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  • Crews Free Worker from Auger at Charcoal Plant

    Crews from several fire departments responded to the Royal Oak Charcoal plant in Branson, MO early Thursday morning after a worker became trapped in an auger, Western Taney County Fire Protection District said in a Facebook post.  More than 20 firefighters were dispatched to the site at about...

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  • Barry Callebaut Debuts New Natural Dark Cocoa Powder

    Chocolate and cocoa products manufacturer Barry Callebaut recently introduced a new, 100% natural dark cocoa powder called Natural Dark through its premium cocoa brand Bensdorp, according to a company release.  The clean label cocoa was developed by the company in response to an increase in...

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  • New $3.1B Petrochemical Plant Goes Operational in U.S.

    A new, $3.1 billion petrochemical facility owned by a joint venture between LOTTE Chemical Titan Holding Berhad and LOTTE Chemical Corporation, Korea (LCC) came on line in Lake Charles, LA last month, the companies announced Thursday. Located near Houston, the facility is capable of producing 1...

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  • New President to Lead Kraft Heinz Canada

    A new president was recently selected to lead food company Kraft Heinz Canada, replacing Nina Barton as she transitions to a new role as the Chief Growth Officer of Kraft Heinz’s global business, the firm announced in a release Tuesday.  Bruno Keller, who previously served as Canadian...

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  • Mars Takes Stake in Nutrition Solutions Firm Foodspring

    Mars Edge, the personalized nutrition segment of Mars Incorporated, recently completed the purchase of a majority stake in Berlin-based direct-to-consumer targeted nutrition solutions firm foodspring, the company announced Tuesday.  Following the close of the transaction, foodspring became a...

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  • McCain Invests $9M in Potato Plant Capacity Expansion

    The world’s largest producer of frozen potato products, McCain Foods, plans to invest CAD$12 million (about $9 million) to expand the capacity of an existing line at its potato processing plant in Florenceville, NC, the company announced in a recent release.  Work on the line started...

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  • Canadian Firms Team Up to Build $34M Dry Pet Food Plant

    Poultry firm Groupe Inovo and Groupe Legault, the owner of the Mondou pet store chain, announced plans Wednesday to invest CAD$45 million (about $34 million) in a new dry dog and cat food manufacturing plant in Drummondville, QC.  When construction on the 121,760-sq-ft plant reach completion...

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  • Worker Injured by Conveyor at Food Processing Plant

    Emergency personnel responded to the Balcom & Moe Inc. processing plant in Pasco, WA on Tuesday afternoon after a worker became trapped in a piece of conveying equipment in the facility, several local news organizations reported. Firefighters were called to the plant at about 1 p.m., according...

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  • CSB Examines Workers’ Role in Chemical Incident Prevention

    The U.S. Chemical Safety Board (CSB) issued a new safety digest Wednesday on the value of worker participation to prevent chemical incidents. The digest notes that lack of worker participation was a factor in several major incidents investigated by the CSB because workers and their...

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  • The Massman Companies Acquire DTM Packaging

    The Massman Companies has announced that it has acquired DTM Packaging and Custom Automation, a leader in machinery manufacturing and re-manufacturing as well as the integration and automation of production lines. DTM will join the other companies that currently make up the Massman Companies:...

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