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  • Transition Ahead as General Mills Board Appoints New CEO

    The board of directors of global food company General Mills named Jeffrey L. Harmening the company’s new chief executive officer on Wednesday, set to replace current CEO Ken Powell on June 1. Harmening, a 23-year veteran of General Mills who most recently served as the company’s...

  • Fire Breaks Out at Nestle Purina Pet Food Plant

    A fire at a Nestle Purina pet food plant near Edmond, OK on Monday afternoon prompted the evacuation of about 250 workers, several local news organizations reported. A contractor accidently welded a pipe on the site’s roof just before the fire started at about 2:30 p.m., officials told...

  • Food Company Fined $2.5M After Worker Crushed to Death

    UK prepared vegetables and salads company Hitchen Foods was ordered to pay fines of £2 million, or about $2.58 million USD, by the Manchester Crown Court on April 28 for its role the 2015 death of 29-year-old worker who was crushed by falling plastic bales, the UK’s occupational safety...

  • Kellogg to Axe 255 Workers in Distribution Center Closure

    Plans to close a Kellogg Company distribution center in Cicero, NY this summer will result in the loss of 255 jobs at the site, several local news organizations reported Monday. The cereal and snack food company filed a federal Worker Adjustment and Retaining Notification Act document that...

  • Canadian Gov’t Funds Food Processing Innovations Research

    Canada’s government is providing the Canadian Food Innovators (CFI) with CN$120,000 in funding to assist the organization in meeting with food and beverage processors to identify research and innovation priorities. The Government of Canada’s Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said in a...

  • Viterra Acquires Grain Elevator Operation in North Dakota

    Canadian-owned grain handling firm Viterra USA LLC closed its acquisition of Gavilon Grain LLC’s grain elevator in Grand Forks, ND on Monday, expanding the company’s presence in the United States, Viterra announced via press release. “We’re pleased to add this facility to...

  • Food Processor Fined $40K for Equipment-Related Injury

    Producer of batter and breaded products Sunwest Food Processors Ltd. was fined CN$55,000, or about $40,000, by a Canadian provincial court on May 1 in relation to charges stemming from a June 2016 incident where an employee was injured by a meat cutting machine at the firm’s Waterloo plant,...

  • Powder Show Toronto a Week Away

    Powder & Bulk Solids Toronto, the Canadian resource for process manufacturers to find the latest solutions to help increase production efficiencies, cut cost, eliminate waste, and ensure product consistency, will take place May 16-18, 2017 at the Toronto Congress Center in Toronto, Ontario,...

  • 1 Dead, 1 Injured After Incident at SC Paper Mill

    A 60-year-old worker was killed and another employee was injured as the result of an incident at the KapStone Paper and Packaging Corporation paper mill in South Carolina on Sunday night. “An incident occurred at our North Charleston, SC paper mill involving employees performing maintenance...

  • Olam Cocoa Opens Innovation Center for North American Market

    Olam Cocoa, part of the Olam Group, opened its Cocoa Innovation Centre (CIC) in Willowbrook, IL on April 27 to create innovations for the North American market, the company announced in a press statement. Providing recipe refinement and reformulation services, proof of concept opportunities, and...