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  • Ferrero Closing in On Deal for Nestle’s US Candy Business

    Italian confectionery and chocolate firm Ferrero Group is closing in on a $2.8 billion deal to purchase Nestle’s U.S. confectionery and chocolate business, including iconic brands like Butterfinger and Nerds, according to reports published Wednesday by Bloomberg and the Financial Times. The...

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  • Univar to Distribute Cargill Personal Care Portfolio in EMEA

    Chemical and ingredient distribution firm Univar BV recently entered into an exclusive agreement to distribute Cargill Beauty’s personal care portfolio in EMEA starting Jan. 1, a Univar press release announced Monday. “With Univar, we have found a leading distributor who can really...

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  • UK Issues Ban on Microbeads in Personal Care Products

    The U.K. government recently announced that a ban on the use of microbeads in personal care products and cosmetics in the country is now in effect and touted the effort as “one of the world’s toughest bans” on the material. Though the public can still purchase products containing...

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  • AkzoNobel Appoints New CFO of Specialty Chemicals Unit

    Dutch specialty chemicals and coatings producer AkzoNobel recently named Renier Vree as its Chief Financial Officer of its Specialty Chemicals business unit, a Jan. 3 company press release announced. Set to join the firm on March 1, Vree most recently served as CFO and member of the executive...

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  • Evonik to Expand Compounding Capacity at Arkansas Plant

    Specialty chemicals firm Evonik intends to add a new compounding line at its Osceola, AR plant to increase the site’s capacity of specialty acrylite molding compounds, a press release announced Monday. The new line is expected to almost double the site’s capacity of the Methacrylates...

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  • Morton Salt to Relocate R&D Center to Chicago

    Morton Salt plans to relocate its research and development center from Elgin, IL to a former Morton property in Chicago currently in redevelopment as commercial, retail and office property, a company press release announced Monday. The 4.5-acre riverfront site on Elston Avenue, previously used for...

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  • Hammond’s Brands to Close Old Dominion Peanut Co. Plant

    The Old Dominion Peanut Company manufacturing plant in Norfolk, VA will close this year after more than a century in operation, according to a Jan. 5 announcement by its owner, Denver, CO-based confectionery firm Hammond’s Brands. “Old Dominion has operated in Norfolk for over 100...

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  • DuPont Relocates Food Ingredient Blending Plant

    A food ingredient blending plant owned by DuPont Nutrition & Health in Australia was recently relocated to a site in New South Wales from Botany to expand the firm’s output, a company press release announced Tuesday. The new plant in Erskine Park contains production and warehouse areas....

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  • Explosion, Fire Injures 2 at Signature Wafers Cookie Plant

    An explosion and fire at a Signature Wafers cookie plant in Ripon, WI Monday afternoon left two injured and prompted the evacuation of about 30 workers on site, several local news organizations reported. Ripon Fire Chief Tim Saul told The Oshkosh Northwestern that that rescue crews responded to...

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  • Conagra to Close Missouri Meat Products Plant in May

    Conagra Brands will close its meat products plant in Trenton, MO by May 31, according to a WARN letter notifying the city and the Missouri Department of Economic Development of the company’s plans published by local news radio station KTTN News. First announced in March 2016, the closure...

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