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  • Firm Faces $1.1M Fine After Man’s Arm Crushed in Conveyor

    A Queenstown, New Zealand food manufacturer faces NZ$1.5 million in fines for alleged health and safety lapses in a 2016 incident where a worker’s arm was crushed in an operational conveyor belt, numerous New Zealand news organizations reported this week. The country’s occupational...

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  • TreeHouse Foods to Shutter Two Plants, Cut 375 Jobs

    Oak Brook, IL-based private label food and beverage manufacturer TreeHouse Foods Inc. plans to close two production plants and make packaging changes at another facility that will result in the loss of 375 positions, a company press release announced Thursday. “The decisions to close these...

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  • The Little Potato Company Opens $20M Processing Plant

    Canadian firm The Little Potato Company held a ceremony to mark the opening of its first U.S. processing facility in DeForest, WI on July 27, completing an expansion first announced in 2016. 100 workers are currently employed at the $20 million, 130,000-sq-ft plant, where the firm will process...

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  • Grain Bin Collapses, Explodes at Indiana Farm

    A grain bin collapsed and then exploded at an Indiana farm on Monday afternoon, resulting in significant damages to farm equipment. Workers were unloading about 10,000 bushels of corn into a truck from a grain bin at the William M. White Farms near Switz City, IN when the structure collapsed,...

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  • McCain Foods President Named as New Mondelez CEO

    Global food and beverage firm Mondelez International named McCain Foods head Dirk Van de Put as its new chief executive officer and chairman on Wednesday as its current CEO and chairman Irene Rosenfeld prepares to step down. Van de Put, who has served as CEO of McCain Foods for the last six years...

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  • Large Hemp Processing Facility Begins Operations in NC

    A 70,000-sq-ft multipurpose industrial hemp processing facility in Spring Hope, NC is now operational, completing a three-and-a-half-year project to build what is said to be the largest mill of its kind in the Western Hemisphere, the site’s owner, Hemp Inc., announced on Wednesday. “We...

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  • JBT Corp. Acquires Powder Filling Systems Maker PLF

    Food and beverage industry technology provider JBT Corporation purchased a Harwich, England-based producer of powder filling systems, PLF International Ltd, for £28 million, or about $37 million USD, a JBT press release announced Monday. “JBT and PLF have collaborated on numerous,...

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  • USDA Head Sonny Perdue Appoints New Food Safety Leaders

    Two high level positions related to food safety were temporarily filled by U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue as presidential nominees for those positions are confirmed by the Senate, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced Tuesday. Carmen Rottenberg, who has held various...

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  • Innophos Moves on $125M Acquisition of Supplement Maker

    Cranbury, NJ-based Innophos Holdings Inc. announced the signing of a definitive merger agreement to acquire dietary supplement maker Novel Ingredients for $125 million in cash on Tuesday. “The acquisition of Novel Ingredients is an exceptional opportunity for our company and a significant...

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  • Dust Collector Fire Causes $100K in Damages at Ohio Plant

    A dust collector fire Monday evening at a Ohio manufacturing plant caused $100,000 in damages, the New Philadelphia Times-Reporter said in an article published Tuesday. Responding to the Gradall Industries Inc. facility in New Philadelphia, OH at about 10:15 p.m., firefighter discovered smoke...

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