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Lineage Logistics Taps McClendon to Head Europe Operation Lineage Logistics Taps McClendon to Head Europe Operation
Lineage Logistics has appointed Mike McClendon to serve as president of Lineage Europe in support of the Novi, Michigan, USA-headquartered company’s expanding global presence. He will oversee

AquaBounty Technologies Sets Common Stock Offering Price AquaBounty Technologies Sets Common Stock Offering Price
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc. (Nasdaq: AQB), a biotechnology company focused on enhancing productivity in the aquaculture industry and a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation (Nasdaq:

Cooke Inc. Acquires Three Seafood Companies in Two Months Cooke Inc. Acquires Three Seafood Companies in Two Months
Cooke Inc., the Saint John, New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered parent company of Cooke Aquaculture, has purchased Farallon Aquaculture de Nicaragua S.A., a vertically integrated producer of farmed

As Brexit Deadline Nears, Tariff Concerns Irk Food Sector As Brexit Deadline Nears, Tariff Concerns Irk Food Sector
With Parliament poised on the evening of March 13 to vote on whether or not Britain will leave the European Union sans a deal with Brussels, following yet another rejection of Prime Minister

Irish Investors Group Nets Donegal Catch from 2 Sisters Irish Investors Group Nets Donegal Catch from 2 Sisters
Birmingham, England-headquartered Boparan Holdings Limited, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, on March 11 announced the sale of its Donegal Catch frozen foods business and Green Isle

Thai Union Inks Seafood Supply Deal with Win-Chain in PRC Thai Union Inks Seafood Supply Deal with Win-Chain in PRC
Thai Union Group executives signed an agreement with Alibaba Group’s Shanghai Win-Chain Supply Chain Management Co. on March 12 to become strategic partners in supplying the Bangkok-headquartered

Win Chill Cold Storage Expands; Table Top Breaks Ground Win Chill Cold Storage Expands; Table Top Breaks Ground
Win Chill Cold Storage recently celebrated completion of the second phase of its refrigerated warehouse distribution center in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, USA, with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The

McCain Foods Invests to Boost Output at Australian Plant McCain Foods Invests to Boost Output at Australian Plant
McCain Foods aims to spend AU $37 million (approximately US $26 million) to increase capacity at its frozen potato products factory in Smithton, Tasmania, Australia. Work on the upgrade will begin

IARW Tabulates Global Expansion of Cold Storage Capacity IARW Tabulates Global Expansion of Cold Storage Capacity
The International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW), a core partner of the Arlington, Virginia, USA-headquartered Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA), has released the association’s

Cloverleaf Cold Storage Seals Zero Mountain Merger Deal Cloverleaf Cold Storage Seals Zero Mountain Merger Deal
Sioux City, Iowa-headquartered Cloverleaf Cold Storage, a refrigerated warehousing company serving customers across the United States Midwest and Southeast, has merged with Fort Smith,

Acquisitions Key in Driving Nomad Foods’ Q4 Sales Surge Acquisitions Key in Driving Nomad Foods’ Q4 Sales Surge
Positive financial results for the fourth quarter and 12-month period ending on December 31, 2018, have given Nomad Foods executives and stockholders reason to smile. Shares, which trade on the New

High Liner Logs Lower Sales, Profit; Expects 2020 Rebound High Liner Logs Lower Sales, Profit; Expects 2020 Rebound
Rod HepponstallWhile posting another downturn in quarterly results, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, Canada-headquartered High Liner Foods President and CEO Rod Hepponstall expects that North America’s

Sargento VP is Chairman of American Frozen Food Institute Sargento VP is Chairman of American Frozen Food Institute
Mike McEvoyMike McEvoy of Sargento Foods was elected chairman of the American Frozen Food Institute during the 2019 AFFI Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON) in San Diego, California, which ran from

TNA Opens New Office, Training and Demo Center in Dubai TNA Opens New Office, Training and Demo Center in Dubai
TNA, a Sydney, Australia-headquartered manufacturer of food processing and packaging equipment including freezing and end of line systems, has expanded services in the Middle East with the official

Houde Assumes Interim CEO Post at SunOpta as Colo Exits Houde Assumes Interim CEO Post at SunOpta as Colo Exits
The services of David J. Colo as president, chief executive officer and board member of Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-headquartered SunOpta Inc. have been terminated. Katrina L. Houde, an 18-year

Greenyard Results Hit by Weak Fresh Sales, Price Pressure Greenyard Results Hit by Weak Fresh Sales, Price Pressure
Greenyard, the Sint-Katelijne, Belgium-headquartered vegetable and fruit producer and supplier, on February 26 released detailed figures on sales generated during the third quarter of 2018/19 and

ISI Consolidates Two Spanish Operations into Single Unit ISI Consolidates Two Spanish Operations into Single Unit
Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has merged Icelandic Ibérica and Iceland Seafood Spain into one company. The objective is to create a stronger organization in Southern Europe, a region that is

AFFI Listeria Control Program Raises Bar on Food Safety AFFI Listeria Control Program Raises Bar on Food Safety
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) unveiled the Food Safety Zone at AFFIFoodSafety.org on February 25 during its annual convention (AFFI-CON) in San Diego, California, sharing with...

Acquisition of Preferred Makes Lineage No. 1 PRW Operator Acquisition of Preferred Makes Lineage No. 1 PRW Operator
Lineage Logistics has signed a definitive agreement to buy Chatham, New Jersey-headquartered Preferred Freezer Services (PFS) in a deal that is expected to close during the second quarter of 2019.

Americold Posts Sales Gains, Acquires PortFresh Holdings Americold Posts Sales Gains, Acquires PortFresh Holdings
Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered Americold Realty, which until Lineage Logistics announced acquisition of Preferred Freezer Services on February 25 was ranked as the world’s largest owner and

Brussels Seafood Show to Feature More Space this Year Brussels Seafood Show to Feature More Space this Year
Following a record-setting year for attendance in 2018, as well as for the number of exhibiting companies and total exhibit space covered, the 2019 running of Seafood Expo Global and Seafood

Ocean Beauty Named Distributor for Findus Brand in USA Ocean Beauty Named Distributor for Findus Brand in USA
Seattle, Washington-headquartered Ocean Beauty Seafoods announced on February 20 that it has reached an agreement to be the distributor for Findus, the iconic frozen food brand with Swedish roots,

Frozen Sales Contribute to Hot Q4 Results for Thai Union Frozen Sales Contribute to Hot Q4 Results for Thai Union
Thai Union Group has reported a 3.7 percent year-on-year rise for fourth quarter sales in 2018 as it generated a record THB 36 billion in turnover. The Q4 operating profit improved 55.2 percent

Bonduelle Group Sales Dip in First Half of Financial Year Bonduelle Group Sales Dip in First Half of Financial Year
While turnover for the Villeneuve d’Ascq, France-headquartered Bonduelle Group declined by 1% to €1,406.6 million during the first half of the 2018-19 financial year, sales in the frozen vegetable

AFFI-CON Out to Unlock the Power of Frozens in San Diego AFFI-CON Out to Unlock the Power of Frozens in San Diego
“The Power of Frozens” will be front and center in more ways that one during the February 23-26 American Frozen Food Institute Convention (AFFI-CON) at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego,

Lineage Logistics Earns Place on Fast Company’s MIC List Lineage Logistics Earns Place on Fast Company’s MIC List
Novi, Michigan, USA-headquartered Lineage Logistics has been ranked as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies (MIC) of 2019 by Fast Company magazine. The honor recognizes the cold storage

Frostkrone Expands into US with Rite Stuff Foods Purchase Frostkrone Expands into US with Rite Stuff Foods Purchase
Rietberg, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany-headquartered Frostkrone Tiefkühlkost GmbH has acquired Jerome, Idaho-based Rite Stuff Foods. The American company specializes in the production of frozen

The Future is Bright, the Future is Frozen in Britain The Future is Bright, the Future is Frozen in Britain
After a “tremendous performance in 2018,” the frozen food industry in the United Kingdom is now worth £8.6 billion and growing year-on-year at 4%, reports John Hyman, chief executive of British

Prime Minister of Norway to Address NASF on March 6 Prime Minister of Norway to Address NASF on March 6
Three days of informative programs and networking opportunities are in store for delegates attending the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF) In Bergen, Norway, March 5-7. Billed as “the world’s

Weis Markets COO to Address NFRA Executive Conference Weis Markets COO to Address NFRA Executive Conference
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) in the United States will hold its 27th Executive Conference April 8-10 at the Tempe Mission Palms Hotel & Conference Center in

Mowi Posts Strong Q4 and Record High Turnover for Year Mowi Posts Strong Q4 and Record High Turnover for Year
Bergen, Norway-headquartered Mowi, which until recently conducted business as Marine Harvest, has reported strong fourth quarter results and the second best year ever for the world’s largest producer

Frozen Product Innovations in Spotlight at Gulfood Show Frozen Product Innovations in Spotlight at Gulfood Show
Frozen food products will be in high profile at the 24th running of Gulfood, slated for February 17-21 at the Dubai World Trade Center. This year’s edition is likely to top the 2018 event, which

Aureus Scoops Up Yuengling’s Ice Cream, Plans Online Push Aureus Scoops Up Yuengling’s Ice Cream, Plans Online Push
Aureus, Inc., an Atlanta, Georgia, USA-based food brand development firm, has executed a binding letter of intent to acquire 67% of Yuengling’s Ice Cream Corp. This ownership stake is in addition

Bonduelle Seals Deal to Buy Frozen Food Plant in USA Bonduelle Seals Deal to Buy Frozen Food Plant in USA
The Villeneuve d’Ascq, France-headquartered Bonduelle Group has completed the purchase of a Seneca Foods frozen vegetable and fruit processing facility in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. This

In Dedicated Turnaround Mode, Greenyard Now Has Two CEOs In Dedicated Turnaround Mode, Greenyard Now Has Two CEOs
Marc Zwaaneveld Marc Zwaaneveld has been given the added job of co-chief executive officer of Greenyard, after being on job as chief transformation officer for less than a month. The

Food Process Solutions Buys Charlottetown Metal Products Food Process Solutions Buys Charlottetown Metal Products
Food Process Solutions Corp. (FPS) announced on February 12 that it has acquired majority ownership of Charlottetown Metal Products (CMP). Founded in 1957, CMP is a high quality, custom stainless

People Awards Go to Frozen Food Industry Standouts in UK People Awards Go to Frozen Food Industry Standouts in UK
The British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) People Awards were presented on February 7 in Birmingham, England, during the trade association’s Annual Business Conference Dinner. Returning after a

Tyson Buys BRF Operations in Thailand, UK and Netherlands Tyson Buys BRF Operations in Thailand, UK and Netherlands
Tyson Foods has reached a definitive agreement to purchase the Thai and European assets of Sao Paulo, Brazil-headquartered BRF S.A. The deal builds on the company’s growth strategy to expand

Lamb Weston/Meijer Invests in New Potato Flake Factory Lamb Weston/Meijer Invests in New Potato Flake Factory
Frozen potato and snacks product specialist Lamb Weston/Meijer (LW/M) has announced that it will spend approximately €50 million to construct a new plant to supply dehydrated potato products to

It’s the Good Life for Izico – GoodLife Foods, That is It’s the Good Life for Izico – GoodLife Foods, That is
Izico Food Group officially changed its name to GoodLife Foods on February 1. The Breda, Holland-headquartered company produces a raft of branded and private label frozen products ranging from

Interstate Warehousing Expanding Again in Tennessee Interstate Warehousing Expanding Again in Tennessee
Interstate Warehousing, one of the largest public refrigerated warehouse companies in the USA with more than 100 million cubic feet of space available at eight facilities in six states, is

Cooke Enters Shrimp Farm Business with Seajoy Acquisition Cooke Enters Shrimp Farm Business with Seajoy Acquisition
Cooke Inc., a Black Harbour, New Brunswick, Canada-headquartered company and parent of Cooke Aquaculture Inc., has completed the purchase of the Seajoy Seafood Corporation, one of the largest

