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Vivace caviar is bancrupt

Some time ago I wrote about Vivace caviar, a company by a former professor of mine that tried to produce caviar in a fish-friendly way. They went bankrupt.  Apparently, the costs of the running production were too high per month, and the sales too low. And, of  course, they earned tons of criticism for their bankruptcy. For example, other sturgeon farmers found the production conditions of vivace faulty – apparently, one could taste that in the resulting caviar eggs (which indeed tasted different). Moreover, harvesting eggs several times from a sturgeon is not a complete novelity – such practices are common already in Russia. Professor Köhler’s patent for hardening the eggs after harvest added only a little bit of extra improvement to the process. Moreover, they were very ambitious – potentially too ambitious – they wanted to start production with 5 tons caviar per year, even though they sold at higher prices than the rest of the market… In any case, the story is a bit more complicated than that of course, so read it …

Camel milk on the rise!

Picture I was looking into the camel-milk-producing industries recently, and I was surprised what I found! Here is a little summary of the best highlights: Camel milk makes up only 0.3% of the total world milk production (cow milk constitutes 83.1%), but they are so many products out there! And, camel milk production is growing – more and more products enter the market. Some are just too exotic to be good. For example, around 2009 the first camel milk chocolate was put on the market (I will not name the brand here, but google it and you will easily find it). Camel milk chocolate is a great idea but at the moment the product lives from its exotic status. Trying it I could taste the difference to cowmilk – and it is a great idea to make chocolate out of camel milk. But, the other ingredients (like the vanilla flavor and the melting potential of the chocolate) were not well orchestred. Even though there is (in my opinion) room for improvement, of course other people …