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  • J.R. Simplot CEO Bill Whitacre to Step Down This Year

    The current chief executive officer of agribusiness J.R. Simplot Company announced his intention to step down from his post and retire this year, a recent company press release said. After an 18-year career with the company, Bill Whitacre is slated to retire on Aug. 31, 2018 “Bill has...

  • Tate & Lyle Completes Food Application Lab Expansion

    Specialty food ingredients and bulk ingredients provider Tate & Lyle recently wrapped up an expansion project at its Mexico City food application laboratory to support local food and beverage manufacturing firms in designing, trialing, and benchmarking new recipes, a company press release...

  • Dust Collector Fire Forces Evacuation of Iowa Foundry

    Workers were evacuated from an Iowa foundry Wednesday morning after material ignited in a dust collector and caused a fire, local news organizations reported. Firefighters responded to the Sioux City Foundry Co. facility in Sioux City, IA at about 7:10 a.m., finding flames coming from the dust...

  • Nestle to Get Rid of Non-Recyclable Packaging by 2025

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle announced plans Tuesday to transition its product packaging to 100% recyclable or reusable packaging within the next six years. The company said the effort stems from “an urgent need to minimize the impact of packaging on the environment,” and that...

  • Festo Announces $90M Plant Expansion in Ohio

    Factory and process automation solutions provider Festo US announced plans Monday to invest some $90 million to expand its regional service and manufacturing center in Mason, OH by 350,000 sq ft, tripling the capacity of production, logistics, and industrial training solutions at the facility....

  • Ecolab Plans $4M Expansion of Indiana Production Plant

    Water, hygiene, and energy technology and services provider Ecolab intends to dedicate $4.5 million toward the purchase of new production equipment for Huntington, IN manufacturing plant, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IDEC) announced Tuesday. The upgrade of the 150,000-sq-ft...

  • Hopper Damaged in Fire at Cargill Grain Milling Plant

    A fire late Tuesday evening at a Cargill grain milling plant in Cedar Rapids, IA damaged a hopper and some soybeans, local news reports said. Members of the Cedar Rapids Fire Department responded to the Cargill facility at about 10:22 p.m. after receiving a report of a grain dryer fire, the...

  • Perdue Farms to Invest $42M in Georgia Plant Upgrade

    Poultry processor and marketer Perdue Farms plans to invest $42 million to install a third cooking line at its Perry, Georgia production plant, Georgia Governor Nathan Deal announced in a press release Tuesday. In addition, 125 new positions will be created through the project at the 30,000-sq-ft...

  • Marfrig Takes Control of National Beef in $969M Deal

    Brazilian meat processing corporation Marfrig Global Foods is poised to become the world’s second biggest processor of beef following the announcement of a $969 million deal to acquire a 51% ownership stake in Kansas City, MO-based National Beef Packing Company LLC. The definitive agreement...

  • Volkmann Names New Sales Engineer

    Bristol, PA-based powder and small particle vacuum conveying solutions provider Volkmann, Inc., recently appointed David Sanchez as one of its Sales Engineers, further expanding its support of the North and Central American markets, a company press release said Tuesday. Sanchez will join the sales...