Industry news

AB Mauri has reached an agreement to acquire the business and assets of Specialty Blending Co., LLC, a bread and sweet goods mix manufacturer located in Cedar Rapids, IA.

A groundbreaking ceremony was held to celebrate the development of a new manufacturing site for Spray Dynamics. The new facility will be located in Union, MO and will initially employ 50-60 personnel with the ability to expand to over 100 employees in years to come. Heat and Control acquired Spray Dynamics in 2011.

Smithfield Foods, Inc. became the first major protein company to announce a far-reaching greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goal throughout its entire supply chain. By 2025, Smithfield will reduce its absolute GHG emissions by 25 percent.

MTY Food Group Inc. has acquired 60 percent of the assets of La Diperie.

Bunting Magnetics has expanded its global operations with the acquisition of UK-based Master Magnets Ltd.

CIMTEC Automation LLC has been selected as Universal Robots’ distribution partner for collaborative robots serving the US southeastern region.

Corbion has agreed to sell its Breddo-Likwifier division to Ensight Solutions LLC in order for Corbion to focus on high-value-add food ingredients.

Schenck Process appointed Rate Technology Systems as its exclusive representative in eastern Canada.

Crown Equipment Corporation, a material handling company, opened a new sales and service location near Milwaukee, WI. The new facility will help meet growing customer needs in the eastern Wisconsin and northern Michigan regions.

ITP, an Italian manufacturer of polyolefin films for food and industrial packaging, has announced the opening of its first US sales office and warehouse in Pine Brook, NJ.

TruTag Technologies, Inc., a leader in product authentication and brand security solutions, has entered into a strategic partnership with PT Carsurin, Indonesia’s largest private inspection and testing company.

People news

The Hershey Company’s board of directors has appointed Michele Buck, previously the company’s executive vice president and chief operating officer, as the next president and chief executive officer.

Stefan König has been named president of Bosch Packaging Technology. König succeeds Friedbert Klefenz, who is set to retire on June 30, 2017.

Hispanica International Delights of America, Inc., a diversified food and beverage company in the Hispanic and ethnic food industry, appointed Randy Berholtz, MBA/JD, to its board of directors.

ESE, Inc., a control system integration company that designs and develops plant automation systems for the food and beverage industry, has hired Jim Mordell as a project manager.

Food Safety Net Services, which offers microbial, chemical testing and auditing of food and nutraceutical products, has named Robert Brodnick, PhD, as chief science officer.

MULTIVAC, Inc. named Michael Johnson as a regional sales manager in the Western region.

The 3-A Sanitary Standards, Inc. named David Kedzierski (Agri-Mark, Inc.) chair and elected John Allan, III (International Dairy Foods Association) as vice chair, Chris Hylkema (New York State Dept. of Agriculture and Markets) as secretary and Lyle Clem (Electrol Specialties Co.) as treasurer.

EAS Consulting Group, LLC welcomed Allen Sayler as new senior director for food consulting services.

Reading Bakery Systems promoted Shawn Moye to vice president of sales.

Salt of the Earth, Ltd. appointed David Hart as business unit director, responsible for global business of Mediterranean Umami, an all-natural sodium reduction solution.