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Can Blockchain Enhance Food Safety in Hospitals?

Hospital patient looks at her unappetizing hospital meal.

In the past, we have written about contamination control in healthcare facilities and hospitals from a point of view of the environmental hazards that inevitably stem from the congregation of of sickened individuals and their interaction with their healthy caregivers. We’ve looked at ways in which developing technologies can be leveraged to maintain a clean […]

Arsenic as the ‘Protector of Apples.’

apple and arsenic

In 1944, director Frank Capra released his dark comedy adaptation of Joseph Kesselring’s play, Arsenic and Old Lace. Starring Cary Grant and Raymond Massey, the film told the story of a family in which two family matriarchs take it upon themselves to poison lonely and aged men with apparently nothing to live for. Seeing their […]

Functional Comfort Food

Ruby chocolate food trend

Back in 2017 (Functional Comfort Food) we reported about ruby red chocolate made from ruby cocoa beans sourced from the Ivory Coast, Ecuador, and Brazil that Swiss mega-chocolatier The Barry Callebaut Group had recently launched into the Shanghai, China market. Subsequent to the article, ruby chocolate was introduced into the Japan and Europe markets.  On […]

Is Kombucha a Boozy Booch or a Beneficial Beverage?

kombucha fermentation and shots

Between dire predictions of climate change and political stability on the global stage, some of us will be forgiven for turning – albeit only very occasionally – to the world of Hollywood and/or celebrity gossip for relief from the seemingly unstoppable torrent of Bad News. Whether it’s binge watching Game of Thrones or tabloid surfing […]

How Recent Developments in Nutrition Inspire Innovation

Yummy deliciousness

Cell-Cultured Fruit, Polyphenols, Bioreactors and Non-Melting Ice-Cream For the pint-sized inquisitive mind, a trip to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral can be the highlight of an educational away-day. Filled with astrophysical oddities and actual rocket scientists, it’s enough to instill wonder and inspire innovation in minds young and not-so-young alike. When one of […]

Food Contact Surfaces: Top 10 of 2017!

Food Contact Surfaces Top10

When playwright William Shakespeare famously wrote in Twelfth Night ‘If music be the food of love, play on. Give me excess of it; that surfeiting, The appetite may sicken, and so die.’ he certainly had a point. But here at Berkshire, we like to put a different spin on it by declaring ‘If food be […]

Update – The Impossible Burger

impossible burger

Undercover Report The build: Impossible Burger Patty medium, sautéed onions, cheddar cheese artisan bun lightly grilled. Options   Heat They offer a full array of heat from practically raw to well done. Cheese You could get cheddar, swiss, or American cheese or none. Vegan  They did offer a full vegan option. Additional offerings They strongly […]

Update: Tainted Treats: To What Extent Does Honey Represent a Nutritional Friend or Foe?

Two ripe red-yellow apples.

Inspired and curious about the plant-based options for our old favorite sweetener, honey, Berkshire decided to take a closer look. Perusing the aisles of our local store, we noted that options include date syrup, golden syrup, coconut nectar, molasses, agave nectar, and the always outstanding New England maple syrup. (And yes, of course we’re biased […]