May 30, 2018

Caught in the crosshairs of global trade policy

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Over 12.5 million people in the United States work in the manufacturing sector. That's nearly 12 percent of U.S. GDP. So what we make and how make it matters. We're starting off with the second part in our series about…

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One family-run business caught in the crosshairs of global trade policy

May 30, 2018
Fifth-generation foundry owners say a changing consensus about manufacturing in Washington is "overdue."
Goldens' Foundry and Machine Co. is a fifth-generation family-owned business in Columbus, Georgia.
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What’s behind Bayer’s acquisition of Monsanto?

May 30, 2018
A whopping $66 billion deal in the agribusiness space just won the approval of antitrust regulators in Washington, D.C. That clears the way for German behemoth Bayer to acquire St. Louis-based Monsanto. Monsanto has for years ridden the success of…

Here’s why this conglomerate snapped up Pret A Manger

May 30, 2018
Maybe you’ve never heard of the international food conglomerate JAB. But you probably consume some of its products, like Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Panera Bread and Peet’s Coffee. JAB is a Luxembourg-based holding company run by a secretive German billionaire family.…

How to make restaurant kitchens a better place for women

May 30, 2018
The new CEO of the James Beard Foundation has some ideas.
James Beard Foundation (JBF) CEO Clare Reichenbach at the 2018 James Beard Awards in Chicago on May 7, 2018. 
Kent Miller/Courtesy of the James Beard Foundation

Over 12.5 million people in the United States work in the manufacturing sector. That’s nearly 12 percent of U.S. GDP. So what we make and how make it matters. We’re starting off with the second part in our series about manufacturing in America. Today, we’re at a foundry that’s seen business improve under President Donald Trump, but its owners are wary of steel tariffs. Then: What do Snapple, Dr. Pepper, Peet’s Coffee, Keurig and Panera Bread have in common? They’re all owned by one company that’s on a buying spree. Plus, a conversation with the James Beard Foundation CEO about restaurants in the post #MeToo era. (05-30-2018)