Cacique, an authentic Mexican food brand based in Monrovia, Calif., said it partnered with celebrated Mexican American mixologist Erick Castro to launch “Queso and Cocktails” — a Cinco de Mayo fiesta in a box. Cacique’s limited-edition “Queso and Cocktails” kits include three Cacique quesos: queso blanco queso dip, Ranchero brand queso fresco and Oaxaca. They also include all the ingredients needed to shake up signature margaritas designed by Castro.

The Blanco de Mayo pairs well with Cacique queso blanco queso dip — one of the brand’s real cheese dips made with fresh, high-quality ingredients and no artificial preservatives — and features tequila, lime juice, grapefruit juice, cinnamon syrup and angostura bitters, the brand said. The Fresco-rita complements the milky, salty, fresh flavor of Cacique Ranchero brand queso fresco and features tequila, lemon juice, peach liqueur, orgeat and angostura bitters. And the WOAH-aca-rita is a delicious combination with Cacique Oaxaca — a queso that’s similar to mozzarella, but even meltier — and features tequila, mezcal, lime juice, pineapple juice, grenadine and orange bitters.

The kits will be available for purchase from April 25 through May 25, 2022, through home cocktail delivery service, Cocktail Courier.


The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association (IDDBA), Madison, Wis., said it will be adding Nicole Kidman to the special guest lineup for its IDDBA 2022 event. Kidman has been recognized with the industry’s most prestigious honors, including an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and several Golden Globes.

IDDBA 2022 will be held June 5-7, 2022, in Atlanta. For more information, visit or check out the myIDDBA app, LinkedIn and Twitter.


Dairy Max Inc., a regional dairy council based in Grand Prairie, Texas, said its newly revamped Dairy Discovery Zone, the traveling exhibit created by Dairy Max to promote interactive dairy education, “has made its appearance and is here to stay.” The exhibit has been around for 10 years to connect with consumers where they are.

Since its debut at the State Fair of Texas, the revamped exhibit has reached more than 200,000 guests, averaging about 50,500 visitors for four venues, Dairy Max said. For more information about the Dairy Discovery Zone exhibit or about the work Dairy Max is doing for consumers, visit


St. Paul, Minn.-headquartered 3M Food Safety said it was named a 2022 Edison Awards gold winner in the Commercial Technology category for its 3M Petrifilm Plate Reader Advanced. The Edison Awards globally recognize, honor and foster innovations and innovators with solutions that make a positive impact in the world.


Danfoss Climate Solutions, Nordborg, Denmark, said it launched the Controller Talk podcast. Presented by Danfoss North America, the Controller Talk podcast highlights best practices for using Danfoss controls in the supermarket and warehouse industries.

Every other week, Danfoss' food retail tech support experts David Yoder and Christopher Brown share information and field service best practices that listeners won't find in a manual. Their insight will help the audience solve problems, design energy management controls and troubleshoot systems they might not see every day, the company said.

The Controller Talk podcast is available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Play and more. Additionally, the podcast can be found on Danfoss' RefTools app, an all-in-one mobile app for air conditioning and refrigeration technicians, and the Danfoss North America YouTube channel in its video format.


Beneo, a Parsippany, N.J.-based manufacturer of functional ingredients, announced a $54 million investment in a new pulse processing site in Offstein, Germany. The site will produce protein-rich pulse ingredients for food and animal feed. It will focus initially on protein concentrate, starch-rich flour and hulls from Faba beans, with the option to process other pulses in the future. The new production site further strengthens the company’s plant-based protein portfolio and enables it to meet the growing demand for plant-based food and feed ingredients.


Tompkins Robotics, an Orlando, Fla.-based specialist in the robotic automation of distribution and fulfillment operations, announced the addition of two new leaders to its executive team. Wes Goode and Sean O’Farrell both will be serving in the role of vice president of operations and were brought on to keep pace with the company’s accelerated growth.

Goode has been in the material handling industry for 25 years and has experience building and implementing service teams, deploying equipment and implementing and executing projects. O’Farrell

spent a decade with Dematic Corp. as global market development director, where he worked in grocery and wholesale B2B verticals to strengthen business-development, solution, product,and marketing strategies.


FoodChain ID, a Deerfield, Ill.-based provider of technology-enabled food safety, quality and sustainability solutions, said it acquired Promag, a food and feed safety certification solutions provider headquartered in the Benelux region of the European Union.


SKF, a Lansdale, Pa.-based manufacturer of bearings, seals and lubrication, said it was named an Overdrive Award winner as part of General Motor’s 30th annual Supplier of the Year awards. First presented in 2012, the Overdrive Award is a distinction reserved for suppliers that display outstanding achievement across the global purchasing and supply chain organization's key priorities. These include sustainability, innovation, relationships, total enterprise cost, launch excellence and safety.


Portland, Ore.-headquartered Icon Foods, a natural ingredients supplier, said it expanded its team with the addition of Todd Burk, vice president and general manager, and Camden Roarke, procurement manager.

Burk has more than 15 years of experience in the food industry, including roles in manufacturing, processing and distribution and as an operator. Roarke comes to Icon from Lam Research and will be engaging with the operations and supply chain teams.

Additionally, the company said it promoted Collier Johnson to operations leader. Johnson joined Icon Foods in 2020 as an operations and procurement assistant and now will supervise all warehouse, production and maintenance personnel.


FieldComm Group said that Emerson’s AMS device manager successfully completed conformance requirements testing under FieldComm Group’s FDI Technology Host Registration Policy. Thus, the AMS device manager became the first FDI host system to earn the right to display the FDI registration logo in product marketing materials.

By pairing a registered FDI device package with a registered FDI host, end users are assured of achieving the multi-vendor interoperability FDI promise of “One Device — One Package — All Tools.” In practice, this means any HART device supporting FDI will communicate seamlessly with the AMS device manager and with future host systems as these become registered, Austin, Texas-based FieldComm Group said.


Florida Food Products, Eustis, Fla., said it invested in T-Bev Inc., a Eugene, Ore.-based provider of high-quality, all natural ingredients focused on botanical extracts and tea-related products. This represents the second add on acquisition in five months under the Ardian/Mid Ocean partnership, resulting in a meaningful expansion of Florida Food Products’ natural food ingredient capabilities.


Tate & Lyle PLC, a London-based provider of food and beverage ingredients and solutions, said it acquired substantially all of the assets of Nutriati, an ingredient technology company developing and producing chickpea protein and flour. Under the terms of the transaction, Tate & Lyle has acquired certain assets, including intellectual property assets, and assumed selected liabilities from Nutriati.


Elopak, Oslo, Norway, announced new science-based emission reduction targets with the aim of becoming a net-zero company by the year 2050. These targets reflect Elopak’s commitment to meeting the new Net-Zero Standard and are verified by the Science Based Targets initiative (SBTi). Elopak said it is one of the first three non-pilot companies to have its targets approved by the SBTi since it launched the new Net-Zero Standard in October 2021.