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  • Amy’s Kitchen Plant in Idaho Evacuated During Fire

    First responders were called to the Amy’s Kitchen food processing plant in Pocatello, ID in the early hours of Wednesday morning after a fire ignited in an external HVAC unit, several local news organizations reported. Members of the Pocatello Fire Department received a call about the fire...

  • Post Holdings to Shutter Massachusetts Cereal Plant

    St. Louis-based Post Holdings intends to shutter its cereal production plant in Clinton, MA by August 2019, impacting 180 workers at the site, a company press release announced Tuesday. “The planned closure of the facility reflects Post’s continuous improvement initiative to optimize...

  • Fire at Nut Oil Processing Plant Causes $1.5M in Damages

    100,000 liters of oil stoked a multi-day fire at an Australian macadamia nut processing plant, causing AUD$2 million, or about $1.5 million, in damages to the structure, several local news organizations reported. More than a dozen fire and rescue personnel responded to the Macadamia Oils of...

  • Report: Grain Dust Explosions Killed 5, Hurt 12 in 2017

    Seven grain dust explosions in the United States last year killed five people and left 12 injured, according to an annual report on agricultural dust explosions created by Purdue University reviewed by Powder & Bulk Solids. 2017 had the second highest number of fatalities over the last decade...

  • Rubber Found in Pilgrim’s Chicken After Equipment Failure

    American poultry producer Pilgrim’s Pride ordered a recall for 101,310 lbs of ready-to-eat breaded chicken patties produced at its Waco, TX plant over concerns that the products may be contaminated with rubber, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS...

  • Ross Receives Additional UL and NFPA Certifications

    Ross Systems and Controls (SysCon) recently completed the qualification to self-certify its touchscreen purged panels as meeting the rigorous standards of Underwriters Laboratories’ UL-698A Code and the National Fire Protection Association’s NFPA-496 Code.  UL-698A covers...

  • Agribusinesses ADM and Cargill to Team Up in Soybean JV

    American agribusinesses Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) and Cargill announced the formation of a new joint venture Monday that will focus on soybean oil and meal for the Egyptian market. “The joint venture brings together Cargill and ADM’s operational and commercial expertise to meet...

  • Warren Buffett to Resign from Kraft Heinz Board

    The Kraft Heinz Co. announced that Warren Buffett will retire from the company’s board of directors following the end of his term at the upcoming Kraft Heinz 2018 annual meeting of stockholders. Buffett decided to retire from the board as he decreases his travel commitments. The board of...

  • Coperion Opens New Service Center in Middle East

    Coperion Middle East Co., Ltd., Al Jubail, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, opened a new facility in the Jubail 2 district with a two-day customer event in early February 2018. This new facility, with a footprint of over 1400 sq m including an over 800 sq m workshop, Coperion Middle East will be able to...

  • President of Kellogg North America to Step Down in April

    Food manufacturer Kellogg Company announced that the current president of its Kellogg North America business will leave the company this spring in a Feb. 16 filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The Battle Creek, MI firm’s document said Paul Norman will depart the...