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  • PepsiCo to Close Walkers Snacks Factory in UK

    380 jobs may be cut when PepsiCo closes its Walkers Snacks manufacturing plant at Peterlee in the UK by the end of 2018, numerous news media organizations reported Wednesday. 355 manufacturing positions and 25 in transport roles will be impacted by the American firm’s decision. “In...

  • Play-Doh Manufacturing Will Return to U.S. Under Hasbro Plan

    Production of the popular children’s modelling compound Play-Doh is slated to return to the U.S. for the first time since 2004 under a new plan initiated by the brand’s owner Hasbro Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported last week. “Given the growth of our North American business...

  • Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in 2016

    A list of the top 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was released for the fiscal year of 2016, composed from data on about 32,000 inspections conducted by the agency. “One...

  • Hershey To Cut 15% of Global Workforce in Restructure

    Amid adjustments to its sales growth target for 2017, The Hershey Company announced a new restructuring effort Tuesday, including plans to cut its global workforce by 15%, primarily hourly workers outside of the United States. Part of the Hershey, PA company’s “Margin for Growth...

  • Hygiena Buys DuPont Food Safety Diagnostics Business

    Provider of rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing solutions Hygiena acquired DuPont’s food safety diagnostics business, DuPont Diagnostics, to expand its food safety testing portfolio, a press release announced Wednesday. “Hygiena now offers testing solutions to cover...

  • Miner Dies After Fall at Coal Operation Owned by WV Gov

    A worker died Monday night after falling in a West Virginia Southern Coal Corp. coal preparation plant owned by the state’s governor, the Associated Press (AP) and several local media organizations reported. The cause of the worker’s fall and fatal injuries at the Bishop Preparation...

  • General Mills Invests in Vegan Protein Bar Startup

    The new business development and venture capital unit of General Mills, 301 INC, and private equity investing firm 2x Consumer Products Growth Partners made a “significant investment” in D’s Naturals, a Denver, CO-based producer of low-sugar, vegan No Cow protein bars and protein-...

  • Nestle Opens Gluten-Free Products Facility in New Zealand

    Responding to changes in consumer demand and export opportunities, Nestle opened a new multi-million dollar manufacturing plant in New Zealand to produce gluten-free products for domestic and regional consumption, the Swiss company announced Tuesday. “While we have been increasing our gluten...

  • Conveyor Fire at TX Port Ignites 10K Tons of Wood Pellets

    A conveyor belt loading wood pellets onto a bulk carrier ship Jobst Oldendorff at the Port of Port Arthur caught on fire Monday, creating a thick black cloud of smoke at the site as some 10,000 tons of wood pellets burned, numerous local media outlets reported. “We think it was a spark of...

  • NC Poultry Processing Plant Closed After Massive Fire

    The House of Raeford Farms Inc. chicken processing plant in Teachey, NC will remain closed after a massive fire on Feb. 26, leaving more than 600 workers hanging in the balance as the company works out plans to rebuild the facility and find temporary positions for the impacted employees, numerous...