There’s no prescription or operation to get rid of celiac disease or a wheat allergy. The only cure is to cut out all foods with gluten like pasta, pastries and bread. The growing number of people opting for a gluten-free lifestyle is creating opportunities for businesses.
Georgia Tech is testing new products designed for aging baby boomers. The project is called Homelab. Currently launched in 100 homes statewide, the project plans to expand to over 500 homes within three years.
A Duluth-based technology firm is expanding its Columbus manufacturing operation, bringing with it about 100 new jobs. National Cash Register Co. executives say the new manufacturing operation will make electronic point-of-sale systems for the retail restaurant and hospitality industry.
While agriculture profits are up 28 percent nationally this year to just over 100 billion dollars, Georgia farmers are experiencing more mixed results. Georgia’s extended drought has challenged key crops this year. In 2010 Georgia led the nation with 44% of peanut crop yields. But according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Georgia peanut production slid by 18% this year
An Illinois real estate company has purchased the former Cooper Tire and Rubber Company plant in Albany for $8.5 million. Ray Kaye, executive vice president of Hilco, confirmed the purchase Wednesday and says the company is already working with prospective tenants.
The federal government is awarding $18 million in nationwide grants to get more young people into farming. In Georgia, two organizations will spend that money to boost—and create—new programs. The USDA says the average age of a farmer is 57 years old. And to keep the food pipeline sustainable, the nation needs more young people to get into the business.