Trident, True North Get GAPP Funds to Push Alaska Pollock Trident, True North Get GAPP Funds to Push Alaska Pollock
The Association of Genuine Alaska Pollock Producers (GAPP) has allocated funding to Trident Seafoods and True North Seafood for projects that will expand consumer awareness of wild pollock sourced

Tomra President Receives European Business Leaders Award Tomra President Receives European Business Leaders Award
Tomra ASA President Stefan Ranstrand has been named “Best CEO in the Sustainable Resource Management Industry” category of the European CEO Awards competition organized by European CEO magazine. He

Romanzi to Replace Retiring Cantwell at B&G Helm in April Romanzi to Replace Retiring Cantwell at B&G Helm in April
Robert C. CantwellB&G Foods has announced that Kenneth G. Romanzi will succeed Robert C. Cantwell as the Parsippany, New Jersey, USA-headquartered company’s president and chief executive

Tesco Cutting Costly ‘Fresh Counter’ Service in UK Stores Tesco Cutting Costly ‘Fresh Counter’ Service in UK Stores
After much media buzz about the extent of Tesco’s plan to further trim costs further at Britain’s leading supermarket chain through personnel reductions, management released a statement on January

Greenyard Deploys Transformation Team to Improve Results Greenyard Deploys Transformation Team to Improve Results
Disappointing third quarter figures have prompted Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard NV to revise its full-year profit outlook and assemble a transformation team to implement a

Cavac Group Takes Over Atlantique Alimentaire in France Cavac Group Takes Over Atlantique Alimentaire in France
The La Roche-sur-Yon, France-headquartered Cavac Group has acquired Atlantique Alimentaire, a La Rochelle-based producer of frozen savory pies, quiches, filled crêpes, pizzas and other products for

Bonduelle Close to Acquiring Seneca Plant in Pennsylvania Bonduelle Close to Acquiring Seneca Plant in Pennsylvania
The Villeneuve d’Ascq, France-headquartered Bonduelle Group is nearing completion of discussions with Seneca Foods Corporation to buy its factory in Lebanon, Pennsylvania, USA. The...

Conagra Considers ‘Alternatives’ for Gelit Pasta Business Conagra Considers ‘Alternatives’ for Gelit Pasta Business
Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Conagra Brands is “exploring strategic alternatives” for Gelit Srl, its Doganella di Ninfa, Italy-based frozen pasta production operation. The unit is a major producer...

Grace Foods Teams Up with Majesty Foods in Joint Venture Grace Foods Teams Up with Majesty Foods in Joint Venture
Grace Foods USA, a unit of GraceKennedy Limited (GKL), a publicly traded Jamaican corporation listed on the Jamaica and Trinidad Stock Exchanges, has acquired a 49% equity stake in a new joint

Red Lobster’s Horace Dawson Joins GSA Board of Directors Red Lobster’s Horace Dawson Joins GSA Board of Directors
Horace Dawson has joined the board of directors of the Global Seafood Assurances (GSA), an arm of the Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA-headquartered Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA). The

Kadi Management Remains Intact After Invision Investment Kadi Management Remains Intact After Invision Investment
Invision AG recently became the new majority shareholder of Kadi AG, a Langenthal, Switzerland-based manufacturer of frozen and refrigerated products that include french fries, rösti and other

Tyson Makes Executive Changes After Keystone Acquisition Tyson Makes Executive Changes After Keystone Acquisition
As part of the integration of recently acquired Keystone Foods and the company’s global growth efforts, Springdale, Arkansas, USA-headquartered Tyson Foods has announced changes to the enterprise

Food for Progress Puts Oumph! in London’s Vegan Life Live Food for Progress Puts Oumph! in London’s Vegan Life Live
Oumph!, the award-winning plant-based frozen food brand, will host the show kitchen March 9-10 at Vegan Life Live in London's Alexandra Palace as the event’s official kitchen sponsor. Chefs

UK Grocers Ring Up Record Breaking Christmas Season Sales UK Grocers Ring Up Record Breaking Christmas Season Sales
Amid negative headlines for the high street, supermarkets in the United Kingdom have painted a brighter picture, posting record sales of £29.3 billion over the Christmas trading period. Though

AFFI Storyteller Video Series Features Frozen Food Makers AFFI Storyteller Video Series Features Frozen Food Makers
The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) has announced the release of its new video series, “Meet Your Frozen Food Maker,” available for viewing now on the Arlington, Virginia-headquartered trade

Thai Seafood Packers Cheer as EU Lifts Yellow Card Status Thai Seafood Packers Cheer as EU Lifts Yellow Card Status
The Bangkok-headquartered Thai Union Group and other seafood producers from Thailand rejoiced on January 8 as the European Union Commission announced a long sought decision to lift the so-called

Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Poland Top Market Norwegian Seafood Exports Set Record; Poland Top Market
It was up, up and away for sales of Norwegian seafood in 2018, as exports hit 2.7 million tons to establish a new record of NOK 99 billion in receipts. This represents a volume increase of 4 per

Brake Bros Founder Frank Brake Dies on 85th Birthday Brake Bros Founder Frank Brake Dies on 85th Birthday
FrozenFoodBiz.com is saddened to report that Francis Robert Brake died on December 22, 2018, which happened to be his 85th birthday, at Pilgrims Hospice in Kent, England. The longtime resident of

Rodríguez Wins Latin America Future Leader GCCA Award Rodríguez Wins Latin America Future Leader GCCA Award
Fernando León Rodríguez, subdirector of Bajo Cero Frigoríficos, is the recipient of the 2018 Latin America Future Leader Award presented by the Global Cold Chain Alliance (GCCA) and the

’Tis the Season for Shopping on Ice Follies and Jollies ’Tis the Season for Shopping on Ice Follies and Jollies
Deck the aisles with synthetic ice beneath the shopper’s trolley. Approximately 250 meters worth are temporarily atop the floor of the Iceland store in the Stratford district of East London. And

McD Sets Beef Antibiotic Policy; Costco Updates Standards McD Sets Beef Antibiotic Policy; Costco Updates Standards
Chicago, Illinois-headquartered McDonald’s Corporation, the world’s largest hamburger chain, on December 11 unveiled a policy to reduce the overall use of antibiotics important to human health, as

US Beef Exports Still Red-Hot; Pork Sales Dip Slightly US Beef Exports Still Red-Hot; Pork Sales Dip Slightly
US beef exports remained on a record shattering value pace in October, according to data released by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and compiled by the Denver, Colorado-based US

Aviko Names Ton Christiaanse CEO; Says Bye to Snow Valley Aviko Names Ton Christiaanse CEO; Says Bye to Snow Valley
Anthony “Ton” Christiaanse is getting back into the frozen and chilled potato business after a 12-year hiatus. He is scheduled to assume the position of chief executive officer of Steenderen,

Stavis Gets Green Light to Develop Boston Waterfront Site Stavis Gets Green Light to Develop Boston Waterfront Site
Stavis Seafoods, a vertically integrated importer and manufacturer of value-added frozen and fresh seafood products, has received approval from the Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) to

BFFF Chief Executive Foresees Solid Growth Again in 2019 BFFF Chief Executive Foresees Solid Growth Again in 2019
This year has been a period of great success for the frozen food industry in the United Kingdom, reports John Hyman, chief executive of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), as value growth

Idaho Potato Commission Names Alan Kahn Foodservice VP Idaho Potato Commission Names Alan Kahn Foodservice VP
Alan Kahn has been hired as vice president of foodservice for the Idaho Potato Commission (IPC). He is responsible for developing and implementing campaigns to boost consumption of Idaho grown

FSI Deal Gives Bellisio Hot Slice of Frozen Pizza Market FSI Deal Gives Bellisio Hot Slice of Frozen Pizza Market
Bellisio Foods, Inc., part of the Bangkok, Thailand-headquartered Charoen Pokphand Group Foods (CP Foods), has entered into a definitive agreement with Swander Pace Capital to purchase Frozen

Tyson Finalizes Keystone Foods Acquisition from Marfrig Tyson Finalizes Keystone Foods Acquisition from Marfrig
Tyson Foods, Inc. has completed the $2.16 billion purchase of Keystone Foods from São Paulo, Brazil-based Marfrig Global Foods. Keystone is a major supplier of chicken, beef, fish and pork to the

Yili Scoops Up Ice Cream Maker Chomthana in Thailand Yili Scoops Up Ice Cream Maker Chomthana in Thailand
The Yili Group, China’s leading dairy foods business, has acquired Chomthana, a major ice cream producer and distributor in Thailand. The $6.4 million transaction was consummated in Bangkok on

Food Inventory Builds Along with No-Deal Brexit Prospects Food Inventory Builds Along with No-Deal Brexit Prospects
As British Prime Minister Theresa May struggles to push through Parliament the Brexit deal she brought home from Brussels, the real possibility of a no-deal Brexit alternative continues to worry

Potato Processors Face Spud Shortages in Most of Canada Potato Processors Face Spud Shortages in Most of Canada
Manufacturers of frozen french fries and other value-added potato products in Canada are currently coping with a shortfall of tubers as approximately 15,000 acres of cropland were abandoned because

AquaBounty Names Sylvia Wulf as Chief Executive Officer AquaBounty Names Sylvia Wulf as Chief Executive Officer
AquaBounty Technologies, Inc., a biotechnology enterprise focused on boosting productivity in the North American aquaculture market and a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation (NASDAQ:

CEBA Built by the Best Award Goes to Fisher Construction CEBA Built by the Best Award Goes to Fisher Construction
Fisher Construction Group is the winner of the Controlled Environment Building Association (CEBA) Built by the Best Award for its project with NewCold in Tacoma, Washington, USA. The award was

Greencore US Acquisition Adds Frozens to Hearthside Menu Greencore US Acquisition Adds Frozens to Hearthside Menu
Hearthside Food Solutions, a Downers Grove, Illinois-based contract manufacturer, has completed the purchase of Greencore US. Formerly an American unit of Greencore Group plc, a Dublin,

Investments Enhance McCain Potato Processing in Manitoba Investments Enhance McCain Potato Processing in Manitoba
McCain Foods (Canada), a division of McCain Foods Limited, is investing $75 million in infrastructure projects at Portage la Prairie and Carberry, Manitoba factories to further strengthen its

CP Foods’ Overseas Operations Drive Solid Sales Results CP Foods’ Overseas Operations Drive Solid Sales Results
Revenues generated by Bangkok, Thailand-headquartered Charoen Pokphand Foods PCL (CP Foods) amounted to Bt398.261 billion during the first nine months of 2018. The figure is up by 7% compared to

Greenyard Posts Results Following Challenging First Half Greenyard Posts Results Following Challenging First Half
An adverse one-two-three punch of bad weather, costly product recalls and heightened market pressure negatively impacted the first-half 2018-19 financial performance of Sint-Katelijne-Waver,

Frozens Warm Up ‘Turkey Day’ for US Troops Far from Home Frozens Warm Up ‘Turkey Day’ for US Troops Far from Home
As the old adage goes: “An Army marches on its stomach.” While it’s not certain if it was Frederick the Great or Napoleon Bonaparte who said it first, one can be sure that the Pentagon’s brass hats

Almost 10% of Americans Will Dine Out on Thanksgiving Almost 10% of Americans Will Dine Out on Thanksgiving
Foodservice operators in the United States should be prepared for better than normal business on November 22, because more consumers than ever will supplement their traditional Thanksgiving feast

Seafood Connection Buys Frozen Fish Business from Anova Seafood Connection Buys Frozen Fish Business from Anova
Urk, Holland-headquartered Seafood Connection, a subsidiary of Japan’s Maruha Nichiro, has reached an agreement to acquire Anova Seafood’s frozen fish operation. Terms of the transaction, which

New Plant in Australia Boosts TNA Manufacturing Capacity New Plant in Australia Boosts TNA Manufacturing Capacity
TNA, a Sydney, Australia-headquartered food processing and packaging equipment maker, has officially opened a state-of-the-art factory to support global demand for high performance food packaging

