{Wall Street Journal) There Is Coconut Everywhere

Consumers lap up the tropical plant in water, milk, flour, oil and snacks

March 27, 2017 10:57 a.m. ET: If you feel like everything is starting to taste like a piña colada, it isn’t just you.

Coconut is in everything. Packaged soups, baby foods and snack foods are made with coconut oil, flour and shavings. Gyms are stocking coconut water. For some, coconut oil is a substitute for butter on popcorn, and coffee shops are spooning it liberally in blended lattés. The flavorful ingredient went from a garnish on a cake to a base in foods in part because consumers no longer worry about its fat content. It is also increasingly promoted as healthful: Coconut sugar has a lower glycemic index than ordinary sugar, nutritionists say, meaning it can cause blood sugar to spike less, which may help stave hunger. Consumers seek such plant-based foods because they can help them stick to popular diets, such as dairy-free or gluten-free.

Dang Foods sources its coconuts from Thailand at 8 months maturity, when founder Vincent Kitirattragarn says more meat and less water makes it better suited for chips. PHOTO: DANG FOODS

Dang Foods sources its coconuts from Thailand at 8 months maturity, when founder Vincent Kitirattragarn says more meat and less water makes it better suited for chips. PHOTO: DANG FOODS

“Coconut water put it on the map,” says Lu Ann Williams, director of innovation at Innova Market Insights, which tracks food introductions. Coconut’s association with water, she says

Bare Natural Foods is combining two trendy foods - chia seeds and coconut - into a new 'chia coconut' snack. PHOTO: BARE SNACKS

Bare Natural Foods is combining two trendy foods - chia seeds and coconut - into a new 'chia coconut' snack. PHOTO: BARE SNACKS

“makes everything [coconut] seem healthy.” Coconut water took off a few years ago, as a natural sports drink high in electrolytes such as sodium and potassium. Then it became a darling of the dairy case, sold alongside soy milk and almond milk.

The number of coconut-containing product launches increased an average of 21% a year in the last five years, according to Innova.

Coconut follows in the footsteps of foods that have seen their names in lights before falling out of favor, from kale to broccoli rabe and sundried tomatoes. Such trends typically last two to five years and may be influenced by factors such as plentiful supply or scientific studies that demonstrate health benefits. “It’s going to wane,” says Liz Moskow, culinary director at Sterling-Rice Group, a Boulder, Colo.-based food consultancy. “I don’t think everything coconut is tasty.”

Bhavna Lee, a 39-year-old real-estate developer in Washington, D.C., says that since having her daughter Saara, 5, and son Ian, 4, she has turned to coconut oil as the go-to ingredient in fried foods and treats.

“They both like it so much they ask for a spoon of coconut oil before bed every night,” she says.

Coconut pieces are a popular alternative to potato chips. Bare Snacks, based in San Francisco, has more than doubled the number of its coconut-containing products in the last year to 10, including new coffee bean and sweet ginger flavored chips. This month it is launching a new line of coconut bites with chia seeds in 2.8-ounce bags for $4.

Berkeley, Calif.-based Dang Foods says its coconut chips are selling far more this year than last, and they contain “as much fiber, less sugar than an apple.” Founder Vincent Kitirattragarn says people tend to have strong feelings about coconut: About 80% of his coconut chip consumers are women. “I attribute that to the prevalence of coconut in beauty care,” so it is more familiar to them.

A common complaint is the mealy texture of coconut, which often gets stuck between teeth.

So Delicious coconut yogurts come in new fruit flavors such as peach and key lime, which the company says combine well with coconut. PHOTO: WHITEWAVE

So Delicious coconut yogurts come in new fruit flavors such as peach and key lime, which the company says combine well with coconut. PHOTO: WHITEWAVE

“Getting to a smoother mouth feel is one big technical area” of development, says John Ghingo, president of plant-based foods and beverages for WhiteWave Foods, which markets So Delicious coconut milks and yogurts. For others, the flavor is too strong.

Coconut sugar is becoming more popular because it can make blood sugar spike less than other sugars. PHOTO: WHOLESOME SWEETENERS

Coconut sugar is becoming more popular because it can make blood sugar spike less than other sugars. PHOTO: WHOLESOME SWEETENERS

“I am a strong and vocal hater of coconut,” says Lexa Lemieux, a 36-year-old executive operations manager at a trade association in Washington, D.C. “It tastes like suntan lotion and everyone tries to convince you to like it.”

Where does all the coconut come from, consumers may wonder. Three-fourths of global production comes from Indonesia, India and the Philippines, which are benefiting from the demand surge. In the Republic of Indonesia alone, coconut exports doubled to bring in $1.65 billion in 2014, up from $800 million in 2010, says Samit Chowdhury, who heads the Singapore-based Coconut Knowledge Center for Tetra Pak International, a Swiss-based food packaging company. Coconut prices nearly doubled in that time in India, and have gone up elsewhere as well, he says. Tetra Pak packaged over 800 million liters of coconut-based products in 2016, up from 710 million liters a year earlier.

Coconut products became such an important business for the company that Tetra Pak launched a Coconut Knowledge Centre in Singapore in 2012 to research the supply chain in response to growing demand, including running product and processing tests with regional universities.

Hain Celestial, a top maker of coconut oil, says drought conditions and typhoons that blew into the Philippines, its main supplier, have affected commodity prices for coconut oil, which are up between 5%

Spectrum coconut oil can be found in both food section and the beauty isle, as some people use it as a hair conditioner and to wipe off makeup. PHOTO: THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC.

Spectrum coconut oil can be found in both food section and the beauty isle, as some people use it as a hair conditioner and to wipe off makeup. PHOTO: THE HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP, INC.

and 7% from a year ago. The company didn't raise it is pricing, however. Its 14-ounce unrefined coconut oil is $8.42, down 12% from a year ago, says Leah Dunmore, vice president of marketing.

This year, Hain Celestial’s Jason line launched a Simply Coconut line of toothpastes and touts “made with coconut oil” on packages of its Terra Plaintain Chips. Coconut is a featured ingredient in 77 of the company’s products compared with just 20 five years ago.

Bob’s Red Mill Natural Foods says its coconut flour has risen to rank eighth in its lineup of over 60 flours. One of its appeals to dieters is that it is lower in carbohydrates than regular all-purpose flour and has more fiber, says marketing director Amanda Carter, though it has more calories and fat. The company’s coconut flour contains 14g of fat, 57 grams of carbs and 36 grams of fiber per 100 grams, according to the U.S. Agriculture Department’s National Nutrient Database. Its unbleached white all-purpose flour contains 1.5 grams of fat, 73.5 grams of carbs and 3 grams of fiber per 100 grams.

One caveat: Coconut flour is very absorbent and tends to create a dense consistency when baked, says Amanda Carter, marketing manager. The company recommends replacing just 20% of a typical recipe’s flour content with coconut flour.

By Anne Marie Chaker for The Wall Street Journal

{CB Insights} The Ag Tech Market Map: 80+ Startups Powering The Future Of Farming And Agribusiness

Corporate investors such as Mitsui, Monsanto, and Syngenta have backed startups improving irrigation, crop spraying, harvesting, and more.

As population growth increases the need to ramp up food production, tech startups are creating a range of agricultural software, services, farming techniques, and more aimed at bringing more data and efficiency to the sector.

We used CB Insights data to identify more than 80 private companies in agriculture tech and categorized them into eight main categories.

We define ag tech as technology that increases the efficiency of farms (in the form of software), sensors, aerial-based data, internet-based distribution channels (marketplaces), and tools for technology-enabled farming. We only include companies that primarily target the agricultural sector.

