Afternoon Coffee: US Manufacturing Grows Sharply in July, Brexit Drags Down Europe’s Business Activity

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The U.S. manufacturing sector has experienced positive growth this month, with manufacturing production seeing its sharpest rise since November. Markit said its Flash U.S. Manufacturing Purchasing Manager’s Index hit 52.9 in July, up from 51.3 in June. Business activity in Europe, however, did not fare so well this month, with manufacturing and services output falling. Markit reported today that its Eurozone Flash PMI fell to an 18-month low of 52.9 in July. Afternoon Coffee brings your the latest in procurement and supply chain news.

Is Cage-Free Egg Sourcing More Ethical? Report Details Troubling Findings from Cage-Free Hen Housing Systems

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A large number of major grocery stores, restaurants and food companies have committed to sourcing only cage-free eggs within the next decade — a promise driven largely by consumer demand to buy more ethical or sustainable products. But results of a recent study evaluating three different hen housing systems, including cage-free aviary systems, questions how ethical cage-free egg production is.

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