Lidl Buys Best Market Stores in New York and New Jersey Lidl Buys Best Market Stores in New York and New Jersey
Lidl US will acquire 27 Best Market grocery outlets in New York and New Jersey in a transaction that is expected to close over the next several months. The move allows discount food chain to expand

Korean Conglomerate CJ CheilJedang to Acquire Schwan’s Korean Conglomerate CJ CheilJedang to Acquire Schwan’s
Seoul, Korea-headquartered CJ CheilJedang (CJCJ) has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Schwan’s, a Marshall, Minnesota, USA-headquartered frozen food company, for $1.84 billion. The

Lineage Logistics Buys Yearsley Group in United Kingdom Lineage Logistics Buys Yearsley Group in United Kingdom
Novi, Michigan, USA-based Lineage Logistics Holdings has acquired Yearsley Group Limited, a leading temperature-controlled logistics service provider and frozen food distributor in the United

NFRA Convention in San Diego Breaks Participation Record NFRA Convention in San Diego Breaks Participation Record
Impressive figures for the 2018 National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Convention were released on November 14. Participation was record-breaking, as over 1,260 total delegates attended the

Nomad Foods Weathers Hot Summer Drought to Post Q3 Gains Nomad Foods Weathers Hot Summer Drought to Post Q3 Gains
Feltham, England-headquartered Nomad Foods, which produces and markets Birds Eye, Iglo and Findus brand frozen vegetables as well as value-added fish and poultry dishes, beef burgers, ready meals and

High Liner Sales Sink, Jobs Shrink in 14% Workforce Cut High Liner Sales Sink, Jobs Shrink in 14% Workforce Cut
In reporting a third quarter sales slide of $41.5 million to $241.2 million and a gross profit reduction of $4.3 million to $44.0 million, High Liner Foods also announced that 14% of its workforce

European Spud Harvest Likely Down 20% or More, Says NEPG European Spud Harvest Likely Down 20% or More, Says NEPG
The North-Western European Potato Growers (NEPG) estimates that this year’s total harvest of consumption potatoes in four of the five top spud producing countries in the European Union will amount to

Aviko to Shut Down Potato Specialties Factory in Bavaria Aviko to Shut Down Potato Specialties Factory in Bavaria
Aviko BV, a Royal Cosun-owned potato processing company headquartered in the Netherlands, has announced that it will terminate operations at its Amberger plant in southern Germany. The Oberdolling

Frozens Among Hot Stuff at 30th Edition of Kosherfest Frozens Among Hot Stuff at 30th Edition of Kosherfest
Kosherfest, the world’s largest international kosher food B2B gathering, will celebrate its 30th anniversary November 13-14 at the Meadowlands Convention Center in Secaucus, New Jersey, USA. More

NFRA Elects New Officers and Directors at Annual Meeting NFRA Elects New Officers and Directors at Annual Meeting
Dave Jones, vice president of industry initiatives at Kellogg Company, was elected chairman of the board of directors of the Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA-headquartered National Frozen &

Lineage Cool Port Oakland Hub Offers Speed and Efficiency Lineage Cool Port Oakland Hub Offers Speed and Efficiency
Lineage Logistics and Dreisbach Enterprises officially opened Lineage Cool Port Oakland on November 1. Situated on 25 acres at the Port of Oakland’s bustling waterfront, it will serve as the newest

Colombia Moves to Slap Anti-dumping Duty on Fry Imports Colombia Moves to Slap Anti-dumping Duty on Fry Imports
The Colombian government’s Committee on Commercial Practices in Bogotá has recommended the imposition of anti-dumping duties on frozen potato products sourced from Belgium, the Netherlands and

US Foods to Build Distribution Facility in California US Foods to Build Distribution Facility in California
Rosemont, Illinois-headquartered US Foods Holding Corp. on October 31 announced construction plans for a 355,000-square-foot distribution center in McClellan, California. The facility will house

Study Challenges Concerns Around Imported Farmed Shrimp Study Challenges Concerns Around Imported Farmed Shrimp
Scientists at the University of Stirling in Scotland have challenged concerns about the consumption of imported farmed shrimp – with new research indicating that it is as safe as any other seafood

Iréne Moon is Marketing Vice President at Bristol Seafood Iréne Moon is Marketing Vice President at Bristol Seafood
Portland, Maine-headquartered Bristol Seafood has hired Iréne Moon as its new vice president of marketing. She comes aboard with significant experience in both marketing in general and the seafood

With SIAL on Front Burner, Paris is World’s Food Capital With SIAL on Front Burner, Paris is World’s Food Capital
Frozen food product innovation galore is in store for 160,000 or so visitors from 194 or more countries expected to attend the SIAL in Paris from October 21-25. For those unfamiliar with the

Ardo Wins Prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award Ardo Wins Prestigious Entrepreneur of the Year Award
Ardooie, Belgium-headquartered Ardo has been named Entrepreneur of the Year 2018 (Onderneming van het Jaar) by EY, in collaboration with De Tijd and BNP Paribas Fortis. A special ceremony took

Stellar Shines as USCS Opens New Facility in Laredo Stellar Shines as USCS Opens New Facility in Laredo
October 17 marked the grand opening for United States Cold Storage’s (USCS) new food distribution warehouse in Laredo, Texas. Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering,

Iceland Chain’s Plastic Fantastic Removal Goal on Target Iceland Chain’s Plastic Fantastic Removal Goal on Target
The Iceland frozen food specialty retailer in the United Kingdom is on schedule to reduce plastic usage in its stores through several initiatives that will together eliminate over 3,000 tons of such...

New Water Flows Investment Cash into The Perfect Bite Co. New Water Flows Investment Cash into The Perfect Bite Co.
An affiliate of New Water Capital L.P., a Boca Raton, Florida-headquartered private equity firm focused on lower-middle market targets with revenues of $30 million to $300 million, has made a

AquaBounty Gets Salmon Biotech Facility Construction Loan AquaBounty Gets Salmon Biotech Facility Construction Loan
AquaBounty Technologies, a Maynard, Massachusetts-based aquaculture biotech company that is a majority-owned subsidiary of Intrexon Corporation, announced on October 16 that its Canadian subsidiary

Shore Welcomes Aboard CEO De Pandelaere as Belmans Exits Shore Welcomes Aboard CEO De Pandelaere as Belmans Exits
Dirk De Pandelaere, chief executive officer of Erpe-Mere, Belgium-based Diversi Foods NV, will assume the helm of the Shore Group as CEO on November 1. He is replacing Dirk Belmans, who joined the

Salute to Retired Eurofrigo Leader Derk van Mackelenbergh Salute to Retired Eurofrigo Leader Derk van Mackelenbergh
A gathering of friends and colleagues feted former Eurofrigo BV Managing Director Derk van Mackelenbergh recently at the company’s flagship cold storage logistics complex in Rotterdam. The salute

Conagra Declares Stock Float on Eve of Pinnacle Add-on Conagra Declares Stock Float on Eve of Pinnacle Add-on
Conagra Brands announced on October 9 that it is offering to sell, subject to market and other conditions, 16,312,057 shares of its common stock priced at $32.25 each through an underwritten public...

NewCold Opens UK’s Biggest Refrigerated Warehouse Complex NewCold Opens UK’s Biggest Refrigerated Warehouse Complex
NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics has unveiled its newly completed frozen food storage and distribution center in Wakefield, England, which is said to be the largest of its kind in the United

Thai Union Addresses Slavery, Forced Labor at UN Session Thai Union Addresses Slavery, Forced Labor at UN Session
In recognition of Thai Union Group’s efforts to combat modern day slavery and forced labor, a representative from the Bangkok, Thailand-headquartered seafood company participated in a high-level

Greenyard Reopens Hungarian Site; Sells Horticulture Unit Greenyard Reopens Hungarian Site; Sells Horticulture Unit
Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard on September 13 announced the reopening of its frozen vegetable processing factory in Baja, Hungary, after identifying the root cause of a

Siam Canadian Group Inaugurates Meat Division in Poland Siam Canadian Group Inaugurates Meat Division in Poland
Bangkok, Thailand-headquartered Siam Canadian, best known as an international frozen seafood supplier, is expanding activities in the frozen meat business through a newly launched meat division

RFC Joint Venture to Build Fish Plant in Russian Far East RFC Joint Venture to Build Fish Plant in Russian Far East
Russian Pollock LLC, a joint venture of the Russian Fishery Company (RFC), DV Invest LLC and the AMG Group, has announced plans to establish a major fish processing factory in the Russian Far East

CJ CheilJedang Buys US and German Frozen Food Producers CJ CheilJedang Buys US and German Frozen Food Producers
Seoul, Korea-headquartered CJ CheilJedang Corp. has expanded its production prowess and brand presence in North American and European frozen food markets with the acquisition of Gahanna, Ohio-based

Americold and Ocean Spray Open Massachusetts Warehouse Americold and Ocean Spray Open Massachusetts Warehouse
Americold Realty Trust, the world’s largest owner and operator of refrigerated warehouses, announced the official opening of its new facility in Middleborough, Massachusetts, USA, on August

Britain Seals Deal to Export of Seed Potatoes to China Britain Seals Deal to Export of Seed Potatoes to China
China’s growing appetite for frozen french fries and potato chips will soon be fuelled by British raw material, now that UK International Trade Secretary Dr. Liam Fox has secured an agreement to

MTC Logistics on Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers List MTC Logistics on Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers List
MTC Logistics has been named to the Food Logistics 2018 Top 3PL & Cold Storage Providers list. Headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, the Hoffberger Holdings subsidiary company operates

Danielle Barran New President of McCain Foods in Canada Danielle Barran New President of McCain Foods in Canada
Danielle Barran has been named country president of McCain Foods (Canada), a division of McCain Foods Limited. Having assumed full responsibility for the Canadian commercial business on August 20,

US Moves to Halt Foo Yuan Seafood Products Distribution US Moves to Halt Foo Yuan Seafood Products Distribution
The United States Department of Justice has filed a civil complaint against Foo Yuan Food Products Company, Inc. (Foo Yuan) of Long Island City, New York, as well as its owner and president, Hsing

Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Expands Executive Organization Sara Lee Frozen Bakery Expands Executive Organization
Sara Lee Frozen Bakery announced on August 8 that it has named three food industry veterans to its executive team to filling top roles in supply chain, human resources and technology

Whole Foods Northeast Stores List NY and NJ Frozen Fruit Whole Foods Northeast Stores List NY and NJ Frozen Fruit
Locally grown fruit from family farms in New York and New Jersey is now available in freezer cases 365 days a year in 24 Whole Foods Market stores in the northeastern United States. The retail

Cavendish Farms to Shut Down Fresh Potato Packing Plant Cavendish Farms to Shut Down Fresh Potato Packing Plant
Cavendish Farms has announced that it will be focusing on the frozen potato processing business on Prince Edward Island, Canada, due to the limited availability of potatoes in the province. The

Marquel Broussard of NOCS Wins GCCA Global NextGen Award Marquel Broussard of NOCS Wins GCCA Global NextGen Award
Marquel Broussard of New Orleans Cold Storage (NOCS) was named the recipient of the fourth annual Global NextGen Award during a general session at the Global Cold Chain Expo held recently in

In Memoriam of Robert G. Mansour, Frozen Food Business Pioneer in Egypt In Memoriam of Robert G. Mansour, Frozen Food Business Pioneer in Egypt
Robert G. Mansour, founder of the Givrex vegetable and fruit processing company and a trailblazer in Egypt’s frozen food industry with the distinction of being the first to register a business

Frozen Fruit and Baby Sprouts Recalls in North America Frozen Fruit and Baby Sprouts Recalls in North America
Hain Celestial Canada is recalling Europe's Best Field Berry Mix and 4-Field Berry Mix frozen fruit from the marketplace due to possible Salmonella contamination. The 600-gram bags of Field Berry

Extreme Weather Conditions Hit European Vegetable Crops Extreme Weather Conditions Hit European Vegetable Crops
For the third year in a row, Europe is experiencing a very hot summer and prolonged drought conditions, reports the Brussels-based European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors (PROFEL).

