May 16, 2020

Most popular Halloween candy

Nell Walker
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Most popular Halloween candy
If theres one place in the world which does Halloween correctly, its the United States. As such, here is our list of the most popular American seasonal...

If there’s one place in the world which does Halloween correctly, it’s the United States. As such, here is our list of the most popular American seasonal sweets for trick-or-treaters to enjoy:

Wonka Pixy Stix

A classic choice: adults love them because they’re cheap, and children love them because they provide a swift hit in a single mouthful of colourful sugar. These straws filled with sherbet are the perfect solution to padding out the trick-or-treat bowl.

Candy corn

You either love candy corn or you hate it. Regardless, the distinctive little caramel-tasting kernels are a must-have for Halloween especially, and ideal for filling mini cauldrons at your party.

Mellowcreme pumpkins

Pumpkins appear to cause less division, despite claims that they taste the same as candy corn and have a similar texture. They are undoubtedly more Halloweeny, and enable an even greater sugar rush as the gourds are so much bigger.

Wonka Nerds

While available all year round, Nerds enjoy a boost in sales around Halloween. The company commences selling Spooky Nerds and Monster Potions in preparation for the holiday, but all Nerds are created equal for the adults buying them.

Nestlé Butterfinger

The ever-popular Butterfinger is ideal for trick-or-treaters, since they can be bought fun-size in bulk. Kids adore the crunchy treats too.

Lindor Jack-O-Lantern Truffles

Generally thought of as a grown-up chocolate, Lindor shows its fun side every year with the release of its Jack-O-Lantern truffles. They are the classic Lindt milk chocolate truffles with a milk chocolate centre, but if that’s not spooky enough, Lindor also makes a pumpkin spice version of its standard truffles.

Peeps ghosts, pumpkins, and tombstones

Peeps are ideal for causing sticky fingers and a rapid sugar rush, and the company goes all-out at Halloween with ghost, pumpkin, and tombstone-shaped marshmallows.

Jolly Rancher Caramel Apple lollipops

Jolly Ranchers are perfect sweet bowl fillers anyway, but these caramel apple flavoured lollies are even better for getting into the spirit. Plus, they’re slightly easier on the teeth than the average chewy sweet.


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May 12, 2021

Ultium Cells LLC/Li-Cycle: Sustainable Battery Manufacturing

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Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing

Ultium Cells LLC - a joint venture between General Motors and LG Energy Solutions - has announced its latest collaboration with Li-Cycle. Joining forces the two have set ambitions to expand recycling in North America, recycling up to 100% of the scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing


What is Ultium Cells LLC?

Announcing their partnership in December 2019, General Motors (GM) and LG Energy Solutions established Ultium Cells LLC with a mission to “ensure excellence of Battery Cell Manufacturing through implementation of best practices from each company to contribute [to the] expansion of a Zero Emission propulsion on a global scale.”

Who is Li-Cycle?

Founded in 2016, Li-Cycle leverages innovative solutions to address emerging and urgent challenges around the world.

As the use of Lithium-ion rechargeable batteries in automotive, industrial energy storage, and consumer electronic applications rises, Li-Cycle believes that “the world needs improved technology and supply chain innovations to better recycle these batteries, while also meeting the rapidly growing demand for critical and scarce battery-grade materials.”

Why are Ultium Cells LLC and Li-Cycle join forces?

By joining forces to expand the recycling of scrap materials in battery cell manufacturing in North America, the new recycling process will allow Ultium Cells LLC to recycle cobalt, nickel, lithium, graphite, copper, manganese and aluminum.

“95% of these materials can be used in the production of new batteries or for adjacent industries,” says GM, who explains that the new hydrometallurgical process emits 30% less greenhouse gases (GHGs) than traditional processes, minimising the environmental impact. Use of this process will begin later in the year (2021).

"Our combined efforts with Ultium Cells will be instrumental in redirecting battery manufacturing scrap from landfills and returning a substantial amount of valuable battery-grade materials back into the battery supply chain. This partnership is a critical step forward in advancing our proven lithium-ion resource recovery technology as a more sustainable alternative to mining, " said Ajay Kochhar, President, CEO and co-founder of Li-Cycle.

"GM's zero-waste initiative aims to divert more than 90% of its manufacturing waste from landfills and incineration globally by 2025. Now, we're going to work closely with Ultium Cells and Li-Cycle to help the industry get even better use out of the materials,” added Ken Morris, Vice President of Electric and Autonomous Vehicles, GM.

Since 2013, GM has recycled or reused 100% of the battery packs it has received from customers, with most current GM EVs repaired with refurbished packs.

"We strive to make more with less waste and energy expended. This is a crucial step in improving the sustainability of our components and manufacturing processes,” concluded Thomas Gallagher, Chief Operating Officer, Ultium Cells LLC.

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