Strong Yen Forces Toyota to Rethink Japan-Based Compact-Car Production -- Toyota Motor Corp. President Akio Toyoda said Monday the auto maker would consider shifting more of its compact-car production from Japan and shaking up its supplier base to stay globally competitive if the yen remains at record highs against the dollar or strengthens further.
The Future Of Foxconn: 200 Pigs -- The kitchen at Foxconn is important because, like the company, it is a black box. I saw a model of the facility, carefully laid out on a piece of plastic turf and complete with little LED lights tracing the path of any one of those nearly 200 pigs from loading dock to loading dock. It's like a circuit diagram or a model of a digestive system. Raw materials enter at one end, are unloaded, and sorted. Rice go on one path while 40 metric tons of vegetables and legumes head a different way. Meats go into the main artery, into a walk-in freezer the size of a U.S.-style grocery store, and then into the main hall where meat is cut, marinated, and prepared. Huge woks, fire belching from below, line one whole row and here the workers, their hats color-coded based on skill and experience, prepare meals.
The Atlas of Aspirational Origins -- Provenance is a tricky issue. Over the past few years, the names of agricultural regions, villages, and even specific farms have proliferated on urban menus and shelf labels, providing the aspirational consumer with a shorthand guarantee of authenticity, taste, and, often, local origin. The idea is that by listing the farm on which your heirloom tomato was picked, chefs honour growers as the co-producer of flavour; meanwhile, by achieving protected designation of origin (PDO) status, traditional makers of pork pies and prosciutto preserve the geographic context of their product, as well as its artisanal technique and, often, its continued economic viability.
Nestle does a supply chain deep dive.
Nestle 'to act over child labour in cocoa industry' -- Global food giant Nestle says it has taken a major step to end child labour on cocoa farms supplying its factories. The firm, one of the world's largest chocolate producers, says it is going to work with the Fair Labor Association (FLA) on tackling the problem.