Bosch Group Plans to Unload Packaging Equipment Operation Bosch Group Plans to Unload Packaging Equipment Operation
Bosch is looking for a buyer for its packaging machinery business (PA) – more specifically the food and pharmaceuticals units of the Stuttgart, Germany-headquartered company’s Packaging Technology

Flair Flexible Packaging Opens Facility Near Guadalajara Flair Flexible Packaging Opens Facility Near Guadalajara
Expanding its presence in the Mexican marketplace, Flair Flexible Packaging has inaugurated a facility in El Zapote, Jalisco. The operation offers full converting and quality assurance, material

Saucy Fish’s Creative Marketing Hooks Younger Consumers Saucy Fish’s Creative Marketing Hooks Younger Consumers
Since launching into the retail frozen food sector last year and securing listings with Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Ocado and Amazon Fresh, 69% of Grimsby, England-based Saucy Fish Co.’s spend has been

Conagra Seals Sale of Del Monte in Canada to Bonduelle Conagra Seals Sale of Del Monte in Canada to Bonduelle
Conagra Brands, Inc. on July 4 announced that it has completed the divestiture of its Canadian Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable business to the Villeneuve d’Ascq, France-headquartered

Red Lobster Off-Premise Deliveries Gear Up with DoorDash Red Lobster Off-Premise Deliveries Gear Up with DoorDash
The Red Lobster seafood restaurant chain is expanding its partnership with DoorDash, a last-mile logistics platform that provides on-demand restaurant food delivery. By mid-July its services will

Maple Leaf to Buy Select Poultry Assets of Cericola Farms Maple Leaf to Buy Select Poultry Assets of Cericola Farms
Mississauga, Ontario, Canada-headquartered Maple Leaf Foods has signed a definitive agreement to acquire two poultry plants and associated supply from Cericola Farms, a privately held company.

Global Poultry Scene Volatile, but Local Markets Bullish Global Poultry Scene Volatile, but Local Markets Bullish
While the international poultry business has recently become highly volatile, there have been some major movements in trade streams and prices due to several important factors, according to the

Europe’s Biggest Land-based Salmon Farm Coming to Norway Europe’s Biggest Land-based Salmon Farm Coming to Norway
Fredrikstad Seafoods, a subsidiary of Fredrikstad, Norway-headquartered Nordic Aquafarms, has obtained a construction permit for a 10,000-square-meter facility that will be the largest land-based

NewCold to Site Second US Refrigerated Warehouse in Idaho NewCold to Site Second US Refrigerated Warehouse in Idaho
Breda, Netherlands-headquartered NewCold Advanced Cold Logistics is investing $90 million to build a 140-foot-high, 25-million-cubic foot sub-zero cold storage facility in Burley, Idaho. Scheduled

Conagra-Pinnacle Union Creates Frozen Food Powerhouse Conagra-Pinnacle Union Creates Frozen Food Powerhouse
Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Conagra Brands has reached a definitive agreement to acquire all outstanding shares of Parsippany, New Jersey-based Pinnacle Foods in a cash and stock deal valued at

Tna Boosts Customer Support in Mexico’s Growing Market Tna Boosts Customer Support in Mexico’s Growing Market
Sydney, Australia-headquartered tna, a supplier of integrated food processing and packaging equipment with over 35 years of experience and 14,000 systems installed in more than 120 countries, has

McCain Mulls $400,000 Incentive to Build Caldwell Plant McCain Mulls $400,000 Incentive to Build Caldwell Plant
McCain Foods has narrowed the site search for construction of its next frozen food processing plant in the United States to two locations, one in Idaho and the other in Washington state, according

Jenny Craig Integrates DNA Testing into Nutrition Plans Jenny Craig Integrates DNA Testing into Nutrition Plans
Jenny Craig, Inc., a Carlsbad, California-headquartered weight management and counseling company that distributes frozen meals and other food products to clients in North America, Australia and New

Dry Ice Shortage in Britain Crimps Frozen Food Deliveries Dry Ice Shortage in Britain Crimps Frozen Food Deliveries
Online grocery retailer Ocado in the United Kingdom is being forced to ration frozen food deliveries because a current CO2 crisis has left it short of dry ice, thus limiting its ability to deliver

Huge Factory Trawler on Drawing Board for Arctic Storm Huge Factory Trawler on Drawing Board for Arctic Storm
Rolls-Royce Marine has signed a contract with Thoma-Sea Marine Constructors of Lockport, Louisiana, USA, for the development of a state-of-the-art pelagic trawler. The 100 meter-long vessel is to

Challenge to Labeling Meat Imports as ‘Product of USA’ Challenge to Labeling Meat Imports as ‘Product of USA’
The Washington, DC-headquartered American Grassfed Association (AGA) and the Organization for Competitive Markets (OCM) has filed a petition with the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA)

BFFF Salutes Top Frozen Food Products at London Gala BFFF Salutes Top Frozen Food Products at London Gala
Iceland Foods and KK Fine Foods received prestigious Retail Product of the Year and Foodservice Product of the Year honors, respectively, during the British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) Annual

IARW and WFLO Elect New Officers and Board Members IARW and WFLO Elect New Officers and Board Members
New officers and board members of the International Association of Refrigerated Warehouses (IARW) and the World Food Logistics Organization (WFLO) were named at the recently held 2018 IARW-WFLO

Tyson Seals Deal to Sell Sara Lee and Van’s Businesses Tyson Seals Deal to Sell Sara Lee and Van’s Businesses
Tyson Foods has entered into an agreement to sell its Sara Lee Frozen Bakery and Van’s businesses to private equity firm Kohlberg & Company for an undisclosed price. The Van’s unit produces and

Ardo Inaugurates Distribution Facility in Gourin, France Ardo Inaugurates Distribution Facility in Gourin, France
Fresh-frozen vegetable specialist Ardo has officially dedicated a state-of-the art distribution center at the company’s Gourin site in the Brittany region of France. Participating in the May 25

Is Appetite for Pinnacle Foods Rising Among Investors? Is Appetite for Pinnacle Foods Rising Among Investors?
Parsippany, New Jersey, USA-headquartered Pinnacle Foods has reportedly engaged an investment banking advisory firm to look into strategic options for the company, which markets a wide range of

Cepesca Secretary to Kick Off Seaweb Seafood Summit Cepesca Secretary to Kick Off Seaweb Seafood Summit
Javier Garat, secretary general of the Spanish Fishing Confederation (Cepesca), will open the Seaweb Seafood Summit on June 19 with the official welcome address. The three-day event, now in its

Latest LJS Acquisition Boosts Ownership to 20% of Units Latest LJS Acquisition Boosts Ownership to 20% of Units
The Long John Silver’s (LJS) quick service seafood restaurant chain has acquired 76 franchise outlets operated by ServUS in central and northern Indiana, western Kentucky and southwestern Michigan.

US Indie Restaurant Count Down, But Still 50%+ of Total US Indie Restaurant Count Down, But Still 50%+ of Total
There is a flipside to the gloomy news about independent restaurants in the United States, according to the NPD Group. While the number of independent restaurant units in the nation dropped by

Janson to Succeed Royster at MTC Logistics Helm in 2019 Janson to Succeed Royster at MTC Logistics Helm in 2019
Andrew B. Janson Baltimore, Maryland, USA-headquartered MTC Logistics has announced a leadership transition plan in which Andrew B. Janson has been appointed chief operating officer and will assume

Private Label Business Elite to Meet, Greet in Amsterdam Private Label Business Elite to Meet, Greet in Amsterdam
Frozen food buyers and sellers are among more than 14,000 visitors from over 110 countries preparing to attend the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) 2018 World of Private Label

UK Waits to See if Government OKs Sainsbury’s-Asda Deal UK Waits to See if Government OKs Sainsbury’s-Asda Deal
The latest United Kingdom grocery market share figures, published by Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks through April 22, 2018, reveal a market share of 15.9% and 15.5% for Sainsbury’s and Asda,

Modern Pop Turns Up the Cool on SoCal Frozen Fruit Bars Modern Pop Turns Up the Cool on SoCal Frozen Fruit Bars
Modern Pop, Inc., a Southern California-inspired foods brand committed to "Putting Fruit First," has rapidly expanded product distribution of its frozen fruit bar offerings to roughly 3,000

High Liner Reports Higher Sales and Profit, Income Dips High Liner Reports Higher Sales and Profit, Income Dips
High Liner Foods sales of $319.2 million during the first quarter of 2018 amounted to a $43.5 million increase over the 13-week period ending on March 31, 2017, according to financial results

Potato Planting Up a Bit in Northwest Europe, Says NEPG Potato Planting Up a Bit in Northwest Europe, Says NEPG
The Northwestern European Potato Growers (NEPG) foundation estimates that farmers in the region’s five leading potato production countries will plant 0.4% more tubers in 2018 than last year. Actually...

Nomad Foods Posts First Quarter Gains in Revenue, Profit Nomad Foods Posts First Quarter Gains in Revenue, Profit
Feltham, England-headquartered Nomad Foods reported a 1.5% increase in revenue to €539 million and a 37% hike in after-tax profit of €62 million during the first quarter of 2018, which ended on

Bonduelle Gets Government Support for Ontario Expansion Bonduelle Gets Government Support for Ontario Expansion
Bonduelle Canada Inc. will receive up to $8.5 from taxpayers in Ontario to help finance upgrades to three vegetable processing plants in a $79.8 million expansion project in the southwestern part

Greenyard Names Geert Peeters Chief Financial Officer Greenyard Names Geert Peeters Chief Financial Officer
Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard has announced that Geert Peeters will join the company as chief financial officer in September. As part of the leadership team, he will report

After More than a Decade, Menu Labeling Mandatory in USA After More than a Decade, Menu Labeling Mandatory in USA
On May 7, federal law went into effect requiring retail stores that sell prepared food and restaurants in the United States with 20 or more locations to list calorie counts on their menus.

Savola Group to Acquire 51% Ownership of Al Kabeer Savola Group to Acquire 51% Ownership of Al Kabeer
The Jeddah, Saudi Arabia-headquartered Savola Group has signed a binding agreement to buy 51% of Al Kabeer, a major producer and marketer of frozen food products in Saudi Arabia, the United Arab

Thai Union Sales, Profit Fall in Tough Market Environment Thai Union Sales, Profit Fall in Tough Market Environment
Bangkok-headquartered Thai Union Group PCL has reported a 5.5 percent year-on-year decline in 2018 first quarter sales to THB 29.7 billion, mainly due to the impact of declining tuna sales and a

GAA Seeks Seafood Processing Standards Comment GAA Seeks Seafood Processing Standards Comment
The Global Seafood Assurances (GSA) Seafood Processing Standards are now available for public comment, the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) announced on May 2. The 60-day public comment period

Iglo Rings Up Double Digit Sales Growth in Germany Iglo Rings Up Double Digit Sales Growth in Germany
Iglo brand frozen food sales in Germany rose an impressive 15.3% in 2017. That equated to €466 million, according to recently released Nielsen figures. The company, a unit of Feltham,

Greenyard Posts 4% Slide In FY REBITA of € 140 Million Greenyard Posts 4% Slide In FY REBITA of € 140 Million
Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard on May 2 announced a 4% drop in REBITA for fiscal year results ending on March 31. While the top line performance of approximately €4,175

Demand for Frozen Food, Including Rice, Hot in Korea Demand for Frozen Food, Including Rice, Hot in Korea
The market for frozen food in South Korea, spurred by convenient-to-prepare ready meals and side dishes, continues to grow steadily. CJ ChielJedang, the nation’s biggest producer of value-added

Belaya Dacha Group-LW/M French Fry Plant Opens in Russia Belaya Dacha Group-LW/M French Fry Plant Opens in Russia
The first large-scale frozen french fry factory in Russia is now up and running. Local production in the Lipetsk special economic zone is expected to cover almost 100% of current import demand for

