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Simply Orange is Anything But Simple


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Actually, it's quite complex. You see, Simply Orange, which is made by Coca-Cola, is a highly industrial product engineered according to a complex algorithm called the "Black Book":

Revenue Analytics consultant Bob Cross, architect of Coke’s juice model, also built the model Delta Air Lines (DAL) uses to maximize its revenue per mile flown. Orange juice, says Cross, “is definitely one of the most complex applications of business analytics. It requires analyzing up to 1 quintillion decision variables to consistently deliver the optimal blend, despite the whims of Mother Nature.”

The Black Book model includes detailed data about the myriad flavors—more than 600 in all—that make up an orange, and consumer preferences. Those data are matched to a profile detailing acidity, sweetness, and other attributes of each batch of raw juice. The algorithm then tells Coke how to blend batches to replicate a certain taste and consistency, right down to pulp content. Another part of Black Book incorporates external factors such as weather patterns, expected crop yields, and cost pressures. This helps Coke plan so that supplies will be on hand as far ahead as 15 months. “If we have a hurricane or a freeze,” Bippert says, “we can quickly replan the business in 5 or 10 minutes just because we’ve mathematically modeled it.”

Duane Stanford of Bloomberg Business News has the post that'll go perfectly with a tall glass of orange juice: Link

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Seven steps with multiple decisions at each point in the process = massive PERMUTATIONS = impressive complexity far beyond the seven steps... By the authors own metrics, pretty much all food everywhere that is processed is "industrial product," because, really, to feed millions without much wastage is just a rational, logical and desirable goal. And orange juice is food. Blaming orange juice for its attributes such as "empty calories" is like blaming a cow for having hooves...
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I was just kidding you :) I am fascinated by the industrial process of creating something as simple as orange juice. I suppose making OJ is simple. Making OJ that taste the same 365 days a year, in massive quantities and with variability in the harvested raw material, is quite hard.
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I can appreciate a bit of hyperbole. I guess my comment was a bit pedantic. I should have thrown in that it was a very interesting article. I'm quite fascinated by the logistics and mechanics of all kinds of processes almost everyone takes for granted in our world of mass production.
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