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  • Fire Halts Production at Douwe Egberts Plant in UK

    A fire broke out late Saturday night at the Jacobs Douwe Egberts facility in Banbury, England, prompting a partial evacuation of the facility and a halt in production as firefighters and the company worked to extinguish the flames and determine the cause of the blaze. An external platform at the...

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  • Kellogg to Cut 1100 Jobs in Distribution Site Closures

    Kellogg Company plans to lay off more than 1100 jobs as the company closes distribution facilities in Ohio, Texas, and North Carolina, several news organizations reported Tuesday. The Battle Creek, MI-based food company intends to close two distribution sites in Texas, cutting over 400 workers...

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  • Nestle to Use Less Salt, “Healthier” Ingredients in Maggi

    Global food and beverage firm Nestle announced plans Tuesday to “transform” the ingredients used in its Maggi product range globally by 2020 in a shift toward natural, familiar flavors and lower sodium contents. “This means more vegetables and original flavors from vegetables,...

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  • J.M. Smucker to Buy Conagra’s Wesson Oil Brand for $285M

    Conagra Brands Inc. is divesting from the Wesson Oil brand of edible oils in a $285 million sale to J.M. Smucker, a press release issued by Smucker on Tuesday said. “The addition of Wesson creates a strong complement to our Crisco brand,” said Mark Smucker, chief executive officer of J...

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  • Vortex Loading Spouts Gain ATEX Certification in Europe

    Vortex, a solids and bulk handling components company, announces its loading solutions product line has gained Zone 20 (internal) and Zone 21 (external) ATEX certification in the European Union. Because ATEX certification is required for equipment sold through the European Union (EU), this...

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  • Report: ADM Grain Elevator Accident Halts Operations

    Operations were halted Thursday at agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland’s grain export site in Ama, LA because of an equipment-related accident, Reuters reported. A crane located on a barge collided with a conveyor belt system, which damaged the equipment but caused no injuries, ADM told...

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  • Blue Buffalo to Expand Pet Food Manufacturing Plant in MO

    Pet food maker Blue Buffalo plans to expand its Heartland Pet Food manufacturing site in Joplin, MO, Missouri Governor Eric Greitens announced by press release Thursday. “Blue Buffalo’s expansion of our state of the art manufacturing facility in Joplin reflects our ongoing commitment...

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  • General Mills Facing Outrage over Switch to Natural Colors

    As food makers across the United States reformulate products to meet the demands of changing consumer perferences toward healthy and simple ingredients, in one case consumers are showing that products that transition away from traditional recipies and formats are not always well received. ...

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  • General Mills-Flubs-Natural-Flavored-Trix-Release

    As food makers across the United States reformulate products to meet the demands of changing consumer perferences toward healthy and simple ingredients, in one case consumers are showing that transitioning away from traditional recipies may be a risky endeavor.  Fox News on Wednesday ...

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  • SWECO Celebrates 100 Years

    SWECO, a business unit of M-I LLC, is celebrating its 100th anniversary this year. SWECO was founded in 1917 as the Southwestern Engineering Co., and has been responding to market needs with engineering innovation ever since. Over the past century, SWECO has grown from a small ore milling and...

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