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  • Cargill Forms Venture with Pea Protein Producer PURIS

    American agribusiness Cargill entered into a joint venture agreement with North America’s biggest producer of pea protein, PURIS, focused on sustainable, “label-friendly” plant-based foods, a press release announced Wednesday. “Cargill is excited to expand into the emerging...

  • Cargill Opens Potassium Chloride Facility in NY State

    Responding to a shift in consumer toward foods with lower levels of salt, American agribusiness Cargill announced Monday that the firm’s first food-grade potassium chloride production facility opened in Watkins Glen, NY. Located at the firm’s existing salt plant, Cargill said the...

  • Nestle Sells U.S. Confectionery Business for $2.8B

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle is one step closer to shedding its U.S. confectionery business as an agreement was reached with Italian candy maker Ferrero to sell the unit for $2.8 billion, Nestle announced in a press release Tuesday. “This move allows Nestle to invest and innovate...

  • Firm Fined $57K After Worker Scalped by Conveyor Belt

    A court in Australia ordered a fruit packing firm to pay a fine of AUD$72,000, or about $57,000, after a 22-year-old woman was scalped and lost an ear in a 2015 accident involving a conveyor belt, the Shepparton News reported. The woman, identified as Annie Dunne, worked at Kalafatis Packing Pty...

  • Fire Ignites in Chemical Mixing Area at Connecticut Plant

    Fire crews allowed a fire in a chemical mixing area at the Nalas Engineering plant in Essex, CT to burn itself out on Monday afternoon, local news organizations reported. Responding to the facility at about 1:30 p.m., firefighters found the flames were limited to the mixing area, Connecticut State...

  • Purina-Owned Pet Product Makers Form New Organization

    Two pet specialty products makers owned by Nestle Purina PetCare Company, Zuke’s Pet Nutrition and Merrick Pet Care Inc., will combine forces to form a new pet specialty-focused organization, according to a Jan. 11 press release issued by Merrick. Durango, CO-based Zuke’s, a producer...

  • Global Food Ingredients Firm Tate & Lyle Names New CEO

    London-based global food ingredients firm Tate & Lyle PLC named its current Chief Financial Officer and board member Nick Hampton as the company’s new chief executive officer effective April 1, a press release announced Monday. Javed Ahmen, serving as the firm’s CEO since October...

  • Firefighters Respond to Hopper Fire at Colorado Factory

    A hopper used to collect metal dust and shavings caught fire at a Colorado Springs, CO manufacturing plant Friday, the Colorado Springs Fire Department said in a tweet. Firefighters responded to the Western Forge facility after receiving a report of fire at about 3:15 p.m., working for about 45...

  • Rescue Crews Free Man Trapped in Mixer at Pretzel Factory

    Rescue personnel responded to the Wege Pretzel Company manufacturing plant in Hanover, PA after a man’s hand became trapped in a piece of mixing equipment, the Hanover Evening Sun reported Thursday. The man was working with a flour mixer when he put his hand inside the equipment to remove...

  • Nestle Sheds Violet Crumble Brand to Robern Menz

    Adelaide, Australia-based Robern Menz (Mfg) Pty Ltd entered into an agreement with Nestle Australia Ltd to acquire the Violet Crumble chocolate brand and related intellectual property, manufacturing facility, and equipment, Nestle announced in a press release Thursday. Violet Crumble is a...