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Clif Bar & Company received the 2017 Climate Leadership Award for Supply Chain Efforts from the US EPA. The award recognizes organizations that demonstrate leadership in managing and reducing greenhouse gas emissions in internal operations and throughout the supply chain, as well as integrating climate resilience into their operating strategies.

JBT Corporation acquired Avure Technologies, Inc. for $57 million, before post close adjustments.

Shimadzu Scientific Instruments, Inc. and MIDI, Inc. have formed a strategic partnership to develop and market automated chromatographic solutions for agri-biotech, biodefense, dietary supplement, food science, forensics and renewable energy laboratories.

tna has acquired Australian confectionery equipment supplier NID Pty Ltd., a pioneer in the development of starch moulding equipment and supplier of complete mogul lines for the confectionery industry for over 60 years.

Tetra Pak is building a new plant at its Rayong site in Thailand dedicated to producing closures for carton packaging. The €24 million investment, which will create around 60 jobs when it opens early in 2018, will be capable of producing more than 3 billion closures every year.

Bonduelle, a processor of ready-to-eat vegetables, is acquiring Ready Pac Foods, a US processor of single-serve salad bowls.

Shurtape Technologies, LLC, a producer of pressure-sensitive tapes, has acquired Syntac Coated Products, LLC, a designer and manufacturer of specialty adhesive coated products.

Cal-Maine Foods, Inc. reached a definitive agreement to acquire substantially all of the assets of Happy Hen Egg Farms, Inc., relating to its commercial production, processing, distribution and sale of shell eggs business.

MPI Label Systems acquired Label Gallery, Inc., a leading flexographic and digital printer in Norwich, NY specializing in the wine/spirits and food industries.

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The Hershey Company announced the new executive leadership team: Todd Tillemans was named president, US; Steven Schiller was named president, international; and Terry O’Day was named senior vice president, chief product supply and technology officer.

JLS Automation added Craig Wolfe to its senior leadership team as vice president of operations & manufacturing.

West Liberty Foods, LLC President Ed Garrett will step into the role of CEO, with Michael Quint, current vice president and chief customer officer, being promoted to president.

Dot Foods’ outgoing CEO John Tracy announced that his brothers Joe Tracy and Dick Tracy have taken on new roles as CEO and president, respectively.

David Nettles was appointed bakery and confectionery segment manager at Harpak-ULMA.

Ryan Schroeder was promoted to president of CRB.

Benchmark Automation and KLEENLine, both part of the Pro Mach family of brands, recently announced the appointment of Eric Cruse as the new director of sales.

Farmer Bros. Co. appointed David G. Robson as treasurer and chief financial officer and promoted Scott A. Siers to the executive management team.

Dan Margherio has joined Fres-co System USA, Inc. as business development manager, liquid food & beverage.

Motion Controls Robotics, Inc. named Earl R. Wohlrab Jr. as a regional sales manager.

Ardent Mills named John Barton as chief financial officer.

Brother Gearmotors, a division of Brother International Corporation, has hired Bernie Hurda as its new director of sales.