February 5, 2020

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Top Food & Bev Industry Posts You Missed in January
Here are the most important food and beverage industry posts on PowderBulkSolids.com you missed last month. Image courtesy of Pixabay

The first month of the new decade started with a flurry of exciting news, including a massive fire at a grain elevator that burned for nearly two days, forecasts on the decade’s food trends, and the opening of a new beef packing facility by retailer Walmart. Powder & Bulk Solids editors selected these posts to provide our audience with an overview of some of the most interesting food and beverage-related news that was reported in the last month.

Worker Killed at ADM Milling Flour Mill in New York State
An industrial accident claimed the life of a worker at the ADM Milling flour mill in Greenport, NY last month. Columbia County Sheriff deputies determined the person died from an industrial accident. An investigation into the cause of the fatality is ongoing. 

Why Almond Flour Will Be A Major Ingredient in the 2020s
Demand for almond flour has quietly grown over the last several years as consumers seek out better-for-you options, and interest in paleo, keto, and gluten-free diets has skyrocketed. Powder & Bulk Solids looks at how almond flour may play a more prominent role in food manufacturing in the 2020s.

Fire at Viterra Grain Elevator Burns for 40 Hours
Firefighters worked for about 40 hours to douse a blaze that ignited in a Viterra grain elevator at the Port of Vancouver in late January. VIterra has six port facilities in Canada, including the Cascadia and Pacific Terminals at the Port of Vancouver, Prince Rupert Grain, two sites in Thunder Bay, ON, and a facility in Montreal. 

Inspecting the New Decade’s Food Trends
Whether it’s meat-free alternatives or single-serve snacks, today’s food manufacturers must work hard to meet consumer demands. Pierre DiGirolamo, Director of industrial metal detector manufacturer Fortress Technology, gives his take on the food safety challenges these changing trends pose and how to overcome them. 

Anheuser-Busch Plans $85M Expansion at Georgia Facility
Beer company Anheuser-Busch is committing $85 million to expand its Cartersville, GA brewery. Opened in 1993, the site currently manufactures 20 Anheuser-Busch brands and canned emergency drinking water. The facility was the company’s first to obtain USDA organic certification for the production and packaging of Michelob ULTRA Pure Gold beer. 

Fire Breaks Out at Barry Callebaut Chocolate Plant
A two-alarm fire broke out last month in the Barry Callebaut cocoa powders and cocoa liquor manufacturing plant in Eddystone, PA. During the incident, fire was mostly contained to a roasting room in the facility. The company announced plans in September 2019 to nearly double the size of its Eddystone plant. The company said the added space will help it to add lines for its domestically produced cocoa powder and butter products. 

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Conagra Commits $32M to Expand Production at Iowa Plant
Packaged foods manufacturer Conagra Brands is moving forward on plans for a $31.9 million expansion of its production facility in Fort Madison, IA. During the expansion, Conagra said it is making a “significant investment” in new equipment and machinery for canned beans production. Installation of the new production assets is slated to start this July. 

The Andersons Fined $291K After Grain Engulfment Death
American agribusiness The Andersons was issued several citations and a fine of $291,716 by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) after two workers became engulfed by material in a grain storage bin at the firm’s facility in Toledo, OH. In addition to the citations and fine, The Andersons was entered into OSHA’s Severe Violator Enforcement Program. 

Walmart Announces Opening of New Beef Packing Facility
American retail chain operator Walmart opened its new 201,000-sq-ft case-ready beef packing facility in Thomasville, GA in mid-January. The company started construction on the site in August 2018 as part of an effort to increase the quality of the food products it carries. Walmart’s Thomasville plant will process and distribute cuts of Angus beef, including steaks and roasts, to 500 Walmart stores in Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and other parts of the southeast U.S.

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