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  • Fire Obliterates Food Ingredient Firm’s Warehouse

    A fire broke out Wednesday night in a warehouse owned by spice and food ingredients firm Gordon Rhodes & Son in West Bowling, England, destroying the structure as firefighters worked into the early hours of the morning to combat the blaze. “The fire overnight in Bradford has been...

  • GEAPS, K-State Offer Grain Handling and Processing Courses

    Registration is now open for four grain handling and processing operations courses from the Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University in September. These online courses run from Sept. 11 through Oct. 13, and registration closes Sept. 5.  Courses can be completed...

  • Unilever Moves to Acquire Australian Ice Cream Firm Weis

    Global food and beverage firm Unilever expanded its presence in the ice cream category with the announcement of a definitive agreement to acquire Australian ice cream maker Weis on Wednesday. “We are delighted to bring Weis’ exciting and delicious range into our portfolio, adding...

  • Campbell Soup Building $44M Distribution Center in Ohio

    Campbell Soup Company and DHL Supply Chain held a ground-breaking ceremony in Findlay, OH on Tuesday to mark the beginning of construction on a 700,000-sq-ft distribution center there that will serve e-commerce customers. Upon completion next Spring, the $44 million facility will be operated by...

  • GrainCorp Invests $39M to Boost Oilseed Processing Capacity

    Australian firm GrainCorp is investing AUD$50 million (about $39.5 million USD) to expand the oilseed processing capacity of its Numurkah processing plant in the state of Victoria, according to local news media reports. “The works will increase the capacity of the site from about 730 mt of...

  • Worker Killed in Grain Engulfment Incident at Iowa Facility

    A 68-year-old worker died Monday after he was buried by soybeans in a grain bin at the East Central Iowa Cooperative site in Waterloo, IA. Waterloo Fire Rescue Capt. Ryan Mahood told the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier that about 30,000 bushels of soybeans were inside the storage tower when the...

  • Nestle Mexico to Invest $100M in Upgrade of 17 Plants

    Swiss food and beverage giant Nestle intends to invest about $100 million to upgrade its 17 plants in Mexico this year, a Nestle Mexico official said in an interview with Forbes Mexico published Tuesday. The investment includes improved equipment, factory expansions, increased use of renewable...

  • Fire Forces Evacuation of Illinois LANXESS Chemical Plant

    Workers were evacuated from a LANXESS chemical plant in Mapleton, IL on Thursday afternoon after a fire broke out in a chemical tank. An official with the Peoria County Sheriff’s Office told the Washington Times-Reporter that the blaze in the chemical storage tank is thought to have started...

  • Vortex Appoints Pladot as Israel Representative

    Vortex Global Ltd, a dry solids and bulk handling components company, announces the appointment of Pladot as its new representative agent in Israel. Since 1945, Pladot has engaged in the design and production of mechanical and hydraulic systems. The company specializes in the construction of...

  • Agricultural Chemicals Plant Blaze Causes $2M in Damages

    A fire broke out on Sunday at the Gar Tootelian agricultural chemicals plant in Reedley, CA, burning a quarter of the 16,000-sq-ft facility, The Fresno Bee and other area news organizations reported. Officials estimated the blaze caused some $2 million in damages. Over 100 firefighters responded...