Food for Thought: The Chemistry of Sugar

Today I purchased multiple bags of candy to pass out in a few days to eager trick-or-treaters in my neighborhood. Staring at the bags of candy on my counter I decided to open one piece and cure my craving. Bad idea. Three pieces later I am officially done and know that I have ruined my goal of cutting back on sugar intake. I’ve heard from healthy conscientious friends that giving up bread, fat, alcohol or even meat aren’t nearly as difficult as it is to truly give up sugar.

The Science of Sugar

Did you know that every time you eat sugar your brain releases dopamine? Dopamine is a neurotransmitter that actually tells your brain it’s happy, therefore it really feels like treat to eat sugar. If a little is good then a lot is great right? Wrong. For some people the urge to feel rewarded can be compounded into an addiction issue causing  a person to want more to feed the craving and cutting back on sugar can actually leave your brain feeling the effects of withdrawal symptoms. Sugar also affects the release of serotonin which makes the brain feel happy, so when you stop eating sugar and your serotonin levels drop you can actually feel depressed. Yikes!

What about artificial sweeteners?

I recently read an article by the American Chemical Society concerning a protein calls brazzein that is 2000 x’s sweeter than sugar. Although brazzein hasn’t been approved by the FDA there are tons of other substitutes on the market. I can see the appeal of the no or low calorie sugar substitutes but doing a quick search online there is no shortage of articles concerning the ill effects that sugar substitutes also play on a person’s health.

So what is a person to do with the holidays around the corner?

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Just say no to all sugar! Just kidding. Completely avoiding sugar during holidays is almost impossible, after all tis the season for baking. Your best bet is to try and satisfy your sweet craving with a natural alternative like fruit or go ahead and indulge but in moderation. Plus if you completely binge on sugar then at least setting your new year goal will be easy.

If you’re interested in the chemistry of candy, checkout this great Infographic from Compound Interest: http://www.compoundchem.com/2014/10/21/chemistryofcandy/

Is Your Business Considering Purchasing a Chemical Sourcing and Sales Tool in 2016? Here Is What You Need to Know First

As the end of 2015 is rapidly approaching many procurement and sales & marketing professionals are creating budgets for 2016. We all know the process, you analyze where your best business came from earlier in the year and evaluate the ROI for the processes and tools you currently have in place.

This leads to a discussion of where to put your company dollars in 2016. For many companies it’s time to decide if the business is ready for a chemical sourcing and sales tool. Picking the right database can be stressful and often brings up a lot of questions. After all, there are many options on the market, and you want to make the right decision for your business.

Industry intelligence comes with a price tag, and choosing the wrong solution could be costly. This white paper was written to help you ask the right questions before you buy, so you can select the chemical sourcing and sales tool that suits your needs.

We hope you find the information useful and if you have any questions for us please reach out to our team at sales@chemicalinfo.com.

Download the White Paper Now: Purchasing a Chemical Sourcing and Sales Tool: What You Need to Know First

ChemicalInfo Travels Chemspec Europe 2015

ChemicalInfo Travels Chemspec Europe 2015

ChemicalInfo will again provide its SourceFinder tool to Exhibitors and Attendees making show event planning efficient

The ChemicalInfo (CIS) team is scheduled to attend Chemspec Europe, the fine and specialty chemicals connection, June 24 – 25. The Chemical Info team will showcase The Directory of World Producers (DWCP) and PathFinder, online tools designed to identify and qualify producers of specialty chemicals and bulk pharmaceuticals and the potential intermediate users of chemicals.

In conjunction with the exhibit, ChemicalInfo will offer SourceFinder to help attendees navigate through the show. Organizers have partnered with Chemical Information Services (CIS) to create the Chemspec SourceFinder. This helpful tool will enable all visitors to get the most out of the event, by helping them to find the products and services that they are looking for and to create a plan around the event of the exhibition that are relevant to their needs.

ChemicalInfo will also offer its Limited Access Membership, customized for attendees at Chemspec. The Limited Access includes a 30-day membership to the full suite of CIS online services showcasing those companies exhibiting at Chemspec Europe. That’s access to Chemspec exhibitors including their full product catalog, contact details, certification information, import/export data on their company and products and contract/custom manufacturing details.

“Unique product offerings like SourceFinder for Chemspec Europe are exactly the type of thing our NextGen platform allows us to deliver to our members and prospective clients,” said ChemicalInfo CEO, Ernie Cote. “It’s partnering with Chemspec and PIERS on import/export data and other vendors to satisfy the expanding needs and wants of our member base that make our services invaluable and raise the bar for online tools in our industry. It’s such an exciting time to attend this show and showcase our data and products.”

