Industry News

Zep Inc., a producer of specialty chemical products, has agreed to purchase AFCO, a leading specialty chemical and food safety provider serving the food and beverage processing industry.

Zip-Pak, a provider of resealable technology for flexible packaging, will open a new Engineering and Innovation Center at its Carol Stream, IL headquarters later this year.

Toosum Healthy Foods is expanding its platform of all-natural snack foods with the acquisition of the health bar brand KUTOA.

Danfoss has opened its new center in Baltimore, MD to provide assistance to its food-retail customers utilizing Danfoss Enterprise Services.

JBT Corporation, a technology solutions provider to the food and beverage industry, is acquiring UK-based PLF International Limited, a specialist manufacturer of filling machines and complete turnkey line project management for the powder product market.

H.I.G. Capital, a global private equity investment firm, has sold Albertville Quality Foods, Inc. to OK Foods, a subsidiary of Industrias Bachoco S.A.B.

AROL SpA, a solution provider of capping and corking systems, has acquired UNIMAC-GHERRI, a specialist in the production of filling and capping of glass containers with twist-off caps.

Barry Callebaut, a chocolate products manufacturer, has acquired D’Orsogna Dolciaria, an Italian supplier of high-quality decoration and inclusion solutions for food manufacturers.

Business Capital has secured $14 million for Imperial Frozen Food, a supplier of Grade A conventional and organic frozen fruits.

AlphaPoint Technology, Inc., has announced plans to acquire Home Bistro, Inc., a San Diego-based online home meal delivery company.

KPM Analytics has acquired AMS Alliance, a manufacturer of instrumentation, reagents and tests for diagnostics in the food and beverage industry.

People News

Spirax Sarco has appointed Javier Jimena as president and general manager.

Eriez has named Ezio Viti as the new sales director at Eriez-Australia.

International Flavors & Fragrances Inc., has announced that Stephen Williamson, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Thermo Fisher Scientific, has been elected to its board of directors.

Performance Food Group Company has appointed Kimberly S. Grant as an independent director to serve on its board of directors.

Kemutec Group Inc., a supplier of powder processing equipment and components, has hired William Ennis as sales engineer.

Accraply has appointed Jeff Strobach to vice president of sales and marketing.

Anue Water Technologies, Inc. has appointed Tonya Chandler as vice president of sales and marketing.

The Bardstown Bourbon Company has appointed John J. Mack to its board of directors.

Danfoss has named Kim Fausing as its new president and CEO after the planned departure of Niels B. Christiansen.

The Seeq Corporation has hired five new employees: Todd Amy, sales executive; Jennifer Bentzel, director of marketing; Cody Ray Hoeft, software developer; Michael Talmadge, analytics engineer; and Joanna Zinsli, analytics engineer.

ESE, Inc., a control system integration company providing design and development of plant automation systems for the food and beverage industry, has hired Adam Sharrett as an inside sales application specialist.