Tyson Invests in Israeli Biotech Start-up to Grow Meat Tyson Invests in Israeli Biotech Start-up to Grow Meat
Future Meat Technologies has announced a $2.2 million seed investment round co-led by Tyson Ventures, the venture capital arm of Tyson Foods. Headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas, USA, Tyson Foods

Frozen Food Hall of Fame in USA Welcomes New Members Frozen Food Hall of Fame in USA Welcomes New Members
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) and the American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) have jointly announced that the Distinguished Order of Zerocrats has selected Roger

Al Islami Foods and Mitsubishi Forge Strategic Alliance Al Islami Foods and Mitsubishi Forge Strategic Alliance
Mitsubishi Corporation has acquired a minority stake in Dubai, UAE-based Al Islami Foods, a halal food manufacturer ranked as one of the leading frozen product distributors in the Emirates and GCC

Ex-National Fish and Seafood Boss Sentenced for Tax Fraud Ex-National Fish and Seafood Boss Sentenced for Tax Fraud
The founder and former president of National Fish & Seafood Inc. (NFS), a major frozen seafood processing company based in Gloucester, Massachusetts, was sentenced on April 27 for failing to

Americold #1 in IARW Global Top 25, Followed by Lineage Americold #1 in IARW Global Top 25, Followed by Lineage
Operating 956,053,644 cubic feet (27,072,380 cubic meters) of refrigerated warehouse space at 158 locations in six countries, Americold Logistics continues to hold the top spot in Global Top 25

DTI Announces Speakers Lineup for Tiefkühltagung in June DTI Announces Speakers Lineup for Tiefkühltagung in June
June 5 and 6 are the dates and the Hotel During Pallas is the place for the GermanFrozen Food Institute’s (DTI) Tiefkühltagung 2018 in Wiesbaden. The theme of the annual conference is “New Values,

McDonald's HQ Restaurant in Chicago Features Global Menu McDonald's HQ Restaurant in Chicago Features Global Menu
From Canada’s Mighty Angus Burger to the Cheese & Bacon Loaded Fries from Australia, McDonald’s is now serving up menu favorites from around the world in a one-of-a-kind global inspired

AFFI Announces Collaboration with Mérieux NutriSciences AFFI Announces Collaboration with Mérieux NutriSciences
The Arlington, Virginia-headquartered American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) is working with NutriSciences on the development of a food safety program to measure the implementation of AFFI’s best

Florida Sun, Bright Speakers Rise at IARW-WFLO Gathering Florida Sun, Bright Speakers Rise at IARW-WFLO Gathering
The countdown is getting short for the 127th IARW-WFLO Convention, which lifts off on April 29 and runs through May 2 at the Ritz-Carlton on Amelia Island, Florida, USA. Organized by the Global

New Managing Director at Reed Boardall Transport Division New Managing Director at Reed Boardall Transport Division
Graeme Richardson has been named managing director of the transportation division of North Yorkshire, England-headquartered Reed Boardall. The temperature controlled food storage and distribution

Paul Henningsen to Take Helm of Henningsen Cold Storage Paul Henningsen to Take Helm of Henningsen Cold Storage
Hillsboro, Oregon, USA-headquartered Henningsen Cold Storage Co. has announced that Paul G. Henningsen, Jr. will become president on May 1. Ranked among the nation’s largest public refrigerated

Rabobank Details How Brexit May Disrupt Seafood Business Rabobank Details How Brexit May Disrupt Seafood Business
The United Kingdom stands to lose more than the European Union if a tariff is imposed on EU-UK seafood trade following the Brexit transition period, according to Beyhan de Jong, associate analyst

Key Technology Expands Netherlands Manufacturing Base Key Technology Expands Netherlands Manufacturing Base
Key Technology, a member of the Downers Grove, Illinois, USA-headquartered Duravant group, has upgraded its Netherlands facility in Beusichem. The result is a 50% increase in production capacity at

Nomad Foods Completes Acquisition of Goodfella’s Pizza Nomad Foods Completes Acquisition of Goodfella’s Pizza
Nomad Foods Limited has finalized its previously announced purchase of Green Isle Foods Ltd. from a subsidiary of Boparan Holdings Ltd. for £200 million, subject to customary working capital

Bühler and Microsoft Link Up to Enhance Food Value Chain Bühler and Microsoft Link Up to Enhance Food Value Chain
Bühler is set to unveil ground breaking digital technologies that include minimizing toxic contamination, reducing food waste and increasing end product quality across the entire food value chain

CCI Prize Goes to Ardo for Major Investments in France CCI Prize Goes to Ardo for Major Investments in France
Ardo was among three companies that were recently presented “Best Belgian Investor in France” awards. The Ardooie-headquartered producer of fresh-frozen vegetables, value-added preparations, fruit,

TNA Expands Dutch Manufacturing Capacity at Woerden Plant TNA Expands Dutch Manufacturing Capacity at Woerden Plant
Sydney, Australia-headquartered TNA has officially opened a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility in Holland, further reinforcing its position as a major manufacturer of food processing equipment

McCain Takes Stake in Indoor Smart Farming Tech Company McCain Takes Stake in Indoor Smart Farming Tech Company
McCain Foods Limited has completed a strategic investment in TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture. The innovative Canadian agricultural technology enterprise has developed proprietary indoor vertical

Lineage to Nearly Double Capacity at Texas Coldstore Lineage to Nearly Double Capacity at Texas Coldstore
Lineage Logistics has broken ground for a major expansion to its Sunnyvale warehousing and food distribution operation in Dallas County, Texas, that will nearly double pallet capacity at the site.

USCS Expanding Again in Texas; Larry Alderfer New COO USCS Expanding Again in Texas; Larry Alderfer New COO
United States Cold Storage (USCS) has broken ground at a 40-acre parcel of land in Denton, Texas, to build a 7.7-million-cubic-foot public refrigerated warehouse that is scheduled to be up and

Rest in Peace Klaas Puul Founder Evert Mooijer: 1947-2018 Rest in Peace Klaas Puul Founder Evert Mooijer: 1947-2018
FrozenFoodsBiz.com regrets to report that Evert Mooijer, founder of the Volendam, Netherlands-headquartered Klaas Puul seafood processing company, has died at the age of 70 after battling an

Guillaume Debrosse to Assume Helm of Bonduelle in July Guillaume Debrosse to Assume Helm of Bonduelle in July
Guillaume Debrosse will become chief executive officer of the Villeneuve d’Ascq, France-headquartered Bonduelle Group on July 1. The announcement was made by Chairman Christophe Bonduelle during an

Dr. Oetker’s New Website Serves UK Foodservice Industry Dr. Oetker’s New Website Serves UK Foodservice Industry
Dr. Oetker has launched a dedicated website to support foodservice customers and drive businesses in the United Kingdom. The frozen pizza and bakery specialist’s new hub –

Simplot CEO Whitacre Retiring, Internal Successor Likely Simplot CEO Whitacre Retiring, Internal Successor Likely
Bill Whitacre, chief executive officer of the Boise, Idaho, USA-headquartered J.R. Simplot Company, has announced that he will retire on August 31 after 18 years at the helm and 40 years in the

US Potato Exports Still Rising, though Market Share Slips US Potato Exports Still Rising, though Market Share Slips
Approximately 20% of potatoes grown in the United States find their way to foreign markets in one form or another, with consumption of value-added products being driven by the increased popularity

Hepponstall Leaves Lamb Weston to Take High Liner Helm Hepponstall Leaves Lamb Weston to Take High Liner Helm
High Liner Foods has named Rod Hepponstall as its new president, chief executive officer and member of the board of directors, effective May 1. He will assume the position from Henry Demone,

Crackdown on Frozen Food Smuggling Ongoing in China Crackdown on Frozen Food Smuggling Ongoing in China
Chinese police continue to be hot on the trail of frozen food smugglers, having nabbed seven suspects on April 2 for allegedly bringing an estimated US $16 million worth of products into the

Ecuador Shrimp Producers See SIMP as Market Opportunity Ecuador Shrimp Producers See SIMP as Market Opportunity
The Ecuadorian shrimp industry, represented by the National Chamber of Aquaculture (Camara Nacional de Acuacultura) and the Sustainable Shrimp Initiative, has joined United States domestic shrimp

Frozen Pork on Front Burner as US-China Tariff Heat Rises Frozen Pork on Front Burner as US-China Tariff Heat Rises
Although the Year of the Pig is not until 2019 according to the Chinese lunar calendar, 2018 is the year that the Beijing government slapped an additional tariff of 25% on frozen pork from the USA....

Young’s Seafood Wins M&S Contracts, May Shut Annan Plant Young’s Seafood Wins M&S Contracts, May Shut Annan Plant
Grimsby, England-headquartered Young’s Seafood Limited has signed three major contracts to supply British multinational retailer Marks and Spencer (M&S) with frozen and chilled coated fish,

Tippmann Celebrates 50 Years in Cold Storage Business Tippmann Celebrates 50 Years in Cold Storage Business
When John Tippmann Sr. founded Tippmann Construction in 1968 and kicked off his first project, he did not anticipate it was the start of building one of the largest family-owned cold storage and

Bonamar Establishes West Coast Base with IPS Acquisition Bonamar Establishes West Coast Base with IPS Acquisition
Miami, Florida-headquartered Bonamar Corporation, a seafood distributor serving retail, wholesale and foodservice clients across the USA, has purchased Brea, California-based International Pacific

FRoSTA Brand Products Again Score Double-digit Sales Gain FRoSTA Brand Products Again Score Double-digit Sales Gain
Bremerhaven, Germany-headquartered FRoSTA AG has reported that overall sales revenues increased by 7.5% to €501 million in 2017. Year-on-year net income after taxes rose by €1.8 million to €23.4

Nomad’s Solid Q4 Results Contribute to ‘Outstanding Year’ Nomad’s Solid Q4 Results Contribute to ‘Outstanding Year’
A 4.7% increase in sales during the fourth quarter assured a positive annual performance for Nomad Foods in 2017, as the Feltham, England-headquartered producer and marketer of Birds Eye, Iglo and

PTC Germany Insolvency Proceedings Underway in Krefeld PTC Germany Insolvency Proceedings Underway in Krefeld
Insolvency proceedings have begun for Product Trade Center Germany (PTC) in the district court of Krefeld. The frozen fish purveyor, in business since 2009, supplies a range of products to discount

Mitsui and Mark Foods Ally Forces in US Seafood Market Mitsui and Mark Foods Ally Forces in US Seafood Market
Mitsui & Co. (USA) and Mark Foods, Inc., both based in New York City, have formed a strategic alliance aimed at further building Mark’s customer base in the United States by utilizing Mitsui's

New Water Capital Supports Pegasus Foods Plant Expansion New Water Capital Supports Pegasus Foods Plant Expansion
New Water Capital L.P., a Boca Raton, Florida-headquartered private equity firm, has invested in Pegasus Foods, a co-packer and private label supplier of frozen appetizers and snacks. The Los

Ocean Garden Partners with Guolian to Boost Brand in China Ocean Garden Partners with Guolian to Boost Brand in China
San Diego, California-based Ocean Garden Products (OGP) is teaming up with Guolian Aquatic Products to promote sales of Calmex brand frozen shrimp and other seafood in the China market. The

Tyson Sells Circle Foods to Ajinomoto Foods North America Tyson Sells Circle Foods to Ajinomoto Foods North America
Tyson Foods is getting out of the tortilla, burrito and Indian flatbread-making business, which is just a small part of the multinational chicken, beef, pork and ready meals supplier’s $38 billion

Belgians Log Record Potato Processing Figures, Investment Belgians Log Record Potato Processing Figures, Investment
The potato processing industry in Belgium recorded another record year in 2017, according to Belgapom, the country’s Berlare-based potato trade and production association. According to the latest

Anuga FoodTec to Spotlight Record Number of Exhibitors Anuga FoodTec to Spotlight Record Number of Exhibitors
The clock is ticking for Anuga FoodTec, which will open its doors at the Koelnmesse in Cologne, Germany, on March 20. The four-day international fair for industrial food and beverage equipment will

