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  • USDA Issues Revised Peanut Segregation Standards

    The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued a change to its minimum quality and handling standards for domestic and imported peanuts marketed in the United States increasing the allowed percentage of damaged kernels during segregation of farmers stock peanuts, the USDA Agricultural Marketing...

  • Kombucha Maker Humm to Open $10M Plant in Virginia

    Bend, OR-based maker of fermented teas Humm Kombucha plans to open a $10 million brewing facility in Roanoke, VA, the office of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe announced in a press release Tuesday. Kombucha is a fermented tea beverage that offers vitamins, probiotics, and energy. Founded by...

  • Nigeria Gov’t to Establish $1B Crop Processing Facility

    The government of Nigeria plans to build a $1 billion crop processing facility with Turkish investors in a bid to increase the value of African nation’s agricultural output and provide greater opportunities for exports, Bloomberg and several Nigerian news organizations reported Wednesday....

  • AkzoNobel Finishes $5.5M Surface Chemicals Plant Expansion

    Dutch specialty chemicals and coatings producer AkzoNobel recently completed an expansion effort at its Boxing, China surface chemicals plant to enable the site to produce a wider range of products, a press release announced Wednesday. Investing €4.8 million, or about $5.5 million, in the...

  • Chemours to Build New $150M Research Center in Delaware

    Chemical maker The Chemours Company is building a new innovation and research facility at the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology, and Advanced Research (STAR) Campus under a new agreement with the institution, a press release announced Monday. The company is investing $150 million...

  • Hormel Foods Acquires Deli Meat Maker Columbus for $850M

    The owner of SPAM and the Applegate deli meats brand, Hormel Foods Corporation, entered into an agreement to acquire premium deli meats and salami maker Columbus Manufacturing Inc. from Chicago-based food and beverage private equity firm Arbor Investments for $850 million, the Austin, MN food...

  • Cascades Invests $21M in Equipment for Packaging Plants

    Canadian packaging and tissue firm Cascades Inc. is investing $31 million in new equipment for two Quebec manufacturing plants to expand production of eco-friendly packaging for fresh foods, the company announced Monday in a press release. “The strategic investments announced today will...

  • Chemical Firm to Open $179M “Eco-Friendly” Production Site

    Ohio-based chemical maker WhiteRock Pigments plans to open a $179 million production facility in Hawesville, KY, Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin’s office announced in a Oct. 26 press release. WhiteRock said the 305,000-sq-ft former Alcoa facility’s opening is scheduled for April 2020,...

  • Smoke Forces Evacuation of Purina Plant in Iowa

    Employees at the Nestle Purina plant in Clinton, IA were briefly evacuated on Saturday morning after an electrical short sent smoke into a processing area of the facility, several area news organizations reported.   Firefighters remained on the scene for an hour and a half, determining the...

  • Trump Nominates FedEx Safety Leader as New OSHA Head

    An executive in charge of safety at FedEx Ground was nominated by President Donald J. Trump on Oct. 27 as the new Assistant Secretary of Labor of Occupational Safety and Health, the White House announced in a press release. Scott A. Mugno, current vice president for safety, sustainability, and...