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  • Nestle Sheds Violet Crumble Brand to Robern Menz

    Adelaide, Australia-based Robern Menz (Mfg) Pty Ltd entered into an agreement with Nestle Australia Ltd to acquire the Violet Crumble chocolate brand and related intellectual property, manufacturing facility, and equipment, Nestle announced in a press release Thursday. Violet Crumble is a...

  • Bühler Buys Cookie and Confectionery Equipment Maker Haas

    Global wafer, cookie, and confectionery production equipment maker The Haas Group was recently acquired by the Bühler Group, expanding the Swiss technology firm’s offerings in its Consumer Foods product portfolio. “We are opening a new chapter in the Consumer Food market, and we...

  • Mohawk Industries to Open $10M Extrusion Compounding Line

    Residential and commercial flooring products maker Mohawk Industries Inc. plans to invest $10 million to expand its manufacturing facility in Glasgow, VA, including a new extrusion compounding line, Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced Monday in a press release. “Mohawk Industries...

  • Sulzer Completes Acquisition of JWC Environmental

    Sulzer announces that it has completed the acquisition of JWC Environmental LLC (JWC). JWC is a leading provider of highly engineered, mission-critical solids reduction and removal products such as grinders, screens, and dissolved air flotation system for municipal, industrial and commercial...

  • November Conveying Equipment Orders up 16% over 2017

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its November 2017 booked orders increased 16.4% when compared to November 2016 orders. When compared to October 2017, November 2017 booked orders were down 1.3%. November booked orders were down 4% for Bulk Handling...

  • Ferrero Closing in On Deal for Nestle’s US Candy Business

    Italian confectionery and chocolate firm Ferrero Group is closing in on a $2.8 billion deal to purchase Nestle’s U.S. confectionery and chocolate business, including iconic brands like Butterfinger and Nerds, according to reports published Wednesday by Bloomberg and the Financial Times. The...

  • Univar to Distribute Cargill Personal Care Portfolio in EMEA

    Chemical and ingredient distribution firm Univar BV recently entered into an exclusive agreement to distribute Cargill Beauty’s personal care portfolio in EMEA starting Jan. 1, a Univar press release announced Monday. “With Univar, we have found a leading distributor who can really...

  • UK Issues Ban on Microbeads in Personal Care Products

    The U.K. government recently announced that a ban on the use of microbeads in personal care products and cosmetics in the country is now in effect and touted the effort as “one of the world’s toughest bans” on the material. Though the public can still purchase products containing...

  • AkzoNobel Appoints New CFO of Specialty Chemicals Unit

    Dutch specialty chemicals and coatings producer AkzoNobel recently named Renier Vree as its Chief Financial Officer of its Specialty Chemicals business unit, a Jan. 3 company press release announced. Set to join the firm on March 1, Vree most recently served as CFO and member of the executive...

  • Evonik to Expand Compounding Capacity at Arkansas Plant

    Specialty chemicals firm Evonik intends to add a new compounding line at its Osceola, AR plant to increase the site’s capacity of specialty acrylite molding compounds, a press release announced Monday. The new line is expected to almost double the site’s capacity of the Methacrylates...