The breakdown is as follows:

  • Farm Management Software: This includes software like that produced by Andreessen Horowitz-backed Granular that allows farmers to more efficiently manage their resources, crop production, farm animals, etc.
  • Precision Agriculture and Predictive Data Analytics: These startups include those that focus on using big data and predictive analytics to address farm-related issues and make better farm-related decisions in order to save energy, increase efficiency, optimize herbicide and pesticide application (such as Prospera, which uses machine vision and artificial intelligence), and manage risk, among other uses.
  • Sensors: Startups in the sensor category include Arable, which offers smart sensors that collect data and help farmers monitor crop health, weather, and soil quality.
  • Animal Data: These companies provide software and hardware specifically aimed at better understanding livestock, from breeding patterns (Connecterra) to genomics (TL Biolabs).
  • Robotics and Drones: This category includes drone companies and related drone services that cater to agricultural needs (such as TerrAvion), as well as robots or intelligent farm machines that perform various farm functions more efficiently (such as Blue River Technology, backed by Monsanto Growth Ventures, Syngenta Ventures, and Khosla Ventures, among others).
  • Smart Irrigation: These startups, including Hortau, provide systems that help monitor and automate water usage for farms using various data exhausts.
  • Next Gen Farms: A growing category of companies that utilize technology to provide alternative farming methods to enable farming in locations and settings that cannot support traditional farming. Examples include AeroFarms for vertical farming and BrightFarms for new greenhouses.
  • Marketplaces: These startups offer marketplaces relevant to agriculture by connecting farmers directly to suppliers or consumers without any middlemen. While some are e-commerce platforms, others use tech to facilitate physical marketplaces (La Ruche Qui Dit Oui).

Some companies may overlap with different categories and are grouped according to their main use case.

By CB Insights

{Yahoo Finance} Nlyte Enables Organizations to Manage the Expanding IT Edge

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - Mar 15, 2017) - Datacentre World (Booth #M75) -Nlyte Software, the leading data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software company, today announced the availability of Nlyte Edge at Datacentre World, March 15-16 in London. The new software module extends the capabilities of the company's award-winning data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution by enabling IT and facility managers to visualize, manage, control and report on the IT and facilities infrastructure across and outside the extended enterprise. Nlyte Edge also includes the recently announced Nlyte Command Center capabilities.

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Offered as an option with Nlyte Platinum package, Nlyte Edge offers drill-down visualization and reporting capabilities across the various data center layers including: operations, capacity management, power management, and asset/change management. A detailed global map enables IT and facility personnel to quickly view locations, space and power usage while also managing their distributed locations:

·        Data rooms / data closets and their respective devices.

·        Assets in remote retail branch locations.

·        CRAC units, PDU's, BMS, EMS, Energy Infrastructure and other sensors.

·        Office lighting, cooling, power, communications closet room, power and cooling.

Peter Levine, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz, explained at a recent conference that as computing capacity at edge nodes grows, demand for large centralized pools of processing resources in massive data centers will shrink, representing a pendulum swing not unlike the shift from mainframes to distributed client systems in the past.

"This shift is being driven by IoT demands and will become an increasingly important part of a CIO's service delivery strategy and that can only be successful if it is implemented with strong management systems," said Nlyte's Doug Sabella, CEO and President. "Nlyte Edge gives these organizations the visibility and control, to successfully and efficiently move their IT assets close to their customers without giving up control, efficiency or performance."

In addition, Nlyte Edge also promotes a more efficient use of devices through better planning while automating change audit logs across the extended enterprise. Facility managers now have the ability to further increase productivity through more efficient personnel time management as well as improve security by identifying unplanned changes.

Nlyte Command Center and Nlyte Edge are currently available. For more information, visit Nlyte at Datacentre World (Booth #M75) London, or Datacenter Dynamics Enterprise (Booth #63), New York, or contact: info@nlyte.com or call 650-642-2700.

About Nlyte Software

Founded in 2004, Nlyte Software is recognized as the industry leading data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution provider. Nlyte's DCIM provides unmatched functionality that supports all data center processes across the entire "dock to decom" lifecycle. With a 98% customer retention rate, Nlyte's DCIM solution is used by many of the world's largest and most sophisticated data centers, as well as many small and medium sized organizations. Customers can quickly deploy the Nlyte DCIM solution and begin to immediately enjoy reduced costs and increased efficiency across all data center processes. For more information, visit www.nlyte.com or follow @nlyte on Twitter.

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{Today.com} Best Snack Awards: The 8 greatest grab-and-go bites

Meredith Rollins, editor-in-chief of Redbook magazine runs down her top-rated snack picks. Whether you're looking for something healthy, quick, kid-friendly, or indulgent, she shares which snacks should be your new go-to for a convenient and tasty bite.

1. Kid favorite

Sun Chips Harvest Cheddar, $2.69 for six 1-ounce bags, Target

 

You know you've got a winner when the kids are hooked. As a mom, they also make me feel like I'm not giving them terrible-for-them junk food since it's Sun Chips, which are really thoughtfully made and contain whole grains, so they're healthy-ish.

RELATED: 6 fun and easy snacks to make for hungry kids

2. Most satisfying

Philadelphia Multigrain Bagel Chips & Cream Cheese, $1.99 for a 2.5 ounce pack, ShopRite

 

The Philadelphia bagel chips and cream cheese are an invention I didn't know I needed but am now totally obsessed with. What took them so long to combine bagels chips and dip into one delicious product? It's the perfect match.

Moms loved that it's a to-go pack that's surprisingly hearty, whether for breakfast or between meals. Testers also loved the big crunch and tasty with the creamy, seasoned dip.

3. Top flavor combo

Sargento Balanced Breaks Natural White Cheddar Cheese with Almonds and Dried Cranberries, $2.99 for three 1.5-ounce packs, Amazon

 

Sargento Balanced Breaks is pure genius. It's all the things you are supposed to have in a snack (protein, fiber, healthy fat) in a little single-serving package that 100% makes you feel like you should be having it with a glass of wine at cocktail hour.

Universally loved by both the adult and kids testers.

RELATED: This super spice snack mix will boost your metabolism and give you energy

4. Juiciest treat

Del Monte Fruit Refreshers Mandarin Oranges in Coconut Water, $2.12 for two 7-ounce cups, Target

 

The Del Monte fruit refreshers are weirdly sophisticated: you think "pre-packaged fruit" and it calls to mind old-school fruit cocktail, but this is way more gourmet and fancy-feeling yet still a huge hit with the kids.

Our judges loved that the oranges taste fresh, and it's both a snack and a refreshing drink in one."

5. Best sweets

Oreo Thins Chocolate, $2.99 for a 10.1-ounce pack, Target

 

The Oreo thins are INCREDIBLE. They're totally addictive and great for someone who doesn't want their Oreos to be sweet-sweet-sweet. I think these got hoovered up the fastest in the office.

Or, in the words of one of our 9-year-old testers Griffin: "These are the bomb!"

RELATED: Kid-friendly healthy snacks that aren't boring

6. Most filling

Blue Moose of Boulder Roasted Red Pepper On-the-Go Hummus, $2.56 for 5.25 ounces, Amazon

 

It comes with little multigrain chips that are great with the hummus or would be just as good alone, and the whole thing feels both super-healthy and super-treat-ish.

7. Tastiest low-cal snack

Mamma Chia Blackberry Bliss Chia Squeeze, $1.79 for a 3.5 ounce pouch, Target

 

Mamma Chia has a lot of flavor and is deliciously fruity Its way more decadent than you think it's going to be, given that it's a) in a squeeze packet and b) made of chia.

RELATED: 9 healthy snacks you can find at CVS, Walgreens and more

8. Greatest grab-and-go breakfast

Belvita Sandwich Peanut Butter Breakfast Biscuits, $2.99 for a pack of five 1.76 ounce packs, Target

 

The Belvita breakfast cookies are a true revelation for those of us whose kids won't eat breakfast. It's like you're feeding them a cookie! Any kid will eat a cookie! But it's actually a super-healthy breakfast, too!