Attendees and exhibitors are encouraged to stop by Booth F40A for a live demonstration and learn more about SourceFinder and Limited Access Membership. Our National Sales Managers will be onsite for questions and concerns.

Announcement of 2014 Q4 PIERS Data in NextGen

It’s that time again! Another round of PIERS trade data is available on even more company and product profiles in NextGen. As of today, hundreds of thousands more trade records are available to view (and download!) that include company and product specific details on import and export shipments, including weight and estimated value, equipping you with the information needed to make informed sourcing decisions. The history of import/export records in NextGen now expands the entire year of 2014, and we aren’t stopping any time soon.   About PIERS PIERS is the most comprehensive database of U.S. waterborne trade activity in the world providing information services to thousands of subscribers globally. Launched more than 35 years ago, PIERS was the first venture in digital global trade intelligence and quickly became the industry standard for accuracy, reliability and insight. Our unique infrastructure and proprietary technology allow us to not only publish import data, but also complete coverage of U.S. export transactional data. PIERS is a division of JOC Group Inc., and a sister company of The Journal of Commerce.  For more information about customized solutions from PIERS, visit www.piers.com.   About JOC Group Inc. The JOC Group Inc. is the authoritative provider of business intelligence, data and events for trade, transportation and logistics professionals worldwide. Through its PIERS database and leading JOC coverage of transportation online, print and events, the JOC Group Inc. provides customers with critical insights, data-rich intelligence and tools to compete effectively in the global marketplace. For further information, please visit www.joc.com/group.   About ChemicalInfo Chemical Information Services was established in 1972 and began as a publisher of chemical supplier data that was sold on an as-needed basis. This quickly morphed into a high demand for something formal to be compiled and distributed to chemical and pharmaceutical companies across the globe, making ChemicalInfo a one-stop shop for chemical sourcing needs.   ChemicalInfo has partnered with an outstanding systems integration and UI firm to work on the redesign and consolidation of its databases. This seven month project kicked off on January 15th, 2014, and enhancement expectations include an entirely new user interface, more robust chemical and producer information, and a more efficient internal system for making updates to the database so that the ChemicalInfo team can properly utilize its resources. For more information, visit www.ChemicalInfo.com.

Sulfuric Acid: A Short Story

The rain drops fall like fire, licking the outside of the floating bio dome, our tiny island of refuge in hell.  It couldn’t be done they said.  The valuable tool that humans have used since the dawn of time was now a challenge to sustaining the colony on this hellish planet.  The ancient Sumerians were the first to document its properties, Dioscorides, a Greek physician, and the Roman naturalist improved our knowledge through researching the chemical.  Oil of Vitriol they once called it, cruel and bitter.  Very fitting, referring to the Venusian rain in such a way was a fantastic understatement.  The Borderlander miners on Neptune got all the luck with their stunning diamond rain.  Here though, mere seconds in the heat and acid would mean a certain agonizing end.  However, we adapted.  We had to.  Where the sulfuric acid rain had once caused severe thermal and hydrolytic burns to human tissues, we have now harnessed its power and use the unlimited resource to help sustain our gadolinium mining colony. The sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide, and water vapor in the upper atmosphere are agitated by the intense solar radiation which bathes this spherical inferno.  As the photo-radiation forms sulfuric acid, it gains density and begins plummeting towards the seething, super-heated ground below.  As it heats up descending towards the ground, due to runaway greenhouse effects, the acid becomes more and more concentrated as heat boils water away. Much like back home on Earth a sixty percent majority of our captured sulfuric acid supply is used in the production of superphosphates, ammonium sulfate, and ammonium phosphate.   These high quality fertilizers can be used to keep our hydroponic system optimally producing food and converting carbon dioxide into oxygen.  In a clutch they can also double as explosive materials. Still more, about twenty percent, of sulfuric acid is used in production of various things we need to efficiently run the colony.  Water treatment chemicals, detergents, drain cleaners, pharmaceuticals, dye materials, insecticides, and chemical catalysts to name just a few.  The remainder is used in the production of lubricants, batteries, paints, fabrics, and paper.  Almost everything we make here needs sulfuric acid to be produced effectively and efficiently.  Without this deadly rain from the Venusian sky, our colony would not be viable.  Just like the clouds outside, and on earth itself, this dangerous and industrially ubiquitous chemical is necessary for our sustained smooth survival.

