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Chips are down at Hain Celestial, but they have a plan

  HAIN CELESTIAL GROUP Headquarters: Lake Success Industry: Consumer non-durables NASDAQ: HAIN Reporting Date: Feb. 7, 2019 Reporting Quarter: 2Q FY2019 Quarter Ended: Dec. 31, 2018 Numbers: Second-quarter net sales were reported as $584.2 million, down 5 percent from the $614 million reported for the same quarter last fiscal year. The company reported a quarterly operational loss of $15.4 million, compared to an operating income of $31 million a year ago, and a loss per…


Adelphi centers creativity around new innovation hub

By GREGORY ZELLER // With several university-based incubators and centers of excellence already bolstering the Long Island innovation economy, Adelphi University is working up its own innovation hub. Coming soon: The Adelphi Innovation Center, a 2,000-square-foot research laboratory planned for the Garden City school’s Swirbul Library. Scheduled for a September 2019 opening, the AIC will take its place among a number of advanced “innovation centers” on Long Island, including the Hofstra University Center for Entrepreneurship,…


No. 278: NASA in Melville, economic impact in Farmingdale, bottom-line battles and 25 years of ‘Groundhog Day’

TGIF: Welcome, friends old and new, to the end of a cold and snowy workweek. It’s Feb. 2, and it was 78 years ago today when a famous bandleader invited an unknown singer from Hoboken, NJ, to perform on stage at a bobbysoxer gig in Indianapolis. It would not be the last time Frank Sinatra would perform with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra. Déjà vu: It’s also Groundhog Day, again, and in case you were wondering,…


1-800-Flowers in Facebook bot deal

By GREGORY ZELLER // Special delivery from 1-800-Flowers: The national retailer has launched an automated “chatbot” that can answer questions, make gift suggestions and process orders through Facebook Messenger. The latest floral first from the Carle Place-based gifting giant was among the big announcements at F8, Facebook’s global developer conference, held this week in San Francisco. 1-800-Flowers is one of two online-shopping stalwarts earning Facebook chatbots; Faceboook Messenger users can also access an automated personal…