By Meredith Rollins for Today.com

{fastcoexist.com} The Future of Urban Farming Might Actually Be Suburban Farming

After dealing with the high costs and logistical nightmares of developing in urban areas, one farming startup realized that they could streamline their process by moving just a bit outside the city limits.

When the urban farming startup BrightFarms first launched, it envisioned building its hydroponic greenhouses directly on grocery store roofs and on vacant city lots. Now, it says that the smartest place to grow food for cities may be just outside of them.

The company’s newest site will be in the town of Wilmington, Ohio. With a population of only 12,459, it's not the target market. But it's near Dayton, Columbus, and Cincinnati, which together have a population over a million people.

BrightFarms also has greenhouses in Bucks County, Pennsylvania; Culpeper County, Virginia; and Rochelle, Illinois—all also near, but not in, large cities. The new strategy lets the company avoid the costs and challenges of working on urban sites, while still providing a local version of foods like salad greens that would normally travel thousands of miles.

"Like most good strategies, it was driven by some painful experiences," Paul Lightfoot, CEO of BrightFarms, tells Co.Exist. "Basically, we had a couple of failures. We tried to develop a giant rooftop of a building in Sunset Park, Brooklyn, and we also tried to develop an environmentally soiled parcel of land in the city of Washington D.C., owned by the city."

In both cases, the landowners were eager for BrightFarms to build, and they had strong support from the communities and city leaders. But both sites had challenges. In Brooklyn, the roof needed complex engineering work that couldn't be completed on the startup's timeline; in D.C., the city had to do environmental remediation that also took longer that was commercially viable.

Both cities also had complex regulations that weren't created with urban agriculture in mind. "We found ourselves dealing with a regulatory framework that didn't understand us, and didn't have the ability to adapt to us," Lightfoot says. The projects were classified as “industrial" rather than agricultural, which triggered regulations that didn't fit.

In smaller communities, the experience was radically different. In Virginia, because it was considered an agricultural project, it was exempt from the typical permitting process. "I think we got the permit in a week," Lightfoot says. "In D.C., we spent a year getting it."

The company realized that even if it built outside city limits, it could still stay close enough that transportation would be negligible. BrightFarms sells its produce in 150 stores in the D.C. market, and even if its greenhouses were inside city limits, it would still require driving fairly long distances to make deliveries to all of the stores.

"Being in the city center is not logistically a benefit," Lightfoot says. "Being 30 miles out of the city is just as good as being in the city. The extra cost of building in a city has absolutely no benefit except for maybe shallow, fake marketing, but it has a real significance in terms of capital costs, and in some cases, operation costs as well, including utilities and transportation."

BrightFarms' greenhouses often make use of underutilized spaces: In Rochelle, Illinois, they've set up on an empty lot between a distribution center and a factory that was once farmland, then an industrial park.

Even though BrightFarms sometimes establishes its greenhouses near traditional farms, the startup isn't directly competing with the other operations because it's focused on tomatoes and greens that typically come from California or Arizona. The greenhouses grow the food with a tiny fraction of the water, and provide it fresher to customers. Less perishable crops, such as root vegetables and corn, are left to traditional farms.

BrightFarms plans to use the same model, building outside cities, as it moves forward. After closing a $30 million equity round in September 2016, it plans to open 14 more greenhouses over the next four years.

By Adele Peters for fastcoexist.com

{Yahoo Finance} Nlyte Expands On Demand Offering With Hosting Service

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Mar 7, 2017) - Nlyte Software, the leading data center infrastructure management (DCIM) software company, today announced Nlyte Hosting Service. The new service is an extension of the company's Nlyte Enterprise On Demand (SaaS) and gives customers flexibility on how they want to purchase, configure, and manage the solution.

The new Nlyte Hosting Service offers its licensed customers the flexibility to host Nlyte in their own environments or outsource the hosting to Nlyte. This new service will provide significant long-term economic benefits and flexibility to an organization.

The new Nlyte Hosting Service provides the entire environment where the customer's DCIM deployment resides -- maintaining the server, network connection, software components and updates of Nlyte software. Customers no longer need to acquire and maintain these infrastructure elements. They can instead decide how they want to pay for the Nlyte system, benefit from reduced costs of maintaining the system, while retaining 100% ownership of their data, all without the hassles or expense of acquiring and managing the solution's underlying components.

Whether using an on premise model, SaaS, or this new hosting service, Nlyte customers get the same, massively scalable solution that is VerAcode security certified. Additionally, in all models, customers own their DCIM data and do not forfeit rights to how that data can be used.

"We continue to invest in Nlyte Enterprise On Demand and the Nlyte Hosting Service is a natural step in our evolution. At Nlyte, we want to give customers complete flexibility in how they pay and where they run the solution," said Nlyte's Niraj Desai, Vice President of Professional Services. "This new service means customers can mix and match how they pay and how the solution is maintained -- with future flexibility built in for the customer."

There are a wide variety of benefits for customers leveraging the Nlyte Hosting Service:

·        Lower cost than maintaining the platform themselves

·        Eliminating the need to acquire the underlying hardware and software components

·        Predictable cost of the platform, removing unpredictable administrative cost

·        Pushing OPEX costs instead of CAPEX

·        Automatic application updates

·        Increased flexibility in conducting business with Nlyte

"We are interested in anything that helps bolster the success of our customers and their ongoing use of Nlyte," said Nlyte's Mark Gaydos, CMO. "Ultimately the customer is in charge and at Nlyte providing customers flexibility is what, in part, has helped us maintain our 98% customer retention rate."

About Nlyte Software

Founded in 2004, Nlyte Software is recognized as the industry leading data center infrastructure management (DCIM) solution provider. Nlyte's DCIM provides unmatched functionality that supports all data center processes across the entire "dock to decom" lifecycle. With a 98% customer retention rate, Nlyte's DCIM solution is used by many of the world's largest and most sophisticated data centers, as well as many small and medium sized organizations. Nlyte's customers can deploy quickly and immediately begin to reduce costs and increase efficiency across all data center processes. For more information, visit www.nlyte.com or follow @nlyte on Twitter.

Marketwired March 7, 2017

(Business Wire} Bare Snacks® Strengthens Snack Portfolio with Launch of New bare® Chia Coconut Bites at Natural Products Expo West

Pioneer of Snacks Gone Simple® Unites Two Mighty Superfoods into One Satisfying Bite

SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Bare Snacks®, creator of delicious Snacks Gone Simple®, will launch its innovative new snack line, bare® Chia Coconut Bites, at Natural Products Expo West in Anaheim, Calif. at booth #3074. Available in three crave-ably crunchy flavors including Chia + Vanilla, Chia + Pineapple and Chia + Flax, the new snacks combine the superfood power of chia and coconut into one deliciously crunchy bite for the ultimate nutritious snack. Each variety is made using bare’s proprietary slow-baking process, which creates a crave-able crunch from simple, real ingredients. Bare Chia Coconut Bites will be available at retailers nationwide in April.

“Like coconut, chia has exploded in popularity due to its strong nutritional benefits and versatility, and our new bare Chia Coconut Bites unite these two on-trend, nutrient-dense ingredients in a highly snackable way,” said Santosh Padki, chief executive officer at Bare Snacks. “Our research revealed that consumers are looking for snacks that provide enough energy to “hold them over” between meals. Responding to this insight, bareidentified chia seeds as a superfood with sustenance because they are packed with fiber, protein and omega 3’s. Combining deliciously approachable flavors with bare’s signature crunch, our innovative new line of bare Chia Coconut Bites enables modern snackers to enjoy a satisfying, nutritional powerhouse of a snack that gives people sustainable energy on-the-go, post-workout, or between meals.”

