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  • Nestle Takes Majority Stake in US High-End Coffee Firm

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle announced Thursday that it has acquired a majority stake in high-end coffee roaster Blue Bottle Coffee, bolstering the firm’s position in the U.S. and Japanese coffee markets. “This move underlines Nestle’s focus on investing in high-growth...

  • Packaged Meats Firm Fined $98K After Worker Injury

    Canadian packaged meats firm Maple Leaf Foods Inc. pled guilty to violations of violations of Canada’s occupational safety laws in an Ontario court on Sept. 11 and was ordered to pay a fine for its role in the 2016 injury of a worker at its Hannon, ON plant, the Ontario Ministry of Labour...

  • Food Firm Stoats Opens New Production Plant in Scotland

    Moving to boost production of porridge oat bars, food company Stoats opened a new, 22,000-sq-ft plant at a site south of Edinburgh, Scotland. “We have come a long way since I began baking porridge bars in our family kitchen over 12 years ago. We’re really thrilled to be opening our own...

  • Georgia-Pacific to Build New $100M Lumber Plant in Alabama

    Koch Industries-owned Georgia-Pacific is investing $100 million in the construction of a new, 300,000-sq-ft lumber production plant in Talladega, AL, the company announced Wednesday. Some 100 full-time workers will be hired as a result of the project. Company officials hinted that further...

  • Del Monte Foods to Close Indiana Tomato Processing Plant

    Food manufacturer and distributor Del Monte Foods Inc. plans to close its tomato processing plant in Plymouth, IN by Feb. 1, 2018 as it shifts its processing activities to its facility in Hanford, CA, the company announced via press release Tuesday. “Del Monte Foods is proud of its more than...

  • Fire Guts Grain Elevator in Kansas

    A fire on Sept. 8 destroyed the Nicholson & Edwards Grain Co. grain elevator in Primghar, IA, causing an estimated $1 million in damages, several local news organizations reported. Fire crews responded to reports of a fire at the site at about 8 p.m., finding the head drives of a vertical...

  • Pneumatic Conveying System Market to Reach $30B by 2025

    A new report by Felton, CA-based Hexa Research posits that the global market for pneumatic conveying systems will reach a value of $30.4 billion by 2025 as advancements in technology fuel sales in the food processing and pharmaceutical industries. “The global market for pneumatic conveying...

  • NSF to Open $20M Shale Gas Fuel Research Center at Purdue

    The National Science Foundation is providing $19.75 in funding over five years to support research on shale gas-derived fuel at the NSF Center for Innovative and Strategic Transformation of Alkane Resources (CISTAR) at Purdue University’s West Lafayette, IN campus. Led by Purdue and the...

  • Global Building Products Market to Hit $49B by 2025

    The global market for building products like drywall and plaster is projected to reach a value of $49 billion by the end of 2025, up from an estimated $33.16 billion in 2017, according to a new report by business insights firm Persistence Market Research. Researchers referred to the growth of the...

  • AkzoNobel Opens “World’s Most Advanced” Paint Plant in UK

    Dutch-owned paints and coatings maker AkzoNobel officially opened what it calls the “world’s most advanced and sustainable” paint manufacturing plant in Ashington, UK, a company press release announced Tuesday. Investing some €100 (about $119.5 million USD) in the project,...