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  • Spee-Dee Appoints Cihlar Product Manager

    Steven Cihlar has been appointed product manager for Spee-Dee Packaging Machinery Inc. In his new position, Cihlar will oversee the sales, development, integration, engineering, production, assembly, testing, and installation of the company’s auger, rotary, and cup filling systems for the...

  • FDA Revamps Nutrition Facts Label

    The US Food and Drug Administration issued a final rule Friday that updates the requirements for nutrition fact labels on food products. Many of the changes are apparently in response to soaring obesity rates in the US and changes in the way that Americans consume food. Among the changes are a...

  • USDA Offers $21 Million in Funding for Sustainable Energy, Products

    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Wednesday that $21 million in funding is available for the development of regional systems of sustainable bioenergy and bio-based products, in addition to training and education for scientists. Authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered...

  • 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...