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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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • BASF to Launch 3D Printing-Focused Business Unit

    BASF plans to launch a new 3D printing-focused business unit, BASF 3D Printing Solutions GmbH, on Sept. 1 that will be headquartered with InnovationLab GmbH in Heidelberg, Germany, the German firm announced July 28. The new unit will work to further BASF’s efforts in materials, system...

  • Nationwide Debuts Grain Storage Safety Training App

    Attempting to revamp grain storage safety training for millennial workers and other employees, Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company recently introduced an app for mobile phones that helps users identify common grain handling and storage safety hazards. The Hazard Spotter app leads workers through...

  • United Foods Opens First Production Plant in East Coast

    Japanese private label food manufacturing firm United Foods International Co. (UFI) opened its first production plant in the U.S. East Coast on July 28 and announced plans to hire about 125 workers as the facility becomes fully operational. The new plant in Belcamp, MD will produce an array of...