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Organic Food Industry Grew 12% in 2013-2014 Reports Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water Host

Grants Pass, OR (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

Sales in the organic food industry in the United States grew 12-percent from 2013 to 2014, according to radio talk show host Sharon Kleyne, setting a record in an industry that has been experiencing rapid growth since 1990. The US economy in the same period grew 2-percent. Kleyne, who hosts the Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show, reported this information following a recent on-air interview with Patricia Bragg of Bragg Live Foods, a worldwide manufacturer of organic and natural food products.

Rapid and sustained expansion in the organic food industry, Kleyne believes, reflects a fundamental change in the eating habits of consumers, towards less processed and healthier, more natural foods. Since 1990, the organic food industry has grown from $ 1-billion a year in annual revenue to $ 35-billion in 2013. About half of these sales were through the nation’s 20,000 health and organic food stores. The other half were through supermarkets.

“Organic foods,” as described by Kleyne and Bragg, are free from pesticides, growth hormones, chemical fertilizers and genetic modification. Organic foods must meet specified industry standards. A “health food store” is a store featuring organic and natural foods and food products, whole foods, foods high in nutritional content and dietary supplements.

One of the largest manufacturers of organic and natural food products, Hain Celestial, has increased in the last five years from a $ 19 per share stock value on the NASDAQ, to $ 86 per share.

Patricia Bragg pointed out that every successful organic food store, health food store, whole food store and supermarket health food and organic food section in the world, traces their origin to the century old legacy of her father, Paul Bragg, acknowledged as the “Father of the Health Food Movement in America.”

In 1912, Bragg began marketing his own line of all-natural health foods, starting with herbal teas, sea kelp, vinegar and honey. Bragg’s original health food store in Los Angeles, arguably the nation’s first, opened in 1926.

Sharon Kleyne interviewed Patricia Bragg on her Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water radio show of July 21, 2012 http://www.voiceamerica.com/show/2207/the-sharon-kleyne-hour    

The globally syndicated Sharon Kleyne Hour Power of Water® radio show, with host Sharon Kleyne, is heard on VoiceAmerica and Apple iTunes. Kleyne is also Founder of Bio Logic Aqua Research, a research, technology and product development center and the only company in the world specializing in fresh water, atmosphere and health. Natures Tears® EyeMist®, a 100% pure water mist, is the Research Center’s global signature product for dry eyes.

Sources:

Bragg Live Foods, http://www.bragg.com/

“Hain Celestial Group,” Market Watch, July 30, 2014, http://www.marketwatch.com/investing/stock/HAIN

“Record Growth of Organic Food Consumption in US and India,” Infinite Unknown, July 27, 2014,

http://www.infiniteunknown.net/2014/07/29/record-growth-of-organic-food-consumption-in-the-u-s-and-india/







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Allegany College of Maryland to Offer CNC Machinist Training Needed by Industry


CUMBERLAND, Md. (PRWEB) July 31, 2014

In response to a national shortage of computer numerical control machinists, Allegany College of Maryland plans to offer manual and CNC machinist training this fall.

This high-quality training on state-of-the-art equipment is designed to help bridge the “skills gap” for employment in advanced manufacturing.

Jobs for CNC operators are projected to grow faster than average, from 15 to 21 percent, according to O*Net OnLine, the Occupational Information Network developed under sponsorship of the U.S Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration.

ACM’s Center for Continuing Education developed the CNC machinist training with support from the Appalachian Regional Commission. Needed equipment was purchased with a $ 93,000 federal grant. ACM provided equivalent support.

Geared to highly motivated students, the program teaches well-rounded skills for entry-level positions in industries needing manual and CNC machinists.

Students who complete the training are qualified to earn the industry-recognized National Institute for Metalworking Skills, or NIMS, credential. As it is designed to teach skills for successful manual and CNC machining, college credit is not awarded.

The extensive hands-on training is divided into six 100-hour sections. The first 200 hours, developed for the beginning machinist, start with manual machining and an introduction to CNC machining.

