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  • It’s estimated that pet-loving consumers will spend a whopping $75 billion on pet food in 2019. That’s a few billion more than customers spent in 2018. The trend in pet food expenditures has steadily climbed for more than two decades. One can glean at least two key takeaways from these statistics:...
  • Confectionery manufacturers who transition from ordinary batch mixing equipment to more efficient high shear homogenizers typically realize significant savings. While not inexpensive, this superior mixing technology may improve your bottom line by reducing waste and boosting raw ingredient yields....
  • In 2016, the personal care and cosmetics industries generated more than $80 billion in the lucrative U.S. market alone. By 2020, that number is expected to skyrocket to nearly $97 billion. Clearly, there’s substantial money to be made by selling beauty, comfort and skincare products. And speaking...
  • Viscosity is the property of a given liquid that describes its resistance to flow. A highly viscous fluid tends to be thick, like honey or cold maple syrup. Compared to a relatively nonviscous fluid, such as water, highly viscous liquids flow much more slowly. Of course, when you add energy, in the...
  • “Water, water, every where, Nor any drop to drink.” — Samuel Taylor Coleridge What could be more basic than water? It’s a fundamental component of all life. Ubiquitous, ordinary and extraordinary, it’s the universal solvent. Yet it’s immiscible with lipids. Its boiling and freezing points are...
  • Emulsions represent a sort of chemistry magic trick. Everyone knows that oil and water do not mix. Pour olive oil in some vinegar, for example, and watch as they separate into two distinct layers (also known as phases). They refuse to intermingle. Yet through a bit of physiochemical sleight of...
  • Food and beverage production is big business, with big profits at stake. America’s groceries are seemingly bright, happy places. Don’t be fooled, though. Margins are notoriously thin, and competition for shelf space is fierce. Like some Darwinian landscape, survival accrues to the fittest. In the...
  • Have you ever wondered how makeup is made? Cosmetics are big business. In North America alone, we spend about $35 billion annually on mascara, foundation, lipstick and all the rest. Clearly, the art of artifice sells. However, the former popularity of lead and mercury used in makeup underscores...
  • Proper mixing is a bit like alchemy. Is it an art? A science? Or a little of both, with a hint of magic thrown into the mix? Despite efforts to share facts about the high shear mixing process, certain mysteries and myths still pervade the industry. Efficient mixing is arguably a bit of an art...
  • Ordinary agitation-type mixers essentially rely on mechanical stirring to blend two or more substances. Most of these inherently “low shear” devices are capable of reliably performing simple mixing jobs well. Yet their effectiveness largely depends on the viscosity and certain other properties of...