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  • Dust Collector Fire Destroys Cabinet Production Facility

    The Idaho State Fire Marshal’s Office announced on July 21 that a commercial building fire and dust explosion at Sonbyrd Industries in Emmett, ID was caused by an accidental mechanical malfunction. Firefighters responded to the facility, which produces doors and cabinets, on the morning of...

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  • Snack Maker Snyder’s-Lance to Lay Off Hundreds of Workers

    Snack maker Snyder’s-Lance Inc. will cut 250 jobs and close a chip production plant in Perry, FL in a move intended to help the Charlotte, N.C. company rebound from poor financial results, a press released announced Tuesday. “This has been a very difficult decision for our organization...

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  • Schwan’s Company Buys Two Frozen Pizza Firms

    Schwan’s Company acquired Better Baked Foods and Drayton Foods from NE Foods Inc., expanding the firm’s foothold in the U.S. pizza market for the second time this year, the Bloomington, MN-based company announced Monday. Powder & Bulk Solids reported June 1 that Schwan’s...

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  • Worker Dies in Machinery Accident at Berry Plastics Plant

    An employee at a Berry Plastics plant in Phillipsburg, NJ died Tuesday after a machinery-related industrial accident, law enforcement officials told LehighValleyLive.com. Police Chief Jason Garcia told the news organization that authorities responded to an emergency call reporting a fall that came...

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  • General Mills Study Explores America’s Favorite Snacks

    Minneapolis, MN-based General Mills and Box Tops for Education released the findings of a survey of more than 1000 American parents on July 20, revealing regional differences on snack preferences and family summer activities. Granola and protein bars were found to be the most popular lunchtime...

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  • Scoular Co. Acquires Grain Handling Facility in Idaho

    Grain, food ingredients, and feed ingredients firm The Scoular Company acquired a grain handling facility next to its ingredient and blending facility in Jerome, ID in June from the Northside Development Holding Co., the Omaha, NE-based company announced July 19. Under the deal, Scoular took...

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  • Louis Dreyfus Divests from African Fertilizers Business

    Dutch agribusiness firm Louis Dreyfus Company divested from its fertilizers and inputs business in Africa in a sale to Helios Investment Partners completed Monday, the Rotterdam, Netherlands-based company announced. Fertilizers and Inputs Holding B.V., a distributor of fertilizers, crop protection...

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  • Hytrol Showcases Conveyor Equipment at The White House

    Material handling systems provider Hytrol displayed some of its equipment at a White House “Made in America” event on June 17 honoring American manufacturing as a representative of the state of Arkansas, the Jonesboro, AR-based firm announced. Joining other American companies like...

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  • AkzoNobel Names Former Chemours Executive as CEO

    Specialty chemicals firm AkzoNobel named a former Chemours executive as its new chief executive officer after the current CEO stepped down because of health reasons, the company announced July 19 in a press release. Thierry Vanlancker, who formerly headed up Chemours’ Flouroproducts unit,...

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  • McCain Foods to Expand French Fry Capacity at Alberta Plant

    Multinational food manufacturer McCain Foods plans to invest in a capacity upgrade at its Coaldale, AB French fry production plant as a result of increased demand, a company press release announced July 20. The company said the investment is part of an on-going effort over the last 18 months to...

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