Bare Chia Coconut Bites are made from delicately sliced whole coconuts that are sustainably harvested and lightly seasoned with whole-food ingredients, all perfectly baked with a generous sprinkling of small but mighty chia seeds. All three varieties are a good source of fiber and are Non-GMO Project Verified, gluten-free, and contain no trans fats, added oils or preservatives. Additional details include:

· Chia + Vanilla – Thin slices of coconut slow-baked with authentic Madagascar vanilla and a coating of chia seeds for an exotically satisfying and crunchy bite.

· Chia + Pineapple – Tropical pineapple complements the naturally sweet flavor of coconut, all finished with a dusting of chia seeds before being baked to perfection.

· Chia + Flax – A nutrient-dense combination of two powerful seeds, these delicious bites are baked crunchy with chia and flax, resulting in a super healthy flavor duo.

Bare Chia Coconut Bites join the brand’s existing portfolio of Snacks Gone Simple, including bare Coconut Chips, Organic Coconut Chips, Apple Chips, Organic Apple Chips, and Banana Chips. Based on the founding philosophy that “less is more,” Bare Snacks is committed to making simple snacks that are baked, never fried, and stand at the intersection of crunch and health, differentiating them from the chewy dried fruit of the past. Bare offers a simple, fun way to get your recommended five servings of fruit and vegetables per day.

The full lineup of bare snacks is available nationwide in natural and conventional grocery stores including Whole Foods Market, Sprouts, Safeway, and Publix, as well as national retailers such as Target and Amazon. For more information, please visit www.BareSnacks.com.

About Bare Snacks

Bare Snacks® is a line of delicious Snacks Gone Simple®, including bare Apple Chips, Coconut Chips, Banana Chips and Chia Coconut Bites. Crafted using only real, whole-food ingredients, Bare Snacks helps consumers enjoy truly good-for-you snacking any time of day. Bare Snacks is on a mission to create a snacking revolution nationwide, motivated by a founding philosophy of creating delicious snacks with simple ingredients and nothing artificial ever. The company is also deeply committed to sustainability, and has been carbon neutral since 2012. To learn more, please visit www.BareSnacks.com, follow us on Twitter, Instagram, or Pinterest, or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

By Rachael Kay for Business Wire

{Project Nosh} Soul Sprout Unveils New Plant-Based Almond Butter Power Bites and Big Bites

LONGMONT, Colo.– Soul Sprout, a pioneer in the organic sprouted food movement, is expanding its portfolio of clean grab-and-go snacks with the addition of Almond Butter Power Bites and Almond Butter Big Bites, debuting at Natural Products Expo West March 9-12, 2017. Continuing the brand’s dedication to making great-tasting foods with simple, sprouted, plant-based ingredients, the new snack lines are USDA Certified Organic and Non-GMO Project Verified, and will be available online in March. Attendees of the show are invited to receive an exclusive first look and taste samples at booth #3307.

“More people than ever before are embracing plant-based diets and clean eating but it can be a struggle to get enough protein throughout the day, especially when on-the-go,” said Matt Fuller, CEO of Soul Sprout. “Artificial preservatives and chemicals don’t cut it for today’s clean eaters who are savvy and demand ingredient transparency. With these two innovations, we’re offering new ways for busy consumers – whether you’re a young working professional, mom or athlete – to choose plant-based protein by making it easy, delicious and convenient. We wanted to combine the power of organic sprouted ingredients with plant-based protein to make a one-of-a-kind snack that’ll stand out at the grocery store.”

Nutrient-dense but decadent, new Soul Sprout Almond Butter Power Bites and Almond Butter Big Bites are dynamic and tasty ways to consume daily servings of plant-based protein. Product details include:

  • Almond Butter Power Bites – the perfect option to fuel a healthy lifestyle, these 1.5 oz. bites boast a whopping 12 grams of plant-based protein and are made from the cleanest, simplest ingredients for an easy-to-digest snack in between workouts. Available in two sweet flavors, Chocolate Brownie and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, the bites retail for $1.99.
  • Almond Butter Big Bites – retailing for $1.79, these are ideal for satisfying cravings in between meals. Soft, rich and indulgent, these 1 oz. bites come in Cacao Almond and Cinnamon, and explode with almond buttery flavor. They’re bigger than a nutrition ball but smaller than a snack bar, and are perfectly designed to provide a quick blast of energy to help anyone get through their daily tasks.

Like all other Soul Sprout foods, the new snacks are comprised of nutrient-packed sprouted nuts and seeds, and are free from gluten, dairy, peanuts and refined sugar. Soul Sprout uses a variety of proprietary methods called Accelerated Nutrition™ that starts with the process of “sprouting,” which allows certain nutrients to become more bioavailable for the body to absorb the nutrients more readily.

Soul Sprout foods, including granola bars, nut bars, almond butter truffles, almond butter bites and grain-free cereal, are available at Whole Foods Market, Natural Grocers, Sprouts Farmers Market and other natural grocers throughout the United States, as well as online at http://www.soulsprout.com/shop/.

About Soul Sprout

Originally founded as Two Moms in the Raw, Soul Sprout™ is the next generation of a brand dedicated to great-tasting snacks made with organic, non-GMO, sprouted ingredients that nourish your body and soul. Soul Sprout granola bars, nut bars, almond butter truffles, and almond butter bites are packed with plant-based nutrition, including organic nuts, seeds, grains, vegetables, fruits and herbs and spices, and are free of gluten, wheat, soy, dairy and refined sugar. For more information, visit SoulSprout.com, ‘Like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

Soul Sprout Press Release, March 1, 2017

{Fallbrook Technologies Press Release} NuVinci® Cycling Introduces N330f™ - The First and Only Groupset for Rental & Commercial Grade Bicycles

Company responds to growing demand for specialized components for commercially-used bicycles

AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS / CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – February 15, 2017 – In recent years, the market has seen extraordinary growth in bike share programs, delivery fleets, and other bicycles that demand commercial grade components. NuVinci Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies, is proud to introduce N330f - the ultimate rental and commercial grade bicycle groupset.

The revolutionary N330f provides durability like no other transmission due to the specifically designed hardware components. With a ratio range of 330%, a maximum continuous torque of 80Nm and 200kg maximum permissible vehicle weight, this transmission is specifically designed for usage in the bike share and commercial environment. Throughout the product lifecycle, it offers the best value compared to existing solutions. This value is predominantly provided by N330f reducing service and maintenance costs compared to non-commercial grade, competitive products.

Solving common pain points

Common pain points for operators of bike share programs and commercial bicycle fleets include the misuse or even abuse of the bicycle by its user, high maintenance costs, and unpredictable service cycles. These pain points are addressed with the launch of N330f. “Our NuVinci hub technology protects the system from the usual wear and tear of a commercial duty cycle. Its extended system lifetime saves operating costs by minimizing out-of-service time and logistics and administration costs. NuVinci Cycling

is the only supplier that offers a 1-year warranty for commercial grade applications. In addition, the unique NuVinci riding experience creates differentiation from the competition and drives subscriptions,summarizes Richard Hilgart, Product Manager at NuVinci Cycling.

 Rider Benefits

Riding a N330f NuVinci Optimized™ bicycle means concentrating less on operating the bike and more on what's important such as traffic, road hazards, or the scenery. Stepless shifting works whether you are freewheeling, shifting under load, or waiting at a traffic light. Interruption of the ride caused by locked gears or even a broken-down bike is now a thing of the past. "Our customers value our NuVinci Optimized bicycles as they provide a riding experience like no other. This technology clearly differentiates us from our competition,” concludes Andreas Weil from the Bike Share Program in Mainz, Germany.

Transmission and controller durability like no other

The N330f transmission includes an individual three-pawl freewheel which ensures even pawl engagement for higher durability, increasing the overall strength of the transmission. Also, the group offers a three millimeter offset sprocket. This enables the use of a one-eighth inch chain which lasts longer than regular chains. The pad-printed logo preserves and extends the high-end look of the product. The associated, new C3f controller features a specifically-designed rubber material

which ensures comfort, a better ride, and a longer grip life. The new cable locking screw (four millimeters) offers an extremely durable, overdrive cable end fixture and protects against higher pullout forces.

