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  • USDA Debuts $60M Grant Program for Specialty Crops

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agriculture Marketing Service (AMS) is debuting a grant funding program of more than $60 million for projects related to specialty crops including fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, and nursery crops, the agency announced March 7. According to the AMS, the...

  • General Mills Invests in Probiotics Firm Farmhouse Culture

    Probiotics food and beverage company Farmhouse Culture signed an investment agreement with General Mills’ venture unit 301 INC to increase the availability of its products nationally, the Watsonville, CA company announced Wednesday. “Americans are embracing the positive health benefits...

  • Man Crushed to Death While Clearing Conveyor Belt Jam

    A worker was crushed to death at a Purolator Inc. facility in Etobicoke, ON Tuesday while working to clear a jam in a conveyor belt system, several local news organizations reported. “This morning one of our brothers at the Ontario hub was killed after being caught up in a conveyor belt. Our...

  • Ingredion Acquires Rice Ingredients Firm in Thailand

    Global ingredient solutions provider Ingredion Inc. completed the acquisition of Sun Flour Industry Co. Ltd., a rice starch and rice flour company based in Thailand for undisclosed terms, the Westchester, IL company announced Thursday. “This acquisition not only supports Ingredion’s...

  • Global Extruded Snack Market to Reach $57B by 2022

    A new forecast by market research firm IMARC Group posits that the global market for extruded snacks – including pasta, processed cheese, and breakfast cereals – will reach a value of $57 billion by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.3% from its 2016 value of $50...

  • Nestle to Build New Multi-Million Dollar Factory in Cuba

    Swiss firm Nestle is negotiating a deal with the government of Cuba to build a new $50 million to $60 million factory in the country’s Mariel special development zone, according to an announcement made by the company’s vice president Laurent Freixe in Havana Wednesday, Reuters and other...

  • Kellogg Co. Honors Female Farmers on Int’l Women’s Day

    In celebration of International Women’s Day, Kellogg Company announced that some 10,000 female farmers supporting its supply chain “play an important role at the start of our food journey.” “They are responsible for growing and nurturing the grains and other ingredients we...

  • Ghana Seeks to Build Food Processing Plants with Indian Firm

    A member of Ghana’s parliament is discussing plans to build three food processing plants in the country with representatives of an Indian company, the Ghana News Agency reported Wednesday. MP for Asante-Akim North Andy Appiah-Kubi told the news organization that talks are ongoing with the...

  • Conveyor System Malfunction Causes Fire at PA Power Plant

    A yet-to-be-determined malfunction on a conveyor belt sparked large fire at a Reading, PA power plant early Tuesday morning, Reading Deputy Fire Chief Gary Mogel told The Reading Eagle. Used to carry wood products over 1000 ft at the Evergreen Community Power Plant, the conveyor belt created heat...

  • Conveying Equipment Orders up 47% over 2016

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reported that its January 2017 booked orders increased 47.6% when compared to January 2016 orders. When compared to December 2016, January booked orders were down 21%. January booked orders were up 4.2% for Bulk Handling Equipment...