2050.Intensive farming has already had a huge effect on biodiversity and the environment worldwide. Source: theguardian.com

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Don’t Pay to Acquire Your First Users

“We acquired more than 100,000 users through organic channels – 85% through organic Google search – with no marketing spend” writes San Francisco for kapwing.com. Our organic traction meant we were in a much better position to raise a seed round from investors last summer.By trying to get organic traction, you’ll learn more about the adjacent markets and channels that affect your niche market.I think spending money to acquire your first customers is an unhealthy approach to product validation and, frankly, a waste of capital.In contrast, the customer acquisition cost…

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ZERO WASTE: Planet Organic Has Provided 26,280 Meals To Those In Need By Giving Away All Its Leftovers

“Planet Organic claims to have become the first UK retailer to achieve zero edible food waste, by giving its leftovers away to communities in need” writes Sophie Gallagher for huffingtonpost.com. This has been used to provide 26,280 meals.  [Read More: If you care about food waste, try these three apps] Olio is a food-sharing app that connects businesses looking to get rid of unsold produce with a network of 3,000 volunteers through its ‘food waste heroes’ programme.Once the volunteers and businesses have made contact, they arrange a specific time to…

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China hails improved water quality, but some rivers more polluted

“Chemical oxygen demand, a measure used to determine organic content in water, was also found to exceed the national level in the “below grade V” rivers” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. Phosphorus and ammonium nitrate, which mainly come from industrial waste water, pesticides and organic fertilisers, were identified as the major pollutants of water pollution, the MEE said in a statement. Source: 95kqds.com

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11 Skin Care Products on Amazon Under $15 That Actually Work

“Known as the ultimate moisturizer for dry, rough skin, Skin Food feeds the skin with intense nourishment and hydration and uses anti-inflammatory extracts of organic calendula flowers that gently nourish and care for parched skin” writes Lisa Levine for spy.com. Garden of Life makes an extra virgin, unrefined version that is certified organic and makes a great hair and skin accompaniment. Source: spy.com

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From South Korea to IBM Food Trust – How Blockchain Is Used in the Food Industry

“Most recently, France-based multinational Auchan revealed that it would permanently implement blockchain-based food tracking in five of the countries it operates in: France, Italy, Senegal, Spain, and Portugal” writes Simon Chandler for cointelegraph.com. 2018 has witnessed a steady increase in the number of food manufacturers and retailers using blockchains to enhance their operations.There is, then, an increasingly strong sense that food tracking is one area where blockchain and crypto hold genuine appeal to businesses (and consumers).In the vast majority of cases, blockchain tech is used by the food industry for…

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Organic wine market growing fast but to remain niche: study

“PARIS (Reuters) – The market for organic wine will grow rapidly in the next five years as environmentally-conscious consumers increasingly favor pesticide-free wines, but their market share will remain relatively small globally, a study showed” writes Midwest Communications Inc for 95kqds.com. In France, the surge in organic wine sales is particularly strong, with the market share seen reaching 7.7 percent by 2022.”There is a big margin for organic wine to keep rising,” Jose Luis Hermoso, research director at IWSR told Reuters.Chateau Latour, one of the most prestigious Pauillac chateaux in…

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