About NuVinci® Cycling

NuVinci Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies Inc., moves people better through its product portfolio of smooth, stepless, automatic and integrated shifting products for bicycles and eBikes. The NuVinci technology incorporated in continuously variable transmissions (CVT) for bicycles has been providing the best rider experiences since 2006. NuVinci Cycling products include the Nfinity and Harmony group sets, utilizing the latest versions of the transmissions and controllers. Products from NuVinci Cycling are available globally in over 100 bicycle brands. For more information, visit www.nuvincicycling.com.

About Fallbrook Technologies

Fallbrook Technologies is the inventor of the revolutionary NuVinci® continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology, which enables performance and efficiency improvements for machines that use an engine, pump, motor, or geared transmission system – including urban mobility vehicles, cars and trucks, industrial equipment, and many other applications. Fallbrook has a unique collective development model and community through which NuVinci technology licensees share enhancements, which adds to the value of the technology and accelerates product development. This approach enables forward-looking companies, who wish to create visionary new products with NuVinci technology, to move quickly from concept to market commercialization. Fallbrook is based in Cedar Park near Austin, Texas, USA and holds rights to over 800 patents and patent applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.fallbrooktech.com.

By Anne Guethoff and Trammie Anderson for Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.

{Fallbrook Press Release} Fallbrook Technologies Inc. Names Sharon O’Leary President and Chief Operating Officer

CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – January 18, 2017 – Fallbrook Technologies Inc. (Fallbrook) today announced that Chief of Staff and Secretary Sharon O’Leary has been appointed President and Chief Operating Officer, a newly created position within the Company. O'Leary brings nearly 30 years of strategic legal, operational and business development experience to Fallbrook through a number executive leadership roles. She will continue to report to William Klehm, chairman and CEO of Fallbrook.

 “Sharon is a seasoned and trusted leader with a track record of delivering results and profitable growth. She is uniquely qualified to drive strategic prioritization and accountability within Fallbrook, with a laser-focus on operational excellence,” said William Klehm, Fallbrook’s chairman and CEO. “I have tremendous confidence in

Sharon’s ability to align Fallbrook’s world-class innovation in NuVinci® continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology with industry-leading operational practices to spearhead and extend the next-generation of Fallbrook’s market leadership.”

Effective as of January 1, 2017, O’Leary assumed responsibility for all areas of Fallbrook’s business units, except Finance. In particular, she will be responsible for the alignment and prioritization of company initiatives and ensure operational excellence across the organization.

“Fallbrook’s strategy has never been more compelling, and we are rapidly increasing our collaboration efforts with our community of licensees to make more innovative products possible with NuVinci technology,” said O’Leary, president and chief operating officer. “I am incredibly energized to support Bill and help lead Fallbrook to its next phase of commercializing its technology and accelerating long-term strategic goals coupled with operational excellence.”

O’Leary joined Fallbrook in September 2010 as Chief Legal Officer and Secretary. In January 2016, O’Leary assumed the role of Chief of Staff. Prior to Fallbrook, O'Leary spent close to 15 years working in the telecommunications and cable industries. Since 2000, she has been working with start-up companies in a variety of industries. O’Leary started her career as a prosecutor for the New York State Attorney General’s Organized Crime Task Force.

Sharon holds a Bachelor’s Degree cum laude from Dominican College, and a J.D. cum laude from New York Law School.

About Fallbrook Technologies

Fallbrook Technologies is the inventor of the revolutionary NuVinci® continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology, which enables performance and efficiency improvements for any machine that uses geared transmission systems – from urban mobility vehicles to cars and trucks and from industrial equipment to marine applications. Fallbrook has a unique collective development model and community through which NuVinci technology licensees share enhancements, which adds to the value of the technology and accelerates product development. This approach enables forward-looking companies, who wish to create visionary new products with NuVinci technology, to move quickly from concept to market commercialization. Fallbrook is based in Cedar Park near Austin, Texas, USA and holds rights to over 800 patents and patent applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.falbrooktech.com.

By Trammie Anderson for Fallbrook Technologies

{Greentechmedia.com} LED Startup Soraa Debuts Its First Consumer Light

January 5, 2017: The company says it’s a healthier, smarter to light a home. About five years ago, startup Soraa emerged onto the scene with an invention from a Japanese LED expert and backing from some of Silicon Valley’s most well-known venture capital firms.

This week, after years of building up a business based on selling LED lights for commercial and industrial buildings, the company launched its very first foray into the consumer market at the CES technology expo in Las Vegas.

Soraa, which was co-founded by Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura and funded by Khosla Ventures and NEA, calls the lighting product “helia.” It’s a light bulb and smart controller set that dynamically adjusts lighting to help households sleep better, achieve a more convenient lifestyle, and light a house more efficiently.

The light bulbs come in the form of a widely used down light (BR30) and can be screwed into standard sockets at a home or business. To make the lights smart, you need to buy one of the controllers, which pops into the center of one of the lights and contains sensors and a communication chip to enable the lights to connect information over the power line.

Each light will set you back $49.99, plus $29 for the controller, and will be on sale starting in the spring of 2017. The idea is to buy a set of lights, and you’ll just need one controller for the whole group.

So how exactly can lights be “healthier” and help you sleep better? Well, it has to do with blue light and human circadian rhythms. Morning natural light is filled with blue light, and humans are conditioned to wake up under such conditions. Conversely, as the sun sets, blue light disappears and we drift off to sleep.

If you’ve got blue-light-dominant lights on in your house at night, they could be interfering with your rest. Unfortunately, if you’re using LED lights, or have a lot of LED screens on, it’s quite possible you have a lot of blue light getting in the way.

Soraa’s bulbs use LED chips that can replace blue light with violet light, so they can produce a natural-looking light at night without messing with your sleep cycles. The bulbs are also tuned to dynamically change the light spectrum throughout the day to match the natural light as the sun rises and sets.

If this all sounds like the province of hippies, the company says it’s in the early stages of conducting a study with sleep expert and Stanford professor Jamie Zeitzer, the preliminary results of which seem to suggest that Soraa’s lighting interferes less with sleep than do blue-light dominated LEDs. Other companies have launched sleep-friendly LED lights, but many of these have a yellow tinge to them.

In addition to the health aspect, the company has other algorithms that can do things like learn a household's behavior and adjust the lights accordingly, or maintain the typical lighting schedule automatically when the household's residents go on vacation. An additional piece of hardware can connect the system to the internet and devices like Amazon's Alexa. These are a lot of things that smart lighting companies tout, like Philips and its Hue brand.

But the blue-light control is mostly what makes the helia lights unique. The feat is based on Soraa’s original invention, created by Nakamura, which uses the semiconductor gallium nitride for the substrate part of the LED. LEDs commonly place gallium nitride on top of a sapphire or silicon carbide substrate, but Soraa lays gallium nitride on top of gallium nitride.

The result is a more uniform light. Nakamura was awarded the Nobel Prize in physics for knowing such things (specifically for inventing the blue LED). (If you get a chance, read about Nakamura’s back story, lawsuit against his Japanese employer, and move to America, it’s quite fascinating.)

Soraa’s Senior Principal Scientist, Aurelien David, said that the blue-light control, and inducement of healthy sleep, was one of the big reasons why Soraa wanted to make a light for consumers. “It’s an obvious application,” explained David during an interview at CES on the 34th floor of The Venetian.

It’s also because the market opportunity for consumer lights is so large, and because there aren't a lot of good options for smart lighting out there today, explained Soraa execs Todd Antes and Phil Kearney. However, Antes also acknowledged that the consumer market can sometimes be a tough nut to crack.

