Industry News

Tyson Foods
Tyson Foods, Inc. has become one of the nation’s leading producers of organic branded chicken through its acquisition of Tecumseh Poultry LLC. The company also announced plans to sell its Sara Lee Frozen Bakery and Van’s businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Co., Mount Kisco, N.Y. In addition, Tyson also announced that it is acquiring the blending and poultry rendering assets of AMPRO Products and American Proteins in a deal worth approximately $850 million. 

Emerson has acquired Aventics from Triton for a cash purchase price of €527 million. 

Cardinal Meats Specialists Limited
Cardinal Meats Specialists Limited, a family-owned producer and marketer of fully cooked proteins and burgers, announced that it has acquired 100 percent interest in Ontario-based D&S Meat Products Ltd., operating under The Elite Meat Company name.

Gray Construction
Gray Construction has acquired InLine Engineers, an engineering and design solutions firm for the food and beverage industry. 

PepsiCo will acquire Bare Foods, a snack brand that produces baked chips made of vegetables and fruits. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

Dorner has completed a major expansion of its facility in Germany, a project that doubles its production space, adds jobs and effectively positions the company to become even more responsive to its customers throughout the region. The expansion now gives Dorner Europe, based in Jülich, Germany, a facility with 2,120 square meters of production space.

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Harpak-ULMA, distributor of packaging equipment and systems in Taunton, MA, named Kevin Roach president of the company.

Sabra Dipping Company, LLC named Tomer Harpaz as its CEO.

Andrew Clarke was named global president of Mars Wrigley Confectionery effective this September. Clarke, who has served as the firm’s chief marketing and customer officer for two years, will replace Martin Radvan, who is retiring.

Land O’Lakes
Land O’Lakes, Inc. announced that Chris Policinski will retire as Land O’Lakes president and CEO. In addition to forming a search committee to identify a permanent CEO, the board has appointed Peter Janzen as interim CEO. Janzen, Land O’Lakes, SVP, general counsel and chief administrative officer, will postpone his recently announced retirement to serve the company as requested by the Board until the new CEO has been named.

Anne Schumacher will become the new V.P. in charge of Koelnmesse’s Food and Food Technology area of expertise. 

Kellogg North America
Chris Hood was named president of Kellogg North America, stepping into the role left vacant after Paul Norman departed the firm earlier this year. Dave Lawlor will fill Hood’s previous position as president of Kellogg Europe.