Iceland Seafood Acquires Majority Ownership of Oceanpath Iceland Seafood Acquires Majority Ownership of Oceanpath
Reykjavik-headquartered Iceland Seafood International (ISI) has announced the purchase of Oceanpath Ltd, the largest producer of fresh fish and a major frozen seafood packer in Ireland. The deal,

MHP Eyes Doux Takeover to Boost Poultry Production in EU MHP Eyes Doux Takeover to Boost Poultry Production in EU
The Kiev, Ukraine-headquartered MHP agribusiness group is reportedly in discussions to acquire Groupe Doux, a major poultry producer based in Chateaulin, Finistere, France. With 1,200 people on its

Thai Union Joins Drive to Fight Marine Plastics Pollution Thai Union Joins Drive to Fight Marine Plastics Pollution
Thai Union Group, one of the world’s largest frozen and canned seafood companies, is supporting the Global Ghost Gear Initiative (GGGI) in a campaign to reduce the growing problem of abandoned,

Birds Eye Vegetables Top Q4 Frozen Performer for Pinnacle Birds Eye Vegetables Top Q4 Frozen Performer for Pinnacle
Frozen and natural products contributed solidly to Pinnacle Foods’ 2.9% sales increase in the fourth quarter of 2017, as turnover reached $883.5 million. Net earnings for the Parsippany, New

March Frozen Food Month in Full Swing Across United States March Frozen Food Month in Full Swing Across United States
March is National Frozen Food Month in the USA, which means that special price offers and deals galore are in store at freezer aisles in supermarkets from coast to coast. In celebration of the

Bryan Hedge New President of Pioneer Cold in Massachusetts Bryan Hedge New President of Pioneer Cold in Massachusetts
Bryan Hedge has been named president of Pioneer Cold, a Chicopee, Massachusetts, USA-based provider of refrigerated warehousing and logistics services. He joined the company in 2007 as vice

Professor who Forecast Trump, Brexit Wins to Address SENA Professor who Forecast Trump, Brexit Wins to Address SENA
Political economist, author and Brown University Professor Mark Blyth will deliver the keynote address during Seafood Expo North America/Seafood Processing North America (SENA) at 11 AM on Sunday,

AFFI Elects New Board Leadership at Las Vegas Convention AFFI Elects New Board Leadership at Las Vegas Convention
More than 1,500 attendees representing all segments of the $53 billion frozen food and beverage supply chain in the United States convened in Las Vegas March 3-6 to take part in the American Frozen

Thai Union Welcomes Prime Minister to Samut Sakhon Plant Thai Union Welcomes Prime Minister to Samut Sakhon Plant
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and members of his cabinet visited one of Thai Union Group seafood processing plants in Samut Sakhon’s Mahachai district, during the government’s mobile

China Ends Duties on US Chicken, But Market Remains Closed China Ends Duties on US Chicken, But Market Remains Closed
China’s decision to drop anti-dumping and anti-subsidy duties as of February 27 on US chicken broilers was welcomed by the American industry, but the decision is not expected to have any immediate,

Boparan Steps Down as 2 Sisters Food Group Chief Executive Boparan Steps Down as 2 Sisters Food Group Chief Executive
Ranjit Singh Boparan, co-founder and owner of the Birmingham, England-headquartered 2 Sisters Food Group, relinquished the position of chief executive officer on February 28 and assumed the post of

In Depth Program on Deck at North Atlantic Seafood Forum In Depth Program on Deck at North Atlantic Seafood Forum
The 13th edition of the North Atlantic Seafood Forum (NASF), billed as the “world’s largest seafood business conference” and set for March 6-8 in Bergen, Norway, will feature more than 150 speakers

Is 2 Sisters Food Group Angling to Sell Donegal Catch? Is 2 Sisters Food Group Angling to Sell Donegal Catch?
Irish frozen fish company Donegal Catch may be on the block, according to The Times of London. The newspaper reported on February 25 that Birmingham, England-based 2 Sisters Food Group, has engaged

Interpack 2020 Advisory Board Elects Slate of Officers Interpack 2020 Advisory Board Elects Slate of Officers
Christian Traumann, managing director and chief financial officer of Wolfertschwenden, Germany-based Multivac Sepp Haggenmüller SE & Co. KG and chairman of the Food Processing and Packaging

Greenyard Posts Flat Sales Results for Third Quarter Greenyard Posts Flat Sales Results for Third Quarter
Sint-Katelijne, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard, a prepared vegetables and fruits, flowers and plants and growing media company, on February 23 reported sales of €995.6 million (-0.1% year on year)

Frozen Food Industry in UK Sets Sights on Higher Sales Frozen Food Industry in UK Sets Sights on Higher Sales
The vision of creating frozen food sales worth £10 billion per annum was outlined at the British Frozen Food Federation’s (BFFF) conference in Birmingham on February 22. Addressing the trade

Tyson Unveils Innovations at Consumer Analyst Conference Tyson Unveils Innovations at Consumer Analyst Conference
Speaking at the 2018 Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference on February 21, Tyson Foods President and CEO Tom Hayes told investors that the Springdale, Arkansas-headquartered company is well

Simplot Manitoba Plant Expansion to Double Potato Demand Simplot Manitoba Plant Expansion to Double Potato Demand
The Manitoba provincial government in Canada and J.R. Simplot have announced a major investment and expansion in the company’s operations near Portage la Prairie. The plant, which opened in 2003,

Seneca Foods to Close Modesto Facility in California Seneca Foods to Close Modesto Facility in California
Marion, New York-headquartered Seneca Foods Corporation has announced that it will close its plant in Modesto, California, due to “challenging economic conditions.” The operation, which employs 265

Thai Union 2017 Sales Hit Record High, Net Profit Surges Thai Union 2017 Sales Hit Record High, Net Profit Surges
Bangkok-headquartered frozen and canned seafood producer and marketer Thai Union Group on February 20 reported a 1.6 percent year-on-year rise for FY2017. Consolidated sales hit a record THB 136.53

Bonduelle to Buy Conagra’s Del Monte Business in Canada Bonduelle to Buy Conagra’s Del Monte Business in Canada
Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Conagra Brands announced on February 20 that it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its Del Monte processed fruit and vegetable business in Canada to the

Jollibee Foods Takes Majority Stake in Smashburger Jollibee Foods Takes Majority Stake in Smashburger
Pasig, Philippines-headquartered Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC) has acquired an additional 45 percent of the Denver, Colorado-headquartered Smashburger fast-casual burger restaurant chain for

Restaurant Count in USA Dips 2% in 2017, Reports NPD Restaurant Count in USA Dips 2% in 2017, Reports NPD
The number of restaurants in the United States was 647,288 in the autumn of 2017, a two percent decrease from a year ago, based on a recent count made by the Port Washington, New York-headquartered

Viva Las Vegas and Arlington, as AFFI and FMI Get Closer Viva Las Vegas and Arlington, as AFFI and FMI Get Closer
Just a few weeks ahead of the March 3-6 American Frozen Food Institute Convention (AFFI-CON) at The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas, AFFI President and CEO Alison Bodor announced that the trade

Nomad Foods Hires Samy Zekhout as Chief Financial Officer Nomad Foods Hires Samy Zekhout as Chief Financial Officer
Nomad Foods Limited has appointed Samy Zekhout as its new chief financial officer, effective April 1, 2018. Upon joining the Feltham, England-headquartered frozen food company, he will also assume

Stellar Engineering Office in Wisconsin Doubles in Size Stellar Engineering Office in Wisconsin Doubles in Size
Jacksonville, Florida, USA-headquartered Stellar, a fully integrated company focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services for food packing plants, refrigerated warehouses

Mallison to Replace Stevens as Executive Director of GAA Mallison to Replace Stevens as Executive Director of GAA
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced a transition in its leadership. Industry veteran Andrew Mallison is joining the trade association as executive director, as Wally Stevens, who

Antwerp Site of Upcoming European Cold Chain Conference Antwerp Site of Upcoming European Cold Chain Conference
The 21st European Cold Chain Conference is slated for March 14-16 at the Radisson Blu Astrid Hotel in Antwerp, Belgium. Approximately 100 high level professionals representing

Gulfood Mega Show in Dubai Expects to Pull 95,000 Visitors Gulfood Mega Show in Dubai Expects to Pull 95,000 Visitors
The 2018 edition of Gulfood, billed as the world’s largest annual food and beverage trade event and the first major international food industry trade show of the year, is set to kick off on

Maersk Line North America to Hike Inland Tariff Rate Maersk Line North America to Hike Inland Tariff Rate
As the trucking industry in the United States continues to face challenges due to a capacity shortages, Maersk Line North America has advised customers that inland tariffs will rise effective March

Parlevliet & Van der Plas Acquires Germany’s Deutsche See Parlevliet & Van der Plas Acquires Germany’s Deutsche See
The Katwijk, Netherlands-headquartered Parlevliet & Van der Plas (P&P) fishing and processing group has sealed a deal to buy Bremerhaven, Germany-based Deutsche See GmbH for an undisclosed

GEA to Install Cooling System for Pork Producer in Russia GEA to Install Cooling System for Pork Producer in Russia
Agroeco-Yug, a Russian company engaged in pig slaughtering and processing, has signed a contract with Düsseldorf, Germany-headquartered GEA for the supply, installation and commissioning of an

Aviko Potato Business Adds to Royal Cosun’s Sweet Success Aviko Potato Business Adds to Royal Cosun’s Sweet Success
Steenderen, Netherlands-headquartered Aviko turned in an excellent performance in 2017, according to Royal Cosun, its Breda-based parent company. The potato products manufacturer responded promptly

British Potato Stocks Up 23% Over Previous Season British Potato Stocks Up 23% Over Previous Season
The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) recently announced that potato stock levels in Great Britain for the end of November are estimated at 3.6 million tons, the highest level

Claridge Looks for New F&B Investments in North America Claridge Looks for New F&B Investments in North America
Claridge Inc., the private equity firm of the Stephen Bronfman family, is pursuing new food and beverage (F&B) investments through a differentiated partnership model. The Montreal,

Poseidon, Mer-Bros and Castaway Hooked on Gorton’s Fish Poseidon, Mer-Bros and Castaway Hooked on Gorton’s Fish
The trusted Gorton’s fisherman has a new crew of mates onboard for the frozen seafood brand’s latest television advertising campaign in the USA. Among them is a well-chiseled actor portraying...