Classes cover the following: Introduction to Machinery, Measurement, Materials and Safety; Measurement Systems and Machine Tool Math; Semi-Precision Measurement; Precision Measurement; Quality Assurance, Process Planning and Quality Control Introduction; Metal Composition and Classification; Heat Treatment of Metals; Maintenance, Lubrication and Cutting Fluid Overview; Job Planning, Benchwork and Layout; Drill Press; Manual Turning; and Manual Milling.

Students will learn how to understand drawings, basic symbols and notations, and also how to interpret basic GD&T feature control frames. Critical thinking and problem solving are emphasized.

First-year students will attend the first 200 hours from 5 to 9 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays in a six-month period starting in September. A second beginning section, if needed, will start in March.

Beginning machining students will have the opportunity to earn up to seven NIMS credentials in level-one machining. These are in measurement, materials and safety; job-planning, benchwork and layout, manual milling skills; turning operations: turning between centers; turning chucking skills; grinding skills; and drill press skills.

The remaining 400 hours in the training focus on CNC machining. Experienced manual machinists can test directly into CNC Program: Setup, and Operation Training. Students seeking direct entry must provide proof of experience.

The 400-hour CNC program, which also begins this fall, includes the following topics: CNC Basics; Introduction to CNC Turning; CNC Turning: Programming; CNC Turning: Setup and Operation; Introduction to CNC Milling; CNC Milling: Programming; CNC Milling: Setup and Operation; and Computer-Aided Design and Computer-Aided Machining.

Classes meet from 5 to 9 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting in September and continuing through May.

Advanced machining students have the opportunity to earn up to four additional NIMS level- one credentials in programming and set-up operations and operator responsibilities in milling and turning.

Students who place into the advanced class will still have the opportunity to test for the seven preceding NIMS certificates. For more information on NIMS visit http://www.nims-skills.org.

Scholarship monies are available to help offset the cost of each course. For more information contact Rebecca Ruppert at 301-784-5338 or rruppert(at)allegany(dot)edu. Enrollment is limited to 10 students in each course.







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Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US Industry Market Research Report from IBISWorld Has Been Updated


New York, NY (PRWEB) July 17, 2014

Changes in consumer spending power and healthy habits are the primary drivers for the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry. The recession had a powerful effect on most consumer-facing industries. With the unemployment rate climbing, per capita disposable incomes waned, causing shoppers to tighten their purse strings and reduce demand for discretionary products, such as apparel. Additionally, shoppers turned to lower-priced retail outlets, such as mass merchandisers and internet-only retailers, for their clothing needs. Still, the increasing obesity rate in the United States has supported industry revenue growth during the past five years. Consequently, IBISWorld expects industry revenue to grow at an annualized rate in the five years to 2014.

Industry profitability fell to a recessionary low in 2009 and 2010 and remained constrained immediately following the recession. According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst David Yang, “The weak profit margin is partly the result of consumers’ lower-priced clothing choices during the recession, in addition to the rising cost of inputs.” Floods in key cotton-supplying countries caused the commodity’s price to skyrocket in 2010 and 2011, which raised the price of clothing. While retailers passed on a portion of the increase to consumers, they had to absorb the rest of it, diminishing profit margins. Since then, profit margins have improved as cotton prices declined and volatility moderated.

The industry is forecast to perform more strongly over the five years to 2019, as factors like per capita disposable income continue to grow. Moreover, with a rising focus on plus-size fashion, product choices are likely to expand and benefit specialty retailers. “Indeed, industry operators will likely benefit from greater designer collaboration and greater availability of premium products,” says Yang. As a result, despite potential competition from alternative retailers, the Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores industry is forecast to grow at an average annual rate in the five years to 2019. Profit is also anticipated to rise as more high-end labels begin to offer plus-size styles.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Plus-Size Women’s Clothing Stores in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Retailers in this industry specialize in plus-size women’s clothing, which is clothing proportioned specifically for larger women. Typically, sizes 14 and up are considered to be in the plus-size category, but not all brands and retailers follow this convention.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Brothers Hope to Revive Local Industry With New Menswear Line


New York, NY (PRWEB) April 05, 2014

Miles and Zen Endo launch their new line of menswear on Kickstarter and pledge to source their pieces to local manufacturers. Inspired by the American industrial heritage of the cities they live in and tools of American craftsmanship, the look of their pieces comes from the contrast of two textures: a raw sand casted surface and a machined edge. The same textural contrast can be found on cast iron combination squares, metal hand planes and machined engine parts. The initial pieces in the line are a tie clip, money clip and ring.