Ringing in the New Year with PIERS on the Product Side

As many of you know, ChemicalInfo has always provided you with powerful producer information you can trust. Over the last few months, you’ve heard a mouthful about PIERS, The Standard in Trade Intelligence. This Import and Export data integration has provided subscribers with insight to manufacturers’ bulk shipments of chemical products and pharmaceuticals around the world. Well, drum roll please… PIERS just became even more comprehensive, now extending Import and Export data that is searchable by product. So, what does this mean for your business? If you source raw material and pharmaceuticals, import and export data can make you more efficient by helping you:
  • Monitor global trade activity with a complete picture of what commodities are produced, used and sold by regions. This is influential for determining the best price and regions to source from.
  • Make fast and insightful purchasing decisions by providing cost baselines, that are valuable in buying negotiations.
  • Improve differentiation between Manufacturers and Distributors based on Import & Export activity of each supplier.
If you’re in Sales & Marketing then it’s probably your job to find new customers. Well great news; import and export data will help improve your daily activities by:
  • Defining saturated and vacant markets for business growth. This knowledge helps streamline your decision making by verifying company growth initiatives before investments are made.
  • Gaining a competitive advantage by keeping up with your competitors in order to tailor your business decisions.
  • Qualifying your leads by providing insightful information into suppliers’ product pricing and volumes. These purchasing patterns allow you to prioritize leads, in addition to preparing for more powerful price negotiations.
As Ernie Cote, ChemicalInfo Chief Executive Officer, said “The business intelligence tools created by PIERS allows us to identify trends in the chemical industry based on the companies and specific commodities being shipped around the world, and apply that knowledge to our decision making.” As many of you know, ChemicalInfo’s services have always been designed to make you more effective and efficient in your sourcing and selling activities. Now, more than ever, PIERS allows us enhance that knowledge by providing trade activity on top-searched products. About PIERS PIERS is the most comprehensive database of U.S. waterborne trade activity in the world providing information services to thousands of subscribers globally. Launched more than 35 years ago, PIERS was the first venture in digital global trade intelligence and quickly became the industry standard for accuracy, reliability and insight. Our unique infrastructure and proprietary technology allow us to not only publish import data, but also complete coverage of U.S. export transactional data. PIERS is a division of JOC Group Inc., and a sister company of The Journal of Commerce.  For more information about customized solutions from PIERS, visit www.piers.com.

Search, Research, Analytics and LaserCats

Here in the research department at ChemicalInfo, we do our best to get you the most accurate, up-to-date chemical information available.  This however, is just the beginning of how we serve you.  Here in the research team we utilize search analytics to stay one step ahead of the chemical markets to provide you a seamless experience.  We are always on the lookout for market and search trends to figure out exactly what our customers are looking for.  We then use this information to enhance our data in the areas you are most likely to search.  As one example, last month the highest searched chemical was calcium carbonate.  This chemical is of course used in a great number of industrial and pharmaceutical applications. By paying close attention to the other searched chemicals we found that chemicals and fluids utilized in mining and oil drilling were in demand.  We immediately beefed up our listings adding over two hundred chemicals and ten categories used specifically in oil drilling and mining. These categories include surfactants, lubricants, and defoamers, to name just a few.  In our research on calcium carbonate we also found something a bit more sinister. Click here to check it out. Careful with those Lasercats.  All joking aside, anticipating the market and what our customers are looking for is our top priority.  If you ever need extra information, or feel our database is lacking in any area, let us know and we will bulk it up for you.  In the meantime, we will do our best to ensure that we get the data to you before you even know you need it.  That’s our promise here at Chemical Info.

ChemicalInfo NextGen Update

Last week our team committed to providing an update on our subscriber feedback and suggestions regarding the latest release of our service, NextGen.  I’m pleased to announce several updates have been made over the last week based on your specific comments. For example:
  • Download by default to Excel (rather than .csv)
  • More contact details for producers are available in the download function
  • Company general email addresses have been added to the header on a company profile
  • Thousands of NEW data records are being added – data now accessible to us as a result of this recent change
  • CAS numbers are now searchable without entering dashes
More updates and enhancements are being evaluated, so please stay in communication with us. We will begin posting those updates here and your continued suggestions are always welcome at sales@chemicalinfo.com.   Sincerely, Ernie Cote Chief Executive Officer Chemical Information Services

ChemicalInfo Launches NextGen

ChemicalInfo is pleased to announce that NextGen, the next generation of services from ChemicalInfo launches tomorrow, July 25, 2014 at 12:00 pm Central Standard Time. When logging into ChemicalInfo NextGen, users will experience:
  • Content from four separate databases accessible via a single search bar
  • Advanced search and filtering capabilities
  • More content including enhanced contact information, certifications, patents and synthesis paths
  • PIERS import/export data
Take advantage of the new data and features. Visit chemicalinfo.com/nextgen/ where you’ll find an FAQ, a user manual, video content and live chat support.  We value our subscribers and want to hear from you. Email us at nextgen@chemicalinfo.com. Check out our short demo and learn more about ChemicalInfo NextGen.  7.24.14 image1