Save Cold Cash by Buying Frozen Foods, Says Iceland Study Save Cold Cash by Buying Frozen Foods, Says Iceland Study
Want to shave off almost £2,000 a year from the grocery bill? This should be no problem for folks in the United Kingdom who shop supermarket freezer aisles regularly and replace fresh food

India Supplies Nearly Third of US Shrimp Imports in 2017 India Supplies Nearly Third of US Shrimp Imports in 2017
India by far continued to be the leading exporter of shrimp to the United States in 2017, according to tallies posted by the US Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric

EG Group Acquires Kroger's Convenience Stores in USA EG Group Acquires Kroger's Convenience Stores in USA
The Blackburn, England-headquartered EG Group has entered into a definitive agreement with The Kroger Co., the third largest grocery retailer in the world, to buy its 762-unit convenience store

Canneberges Bieler Sells Atoka Cranberries to Ocean Spray Canneberges Bieler Sells Atoka Cranberries to Ocean Spray
Ocean Spray Cranberries is acquiring Manseau, Quebéc, Canada-based Atoka Cranberries Inc. from Canneberges Bieler Inc. for an undisclosed price. In addition to purchasing the Atoka brand and

Conagra Completes Sandwich Bros. of Wisconsin Acquisition Conagra Completes Sandwich Bros. of Wisconsin Acquisition
Chicago, Illinois-headquartered Conagra Brands has finalized the purchase of Sandwich Bros. of Wisconsin, a producer of frozen breakfast and entrée flatbread pocket sandwiches founded in 1979 by

NFRA to Launch 2018 March Frozen Food Month Promotion NFRA to Launch 2018 March Frozen Food Month Promotion
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-headquartered National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) is about to gear up a national public relations campaign for March Frozen Food Month that will

Expansion in Georgia on the Mind of US Cold Storage Team Expansion in Georgia on the Mind of US Cold Storage Team
Build they must! After recently breaking ground to expand in Indiana, United States Cold Storage (USCS) this week announced that a new 6.7-million-cubic-foot public refrigerated warehouse in

Restaurants Boosting Meal Deal Offers to Increase Traffic Restaurants Boosting Meal Deal Offers to Increase Traffic
With restaurant traffic in the United States stuck between an anemic one percent increase and flat for several years now, restaurant chains are turning to value deals, new menu items, or optimizing

Dr. McBain of Thai Union Wins Sustainability Leader Award Dr. McBain of Thai Union Wins Sustainability Leader Award
Dr. Darian McBain, Thai Union Group’s global director for sustainable development, was named Sustainability Leader of the Year at the prestigious edie Sustainability Leaders Awards 2018 held in

Oetker Canada to Shut NB Pizza Plant, Hike Ontario Output Oetker Canada to Shut NB Pizza Plant, Hike Ontario Output
Dr. Oetker has announced that it will end frozen pizza production at a leased plant in Grand Falls, NB, Canada, by the end of May 2018. Closure of the facility will result in employment termination

Kidfresh Welcomes Michael Allen to Board of Directors Kidfresh Welcomes Michael Allen to Board of Directors
Michael Allen has joined the board of directors of Kidfresh, a New York City-based marketer of frozen meals, side dishes and breakfast items for children. He brings a wealth of experience to the

USA Chicken Wing Sales to Fly High on Super Bowl Weekend USA Chicken Wing Sales to Fly High on Super Bowl Weekend
The Washington, DC-based National Chicken Council (NCC) projects that American football fans will eat 1.35 billion wings during Super Bowl weekend, an all-time high, as the defending NFL champion New...

Duravant to Acquire Key Technology in Stock Purchase Deal Duravant to Acquire Key Technology in Stock Purchase Deal
Downers Grove, Illinois, USA-headquartered Duravant LLC, a global engineered equipment and automation solutions provider to the food processing, packaging and material handling sectors, announced

Poultry and Meat Processors Return to Atlanta for IPPE Poultry and Meat Processors Return to Atlanta for IPPE
Sonny Perdue, US Agriculture SecretaryUS Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will be the keynote speaker at the International Production & Processing Expo (IPPE), which kicks off on January

Americold Initial Public Offering Raises Ton of COLD Cash Americold Initial Public Offering Raises Ton of COLD Cash
Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered Americold, the world’s largest owner and operator of temperature-controlled warehouses, on January 23 announced the closing of its initial public offering (IPO) of

Nestlé Activist Investor Not Hot About Frozen Assets Nestlé Activist Investor Not Hot About Frozen Assets
While praising Nestlé CEO Mark Schneider for “taking steps to move the company forward,” activist investor Daniel S. Loeb is calling on the Vevey, Switzerland-headquartered multinational company to

McCain Foods Appoints José Boisjoli to Board of Directors McCain Foods Appoints José Boisjoli to Board of Directors
José Boisjoli, president and chief executive officer of BRP Inc., has joined the board of directors of McCain Foods Limited (MFL). He brings to the Florenceville, N.B., Canada-headquartered frozen

New CEO at Stavis Seafoods as IMV Partnership Takes Hold New CEO at Stavis Seafoods as IMV Partnership Takes Hold
Stavis Seafoods, a Boston, Massachusetts-based international importer and first receiver of frozen and fresh seafood, announced on January 17 that CEO Richard Stavis will relinquish his post as the

Nomad Makes Goodfella’s Offer that Seller Can’t Refuse Nomad Makes Goodfella’s Offer that Seller Can’t Refuse
Feltham, England-based Nomad Foods Limited announced on January 17 that it has entered into an agreement to acquire Green Isle Foods’ Goodfella’s and San Marco frozen pizza brands from a subsidiary

Keith Decker Assumes Blue Harvest Helm from Jeff Davis Keith Decker Assumes Blue Harvest Helm from Jeff Davis
New Bedford, Massachusetts-based Blue Harvest Fisheries announced on January 16 that Keith Decker has been hired as president and chief executive officer of the company. He succeeds retiring Jeff...

Iceland Vows to Phase Out Plastic Packaging in Five Years Iceland Vows to Phase Out Plastic Packaging in Five Years
Iceland, the specialist frozen food retail chain with more than 900 stores across the United Kingdom, aims to eliminate plastic packaging from its entire private label range of more than 1,000

Kloosterboer Earns ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM Rating in Velsen Kloosterboer Earns ‘Outstanding’ BREEAM Rating in Velsen
IJmuiden, Netherlands-headquartered Kloosterboer has been awarded the highest-level BREEAM (Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method) certification for the expansion and

Avocado Distribution Facility Opens Near Tex-Mex Border Avocado Distribution Facility Opens Near Tex-Mex Border
It’s official. The Index Fresh avocado distribution facility in Pharr, Texas, is now fully operational. Representatives of the Riverside, California-headquartered company met with personnel from

Sysco Acquires Kent Frozen Foods in United Kingdom Sysco Acquires Kent Frozen Foods in United Kingdom
Houston, Texas-headquartered Sysco Corporation has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Kent Frozen Foods, a British foodservice distributor that generated revenues of £47 million during the year...

CSF France Now Fully Fledged Viciunai Sales Company CSF France Now Fully Fledged Viciunai Sales Company
The Kaunas, Lithuania-headquartered Viciunai Group has acquired CSF France, which has been a longtime distributor of its frozen and refrigerated surimi products as well as other seafood items and

Norwegian Seafood Exports Rise; EU Flat, Asia and USA Up Norwegian Seafood Exports Rise; EU Flat, Asia and USA Up
Propelled as usual by ocean-raised salmon, seafood exports from Norway generated record-high receipts of NOK 94.5 billion and 2.6 million tons in volume during 2017. That was an increase of 3% and...

Dessert Holdings Acquires Atlanta Cheesecake Company Dessert Holdings Acquires Atlanta Cheesecake Company
The Atlanta Cheesecake Company (ACC) has been purchased by Dessert Holdings, a Minneapolis, Minnesota-headquartered holding company formed by San Francisco-based private equity firm Gryphon

Americold Launches IPO, Stock to Trade as COLD on NYSE Americold Launches IPO, Stock to Trade as COLD on NYSE
Americold, the world’s largest owner and operator of temperature-controlled warehouses, on January 9 announced an initial public offering (IPO) of 24,000,000 common shares. They are expected to be

Birds Eye Sails with New Fish Fingers Ad Campaign in UK Birds Eye Sails with New Fish Fingers Ad Campaign in UK
There’s a new captain at the helm of Birds Eye frozen fish brand advertising in the United Kingdom. In an £8 million campaign launched on January 8 with a splashy 20-second television commercial

United States Cold Storage Expanding Capacity in Indiana United States Cold Storage Expanding Capacity in Indiana
United States Cold Storage (USCS) has broken ground for the Phase 2 addition at its public refrigerated warehouse in Lebanon, Indiana. The facility, which opened in 2009 with 6.5 million cubic feet

GOAL 2018 Conference Slated for Guayaquil in September GOAL 2018 Conference Slated for Guayaquil in September
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s GOAL (Global Outlook for Aquaculture Leadership) 2018 Conference will be held at the Hilton Colon Guayaquil from September 25-27, the organization announced in

Devi Sea Foods Said to Be Mulling Initial Public Offering Devi Sea Foods Said to Be Mulling Initial Public Offering
Devi Sea Foods (DSF) is contemplating the possibility of floating an initial public offering (IPO) to raise Rs 1,000 crore (approximately US $156 million) this year, according to a report published...

Romain Cools Succeeds David Thompson as WPC President Romain Cools Succeeds David Thompson as WPC President
After 17 years on the World Potato Congress (WPC) board of directors, serving as president for the last five years and as vice president for 12 years before that, David Thompson has stepped down as

Key Technology Taps Kramer to Direct North America Sales Key Technology Taps Kramer to Direct North America Sales
Key Technology has appointed Ray Kramer to the position of senior director of sales in North America. He is responsible for managing the Walla Walla, Washington-headquartered food processing

Stellar Welcomes Wodrich as Senior VP and General Counsel Stellar Welcomes Wodrich as Senior VP and General Counsel
Michael A. Wodrich, a long-serving member with the Rogers Towers law firm, has joined Stellar as senior vice president and general counsel. He will also serve on the Jacksonville, Florida-based

Greenyard Bid to Buy Dole Food Co. Does Not Bear Fruit Greenyard Bid to Buy Dole Food Co. Does Not Bear Fruit
Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-based Greenyard, a major producer and marketer of vegetable and fruit products, has ended negotiations to acquire Dole Food Co. without reaching an agreement. The

Second Quarter Revenues Increase 4.3% for Lamb Weston Second Quarter Revenues Increase 4.3% for Lamb Weston
Lamb Weston Holdings has announced sales of $824.6 million for the second quarter of fiscal year 2018, up 4.3% over the same period in 2017. Income, primarily generated by receipts from purchases

As French Fry Production Rises in China, Imports May Dip As French Fry Production Rises in China, Imports May Dip
The output of frozen french fries continues to expand in China, as production is forecast to reach 250,000 metric tons during the 2017/18 marketing year (September to August). This would be up 10%

UK Frozen Food Retail Growth Accelerates to 6% in 2017 UK Frozen Food Retail Growth Accelerates to 6% in 2017
The retail frozen food sector in the United Kingdom finished the year on a high note, maintaining the impressive growth that saw it exceed the £6 billion milestone for the first time ever in

Vietnam Shrimp Export Value Rises, Fueled by EU Demand Vietnam Shrimp Export Value Rises, Fueled by EU Demand
Upwards of $3.5 billion worth of farmed shrimp, primarily in frozen form, was exported by producers in Vietnam from January to November of 2017 – up by almost 22% over 2016. Total receipts were

DH Harvests Fresh Capital to Further Grow Frozen Business DH Harvests Fresh Capital to Further Grow Frozen Business
New York City-headquartered Daily Harvest (DH) has raised $43 million in a Series B round of financing led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, with significant participation from VMG Partners, to

GraceKennedy Plant in Jamaica Will Pack Frozen Vegetables GraceKennedy Plant in Jamaica Will Pack Frozen Vegetables
The GraceKennedy Group plans invest $1.85 million in plant and equipment to produce Grace and La Fe brand frozen and canned vegetables and fruits at a 60,000-square-foot facility leased from

Lamb Weston Ups Dividend, Plans Another Plant Expansion Lamb Weston Ups Dividend, Plans Another Plant Expansion
December 21 proved to be “daily double win” for present and future employees of Lamb Weston in Hermiston, Oregon, and shareholders from all parts as the Eagle, Idaho, USA-headquartered company

Peter Bensen Joins Lamb Weston Board of Directors Peter Bensen Joins Lamb Weston Board of Directors
Lamb Weston Holdings, Inc. has appointed Peter J. Bensen to its board of directors. The quick service restaurant industry veteran served as McDonald’s Corporation’s chief administrative officer

Greenyard Says it Has Financing to Make Dole Food Deal Greenyard Says it Has Financing to Make Dole Food Deal
Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-based Greenyard NV confirmed on December 19 that it is in “advanced negotiations” to acquire Dole Food Co. The Westlake Village, California-headquartered fruit and

Sentinel Capital Adds Captain D's to Restaurant Portfolio Sentinel Capital Adds Captain D's to Restaurant Portfolio
The Nashville, Tennessee-headquartered Captain D’s seafood restaurant chain in the United States has been acquired by Sentinel Capital Partners. Terms of the deal, announced on December 18, were

#GetFried Fry Café Expands Operations in USA and Egypt #GetFried Fry Café Expands Operations in USA and Egypt
A relatively new quick-serve restaurant franchise that offers a variety of topped french fries and finger foods, doing business as #getfried Fry Café, is reporting steady growth throughout the

NFRA: Stop Wasting Food & Start Saving Money with Frozens NFRA: Stop Wasting Food & Start Saving Money with Frozens
Food waste is a mounting problem in the United States and around the world. In the USA, up to 40% of all food produced is believed to be discarded and as much as 20% of food purchased for

Indian Shrimp Exports Forecast to Almost Double by 2022 Indian Shrimp Exports Forecast to Almost Double by 2022
Shrimp exports from India are expected to nearly double in value to $7 billion within the next five years, according to analysis from CRISIL, the Mumbai-based credit ratings information services

Close Vote Assures Döner Kebab is Not ‘Goner Kebab’ in EU Close Vote Assures Döner Kebab is Not ‘Goner Kebab’ in EU
Kebab shop owners in Europe are rejoicing, as are devotees of shawarma and gyro pita pocket sandwiches and other dishes made from seasoned meat shaved from large inverted cones that turn slowly on

Paperboard’s Big Role Rolls on in Frozen Food Packaging Paperboard’s Big Role Rolls on in Frozen Food Packaging
In the 1940’s, tin containers were extremely popular as a means of preserving food for extended periods of time. However, given the fact that heavy rationing of tin plate was imposed during World War...

