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  • Baked Goods Firm Fined $2.4M After Conveyor Belt Injury

    UK baked goods manufacturer Warburtons Ltd was issued a £1.9 million fine (about $2.4 million USD) by the Nottingham Crown Court in a hearing examining the company’s role in a 2015 incident where a worker’s arm was injured by a running conveyor belt, Britain’s occupational...

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  • Explosion, Fire Disrupts Operations at Saint Gobain Plant

    An early morning explosion and fire at a Saint Gobain Performance Plastics plant in Merrimack, NH forced an evacuation of employees as firefighters worked to snuff out the fire. Officials told television news station WMUR that the explosion occurred in a ventilation unit, which led to a fire near...

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  • Campbell to Acquire Organic Soup Maker Pacific Foods

    Campbell Soup Company plans to acquire a maker of organic soups, meals, and plant-based beverages Pacific Foods in a $700 million cash transaction, reflecting changing consumer preferences toward healthy and organic food products, the Camden, NJ-based company announced Thursday. “The...

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  • Hosokawa to Host Common Food Ingredient Processing Webinar

    Rob Voorhees, president, Hosokawa Micron Powder Systems, is presenting a food application webinar on Wednesday, August 9 at 2pm. “Processing of Common Food Ingredients” will focus on processing common food ingredients. Over the last 90 years, Hosokawa has conducted processing...

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  • Tyson Foods Invests $59M in PA Distribution Center Expansion

    A Tyson Foods distribution center in Pottsville, PA will create 114 jobs and add 160,000 sq ft to the facility’s footprint under a $59.7 million investment project announced by the Springdale, AK-based international food firm on Thursday. “This expansion will allow us to better service...

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  • Nestle Pledges Additional Sugar Slash for UK Cereals

    Nestle UK is expanding a pledge to lower the sugar contents in its breakfast cereals sold in the United Kingdom by an additional 10% by the end of 2018, resulting in the removal of an estimated 225 million teaspoons of sugar from the country’s diet, the Swiss-owned food and beverage firm...

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  • Starbucks Plans $120M Soluble Coffee Factory Expansion

    American coffee company Starbucks plans to invest $120 million to expand production at its Augusta, GA soluble coffee plant, a company press release announced Thursday. Adding 140,000 sq ft to the facility’s existing 180,000-sq-ft footprint, Starbucks said the project stems from consumer...

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  • Conveyor Fire Forces Evacuation of Packaging Factory

    A fire at the Packaging Corporation of America plant in Burlington, WI on the afternoon of June 30 forced an evacuation of employees as firefighters combated the blaze for about six hours, several local news organizations reported. First responders from five area fire departments went to the...

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  • Unimin to Open Sand Processing Plant in Texas

    Non-metallic industrial minerals firm Unimin Corporation plans to construct a new sand processing plant in a west Texas location near the oil-rich Permian Basin that will produce up to 5 million tn/yr of regional sand for use in the oil and gas industry, the New Canaan, CT company announced...

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  • Explosion at Pet Food Ingredients Plant Injures Worker

    Officials are investigating a boiler explosion at a pet food ingredients plant in Paducah, KY on June 30 that injured one employee and scatted debris onto a nearby street. Local firefighters received a call of an explosion at the Dar Pro Ingredients facility at about 10:16 a.m. and transported one...

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