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  • OSHA Fines Food Company $86K After Two Machine Injuries

    Global food products company Kerry Inc. was cited with one repeated and two serious violations by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) on Dec. 5 after two separate machine injuries at the company’s Melrose Park, IL bread products facility,...

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  • China Initiates Five-Year Intelligent Manufacturing Plan

    The government of China released the final version of a new five-year plan to transform the country’s traditional manufacturing with digital technologies on Wednesday, state media sources reported. The country’s intelligent manufacturing plan seeks to digitize key areas of its...

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  • Bimba Manufacturing Acquires Vacuum Technology Company

    University Park, IL-based Bimba Manufacturing, a provider of pneumatic, hydraulic, and electric motion solutions, has acquired vacuum technology maker Vaccon Company Inc. on Dec. 5, a Bimba press release announced. “This acquisition reflects Bimba’s dedication to technology expansion...

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  • USAID, Nestle Partner to Reduce Maize Mycotoxins in Ghana

    Nestle signed a memorandum of understanding with the U.S. Agency for International Development’s (USAID) Agricultural Development and Value Chain Enhancement Program (ADVANCE) on Dec. 6 to train 113,000 farmers in Ghana by 2018 in an effort to boost the quality of grains grown in the country...

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  • Marlen Int’l Partners with Quendal to Expand in LATAM

    Food processing equipment provider Marlen International has entered into a partnership with Quendal FoodTech Machinery to represent Marlen thermal processing equipment in Mexico, including its custom-built batch ovens, blast chill cells, and industrial dehydrators, the Riverside, MO company...

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  • BASF Opens Concrete Admixture Plant in Philippines

    BASF opened a new concrete admixture plant in Carmona, Cavite, Philippines on Dec. 2 as demand for construction chemicals in the country rises, the German chemical company announced by press release. The site will produce products from BASF’s Master Builders Solutions brand, including...

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  • Central Transport Agrees to OSHA Forklift Safety Measures

    The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration has secured a settlement agreement with Central Transport to tackle forklift hazards at over 100 sites in 26 states, the agency announced Wednesday. “These widespread, recurring hazards required a...

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  • Fonterra Cuts Ribbon on New Milk Powder Plant in NZ

    Global milk producer Fonterra recently inaugurated a new facility in Litchfield, New Zealand that includes a milk powder processing plant, services, wastewater plant and distribution center, the provider of the site’s processing technology, German international technology group GEA, announced...

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  • Wessanen Buys Spain’s Top Maker of Organic Food Brands

    A leading European firm in the organic and natural food market, Wessanen, is acquiring Biogran S.L., Spain’s leading manufacturer of organic food brands for about $72 million, a Wessanen press release announced Monday. Wessanen, based in the Netherlands, noted that Biogran’s sales in...

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  • Leclerc Foods to Open $49M U.S. Headquarters and Plant

    Canadian baked product manufacturer Leclerc Foods is planning to build a new $49 million facility in Kingsport, TN that will house its U.S. headquarters and production, warehousing, and distribution space, the company, Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam and the Tennessee Department of Economic &...

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