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  • Gilead Sciences to Open $250M Production Campus in CA

    Pharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences plans to open its new, $250 million production and packaging campus in La Verne, CA this week, increasing the company’s packaging, labeling, and distribution capacity. “Up to 14 million tablets will be packaged and up to five million AmBisome vials...

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  • Macadamia Nut Processing Plant Fire Causes $105K in Damages

    Officials estimate that a fire at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation processing plant in Kea’au, HI on Monday caused some $105,000 in damages, local news organizations reported. Flames broke out in a building containing a macadamia nut husk dryer, with fire crews responding to the scene...

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  • Smithfield Foods Acquires Private Label Sausage Maker

    Meat processing firm Smithfield Foods is acquiring private label pre-rigor sausage processor and manufacturing firm Kansas City Sausage Company LLC, boosting the Smithfield, VA-based company’s presence in packaged meats. The move “simultaneously enhances our vertically integrated...

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  • Dow, Aramco Open Specialty Chemicals Plant in Saudi Arabia

    Officials from Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company held a ceremony on Monday to mark the commissioning of its integrated chemicals production complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia operated under a joint venture dubbed the Sadara Chemical Company. Billed by the firms as “the world’s...

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  • Mars Inc. Moves to Buy Food Manufacturer Preferred Brands

    Mars Incorporated’s food products business, Mars Food, announced plans Monday to acquire Stamford, CT-based Preferred Brands International, which produces and markets a line of Indian- and Asian-inspired ready-to-heat food products as the Tasty Bite brand. “Tasty Bite’s broad...

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  • Protein Bar Maker Prosnack Acquired by Naturally Splendid

    Pitt Meadows, BC-based biotechnology and food products firm Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. acquired Prosnack Natural Foods Inc., a North Vancouver company that produces all-natural protein bars, an Aug. 11 press release announced. “Our new relationship with Prosnack and its founders,...

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  • MPI Supports Customers in FSMA Compliance

    To assist food manufacturing customers become FSMA compliant, Magnetic Products Inc. (MPI) is offering FSMA support packets for every piece of equipment that may be considered either a control point or critical control point. These packets are a comprehensive tool documenting everything...

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  • Smithfield Foods, Campbell Soup Invest $35M in Meal Kit Firm

    Recent filings with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) indicate startup meal kit service Chef’d has received $35.2 million in investments from pork producer Smithfield Foods, Campbell Soup, and online grocery service Fresh Direct, CNBC reported Wednesday. The diverse firms...

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  • Conveyor Equipment Orders Soar

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its June 2017 booked orders increased 40.6% when compared to June 2016 orders. When compared to May 2017, June 2017 booked orders were up 36.6%. June booked orders were up 6.3% for Bulk Handling Equipment and up 51.8%...

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  • Italian Grain Milling Firm Invests $37M in U.S. Expansion

    One of North America’s leading millers of durum wheat, Italgrani USA, is investing $37 million to expand the capacity of its U.S. Durum Milling facility in St. Louis, MO, a company official said in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published Thursday. Initially announced in a February...

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