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  • US Sales of Organic Food Hit Record High in 2015

    Sales of organic foods in the United States totaled $43.3 billion, an 11% jump from the previous year’s record and a new record for organic food sales, a survey from the Organic Trade Association (OTA) released Thursday said. The OTA’s “2016 Organic Industry Survey” noted...

  • Grain Handler Andersons Refuses Buyout Offer from HC2

    Grain handler The Andersons Inc. announced Wednesday that its board of directors had refused two non-binding, unsolicited takeover proposals from HC2 Holdings Inc. The Maumee, OH-based agricultural company’s announcement was released in response to HC2’s statement Tuesday that it had...

  • Food Manufacturer Fined $118K after Worker Loses Fingertips

    A rotating airlock blade severed a 30-year-old worker's three fingertips as he cleaned the machine at a Sussex, WI subsidiary of organic food manufacturer Nature's Path Foods Inc., an incident federal safety investigators found could have been prevented if the machine had been powered down...

  • Samuels Retiring after 40 Years in Dangerous Goods Transport

    The distinguished and nearly never-ending dangerous goods shipping career of 95-year-old Abe Samuels finally concludes when his employer of 40 years, Chicago-based Labelmaster, hosts a retirement celebration May 26. Samuels’ crowning achievement, in addition to working every week and...

  • US Specialty Chemicals Market Dips Entering Second Quarter

    The Specialty Chemicals Market Volume Index, a tool created by the American Chemistry Council (ACC) entered the second quarter of 2016 on a soft note, the organization announced Thursday, slipping 0.3% on a three-month moving average (3MMA) basis in April. The trend has been choppy and April...

  • Bayer Confirms Offer to Buy Monsanto

    Monsanto and Bayer AG confirmed media reports that the German pharmaceuticals and chemical company has made an offer to purchase the St. Louis-based agricultural product giant in separate statements issued Wednesday.   Noting that Bayer’s proposal was “unsolicited” and...

  • States Offer Dow Incentives to Move Out of Michigan

    Five months after Dow Chemical Co. announced a potential merger with DuPont, several states are attempting to sway Dow to move the company from its Midland, MI hometown, an article by Crain’s Detroit Business and Bridge Magazine reported Tuesday. “Other states are courting Dow and...

  • Pellet Plant Fire, Explosion in British Columbia Investigated

    WorkSafeBC is investigating an explosion that occurred Monday at a Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. pellet plant in Houston, BC, multiple news outlets reported. A separate fire occurred at the facility on Saturday in a system used to produce pellets, according to the Prince George [BC] Citizen. A...

  • Nestle Backs Legislation to Standardize Date Labels

    Nestle and other food company representatives, environmental advocates and academics expressed support Wednesday for a joint effort in the US Senate and House of Representatives to standardize date labels on foods stocked in grocery stores. Bills in the Senate and House aim to streamline product...

  • NFPA Considers Emergency Responder Robot Standards

    The National Fire Protection Agency (NFPA) Standards Council has received a New Project Initiation Request to develop an ASNI-accredited standard on the operational use and professional qualifications for operators of emergency responder robotics. At present, there are no known standards that...