Flavorchem Corp. acquired a flavor production facility in Kerepes, Hungary. Operating under the name of Flavorchem Europe Kft, the Hungarian facility will be a fully owned subsidiary of Flavorchem Corp. based in the United States.

GE announced that the Islamic Food and Nutrition Council of America (IFANCA) have certified GE’s dairy membrane products as halal, according the IFANCA standards and qualifications. The 18 membrane products certified are produced at GE’s Membrane Center of Excellence in Minnetonka, Minn., and at GE’s membrane rolling manufacturing facility in Oroszlany, Hungary.

Rubber Fab Technologies Group created a new Antimicrobial Technologies division and released the ionAssure range of elastomer products and solutions with broad spectrum antimicrobial protection. The products employ a patented, EPA-registered natural inorganic antimicrobial that is permanently embedded into the elastomers for durable, potent and long-lasting effectiveness against typical bacteria such as Listeria, Salmonella, e. Coli, Pseudomonas, Staphylococcus and more. The product’s protection also extends to molds, mildews and fungi.

Cargill completed its acquisition of ADM's global chocolate business. 

Wellspring Capital Management LLC created a flexible packaging company through the merger of its Prolamina Corp. and newly acquired Ampac Holdings LLC.

NewAge Industries is now a member of the American Beverage Association and the Brewers Association.


Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) named Kenneth Campbell president of the company’s Wild Flavors business, and named Manda Tweten president of its Specialty Commodities business (SCI). Campbell most recently served as president of ADM’s Specialty Commodities business. Tweten joined ADM with its acquisition of Wild Flavors in 2014 and served as vice president, sales, North America, prior to being named to her new role.

Colin Dennis was named the new president of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT). He succeeded Mary Ellen Camire, president from 2014-2015.

Michael Richart was named president and chief executive officer of ESE Inc., a company that designs and develops plant automation systems for the food, dairy and beverage industries. Tom Walther, who had served in those roles since 2000, is now chief innovation officer.
Gene Shaw is KleenLine’s new vice president and general manager. Axon named Bob Williams as vice president and general manager. Williams joined the company in 2014 as vice president of sales and marketing.

Dan Offermann joined Flavor & Fragrance Specialties Inc. as director of flavor sales for the Flavor Division.

Matthias Moser is the new managing director of Hydrosol, the international stabilizer and emulsifier system specialist. Moser, who holds a PhD in natural science, is also managing director of sister company OlbrichtArom. Both companies are part of the independent owner-operated Stern-Wywiol Gruppe.

Blueprint Automation (BPA) hired Joel Wiskochil as the northeast regional sales manager. Wiskochil replaced Rocco Fucetola who was promoted to vice president of sales and marketing.

Jim McCoy joined Fristam Pumps as sales manager. In his new position, he will oversee Fristam’s North, South and Central American sales departments as well as the customer service department.

Faithful+Gould hired David Dixon as program director for the food and beverage and consumer packaged goods subsector. He is based in the firm’s Atlanta office.