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Young entrepreneurs innovate in green energy with an in situ organic waste digester

Young Mexican entrepreneurs develop a bio-digestion plant capable of generating electricity from organic waste in the market of the Nopal Collection Center in Mexico City.

The company SUEMA, Sustainability in Energy and Environment, created by Jahir Mojica Hernández, Carlos Apipilhuasco Gonzalez Mejía and Nelly Rodriguez, designed a system for waste treatment and decided to implement it in the market sector due to the amount of waste they generate.

The plant will be located in Milpa Alta, a delegation in the south of Mexico City, and process three to five tons of waste per day operating 24 hours to generate its own electricity and illuminate the market. Thus benefiting from 65 tons of organic waste per month. The treatment plant will also nurish from sunlight.

Having an on-site plant will avoid transporting organic waste to the Bordo Poniente, city’s wasteland where it is processed, avoiding an extra expenditure of up to 640 pesos per tonne per day. With the capture of harmful greenhouse gases energy will be generated and an soil improver will be produced, which will be delivered to the farmers.

The soil improver, which is equivalent to a mixture of nutrients up to 600 kilograms per day, generates higher quality products, making the development attractive for traders, which will help in growing and marketing.

“The plant will improve competitiveness, image and increase the number of customers. It is intended to get people more interested in going to the market instead of a convenience store,” said the CEO of the company, Jahir Mojica.

“The public markets are entities of economy for the city and main supply centers for poor people; however, they have weakened against major foreign consortia, which often define the price of commodities,.”

SUEMA decided to use the Nopal Collection Center in Milpa Alta as host for the natural energy production plant, because the delegation has the first place in the waste separation program of the city; however, it is the one that receives less budget for infrastructure. “Tenants separate waste very well, it is a deeply rooted practice in this area,” said Carlos Apipilhuasco, director of Engineering.

Another achievement of the company is the construction of an innovation research center, with three research areas: soil improvement, thermal use of solar energy and bioenergy. (Agencia ID)

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Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Green Zebra contemplates expansion

Green Zebra Grocery, a Portland, Ore.-based health-focused convenience store, hopes to open at least two more locations in the next few months — if it can raise the money — according to published reports.

The company — operated by Lisa Sedlar, the former CEO of New Seasons Market, also of Portland — opened its first store 14 months ago. Plans for a second location at the end of 2013 fell through, and plans for another store, originally scheduled to open last summer, have been delayed awaiting completion of financing, Sedlar told OregonLive.com.

“As soon as we raise the money we’ll go full-speed ahead,” she was quoted as saying.

The original store is 5,600 square feet. The second one will be 6,400 square feet, with added space for grab-and-go items, the reports said.

Supermarket News

Stickers help Green Dragon apple sales soar

Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, offers Green Dragon apples with labels to distinguish these sweet, juicy, and fragrant heirloom apples from other green apples. The labels also inform shoppers that the naturally freckled skin is quite normal.stickers2

Shoppers love the Green Dragon Apple’s sweet, low-acid flavor with hints of pineapple and pear. The skin is not thick like other green apples, making them perfect for eating out of hand. Plus Frieda’s exclusively offers Baby Green Dragon apples, which are perfect for school snacking programs.

Green Dragon apples feature a lime-green, bruise-resistant skin dotted with brown freckles. They are often mistaken for Golden Delicious or Granny Smiths, and considered to be blemished because of the freckles.   

“We launched the new stickers last season, and the feedback has been very positive,” Karen Caplan, president and chief executive officer of Frieda’s Inc., said in a press release. “Our effort to educate shoppers and produce staff continue beyond just the stickers. We carry on the conversation about how freckles are normal for these delicious apples on our social media channels and website.”

Interested retailers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors can contact Frieda’s to book these popular apples, and gain access to Frieda’s extensive product information, high resolution images, and recipe database.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.

Stickers help Green Dragon apple sales soar

Frieda’s Specialty Produce, based in Los Alamitos, CA, offers Green Dragon apples with labels to distinguish these sweet, juicy, and fragrant heirloom apples from other green apples. The labels also inform shoppers that the naturally freckled skin is quite normal.stickers2

Shoppers love the Green Dragon Apple’s sweet, low-acid flavor with hints of pineapple and pear. The skin is not thick like other green apples, making them perfect for eating out of hand. Plus Frieda’s exclusively offers Baby Green Dragon apples, which are perfect for school snacking programs.

Green Dragon apples feature a lime-green, bruise-resistant skin dotted with brown freckles. They are often mistaken for Golden Delicious or Granny Smiths, and considered to be blemished because of the freckles.   

“We launched the new stickers last season, and the feedback has been very positive,” Karen Caplan, president and chief executive officer of Frieda’s Inc., said in a press release. “Our effort to educate shoppers and produce staff continue beyond just the stickers. We carry on the conversation about how freckles are normal for these delicious apples on our social media channels and website.”

Interested retailers, wholesalers and foodservice distributors can contact Frieda’s to book these popular apples, and gain access to Frieda’s extensive product information, high resolution images, and recipe database.

The Produce News | Today’s Headlines – The Produce News – Covering fresh produce around the globe since 1897.