The company is also planning to expand its business by launching light fixtures for its commercial customers. So clearly Soraa is looking to grow its revenue and expand beyond its current size.

It’s not clear exactly how big or successful the company has been so far, but Antes said that the company already ships more than 1 million commercial lamps per year, and within a year or two could be generating more than $100 million in annual revenue. Soraa has just under 200 employees, and is in the process of building a new factory in Syracuse, New York to add production capacity beyond that of its current factory in Fremont, California.

A funding filing from 2011 shows that Soraa raised at least $88 million, but it’s unclear if the firm has raised more since then -- though it seems likely given the company's expansion plans. If not, Soraa will likely have to invest in the New York factory in the future.

The early days of the business looked like it was something of a long slog. The company’s current CEO Jeff Parker joined the company about two and a half years ago.

It is undeniably hard to build an independent LED manufacturing company. Switch was another promising LED tech startup that ended up not working out.

We’ll see if Soraa can convince consumers to invest in its healthier, smarter home lighting tech. If all goes well, the company could offer lower-cost options and more basic bulbs like the A19 down the road.

By Katie Fahrenbacher for Greentechmedia.com

{Geeky Gadgets} SORAA Helia Smart Bulbs Use Your Electric Cabling To Create A Network

12:21 pm January 4, 2017: Soraa has won a CES 2017 Innovation award for its new consumer Helia smart bulb after primarily providing industrial solutions for corporate clients. The new consumer smart bulb is capable of creating its own network to other smart bulbs by using your homes internal wiring and HomePlug Green Phy technology.

The Soraa Helia smart bulb also comes with a companion application that supports both iOS and android devices and will automatically adjust the type of colour they admit depending on the time of day. In a similar way to how the Apple Night Shift feature works on the latest iPhones.

Watch the video below to learn more about the new consumer smart bulb created by Soraa who explained a little more about its inspiration, features and design.

“Say hello to Helia the healthy light environment from Soraa. It combines healthy and beautiful full spectrum LED lighting with a secure, expandable network of smart home sensors. The result is an intuitive, energy-efficient lighting system that brings the benefits of natural sunlight indoors.

Helia Dynamic White bulbs replicate the cycle of natural sunlight to improve circadian health and sleep. They automatically adjust color temperature and spectral content throughout day and night to provide the most natural, healthy, indoor light possible.

When the quality of light is beautiful, it affects us in a positive way. You not only see it, but you feel it. Helia bulbs leverage Soraa’s exceptional GaN on GaN violet LEDs which uniquely produce beautiful, full spectrum white light. This is light as it should be.”

For more information on the new Soraa Helia smart bulb jump over to the official website for details by following the link below.

By Julian Horsey for Geeky Gadgets

{DIRTT Press Release} DIRTT to present at 2017 Needham Growth Conference

CALGARY - January 4, 2017 - Leading technology driven manufacturer DIRTT Environmental Solutions (TSX:DRT) announced today that President Scott Jenkins and CFO Derek Payne will present at the 19th Annual Needham Growth Conference in New York City next week.

The three-day conference runs Tuesday-Thursday, January 10-12 at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel. DIRTT's presentation will be held on Thursday, January 12 at 10 a.m. EST (8 a.m. MST). A copy of the DIRTT presentation will be posted to the Investor Relations section of DIRTT's website at https://www.dirtt.net/company/investor/financial.

 About DIRTT

DIRTT Environmental Solutions (Doing it Right This Time) uses its proprietary 3D software to design, manufacture and install fully customized prefabricated interiors. The Company's customers in the corporate, government, education and healthcare sectors benefit from DIRTT's precise design and costing; rapid lead times with the highest levels of customization and flexibility; and faster, cleaner construction.

DIRTT's manufacturing facilities are in Phoenix, Savannah, Kelowna and Calgary. DIRTT's team supports nearly 100 sales distribution partners throughout North America, the Middle East and Asia. DIRTT trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol "DRT." For more information visit www.dirtt.net.

By Scott Jenkins for DIRTT

 

 

{Encycle Corp. Press Release} ENCYCLE CORP. ANNOUNCES $11.5 MILLION FUNDING ROUND AS ITS SWARM LOGIC ENERGY SOLUTION ATTRACTS MAJOR CLIENTS

Prelude Ventures and NGEN Partners Lead Funding Round to Accelerate Adoption of Transformational Swarm Energy Service

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

San Marcos, CA (December 13, 2016) Encycle Corp. announced today that it has closed on the initial tranche of an $11.5 million investment led by Prelude Ventures of San Francisco and NGEN Partners of New York City. Major investors from previous financings, including BDC, Duke Ventures, EDC (Export Development Canada), and EnerTech Capital, all participated.

Encycle’s patented Swarm Logic™, is a highly cost effective and simple to deploy service, which synchronizes the operation of a cluster of roof top air conditioning units to create energy savings averaging 20-25%. Encycle has emerged as a major energy service provider assisting its clients to succeed in their sustainability program initiatives. The hundreds of facilities served by

Encycle range from a 7500 square foot retail store to a 1.9 million square foot distribution center, with a number of shopping malls and movie theaters in between.

Tim Woodward, Managing Director at Prelude Ventures, stated: “Encycle has a deep bench of referenceable clients validating the energy savings and economic benefits from demand management. This capital will fund the commercial launch of Encycle’s SaaS offering that will significantly ease the installation logistics and costs, and expand channel relationship opportunities. Just as virtually all commercial facilities have already adopted LED lighting programs to meet sustainability objectives, RTUs are the next major load to be optimized.”

Robert Chiste, Encycle’s President and CEO, stated: “We are very pleased that Prelude Ventures has joined NGEN Partners and the other existing Encycle investors. We are growing our client base with the recognition that our Swarm solution is an extremely effective ‘set and forget’ service. The funding will accelerate our existing SwarmController program as well as the introduction of our offering with smart thermostat and BMS (Building Management System) channel partners launching in early 2017”. Chiste continued, “As we deliver the Swarm

Technology through direct sales and various channel partners, our EASE™ (Energy as a Service by Encycle) program will provide an excellent opportunity to reduce energy costs and carbon emissions more simply and cost effectively than other sustainability initiatives including LEDs, rooftop solar and battery storage.”

About Encycle

Encycle provides unique benefits to a number of Fortune 500 companies. The Energy as a

Service by Encycle (“EASE”) solution maximizes the performance of RTUs to save commercial and industrial companies money while reducing their carbon footprint. Based on patented

Swarm Logic technology, Encycle's platform uses biomimicry techniques to reduce HVAC energy costs, participate in Demand Response programs and gain valuable insight into RTU performance. EASE is simple and easy to install, optionally integrates with leading IoT solutions, and delivers ROIs that far exceed most solar, storage and lighting initiatives. 

Encycle's offices are located in Toronto (Canada), San Marcos (California), and Taunton (UK). Encycle, Energy as a Service by Encycle, Swarm Logic, Swarm Energy Management, SwarmStat, OpenStat, Swarm Open, and Swarm Logic Open are registered or pending trademarks of Encycle Corporation.

By Ginger Juhl and Greg Johnson for Encycle Corporation

{Sports.Yahoo.com} Nlyte Hosts Leadership Technology Panel at Gartner Data Center Conference

SAN MATEO, CA--(Marketwired - Dec 1, 2016) - Nlyte Software, today announced Nlyte's CMO, Mark Gaydos, will be hosting an informative panel with top industry leaders at the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference. Nlyte customers are some of the most innovative companies in the industry. Nlyte, a leader in the October 2016 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Data Center Infrastructure Management (DCIM) Tools for 3 consecutive years, will showcase its DCIM and DCSM solutions offering in Booth #216.

