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Americold Building Facility for Ocean Spray

Atlanta-based Americold ( has broken ground on a new facility in Middleborough, Mass., for its long-time partner Ocean Spray. The facility will support Ocean Spray’s production requirements for its northeast harvesting operations, specifically for Craisins® dried cranberries. Ocean Spray has been an Americold partner for nearly 40 years. As demand for the company’s array of […]

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Cole’s Debuts ‘Middles’ Stuffed Bread

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., Sept. 13, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Cole’s Quality Foods, Inc. debuts Middles™, a frozen stuffed bread that combines delicious, decadent, savory, salty and sweet flavors into one revolutionary snack concept. Middles become available later this month in the freezer section at grocery, club, supermarket and convenience stores nationwide for a suggested retail price of […]

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Califia Adds Seasonal Dairy-Free Creamers

Los Angeles, CA and Baltimore, MD – September 14, 2017 – Califia Farms launches two limited-time seasonal additions to its dairy-free creamer line up: Pumpkin Spice (made with real pumpkin puree) and Mint Cocoa (made with real cocoa powder and peppermint oil) both of which will be sampled for the first time today at Califia […]

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Blackstone Wants Americold for $3 Billion, But…

The Blackstone Group, the New York-based multinational, has made a $3 billion bid for Atlanta-based Americold and its 165 warehouses. Americold wants more, and some observers believe a public offering may be in the cards later this year. Americold, the world’s largest refrigerated warehouse company, has been on the block since May. It’s been through […]

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Nestlé to Acquire Sweet Earth

ARLINGTON, Va., Sept. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Nestlé USA today announced that it has agreed to acquire Sweet Earth, a plant-based foods manufacturer based in Moss Landing, Calif. The acquisition gives Nestlé immediate entry into the plant-based foods segment, which is growing by double digits and expected to become a $5 billion market by 2020. Sweet […]

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Americold Building in Rochelle, Ill.

Atlanta-based Americold ( has broken ground for a new facility at its Rochelle, Ill., campus, adding a 15.5 million cubic foot automated facility. Americold’s campus in Rochelle is already home to two conventional warehouse facilities.  This addition, set to open in December 2018, is being built on Americold-owned land. It will bring an additional 57,600 […]

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The Country Hen to Open State-of-the-Art Facility

The Country Hen (, Hubbardston, Mass., will host a ribbon cutting ceremony Aug. 26 for its new state-of-the-art cage-free barn, complete with heated floors to keep hens warm in the winter months. “This facility aids The Country Hen in producing the world’s best Organic, Omega-3 eggs that are healthier for humans in a manner that […]

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Flagship Acquires Certain Assets of Glutenfreeda Foods

A subsidiary of Greenwood Village, Colo.-based Flagship Food Group ( has acquired certain assets of Glutenfreeda Foods (, Burlington, Wash., including its brand portfolio and USDA manufacturing facility Terms of the deal, which provides Flagship with manufacturing capabilities in the Pacific Northwest, were not disclosed. It will increase Flagship’s brand distribution in thousands of new […]

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Flagship Food Adding New DC

Company builds upon its $30 million investment in the Albuquerque, NM, area with new 76,000 sq. ft. distribution warehouse ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., Aug. 14, 2017 — On August 14th, Flagship Food Group CEO, Rob Holland, and New Mexico Governor, Susana Martinez, announced that Flagship will further expand its manufacturing and distribution facilities in the Albuquerque area, […]

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Demone Back as High Liner CEO

 LUNENBURG, NS, Aug. 14, 2017 /CNW/ – (TSX: HLF) – The board of directors of High Liner Foods today announced the appointment of Henry Demone as the Company’s CEO, effective immediately.  He succeeds Keith Decker who became CEO in 2015 and is now leaving the company. “The Board and I are confident that the Company is […]

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