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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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  • Cascades to Shutter NY Packaging Plant, Cut 148 Jobs

    Canadian packaging and tissue paper manufacturing firm Cascades Inc. said it plans to close its Maspeth, NY packaging plant by Dec. 31, 2018, cutting some 148 positions there, the Kingsey Falls, QC-based company announced Wednesday. “Modernization and optimization efforts” in the...

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  • Canadian Paper Firm Invests $400M in Tissue Production Plant

    One of North America’s leading makers of household paper goods and baby diapers, Irving Consumer Products, is investing $400 million to build a production facility in Macon, GA, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced Wednesday. Expected to create some 200 jobs, the...

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  • Healthy Pet Invests $9M in Fiber Processing Plant Equipment

    Provider of natural fibers for pet care uses Healthy Pet is investing $9.3 million to purchase machinery and equipment for a new cat litter production line at its Jesup, GA plant, the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) announced Thursday. The new litter production line, which uses...

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  • Fire Obliterates Food Ingredient Firm’s Warehouse

    A fire broke out Wednesday night in a warehouse owned by spice and food ingredients firm Gordon Rhodes & Son in West Bowling, England, destroying the structure as firefighters worked into the early hours of the morning to combat the blaze. “The fire overnight in Bradford has been...

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  • GEAPS, K-State Offer Grain Handling and Processing Courses

    Registration is now open for four grain handling and processing operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University in September. These online courses run from Sept. 11 through Oct. 13, and registration closes Sept. 5.  Courses can be completed...

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  • Unilever Moves to Acquire Australian Ice Cream Firm Weis

    Global food and beverage firm Unilever expanded its presence in the ice cream category with the announcement of a definitive agreement to acquire Australian ice cream maker Weis on Wednesday. “We are delighted to bring Weis’ exciting and delicious range into our portfolio, adding...

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  • Campbell Soup Building $44M Distribution Center in Ohio

    Campbell Soup Company and DHL Supply Chain held a ground-breaking ceremony in Findlay, OH on Tuesday to mark the beginning of construction on a 700,000-sq-ft distribution center there that will serve e-commerce customers. Upon completion next Spring, the $44 million facility will be operated by...

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