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  • tna Acquires Australian Confectionery Equipment Supplier

    Food industry packaging and processing equipment maker tna is acquiring NID Pty Ltd, an Australian provider of confectionery equipment that is considered a pioneer in the development of starch molding equipment, the Sydney, Australia company announced Monday. The purchase will give tna access to...

  • Animal Feed Manufacturer Fined After Valve Claims Finger

    A producer of animal feed in the UK was fined after a worker’s finger became trapped in an uncovered slide valve, causing a severe injury that required an amputation, the UK Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Britain’s workplace health and safety regulator, announced Feb. 28. The 64-...

  • Spark Detection System Stops Dust Collector Fire

    A dust collector fire at an Indiana wood office furniture manufacturer was prevented from spreading when a spark detection and extinguishing system kicked in, quelling the growing blaze, the Dubois County [IA] Herald reported. Responding to a call of a possible dust collector fire at the Jasper...

  • Meat Packaging Pouch Demand to Grow 5.3% Annually

    Demand for pouches used in meat packaging is forecast to climb 5.3% per year to $220 million in 2021, with unit gains expected to advance 3% per year to 1.6 billion units. Above average gains will be driven by the growing preference for products that make meal preparation more convenient. These and...

  • PepsiCo to Close Walkers Snacks Factory in UK

    380 jobs may be cut when PepsiCo closes its Walkers Snacks manufacturing plant at Peterlee in the UK by the end of 2018, numerous news media organizations reported Wednesday. 355 manufacturing positions and 25 in transport roles will be impacted by the American firm’s decision. “In...

  • Play-Doh Manufacturing Will Return to U.S. Under Hasbro Plan

    Production of the popular children’s modelling compound Play-Doh is slated to return to the U.S. for the first time since 2004 under a new plan initiated by the brand’s owner Hasbro Inc., the Wall Street Journal reported last week. “Given the growth of our North American business...

  • Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Violations in 2016

    A list of the top 10 most frequently cited safety and health violations issued by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) was released for the fiscal year of 2016, composed from data on about 32,000 inspections conducted by the agency. “One...

  • Hershey To Cut 15% of Global Workforce in Restructure

    Amid adjustments to its sales growth target for 2017, The Hershey Company announced a new restructuring effort Tuesday, including plans to cut its global workforce by 15%, primarily hourly workers outside of the United States. Part of the Hershey, PA company’s “Margin for Growth...

  • Hygiena Buys DuPont Food Safety Diagnostics Business

    Provider of rapid food safety and environmental sanitation testing solutions Hygiena acquired DuPont’s food safety diagnostics business, DuPont Diagnostics, to expand its food safety testing portfolio, a press release announced Wednesday. “Hygiena now offers testing solutions to cover...

  • Miner Dies After Fall at Coal Operation Owned by WV Gov

    A worker died Monday night after falling in a West Virginia Southern Coal Corp. coal preparation plant owned by the state’s governor, the Associated Press (AP) and several local media organizations reported. The cause of the worker’s fall and fatal injuries at the Bishop Preparation...