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Fire at CHS Ethanol Plant and Other Food Industry News

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Powder & Bulk Solids highlights recent food and beverage manufacturing news you may have missed.

Several fire departments were called to a CHS Ethanol production facility in Steward, IL Friday morning after a blaze ignited in a milling building, several local news organizations reported. 

Crews were dispatched to the Steward Road site after the fire was reported at about 10:55 a.m., coverage by the Rochelle News-Leader said. Rochelle Fire Dept. Lt. Zach Prewett told the newspaper that a hammermill and dust collector were involved in the incident.

Some corn and machinery inside the milling building was damaged during the fire, Rochelle Fire Chief Dave Sawlsville said in an account by radio station Superhits 93.5. No injuries were logged during the incident and crews were on scene for about two hours.

Here are some other developments in the food and beverage industry that captured headlines over the last week:

ADM to Build New $350M Soy Crush Plant

American agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is launching a multi-million-dollar expansion project to boost its soy crushing capabilities and meet growing demand from food, feed, industrial, and biofuel producers. In a release Monday, the firm said it will spend $350 million to build the “first-ever dedicated soybean crushing plant” in North Dakota in Spiritwood. Crush and refining assets at the site will enable the facility to process 150,000 bu/day of soybeans. Soybean oil and meal made at the site will be used in domestic and global markets.

Nestle Buys Hydration Tablets and Powders Brand Nuun

Medical nutrition and consumer health firm Nestle Health Science has struck a deal to purchase Nuun, a supplier of low sugar functional hydration tablets and powders, positioning the firm to expand its presence in the active lifestyle nutrition market, a company release announced Monday. Financial details of the transaction were not revealed.

Nabati Foods Wraps Up Work on New Manufacturing Plant

Plant-based food technology firm Nabati Foods announced Tuesday that it has completed work on its new manufacturing facility in Edmonton, AB, paving the way for an expansion of production of meat and cheese alternatives. Completing construction on new facility allows Nabati to transition manufacturing from its pilot plant to a larger operation, fulfill wholesale orders, grow in the US market, and enter the EU market. The opening of the facility comes after the company secured $7.7 million in financing.

Trouw Nutrition Invests $12M to Expand Blending Innovation Center

Animal feed and pet food ingredients and additives supplier Trouw Nutrition started work on a $12 million expansion of its Blending Innovation Center campus in Highland, IL on May 5, the firm announced in a recent release. A 8,100-sq-ft pilot plant will be upgraded into a new 32,052-sq-ft facility to enable Trouw Nutrition to pursue new business opportunities in the pet food industry.

Utz Takes on Tortilla Chip Producer Festida Foods

American salty snacks manufacturer Utz Brands Inc. announced this week that it has entered into a definitive agreement to purchase chips and snacks manufacturer Festida Foods from Great Lakes Festida Holdings Inc. and related entities for $41 million. Festida Foods produces corn chips, tortilla chips and pellet snacks and is currently the largest manufacturer of Utz’s On The Border brand of tortilla chips.

Frito-Lay Moving Forward on $235M Plant Expansion Project

PepsiCo-owned snack maker Frito-Lay is kicking off a $235 million expansion project at its production facility in Killingly, CT to increase its manufacturing capabilities. The company intends to add two new production lines for Cheetos during the effort and add space to the existing manufacturing plant and warehouse site. 120 new positions are expected to be created as a result of the investment.

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