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  • Siemens, GEA Offer Continuous Tablet Manufacturing Line

    Processing technology provider GEA formed a partnership with engineering corporation Siemens to offer life sciences and pharmaceutical industry customers with an integrated continuous tablet manufacturing line, Siemens announced in a press release Monday. The German firms said that the effort will...

  • Piab Acquires Vaculex

    Piab has acquired Sweden based Vaculex, a leading manufacturer of lifting equipment based on vacuum technology. With 30 years of experience Vaculex designs, manufactures, and sells ergonomic lifting systems for various applications (e.g. baggage handling, packaging, distribution, and logistics...

  • Alcoa to Close Alumina Refinery, Bauxite Mines in Suriname

    Aluminum producer Alcoa Corporation announced plans Tuesday to close the Suralco alumina refinery and its bauxite in Suriname and stated that the company is developing agreements with the Surinamese government to determine “Suralco’s remaining activities in the country and the future of...

  • Fire in Conveyor Area Damages Nigerian Milk Powder Plant

    An electrical malfunction in a section of a Nigerian milk powder processing plant housing conveyor equipment briefly caused a fire and evacuation on Friday, several local news sources reported. The fire at the FrieslandCampina WAMCO Nigeria PLC milk powder processing plant in Lagos, Nigeria...

  • DOL Sues Food Processor for Firing Worker After 911 Call

    The U.S. Department of Labor filed a lawsuit against food processor Lone Star Western Beef Inc. and its owner, John M. Buchman, on Thursday seeking back wages and punitive damages after an employee was fired for attempting to call 911 following the amputation of another employee’s finger....

  • “World’s Largest” Halal Animal Protein Firm Established

    Brazilian food company BRF S.A. launched OneFoods, a new Dubai-headquartered subsidiary, in a move to provide halal animal protein to an estimated market of 1.8 billion people in the Middle East, a press release announced Wednesday. Formerly known as Sadia Halal, OneFoods holds a 45% market share...

  • A.J. Sackett and Waconia Manufacturing Merge

    Equipment manufacturers A.J. Sackett and Sons and Waconia Manufacturing announced Thursday that the two companies merged on Jan. 1 to form Sackett-Waconia. Bringing together the separate companies’ sales force and product lines while retaining the same ownership, both companies hold strong...

  • GEAPS, K-State Offer Grain Handling Courses in February

    The Grain Elevator and Processing Society (GEAPS) and Kansas State University are offering five online courses on grain handling operations running from Feb. 13 through March 17, the international organization announced Jan. 3.   Participants can complete the courses at any time over the five...

  • Smithfield Closes Acquisition of Hormel’s Clougherty Packing

    The world’s largest pork processor and hog producer Smithfield Foods Inc. announced Tuesday that its acquisition of Hormel Foods Corporation subsidiary Clougherty Packing LLC – the parent of Farmer John and Saag’s Specialty Meats brands – and PFFJ LLC farm operations is...

  • Merck Acquires U.S. Food Safety Testing Technology Firm

    German life science and technology company Merck acquired Bellevue, WA-based BioControl Systems Inc., a producer of rapid food safety testing technology and testing platforms, a Merck press release announced Wednesday. Merck said the acquisition helps poise the company to grow in the food and...