Today’s Pickup: beer supply chains hopping with potential in Africa

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Companies like Anheuser-Busch InBev NV, Heineken NV, and Diageo PLC see big potential in the market, but the WSJ’s Julie Wernau and Alexandra Wexler write the international drinks giants are contending with price swings in commodities and other factors that quickly undercut the economics of local markets. That’s pushed brewers to embrace low-price, locally formulated concoctions that that would be unrecognizable to most Western consumers and cut far against the grain of their usual big-scale, mass-market strategies. 

Overall, the continent, however, is hopping with potential. Africa’s beer consumption is far below that of Western markets and growing fast, with one forecast suggesting it could account for 40% of global volume in the next decade. For now, however, Diageo says it wants to tap consumers who can’t afford its core brands, such as Guinness.

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Final Thoughts:

The top five trucking freight markets currently represent 18% of the entire load volume of U.S. domestic freight. This according to a new SONAR market-share index (SONAR: OTMS) released Friday. The entire U.S. domestic freight volume is divided up among 135 total markets. The top five markets currently are:  

1. Atlanta, GA: 4.48%

2. Ontario, CA (just outside Los Angeles): 4.12%

3. Joliet, IL (just outside Chicago): 3.46%

4. Harrisburg, PA: 3.10%

5. Dallas, TX: 2.83%

Hammer down everyone!

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  1. On Renda Environmental: Here is how Renda makes their money
    “Residents have tracked the smell to an unassuming pasture on FM 730, a few miles north of Boyd. It is the fertilizer they learned that is causing the stink. It comes from Fort Worth’s water treatment plant. Bio solids left over after the treatment process are reused as natural fertilizer.
    Renda Environmental has contracted with the city since 1991 to spread the sludge. No one from Renda returned calls for comment Monday. The company website however says, “It has represented a low-cost solution for the city and has produced unmistakable benefits for local farmers.”
    A city spokesperson said they were aware of complaints about the smell, but that it was Renda’s responsibility to respond to the complaints.
    The Texas Commission on Environmental Quality confirmed it has an open investigation after receiving three complaints. One was in regards to another field in Boyd for the same problem.”
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    The chemicals and their compounds in biosolids dumps on our farms, ranches, forest and effluent dumped into our rivers are a large contributor to cancer, chronic diseases, and birth defect because of exposure you should not have been subjected to. You are not immune.
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    Check the increase in cancer since 1980.