Held from December 5 - 8, in Las Vegas, NV, the Gartner Data Center, Infrastructure & Operations Management Conference is the premier destination for industry leaders who are influencers and transformers laying the foundation for a new digital ecosystem and virtualized data centers. Nlyte has over a decade of experience helping data center facility and IT personnel to reduce the costs of delivering on their SLAs to both internal and external customers -- which we believe makes its customer representatives the ideal participants for the Gartner's panel discussion titled, Leading Companies Share Their Data Center Strategies.

Held on Tuesday, December 6, 11:15am - 12:00pm, the panel discussion will bring together Dell's Manager of Global Data Center Services, Bill Juszkiewicz; NASA JPL's Data Center Manager, Jim Chu; Social Security Administration's Director of National Support Center and Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) Program Manager, Steve Nauman; USAA's IT Operations, Data Center Services, LaShonta Goins and VMware's DCIM Solutions Architect, Phil Pennington to share successful strategies and highlight changes for adapting data centers in the new cloud-based era.

"Nlyte has a long history of use by some of the world's leading data center organizations," Gaydos said. "We look forward to sharing the insights and experiences these leading professionals have to offer to conference attendees."

Nlyte 8 has become part of successful data center strategies that bridge the operational gap between IT and facility needs with such offerings as:

·         Software Defined Data Centers (SDDC) features.

·         Virtual Power Distribution Units (V-PDU), offering 90% cost savings compared to traditional PDUs.

·         The first DCIM DCOI module for U.S. government IT and data center facility managers to adhere to the recent Data Center Optimization Initiative (DCOI) mandate.

·         Colocation Edition for improving profitability for both colo providers and their customers.

Gartner Disclaimer

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner's research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About Nlyte Software

Nlyte is the leading software company that automates the management of services provided by the data center (DCSM). Many of the world's largest and most sophisticated data centers use Nlyte to become more agile, reduce costs and operate more efficiently. Founded in 2004, Nlyte provides a comprehensive and proven DCSM solution with a modern, web-services architecture. With Nlyte, customers can easily manage all their existing data center processes, resources, policies, assets and interrelationships. For more information, visit www.nlyte.com or follow @nlyte on Twitter.

All trademarks or registered trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are used for identification purposes only.

By Marketwired

{Executivebiz.com} State Dept Chooses Nlyte Platform to Manage Data Center Infrastructure

The State Department has selected Nlyte Software to provide an enterprise-gradetechnology platform to help DOS manage data center operations and comply with the government’s Data Center Optimization Initiative.

Nlyte said Thursday it will deploy the Data Center Infrastructure Management platform, BMC Remedy Change Management and BMC Atrium CMDB connectors across multiple server racks for the department.

“Many federal data center facilities lack the technology needed to give administrators full visibility into all operations,” said Nlyte Software CEO Mark Gaydos.

“Nlyte’s DCIM solution helps solve this issue with sophisticated and automated monitoring systems that bring all siloed data onto a single pane-of-glass for more informed decision making.”

The company said 23 civilian, defense and intelligence agencies currently use its DCIM platform.

By: Scott Nicholas for Executivebiz.com

{Encycle Press Release} Honeywell partners with Encycle, HECO Reaps the Benefits

Honeywell and Encycle Development teams collaborate to prepare for OpenADR 2.0b rollouts

San Marcos, CA, November 7, 2016 – Encycle (www.encycle.com) and Honeywell Smart Energy joined forces to ensure that the details of OpenADR 2.0b implementations are production ready for their collective utility and C&I customers.

Yvette Maskrey, District Manager of Honeywell’s Smart Energy business said, “The Honeywell and Encycle development teams worked collaboratively through the details to seamlessly integrate our OpenADR 2.0b systems. This will ensure ease of participation for Hawaiian Electric’s customers in demand response programs, and allows other Honeywell utility clients using this standard the flexibility to connect to additional distributed energy resources.”

The key new feature of the OpenADR 2.0b standard is the ability for facilities to provide live telemetry data to utilities. This helps utilities better manage their demand response activities, requesting the minimal load shed from customers, thereby avoiding demand response fatigue.

Barry Haaser, Managing Director of the OpenADR Alliance stated, “Collaboration between key technology providers such as Honeywell and Encycle helps utilities and consumers adopt the 2.0b standard, knowing that the systems have been tested thoroughly. This will benefit not only Hawaiian Electric, but ultimately, utilities and consumers across the globe.”

“The OpenADR 2.0b collaboration between our development teams represents a major milestone for Encycle, where we worked closely with Honeywell’s Smart Energy group to benefit the industry at large. This enhances our relationship with Honeywell as we team up on other efforts, including integration with their Total Connect Comfort Ecosystem for our upcoming SwarmStat platform,” said Mark Kerbel, Encycle’s CTO and co-founder.

 About Encycle

 Encycle provides unique benefits to a number of Fortune 500 companies. The Energy as a Service by Encycle (“EASE”) solution maximizes the performance of HVAC systems to save commercial and industrial companies money while reducing their carbon footprint. Based on patented Swarm Logic technology, Encycle's platform uses biomimicry techniques to reduce HVAC energy costs, participate in Demand Response programs and gain valuable insight into HVAC performance. EASE is simple and easy to install, optionally integrates with leading IoT solutions, and delivers ROIs that far exceed most solar, storage and lighting initiatives.

 Encycle’s offices are located in Toronto (Canada), San Marcos (California), and Taunton (UK). Encycle, Energy as a Service by Encycle, Swarm Logic, Swarm Energy Management, SwarmStat, OpenStat, Swarm Open, and Swarm Logic Open are registered or pending trademarks of Encycle Corporation.

Press Release from Encycle Technologies, Inc.

{NuVinci Cycling} NuVinci® Cycling Introduces New and Improved Harmony™ Automatic-Shifting Product

Much awaited new version of the product features robust hardware components and is now available to dealers and OEs

 ZWOLLE, NETHERLANDS / CEDAR PARK, TEXAS – October 18, 2016 – The upgraded

Harmony automatic-shifting product is a result of more than four years’ worth of usage data, reflected from field experience and analyses, combined with internal validation data. It includes new sensors which improve Harmony’s accuracy and reliability as well as the longevity of the entire system. While the product performance in general has been exceptional, the improvement of these components will make Harmony even more stable.

In the process of designing the new version of Harmony, NuVinci Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies Inc., set an aggressive goal of zero failures for the new key components. As a result, the life expectancy of the new sensors, compared to the old ones, increased by an order of magnitude. “We completed all pre-launch product reliability testing with no failures, and were not able to induce any failures in the new sensors in any of our tests,” says Brian Sweet, Manager of Engineering Design at Fallbrook.

Harmony will again deliver on NuVinci Cycling’s mission “to move people better.” Benefits include continuous stepless and automatic shifting, effortless shifting even under load, greater gear ratio range than many conventional shifting systems as well as comfortable pedaling at your desired cadence.

The new version supersedes the existing version of Harmony and is identified by the serial number being located on the bottom of the unit instead of on the back. The overall branding and naming towards the end-user will stay the same.

A video with instructions on how to install the new Harmony interface is available by visiting: www.nuvincicycling.com/en/video-gallery/installation-of-harmony-hubinterface.html. In case more support is needed, the technical service team can be contacted on +31 38 7200711.

With the new and upgraded Harmony, NuVinci Cycling is looking forward to once again enable the unique NuVinci Optimized™ riding experience that riders have come to love.

MEDIA RELEASE

 About NuVinci® Cycling

NuVinci Cycling, a division of Fallbrook Technologies Inc., moves people better through its product portfolio of smooth, stepless, automatic and integrated shifting products for bicycles and eBikes. The NuVinci technology incorporated in continuously variable transmissions (CVT) for bicycles has been providing the best rider experiences since 2006. NuVinci Optimized cycling products include the Nfinity and Harmony group sets, utilizing the latest versions of the transmissions and controllers. Products from NuVinci Cycling, the leader in CVTs for bikes and eBIkes, are available globally in over 100 bicycle brands. For more information, visit www.nuvincicycling.com.

