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  • Ferrero Buys U.S. Chocolate Maker Fannie May for $115M

    The maker of Tic-Tacs, Nutella, and Ferrero Rocher, Ferrero International S.A., signed an agreement with 1-800-Flowers.com Inc. to acquire the assets of Fannie May Confections Brands Inc. in a $115 million cash transaction, 1-800-Flowers.com, a gourmet food and floral gift provider, announced by...

  • Grain Elevator Collapse in WA Causes $1M in Damages

    A grain elevator holding some 150,000 bushels of wheat collapsed in Edwall, WA early Wednesday morning, causing about $1 million in damages, several local news organizations reported. The collapse of the Ritzville Warehouse Co. elevator at about 1 a.m. impacted a Avista Utilities service line...

  • Engineer Crushed to Death After Fall into Cement Mixer

    An engineer from the United Kingdom was crushed to death by aggregate after falling into a mixer Tuesday morning at a cement plant in Trinidad, the Trinidad Daily Express reported. John Morris, a 55-year-old worker at Lutchmeesingh's asphalt plant in Princes Town, was trying to loosen...

  • Intelligrated Exec Named to Board of Robotic Industries Assn.

    The Robotic Industries Association (RIA) named Matt Wicks, vice president of product development, manufacturing systems at Intelligrated as a new member of its board of directors, Intelligrated announced by press release Tuesday. Intelligrated, a leading provider of automated material handling...

  • OSHA under Trump Halts Public Identification of Offenders

    As the agency transitions to leadership by U.S. President Donald J. Trump’s administration, The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) no longer issues press releases identifying offenders in enforcment actions and fines levied on companies that...

  • Startup Aims to Produce Poultry Meat from Animal Cells

    Calling the development a “historic moment for the clean meat movement,” a San Francisco Bay area company introduced the world’s first chicken and duck meat produced without raising animals. Instead of rearing and eventually slaughtering the birds, Memphis Meats created methods to...

  • Study: “Pollution Offshoring” Lowers U.S. Plant Emissions

    When manufacturing plants increase imports from low-wage countries by 10%, toxic emissions from the facility drop by 4% to 6%, a new study by researchers from University of Michigan (U-M) and Shanghai Jiaotong University in China posits. “We found that domestic plants pollute less on...

  • Cargill Verifies 13 Food Ingredients with Non-GMO Project

    Cargill obtained non-GMO status verification by the Non-GMO Project for 13 food ingredients, expanding its line of food ingredients verified by the organization, the Minneapolis, MN-based company announced March 10. “Non-GMO Project Verification remains the most trusted emblem for consumers...

  • BASF Plans New Plastic Additives Plant in China

    As part of a €200 million effort to increase its global plastic additives production network, BASF is investing in the construction of a new plastic additives manufacturing site in Shanghai, China, the German company announced Tuesday. The plant, projected to be completed in 2019, will have...

  • JBS USA Acquires Prepared Meats Firm Plumrose for $230M

    The world’s largest pork exporter and Europe’s largest pork processor, Danish Crown A/S is selling its U.S. beacon, ham, and deli meat business, Plumrose USA, to animal protein processor JBS USA for $230 million, the companies announced in a joint press release Monday. The transaction...