To check out the project visit: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/zenendo/iron-and-blood

The founders are raising money for the first production run of the line and the pieces are now available for purchase through the crowdfunding website, Kickstarter. Although headquartered in New York, their pieces will be made in Providence, Rhode Island. Providence was one of the first American cities to industrialize and was once the jewelry capital of the world. Iron and Blood honors that history and hopes that their efforts will help contribute to the domestic revival of that industry. The project, which launched last week, has gained significant traction and support from members of the Kickstarter community. Prices start as low as $ 35 for the tie clip and have free shipping for orders in the United States. Iron and Blood also has plans to launch a full-scale eCommerce website in June, if the project meets its funding goal.

In the development process, the founders experimented with waxes and other traditional jewelry making methods, but in order to accurately preserve the unique texture, their prototypes were made from sand casted iron plates and rods, in authentic industrial tradition. They used heavy machinery designed for cutting and shaping metal, in order to make them. The final pieces are being casted out of silver and white bronze as the original material, iron, is prone to rusting. The ring is made of pure silver and the clips of white bronze. The edges are then sanded, cleaned, and polished. Finally, a natural patina is added at the finishing stage to highlight the textural contrast.

About the Founders

Miles and Zen Endo founded the company in late 2013. The Endo brothers are from Honolulu, Hawaii but now live on the east coast. Zen is a graduate from the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at NYU and Miles from the Rhode Island School of Design. Miles is an industrial designer and runs a firm called Studio Endo. Studio Endo specializes in product development for startups, low volume prototyping, digital modeling, manual fabrication, custom furniture and ceramics. The fully equipped metal and wood shops at Studio Endo, is where the founders designed and developed their menswear line. Zen is an entrepreneur who has been an active member of the New York Start-Up community for years. His background is primarily in software and technology but he is passionate about building all kinds of things. He specializes in digital marketing, videography and building websites. Prior to Iron and Blood, he worked at an eCommerce software company that specialized in the jewelry vertical.

About Iron and Blood

Iron and Blood is a line of menswear headquartered in New York City and based on the aesthetic of industrial machinery. The goal of Iron and Blood is to make a guy stand out in a way that is edgy yet sophisticated. Founded by brothers Miles and Zen Endo in 2013, the company continues to be a small, family-run business that sells directly to consumers online.

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ironandbloodco

Contact: info(at)ironandblood(dot)com







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Personal Shopping Services in the US Industry Market Research Report Now Available from IBISWorld


New York, NY (PRWEB) March 18, 2014

Over the past five years, consumers have been searching for higher quality and more personalized customer care, which increasing disposable income has allowed them to pay for it. Consumers overwhelmed by an abundance of clothing choices, or too busy to shop for themselves, have sought to outsource their shopping to professionals who specialize in style consultations, wardrobe edits and a variety of other specialty shopping services. Economic recovery has brought with it a decreasing unemployment rate and increased consumer spending, giving the Personal Shopping Services industry a 4.1% boost to $ 761.7 million over the five years to 2014.

According to IBISWorld Industry Analyst Sarah Kahn, “Personal shoppers face fierce competition for their discretionary, often luxury, services.” Due to the personalized and time consuming nature of the services, the lack of universally recognized credentials and the minimal start-up costs, the industry has become crowded and fragmented. Over the past five years, employment has increased at an average annual rate of 4.0%. Additionally, department stores competing for customer satisfaction and loyalty have been contending with personal shoppers, providing their own stylists that offer many of the same services for free. Facing this competition, revenue is expected to increase at a slightly lower 3.9% rate in 2014.

