Pilgrim’s Pride Corporation has announced a definitive agreement to acquire GNP Company, a leading provider of premium branded chicken products in the Upper Midwest, in a $350 million transaction.

Cognex Corporation acquired two companies specializing in 3D machine vision technology: EnShape GmbH, a maker of advanced 3D vision sensors and software based in Jena, Germany, and AQSense, a provider of 3D vision software based in Girona, Spain.

Sleeve Seal and G.C. Evans Sales & Manufacturing has moved into a newly upgraded, larger facility in its home town of Little Rock, AR. This move will accommodate larger projects, faster turnaround times and will include two printing lines in the near future. An estimated 43 new jobs in will be created in Little Rock as a direct result of the expansion.

Napasol AG of Switzerland has acquired the licensee Napasol North America LLC (NNA) of Fargo, ND, which commercializes pasteurization equipment for the nut, seeds and spices industry.

Food Safety Net Services and Food Safety Net Services Certification and Audit have announced a partnership with the Tortilla Industry Association, providing TIA members with food safety services and educational resources that will benefit over 2,600 TIA members across the US.

Three years after joining global capital equipment leader Barry-Wehmiller, Synerlink, supplier of packaging technology for the food industry and fresh dairy products, has expanded for the fourth time—with the acquisition of Sogameca, a manufacturer of precision machines and cutting tool technology based in Le Mans, France.

Nelson-Jameson, in conjunction with Dairy Connection, is partnering with Lallemand Specialty Cultures to help serve customers in the US.

I.D. Systems, Inc. signed a corporate agreement with Michael Foods, a leading food processor and distributor, to outfit its fleet of 150 industrial trucks with the PowerFleet vehicle management system.

Bellisio Foods, Inc. announced that Charoen Pokphand Foods, based in Bangkok, has entered into a definitive agreement with Centre Partners to acquire Bellisio for $1.075 billion.

Tyson Foods, Inc. announced Tom Hayes, president, will succeed Donnie Smith as CEO. Smith, who has been CEO since November 2009, will be available to consult for a three-year period.

Bunting Magnetics Co., magnet and magnetic equipment designer, manufacturer and distributor, named Suzanne Hurst as human resources manager.

Kemin Food Technologies, a provider of customized shelf-life extension and food safety solutions for food and beverage industries, named three new members in the fats and oils group: Jody Jenkin as product manager, Chandra Ankolekar, Ph.D. as technical service manager and Tony Bombard as technical sales manager.

Eriez promoted Andrew Goldner to director-export sales.

Abaco Systems named Kevin Campbell as vice president of engineering.

JSL Foods, Inc., fresh, refrigerated and pre-cooked Asian foods producer, named Ayako Toma as its new director of research & development.

Supply Chain Wizard, a full-service global consulting firm specializing in serialization and traceability, as well as supply chain strategy and operational transformation programs, has hired three new executives: Alper Derici, director of product development; Aytac Atac, Ph.D, manager of digital innovation; and Julien Faury, manager of strategic initiatives.

Paine & Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm focused on investing in food and agribusiness, announced that Dr. Stephen R. Padgette, former vice president of R&D investment strategy at Monsanto Company, is joining the firm as an operating director.

Beckhoff Automation LLC promoted Doug Schuchart to the position of Northeast region manager.