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  • Cargill Invests $18M in Nebraska Grain Elevator Upgrade

    American agricultural firm Cargill announced plans Tuesday to invest $18 million in expansion of storage and unload capabilities at its Gibbon, NE grain elevator, adding upright storage space for 2 million bushels of grain and boosting the site’s unload capacity to 65,000 bushels/hr. “...

  • CEMEX to Close Lapis Sand Plant in California by 2023

    Officials in California approved a plan proposed by Mexican building materials multinational CEMEX to phase out operations at its Marina, CA Lapis sand plant by 2020, ending a series of legal wrangles with several state agencies and the local city government over alleged violations at the site....

  • Nestle Releases KitKat Flavored with “Cough Drop” Powder

    Nestle Japan is known for producing a wide array of KitKat bar flavors, with some appealing to regional tastes like green tea and varieties, like baked potato, pushing the boundaries of traditional confectionery flavors. Now the subsidiary of the Swiss food and beverage firm is rolling out a...

  • Smithfield Foods Invests $100M in NC Pork Processing Plant

    The world’s largest pork processor, Smithfield Foods Inc., is investing $100 million in its Tar Heel, NC pork plant to construct a new distribution center and improve the site’s cold storage capabilities, the Smithfield, VA-based firm announced Tuesday. “This expansion reflects...

  • Montana Cooperative to Build New Fertilizer “Mega Plant”

    Montana agricultural cooperative Town & Country Supply Association is constructing a new “mega plant” in Lockwood, MT that will produce a variety of bulk fertilizer blends, the cooperative announced Monday in a press release. “It’s a 22,000-tn plant, and we’re...

  • Johnson & Johnson Faces $417M Penalty in Talc Powder Case

    Personal care products maker Johnson & Johnson was ordered to pay a $417 million penalty Monday by a California jury in a lawsuit initiated by a woman that alleged the company’s baby powder contained talcum powder that causes ovarian cancer. Californian Eva Echeverria sued Johnson &...

  • J&J Snack Foods Buys Chicagoland Baked Goods Firm Labriola

    The maker of ICEE frozen beverages and Oreo Churros frozen desserts, J&J Snack Foods Corp. announced the acquisition of Aslip, IL-based bakery Labriola Baking Company on Aug. 16, expanding the Pennsauken, NJ firm’s product portfolio. Founded in 1993, Labriola, based near Chicago,...

  • Wisconsin Corn Mill Restarts Operations After Explosion

    The Cambria, WI corn milling facility of agricultural processing firm Didion Ethanol LLC is back on line after the company halted operations following a May 31 explosion there, the company announced in an Aug. 2 press release. “It’s a multi-week process to restart and return to full...

  • SPX Flow Appoints Sbabo as VP, Food and Beverage in EMEA

    SPX Flow Inc. has announced the appointment of Pierre Sbabo as the vice president of its food and beverage business in EMEA. With a strong background in leading business in both mature and developing areas, Sbabo will bring valuable experience to further grow the SPX Flow business in a sector...

  • K-State Announces Bulk Solids Training Courses

    Kansas State University’s Bulk Solids Innovation Center announced three bulk solids training courses taking place in Salina, KS this October and November, providing instruction on a range of subjects like Discrete Element Method (DEM), dilute phase pneumatic conveying, and storage and flow of...