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  • GrainCorp Invests $39M to Boost Oilseed Processing Capacity

    Australian firm GrainCorp is investing AUD$50 million (about $39.5 million USD) to expand the oilseed processing capacity of its Numurkah processing plant in the state of Victoria, according to local news media reports. “The works will increase the capacity of the site from about 730 mt of...

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  • Worker Killed in Grain Engulfment Incident at Iowa Facility

    A 68-year-old worker died Monday after he was buried by soybeans in a grain bin at the East Central Iowa Cooperative site in Waterloo, IA. Waterloo Fire Rescue Capt. Ryan Mahood told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that about 30,000 bushels of soybeans were inside the storage tower when the...

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  • Nestle Mexico to Invest $100M in Upgrade of 17 Plants

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle intends to invest about $100 million to upgrade its 17 plants in Mexico this year, a Nestle Mexico official said in an interview with Forbes Mexico published Tuesday. The investment includes improved equipment, factory expansions, increased use of renewable...

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  • Fire Forces Evacuation of Illinois LANXESS Chemical Plant

    Workers were evacuated from a LANXESS chemical plant in Mapleton, IL on Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in a chemical tank. An official with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office told the Washington Times-Reporter that the blaze in the chemical storage tank is thought to have started...

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  • Vortex Appoints Pladot as Israel Representative

    Vortex Global Ltd, a dry solids and bulk handling components company, announces the appointment of Pladot as its new representative agent in Israel. Since 1945, Pladot has engaged in the design and production of mechanical and hydraulic systems. The company specializes in the construction of...

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  • Agricultural Chemicals Plant Blaze Causes $2M in Damages

    A fire broke out on Sunday at the Gar Tootelian agricultural chemicals plant in Reedley, CA, burning a quarter of the 16,000-sq-ft facility, The Fresno Bee and other area news organizations reported. Officials estimated the blaze caused some $2 million in damages. Over 100 firefighters responded...

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  • Hy-Vee to Cut Artificial Ingredients in Store Brand Products

    Midwestern grocery store chain Hy-Vee has pledged to remove over 200 artificial ingredients and synthetic chemicals from 1000 Hy-Vee brand foods by July next year, the West Des Moines, IA-based company announced Aug. 3. “Hy-Vee takes great care to provide our customers with authenticity and...

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  • Blue Pacific Opens $1.5M Natural Ingredients R&D Lab

    California-based provider of organic food and beverage flavors and ingredients Blue Pacific Flavors announced the opening of the Food Creation and Culinary Innovation Center, a research and development laboratory in City of Industry, CA, on Aug. 3, marking the completion of a $1.5 million expansion...

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  • Hapman Announces Industrial Internet-of-Things Initiative

    Hapman, a global manufacturer of standard and custom bulk material handling equipment, announces an initiative with Dattus, an industrial Internet-of-Things (IIoT) platform, to bring Industrial IoT value to its customers. The sizeable investment in this initiative allows Hapman the ability to...

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  • Cargill to Buy Southern States Coop’s Animal Feed Unit

    American agribusiness Cargill plans to acquire the animal feed business of Southern States Cooperative, including seven feed mills, the firm’s portfolio of product offerings, and its relationships with suppliers, the Minneapolis, MN-based corporation announced Thursday. “Customers are...

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