Creative Food Products Inc. opened a 27,000-sq.-ft. snack food processing facility in Bryant, AR, on May 22, 2007.  The $2 million facility initially employs 20, but at full production is expected to require 200 employees. The facility will manufacture a new product called Leanne’s popcorn chips.

Crown Holdings announced that its Brazilian subsidiary, Crown Embalagens S.A., plans to build a $48 million beverage plant in northeast Brazil.  The new facility is expected to be operational in the fourth quarter of 2008 and will have an initial capacity of 700 million cans.

DSM has opened a new 10 million euro process flavors plant in Xinghuo, China. Located near Shanghai, the fully functional facility will double the company’s production capability in flavors used in culinary and savory products such as soups, snacks and ready meals.

YamCo LLC. will open a food manufacturing facility to process and package sweet potatoes in Snow Hill, NC, investing $6 million during the next three years.  The company accounts for about 40% of the country’s annual sweet potato production.