A new form of competition is being perfected in the form of online services and mobile apps. “Personal shoppers are expected to struggle to compete with webpages that use algorithms and predictive analytics, extracting information from consumers’ personal spending habits to determine patterns and predict future trends,” says Kahn. As the percentage of services conducted online increases and shifts to mobile devices, new apps are expected to emerge, providing networks of stylists available through in-app messaging systems.

Setting themselves apart from department store stylists, e-commerce webpages and mobile apps, personal shoppers are expected to expand their clientele by offering lower-cost services to lower-income consumers or specialize in a more niche market. Over the next five years, revenue is expected to continue to grow, albeit at a slower rate, as post-financial-crisis consumers consider lower-cost alternatives to satisfy their personal shopping needs.

For more information, visit IBISWorld’s Personal Shopping Services in the US industry report page.

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IBISWorld industry Report Key Topics

Operators in the Personal Shopping Services in the US industry provide personal shopping services. Personal shoppers assist individuals by purchasing items on their behalf, suggesting items to purchase and providing style assistance. Personal shoppers employed by department stores (IBISWorld report 45211) and e-commerce sites (report 45411a) are not included in this industry. Personal shoppers serving corporations only are also not included in this industry.

Industry Performance

Executive Summary

Key External Drivers

Current Performance

Industry Outlook

Industry Life Cycle

Products & Markets

Supply Chain

Products & Services

Major Markets

Globalization & Trade

Business Locations

Competitive Landscape

Market Share Concentration

Key Success Factors

Cost Structure Benchmarks

Barriers to Entry

Major Companies

Operating Conditions

Capital Intensity

Key Statistics

Industry Data

Annual Change

Key Ratios

About IBISWorld Inc.

Recognized as the nation’s most trusted independent source of industry and market research, IBISWorld offers a comprehensive database of unique information and analysis on every US industry. With an extensive online portfolio, valued for its depth and scope, the company equips clients with the insight necessary to make better business decisions. Headquartered in Los Angeles, IBISWorld serves a range of business, professional service and government organizations through more than 10 locations worldwide. For more information, visit http://www.ibisworld.com or call 1-800-330-3772.







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Audiogon.com Relaunches Industry Leading Audio Bluebook for High-End Audio Equipment


Greenville, SC (PRWEB) February 19, 2014

Audiogon.com, The High-End Audio Community, today announced the launch of its all new Audio Bluebook (http://bluebook.audiogon.com), a comprehensive directory of pricing data for high-end audio and related equipment. Audio Bluebook features more than 3,000 brands and 35,000 individual products with nearly 300,000 individual price points.

“Setting the right price when listing an item for sale at Audiogon.com is critical,” said Lindsey Schulz, Chief Operating Officer. “Too high and it won’t sell. Too low and you leave money on the table. Audio Bluebook shows you a recommended Private Party price, Trade-In value and our proprietary Agon Average, all based on the largest repository of historical pricing data for high-end audio equipment available online today.”

In addition to leveraging data gathered from Audiogon.com listings dating back to its inception in 1997, Audio Bluebook imports prices from the more than 500 items listed for sale at Audiogon.com every day.

Access to Audio Bluebook is offered via monthly ($ 19.99) and annual ($ 99.99) subscriptions or via a one time lookup ($ 4.99). Additionally, Audiogon has integrated Audio Bluebook directly into it’s listing process, making it easier than ever to determine the market price for whatever you are selling.

“Audiogon’s Audio Bluebook has taken a huge leap forward recently in its functionality and ease of use,” commented Andres Sauceda, General Manager of Hanson Audio Video (http://www.hansonav.com). “I use it on a daily basis, not only to know what the market value is for an item, but to have the inside information I need to decide if I should make an offer or hold out. As a dealer, Audio Bluebook is a critical, must-have tool and it will remain part of my recipe for success.”

For more information about Audio Bluebook, please contact Lindsey Schulz via email at media(at)audiogon(dot)com.







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