 About Fallbrook Technologies

Fallbrook Technologies is the inventor of the revolutionary NuVinci continuously variable planetary (CVP) technology, which enables performance and efficiency improvements for any machine that uses geared transmission systems – from urban mobility vehicles to cars and trucks and from industrial equipment to marine applications. Fallbrook has a unique collective development model and community through which NuVinci technology licensees share enhancements, which adds to the value of the technology and accelerates product development. This approach enables forward-looking companies, who wish to create visionary new products with NuVinci technology, to move quickly from concept to market commercialization. Fallbrook is based in Cedar Park near Austin, Texas, USA and holds rights to over 800 patents and patent applications worldwide. For more information, visit www.fallbrooktech.com.

By Anne Guethoff for NuVinci Cycling and Trammie Anderson for Fallbrook Technologies, Inc.

(Techcrunch.com} BrightFarms raises $30.1 million to set up futuristic greenhouses across the U.S.

Agriculture tech startup BrightFarms has raised $30.1 million in Series C funding to bring its high-tech greenhouses, and fresh produce, across the U.S.

The company is on a mission to make all fresh fruit and vegetables locally, rather than require them to be hauled from long distances or imported from overseas before they are sold at groceries.

Taking a page from the playbook of solar power providers in the U.S., BrightFarms offers customers a long-term, fixed rate on the salad greens and tomatoes it grows in its greenhouses to grocers.

The startup’s CEO Paul Lightfoot explained that after BrightFarms locks in a “produce purchasing agreement,” it raises funds from various sources including economic development programs and different banks or equity firms to build a new greenhouse.

In effect, a big chunk of the company’s cost of goods is already committed revenue before they open up a greenhouse’s doors and start growing.

The new round of funding was led by Catalyst Investors, and joined by BrightFarms earlier backers WP Global Partners and NGEN.

Catalyst’s Tyler Newton said his firm backed BrightFarms largely due to its business model innovation and ability to “out-execute” other food producers in the U.S.

Consumers definitely want to buy groceries made by local businesses, and to help support jobs that pay a local living wage in their own back yard. According to research by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local food sales totaled $12 billion in 2014 and are expected to grow to $20 billion by 2019.

“Where the seasons don’t cooperate, we just didn’t have the option to buy local before. So that feels good. But when you taste a tomato or some arugula from BrightFarms, and compare it to something that’s been shipped from out West, there is an obvious taste advantage, too. That’s what grocers want,” Newton said.

BrightFarms is going after a huge market that doesn’t have a lot of competition outside of the states of California and Arizona, today.

America’s farms contribute $177.2 billion, or about 1 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product each year according to the most recent available calculations also from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

 

And 90% of the salad greens consumed in the U.S. are produced in California and Arizona, then shipped across the country or exported out of it.

Other agriculture tech startups like AeroFarms or FreightFarms are building out indoor and container-based farms, in urban areas to meet rising consumer demands for locally-produced, and delicious fresh foods.

But Lightfoot believes that his company’s greenhouses – which take advantage of natural sunlight, obviously—can prove more environmentally sustainable and cost-efficient than indoor farms, and produce more supply than container-based and rooftop farms.

He says that’s because BrightFarms controlled environment greenhouses don’t need to use as much electricity for grow lights and temperature controls than indoor farms. Both are significantly more water efficient than traditional farms, even those using precise irrigation systems.

So far, BrightFarms operates three greenhouses, each employing 25 full-time workers, in the greater Philadelphia, Washington D.C. and Chicago metro areas.

If drought conditions continue, Lightfood said, the company could someday move into the “salad bowl” state of California, or other agricultural hubs, displacing traditional, and often water-intensive, farms.

But for now it will focus on metro areas where demand for fresh produce is high but there isn’t a lot of arable land or weather to support traditional farms.

BrightFarms’ customers and partners have so far included grocers like Kroger, Ahold USA, Wegmans and ShopRite.

Besides using the new Series C capital to build out additional greenhouses, Lightfoot says the company will explore new crops and is likely to start growing peppers and strawberries in the near future.

By Lora Kolodny for Techcrunch.com

{NEXTracker.com} NEXTracker Delivers India’s Largest Solar Tracker Plant for Adani

FREMONT, CA, USA & AHMEDABAD, INDIA, SEPTEMBER 1, 2016 — NEXTracker™, a Flex company, announced today it has delivered its award-winning PV technology to India’s largest solar tracker power plant, in collaboration with its customer, Adani Power Ltd. Located in the State of Punjab, the project is 105 MW and is already 50% installed and commissioned. This is the first phase of a strategic agreement between Adani and NEXTracker to supply tracker technology, design consultation, installation and commissioning support to Adani’s PV power plant deployments in India and around the world.

“We are playing an active role in supporting India’s National Action Plan for Climate Change to help our country reach 100 GW by 2022 by deploying 10 GW of solar in that time,” said Jayant Parimal, CEO of Adani Green Energy. “We’re very pleased to be incorporating NEXTracker’s advanced solar tracking system into our utility-scale PV projects; their high quality components and solid financial backing by Flex are important aspects of our solar strategy. After evaluating NEXTracker’s technology, we found the system’s balanced design and robust wind capability are ideal for our environmental and soil conditions, and will help maximize energy yield and cost savings.”

“Adani is a visionary energy and infrastructure firm that’s focused on ensuring that development – especially in emerging economies – is sustainable; their leadership has demonstrated an outstanding commitment to deploying clean technologies to meet the world’s growing energy needs,” noted NEXTracker CEO Dan Shugar. “We’re honored to be partnering with Adani to design and deploy high-performance utility-scale solar power projects.

India is poised for intensive ground mount solar deployment over the next decade according to a recent report by Deutche Bank Market Research, with 100-fold solar industry growth over the last five years. As a more modest figure, Greentech Media estimates that ground mount solar installations with solar trackers will reach 3GW by 2020, or 25%[1] of total installed ground mount installations (estimated at 11.7GW).  Regardless, demand for solar is increasing at an aggressive pace and the prospects for wider PV adoption in India are promising thanks to favorable government policies and the region’s high irradiance.

NEXTracker’s balanced design, advanced wind capabilities, and rapid stowing features are ideal for this region known for its high winds and desert soil conditions. NEXTracker also has fewer foundations and assembly points, helping mitigate geotechnical risk and accelerate project construction schedules. With over 4 GW of tracker systems delivered to date, NEXTracker’s PV system technology, coupled with Adani’s extensive experience in energy infrastructure projects, aims to serve as a model for deployment of solar in India.

About NEXTracker

NEXTracker, a Flex company, advances the power plant of the future with advanced PV system innovations that empower solar power plants of all sizes to increase performance and reduce costs. With over 4GW of PV tracker delivered, NEXTracker is globally recognized for delivering the most advanced solar solutions for hundreds of projects across five continents. Headquartered in the San Francisco Bay Area, NEXTracker has offices in India, China, Chile, Brazil, and Australia. Power on with us at nextracker.com and follow us on Twitter @NEXTracker. 

About Adani Group

The Adani Group is one of India’s leading companies with revenue of over $10 billion. Founded in 1988, Adani has grown to become a global integrated infrastructure player with businesses in key industry verticals – resources, logistics, energy and agriculture. The Group’s integrated model is well adapted to the infrastructure challenges of operating in emerging economies.

In renewable energy sector, Adani has close to 800 MW renewable energy projects in operation. Solar capacity includes a 648 MW solar power project at Ramanathapuram district in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, which is currently world’s largest single location solar power plant. The company has a pipeline of 1.2GW Solar PV and 300 MW Wind Power Projects in India and is set to become the largest renewable power generation company in India.

By Kristan Kirsh for NEXTracker