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  • Conagra Brands Invests $50M in Arkansas Plant Expansion

    The Arkansas Valley Alliance for Economic Development (AVAED) held an event Tuesday to announce a $50 million investment by Conagra Brands to expand its Russellville, AK plant, the Russellville Courier reported. $12.5 million will go toward upgrading the capabilities of the plant’s equipment...

  • Tyson Foods Announces $84M Expansion of TN Poultry Plant

    Responding to increased demand for chicken, Tyson Foods announced plans Wednesday to invest $84 million in the expansion of its poultry plant in Union City, TN and hire over 300 workers at the site. “Customer and consumer demand for protein, especially chicken increasing, so we’re...

  • Equipment Manufacturer Sukup to Open New Office in Iowa

    Manufacturer of grain bins, dryers, material and handling equipment and pre-engineered metal structures Sukup Manufacturing Co. plans to open a new office in the Iowa State University Research Park in Ames, IA on Sept. 1, the Sheffield, IA firm announced via press release Monday. The company said...

  • Blue Diamond Completes New Almond Flour Processing Line

    One of the world’s largest producers of Almond products, Blue Diamond Growers, recently completed an expansion project at its Salida, CA manufacturing plant to increase the firm’s production capacity of almond flour, a company press release announced on Aug. 8. Responding to increased...

  • Gilead Sciences to Open $250M Production Campus in CA

    Pharmaceutical firm Gilead Sciences plans to open its new, $250 million production and packaging campus in La Verne, CA this week, increasing the company’s packaging, labeling, and distribution capacity. “Up to 14 million tablets will be packaged and up to five million AmBisome vials...

  • Macadamia Nut Processing Plant Fire Causes $105K in Damages

    Officials estimate that a fire at the Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation processing plant in Kea’au, HI on Monday caused some $105,000 in damages, local news organizations reported. Flames broke out in a building containing a macadamia nut husk dryer, with fire crews responding to the scene...

  • Smithfield Foods Acquires Private Label Sausage Maker

    Meat processing firm Smithfield Foods is acquiring private label pre-rigor sausage processor and manufacturing firm Kansas City Sausage Company LLC, boosting the Smithfield, VA-based company’s presence in packaged meats. The move “simultaneously enhances our vertically integrated...

  • Dow, Aramco Open Specialty Chemicals Plant in Saudi Arabia

    Officials from Saudi Aramco and The Dow Chemical Company held a ceremony on Monday to mark the commissioning of its integrated chemicals production complex in Jubail, Saudi Arabia operated under a joint venture dubbed the Sadara Chemical Company. Billed by the firms as “the world’s...

  • Mars Inc. Moves to Buy Food Manufacturer Preferred Brands

    Mars Incorporated’s food products business, Mars Food, announced plans Monday to acquire Stamford, CT-based Preferred Brands International, which produces and markets a line of Indian- and Asian-inspired ready-to-heat food products as the Tasty Bite brand. “Tasty Bite’s broad...

  • Protein Bar Maker Prosnack Acquired by Naturally Splendid

    Pitt Meadows, BC-based biotechnology and food products firm Naturally Splendid Enterprises Ltd. acquired Prosnack Natural Foods Inc., a North Vancouver company that produces all-natural protein bars, an Aug. 11 press release announced. “Our new relationship with Prosnack and its founders,...