Washington could be headed for another government shutdown. Guest host Celeste Headlee asks NPR's senior political editor Ron Elving whether there are any lessons to be learned from previous shutdowns.
Back in 2010, Coca-Cola made a big commitment – the brand promised to be water neutral by 2020.
Coca-Cola’s Chief Executive Officer and chairman, Muhtar Kent, joined Marketplace Morning Report host David Brancaccio to discuss the endeavor and its implications, as well as Coca-Cola’s role in global society.
The goal: create 500 million liters within the first two years.
“We made this bold commitment that through reduction -- using new technology in our factories -- through recycling we give the water back to municipalities where we operate, and finally through replenishment programs because recycling and reduction is not going to get us to water neutrality. And we will add a third component of this, and that’s water replenishment -- harvesting rain water for example, or this new eco-cycle and eco-center concept with the Slingshot machine,” Kent says.
Coca-Cola teamed up with Dean Kamen, the man best known as the inventor of the Segway, to distribute one of Kamen’s other inventions into the world. It’s the Slingshot, a vapor compression water purification machine, which Kent says can create 850 liters of safe drinking water from any contaminated water. And he purports that it uses less power than a hairdryer, operable through solar power off the grid.
“This is a really big deal. We believe that through our wide network of distribution and logistics, we can actually get these units to the last mile, where people don’t have a source of electricity, where people don’t have a source of clean drinking water, where people are dying,” Kent says.
“Why are we doing all of this? Because when there’s healthy communities, we have a healthy, sustainable business,” he says.
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Coca-Cola does business in 207 countries. And with that global presence, Kent says he can’t just sit back and watch 3.5 million people a year die because they don’t have access to safe drinking water.
But isn’t Coca-Cola inherently making water seem like a consumer product, rather than a basic human right?
Kent doesn’t think so. He believes Coca-Cola is servicing rural Africa, Latin America and Asia by selling safe bottled water.
“If there’s a choice between tap water and bottled water, the consumer can make that choice. In a very large geography in the world, that choice does not exist. Therefore, in my view, we are providing a huge service to humanity.”
It’s all about choice. Similarly, Kent doesn’t believe Coca-Cola and other soda brands are at fault for the obesity problem plaguing America. Coca-Cola makes far more than just cola, or sodas for that matter.
“We used to be a one product company. Now we have 500 brands, 3,000 products. We are the largest manufacturer of juices in the world. We own the largest citrus plantations around the world. We have actually provided tremendous amount of choice to people,” he says.
Someone trying to make healthy choices could purchase an Odwalla orange juice, or Dasani bottled water, and still be funding Coca-Cola.
“We have products with calories. We have products without calories.”
Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent on global dietary worries:
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Very few insurers around the country are offering top-of-the-line platinum insurance plans. Policymakers predicted less expensive but more restrictive bronze and silver plans would prove more popular than high-end options, and it looks like insurance companies think so, too.
A Senate bill to keep the federal government open for six weeks is expected to pass and move to the House, where GOP lawmakers insist they will insert deal-breaking language to defund Obamacare.
Google celebrates 15 years of search today. In 1998, it was located in a garage at 232 Santa Margarita, Menlo Park. Today, the tech giant has much nicer real estate, the massive Googleplex in Mountain View, not to mention a global ecosystem of software, hardware, and moon shot projects. But Google's bread and butter has always been search, and the company has given itself a birthday present -- a big update to it's search algorithm. Will Oremus of Slate Magazine has been following the changes and tells Marketplace Tech all about them.
I like coffee, I like tea. I like people who send free coffee offers to me.
Which makes me a big fan of MrFreeStuff.com , which sent me a list of eight offers, good for National Coffee Day, this Sunday only:
Krispy Kreme - Get a free 12 ounce cup of coffee or pay $1 for a specialty drink, including their seasonal pumpkin spice latte. You can also enter to win a free large coffee everyday for a year.
Dunkin' Donuts - Download the free Dunkin' Donuts mobile app to get a free 10 ounce hot coffee or 16 ounce iced coffee. On Sept. 28 and Sept. 29, you can also purchase their 16 ounce packaged coffee for $5.99.
Starbucks - Get a free sample of Starbucks' newest medium-blend coffee, Ethiopia. You can also get a free ceramic mug with purchase of a one-pound bag of coffee.
Peet's Coffee & Tea - From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., get a free 12 ounce maple latte with any baked item order or purchase of Simply Oatmeal.
Wawa - Get a free 16 ounce coffee when you fill out a form on their Facebook page.
USA Coffee Company - Get a free 8 ounce bag of Union Roast coffee with any coffee order at USA Coffee Company's website.
Tim Hortons - Tell the cashier "Happy National Coffee Day" when you buy one coffee, and get another coffee free (any size applies, according to their Facebook page).
Caribou Coffee - Details of Caribou Coffee's National Coffee Day offer will be posted to their Facebook page sometime Sept. 28. According to sources, the offer will be a free small coffee.
In 1995 and 1996, the federal government was shuttered due to a budget impasse. Sound familiar? We peeked into the past to see what the shutdown looked like back then.
The greatest closer in baseball history threw his last pitch at Yankee Stadium Thursday night. Rivera, who's heading off to retirement, shed some tears as his teammates and a sell-out crowd cheered.