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  • J.M. Smucker to Buy Conagra’s Wesson Oil Brand for $285M

    Conagra Brands Inc. is divesting from the Wesson Oil brand of edible oils in a $285 million sale to J.M. Smucker, a press release issued by Smucker on Tuesday said. “The addition of Wesson creates a strong complement to our Crisco brand,” said Mark Smucker, chief executive officer of J...

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  • Vortex Loading Spouts Gain ATEX Certification in Europe

    Vortex, a solids and bulk handling components company, announces its loading solutions product line has gained Zone 20 (internal) and Zone 21 (external) ATEX certification in the European Union. Because ATEX certification is required for equipment sold through the European Union (EU), this...

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  • Report: ADM Grain Elevator Accident Halts Operations

    Operations were halted Thursday at agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland’s grain export site in Ama, LA because of an equipment-related accident, Reuters reported. A crane located on a barge collided with a conveyor belt system, which damaged the equipment but caused no injuries, ADM told...

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  • Blue Buffalo to Expand Pet Food Manufacturing Plant in MO

    Pet food maker Blue Buffalo plans to expand its Heartland Pet Food manufacturing site in Joplin, MO, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced by press release Thursday. “Blue Buffalo’s expansion of our state of the art manufacturing facility in Joplin reflects our ongoing commitment...

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  • General Mills Facing Outrage over Switch to Natural Colors

    As food makers across the United States reformulate products to meet the demands of changing consumer perferences toward healthy and simple ingredients, in one case consumers are showing that products that transition away from traditional recipies and formats are not always well received. ...

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  • General Mills-Flubs-Natural-Flavored-Trix-Release

    As food makers across the United States reformulate products to meet the demands of changing consumer perferences toward healthy and simple ingredients, in one case consumers are showing that transitioning away from traditional recipies may be a risky endeavor.  Fox News on Wednesday ...

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  • SWECO Celebrates 100 Years

    SWECO, a business unit of M-I LLC, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. SWECO was founded in 1917 as the Southwestern Engineering Co., and has been responding to market needs with engineering innovation ever since. Over the past century, SWECO has grown from a small ore milling and...

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  • Study Finds High Levels of Contaminants in Pet Food

    A new study examining environmental and industrial contaminants in 900 pet food products from 74 brands sold in the United States found that many products tested contain high levels of dangerous toxins. The Clean Label Project’s report on pet food notes that 75% of products analyzed...

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  • Worker Severely Injured by Machinery at Schick Factory

    A worker was severely injured after her hand became caught in a piece of machinery at a Schick razor blade factory in Milford, CT on Thursday morning, numerous local news media reports said. Fire officials received a 911 call at about 9:20 a.m. for a female worker trapped in a machine at Schick...

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  • Hormel Invests $137M in New Jennie-O Processing Plant

    Hormel Foods Corporation initiated construction of a new Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in this month as part of a $137 million investment plan to replace an outdated facility in Melrose, MN, the food company announced Wednesday. “This investment shows the company’s commitment...

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