ABF Ingredients to build new plant for PGP International

ABF Ingredients is building a plant for its PGP International business in Evansville, Ind. The 70,000-square-foot-facility will expand the company’s production capacity and capability for specialty food ingredients and additives. Work will being in the fourth quarter of 2012, and production is expected to begin in summer 2013. ABF said the investment is greater than $16 million.
“The new facility increases our production capacity, a need we anticipate based on strong growth in recent years. It will protect us and our customers by providing a back-up for our California plant, and extends our current capabilities to new product lines. Being in Evansville will also put us closer to customers in the eastern and midwestern United States,” said PGP International CEO Nicolas Hanson.

RockTenn licenses packaging designs from DS Smith

RockTenn and DS Smith Plc signed a licensing agreement that gives RockTenn the exclusive rights to manufacture and distribute proprietary corrugated packaging designs and to distribute packaging equipment in the United States.
The new Meta technology produces a wide range of two-piece shelf-ready packages that enable multinational package goods companies to meet the varied requirements of U.S. retailers. Unique predictive software and stacking devices also optimize and reduce packaging weight and minimize environmental impact, according to a press release.

Pro Mach, a package machinery supplier, buys filling equipment maker Federal

Pro Mach Inc., Cincinnati, Ohio, acquired Federal Manufacturing, a provider of rotary liquid filling packaging machinery based in Milwaukee. Federal will join Pro Mach's Primary Packaging Business Unit, which provides primary and secondary packaging machinery solutions and consumables for many of the world’s most recognized food, beverage, pharmaceutical, and household goods companies.

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The Bradman Lake Group received the inaugural “NBS Technical Procurement Supplier of the Year” award in the area of Capital Equipment from Nestlé Business Services’ (NBS)

Autocrat, Lincoln, R.I., opend a pilot plant and research and development lab.

Synergy Flavors, Wauconda, Ill., has expanded Synergy Aromas, its São Paulo-based business, through the acquisition of a local flavor operation. The acquisition included a new facility which includes flavor creation and applications laboratories and flavor manufacturing, as well as a number of talented employees.
Synergy purchased Sensus (Hamilton, Ohio) in September 2011, a producer of natural botanical essences, as well as Sethness Greenleaf (Chicago, Ill.) in October 2011, a manufacturer of sweet flavors with 130 years of experience in beverage flavorings.