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  • Cargill to Hire 200 Workers at NE Meat Processing Plant

    More than 200 workers are needed to fill positions at a Cargill Meat Solutions processing plant Columbus, NE as the plant becomes commences full operations this April after a $111 million conversion to shift production from beef patties to cooked meat products, the Columbus Telegram reported Sunday...

  • Tate & Lyle to Distribute Sweet Green Fields’ Stevia Products

    British agribusiness Tate & Lyle PLC entered into a partnership and distribution agreement with Bellingham, WA-based Sweet Green Fields to distribute some of the American ingredient firm’s stevia-based sweeteners, the companies announced in a joint press release March 16. “This is...

  • Dust Fire at Tennessee Pencil Factory Forces Evacuation

    Workers were evacuated from a Sale Creek, TN pencil factory Monday morning after a machinery fire ignited saw dust, spreading spread flames and smoke into duct work and a dust collection silo, several local news organizations reported. Responding to a fire call at the Wagner Pencil Company’s...

  • Worker Caught in Conveyor Belt Dies at TN Concrete Plant

    A worker was killed after becoming trapped in a conveyor belt at the Orgain Ready Mix Concrete plant in Murfreesboro, TN Nashville, TN Fox News affiliate WZTV reported Friday. The man was “breaking ice off of a conveyer (sic) belt when he became caught in the machine,” according to an...

  • ADM Releases New Monk Fruit and Stevia Sweetener Brands

    Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) released two new sweetener brands – SweetRight made with stevia and VerySweet produced with Monk Fruit – sourced through its partnership with GLG Life Tech Corporation, the Chicago-based company announced Wednesday. “As consumers continue to...

  • New Orders for Conveyor Equipment Total $12B in 2016

    The Conveyor Equipment Manufacturers Association (CEMA) reports that 2016 shipments in North America were up 1.6%. CEMA estimates that shipments totaled $12.188 billion for 2016, a record level and an increase of $265 million from 2015 shipments of $11.923 billion. CEMA estimates that new orders...

  • Conagra to Acquire Protein Snacks Firms Thanasi and BIGS

    Expanding deeper into the protein-based snacks category, Conagra Brands Inc. announced plans Thursday to acquire BIGS LLC, the makers of BIGS pumpkin seed and sunflower seed snacks, and Thanasi Foods LLC, producer of Duke’s brand meat snacks. The Chicago-based corporation, which owns the...

  • Trump Bid to Defund Chemical Safety Board Questioned

    As President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget for the fiscal year of 2018 attempts to cut off the Chemical Safety Board’s (CSB) $12 million in annual funding, the move is generating criticism from observers in industry and labor who assert the change would have disastrous results....

  • Quaker Oats Plant Fire Injures Worker, Causes $25K in Damages

    An overheated electric motor caused a fire Thursday at the PepsiCo-owned Quaker Oats factory in Peterborough, ON, causing a blaze that left one worker with injuries and CN$25,000 in damages, several local news organizations reported. A fire official told the Peterborough Examiner that firefighters...

  • Study Hails Economic Contributions of U.S. Food Industry

    The U.S. food and beverage industry is a “significant and stable contributor” in the American economy, with food manufacturing alone providing $83 billion in total salary and benefits and $9.7 billion in taxes annually, according to a report released Thursday by non-partisan policy...