Nomad Foods Reprices and Increase Term Loan Facility Nomad Foods Reprices and Increase Term Loan Facility
Feltham, England-headquartered Nomad Foods Limited has announced that it will reprice its $610 million and €500 million term loan facilities. Closing is expected on December 20, subject to

Oetker Expands Bakery Range with Diversi Foods Purchase Oetker Expands Bakery Range with Diversi Foods Purchase
The Bielefeld, Germany-headquartered Oetker Group has acquired Diversi Foods NV, a Belgian producer of frozen baked goods including bread, rolls, puff pastry and snacks. The East Flanders-based

Stellar Basks in STAR Light After Receiving CMA Award Stellar Basks in STAR Light After Receiving CMA Award
Stellar, a fully integrated firm focused on design, engineering, construction and mechanical services for food packing plants, refrigerated warehouses and other industrial sites worldwide, has

Kevin Holt Named CEO of Newly Formed Ahold Delhaize USA Kevin Holt Named CEO of Newly Formed Ahold Delhaize USA
Zaandam, the Netherlands-headquartered Ahold Delhaize has announced the creation of Ahold Delhaize USA, to be effective on January 1, 2018. It will be the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize's

Speculation About Young’s Seafood Sale in UK Resurfaces Speculation About Young’s Seafood Sale in UK Resurfaces
Efforts to sell Young’s Seafood are again on the front burner, according the Press Association in the United Kingdom. It reported on December 11 that private equity owners of the Grimsby,

Dietitian Makes Case for Frozen and Canned Vegetables Dietitian Makes Case for Frozen and Canned Vegetables
Jennifer Arguelles, accredited practicing dietitian at Simplot Australia, addresses the so-called fresh vs. frozen vs. canned vegetables question in a feature report uploaded at the company’s

SuperValu Seals Deal to Buy Associated Grocers of Florida SuperValu Seals Deal to Buy Associated Grocers of Florida
Minneapolis, Minnesota-headquartered SuperValu has completed the purchase of Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc. (AG) in a transaction valued at approximately $193 million. This marks its second

Tyson Foods ‘Beefs’ Up Initial Investment in Beyond Meat Tyson Foods ‘Beefs’ Up Initial Investment in Beyond Meat
Tyson Foods, the USA’s largest meat company, has increased its stake in Beyond Meat, the El Segundo, California-based producer of plant-based protein made from peas, soy, beet juice and other

Report Speculates that Schwan’s May be Up for Sale Report Speculates that Schwan’s May be Up for Sale
Is Schwan’s Company on the block? According to a recent CNBC report, the Marshall, Minnesota, USA-headquartered frozen food giant has engaged Piper Jaffray to pursue the possibilities of a sale,

McCain Roastaurant Aims to Help Settle #greatroastdebate McCain Roastaurant Aims to Help Settle #greatroastdebate
Get them while they’re hot! McCain Foods in the United Kingdom is opening the doors to its own specialty restaurant to celebrate the diversity of one of the nation’s favorite meals. Located at the

Lineage Acquires US Growers Cold Storage PRWs in LA Area Lineage Acquires US Growers Cold Storage PRWs in LA Area
Lineage Logistics has purchased eight public refrigerated warehouses (PRW) from U.S. Growers Cold Storage, a Los Angeles-headquartered company that has been in business since 1950. Financial terms

NFIHooked.com Replaces Printed Foodservice Newsletter NFIHooked.com Replaces Printed Foodservice Newsletter
The McLean, Virginia, USA-headquartered National Fisheries Institute (NFI) has launched a new website, NFIHooked.com, that aims to keep professional chefs, culinarians and other members of the

C-Joy Inaugurates Largest Poultry Plant in Philippines C-Joy Inaugurates Largest Poultry Plant in Philippines
Cargill Joy Poultry Meats Production, Inc. (C-Joy), a joint venture between Cargill and Jollibee Foods Corporation (JFC), opened the biggest poultry packing facility in the Philippine islands on...

Americold Has Over 50% of PRW Capacity in Northern Utah Americold Has Over 50% of PRW Capacity in Northern Utah
Americold has officially opened the new addition to its public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) in Clearfield, Utah. The expansion adds in excess of 9.5 million cubic feet of temperature-controlled

Anne Risley Joins Clearwater Seafoods’ Surf Clam Fleet Anne Risley Joins Clearwater Seafoods’ Surf Clam Fleet
Clearwater Seafoods welcomed the Anne Risley into its fleet of clam harvesters on December 1 during an official ceremony at Pier 21 in Halifax, Nova Scotia. This vessel further strengthens the

BFFF Announces Shortlist for Inaugural People Awards BFFF Announces Shortlist for Inaugural People Awards
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has shortlisted nominees for its upcoming People Awards, which will honor top talent in the United Kingdom’s £8.3 billion frozen food industry. Over 40

’Tis the Season to Shop Frozen Aisle for SeaPak Solutions ’Tis the Season to Shop Frozen Aisle for SeaPak Solutions
With the Christmas and New Year holiday season fast approaching, party planners in North America and elsewhere are putting together menus for dinner feasts. The folks at St. Simons Island,

Pacinelli Heads Schwan’s Private Label and Co-Packing Unit Pacinelli Heads Schwan’s Private Label and Co-Packing Unit
Schwan’s Company has launched Schwan’s Strategic Partner Solutions, a new division focused on growing the Marshall, Minnesota, USA-headquartered frozen food company’s private label and contract

Anderson, Indiana Site for New Interstate Warehousing PRW Anderson, Indiana Site for New Interstate Warehousing PRW
Interstate Warehousing, Inc. has broken ground in Anderson, Indiana, USA for construction of another public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) in the Hoosier State. Phase I of the project is a

Thai Union on Exhibit in 40th Anniversary Celebration Thai Union on Exhibit in 40th Anniversary Celebration
Thai Union Group PCL celebrated its 40th anniversary with a two-day exhibition at Siam Paragon’s Royal Paragon Hall in Bangkok on November 28 and 29. An elaborate exhibit featuring the seafood...

Nissin to Fund China Market Expansion with Hong Kong IPO Nissin to Fund China Market Expansion with Hong Kong IPO
Nissin Foods Co Ltd announced on November 29 that it plans to raise as much as HK $1.13 billion (US $145 million) in an initial public offering floated on the Stock Exchange of Hong Kong. The

Tim Nguyen Succeeds Brian King as New Chairman of IACSC Tim Nguyen Succeeds Brian King as New Chairman of IACSC
New officers and board members of the Alexandria, Virginia, USA-headquartered International Association for Cold Storage Construction (IACSC), a core partner of the Global Cold Chain Alliance

Lotte Confectionery Scoops Up Havmor Ice Cream in India Lotte Confectionery Scoops Up Havmor Ice Cream in India
Seoul, Korea-headquartered Lotte Confectionery has acquired Ahmedabad, India-based Havmor Ice Cream Limited for Rs 1,020 crore. The deal includes an assortment of over 160 products packed at two

Trendspotter Panel Predicts What’s Hot in Food for 2018 Trendspotter Panel Predicts What’s Hot in Food for 2018
Food innovation is running at an all-time high in North America and around the world, according to the Specialty Food Association. This week the New York City-headquartered trade group’s Trendspotter...

B&G Foods Bolsters Executive Team with Two Appointments B&G Foods Bolsters Executive Team with Two Appointments
B&G Foods, which owns the Green Giant frozen vegetable brand, Le Sueur canned vegetable label and a wide range of non-frozen brand names, has named Kenneth G. Romanzi to the newly

New BFFF Chairman Urges Collaboration to Drive Growth New BFFF Chairman Urges Collaboration to Drive Growth
Nigel Broadhurst, the newly elected chairman of the board of the British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF), has called on every part of the industry to “work together to get our message across to every

Orkla Acquires Czech Frozen Vegetable Producer Agrimex Orkla Acquires Czech Frozen Vegetable Producer Agrimex
Oslo, Norway-headquartered Orkla ASA, through wholly owned subsidiary Hamé, has signed an agreement to purchase Agrimex, a producer of frozen vegetables and supplier of frozen fruits, herbs,...

Hapag-Lloyd Deploys MCI Low-Carbon Refrigerant Containers Hapag-Lloyd Deploys MCI Low-Carbon Refrigerant Containers
Global container line Hapag-Lloyd has purchased 3,700 Star Cool Integrated containers from Maersk Container Industry (MCI). Of these, 1,000 will be chilled by the environmentally friendly R513A

Shanghai Office Boosts TNA Service in Growing PRC Market Shanghai Office Boosts TNA Service in Growing PRC Market
Sydney, Australia-headquartered TNA, which opened a food processing and packaging equipment manufacturing plant in Qingdao six years ago, has now inaugurated TNA Solutions (Shanghai) Co. Ltd to

Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Invests in Aquaculture Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan Invests in Aquaculture
The Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan has acquired Atlantic Aqua Farms (AAF), the largest grower of mussels in North America, from San Francisco-based Encore Consumer Capital. This is its first venture...

MTC Logistics Appoints New Chief Information Officer MTC Logistics Appoints New Chief Information Officer
Dennis Rhodes has been named chief information officer of Baltimore, Maryland-headquartered MTC Logistics. He brings more than 40 years of experience in the temperature controlled warehouse

UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks through November 5, 2017, show supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.2% year on year in the run

CDC: Only 10% of Americans Eat Enough Fruits, Vegetables CDC: Only 10% of Americans Eat Enough Fruits, Vegetables
Just one in ten adults in the United States meet federal fruit or vegetable consumption recommendations, according to a study published on November 16 by the Atlanta, Georgia-headquartered Center for...

Fort Takes on Role as COO of Global Aquaculture Alliance Fort Takes on Role as COO of Global Aquaculture Alliance
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has announced that Jeff Fort has assumed the role of chief operating officer, in addition to his existing position as chief financial officer, a position he

Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years, Says AFBF Lowest Thanksgiving Dinner Cost in Five Years, Says AFBF
The American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on Thanksgiving Day dinner tables in the USA indicates the average cost of this year’s feast for 10

Tyson Sizzles with Acquisition of Original Philly Holdings Tyson Sizzles with Acquisition of Original Philly Holdings
Springdale, Arkansas-headquartered Tyson Foods, Inc. has completed the acquisition of Philadelphia-based Original Philly Holdings, Inc., one of the USA’s leading producers of frozen raw and

Amy's Kitchen Names Xavier Unkovic Global President Amy's Kitchen Names Xavier Unkovic Global President
Amy's Kitchen has hired Xavier Unkovic as its new global president and director of domestic sales. The former Mars Inc. executive is reporting directly to company founders Andy and Rachel Berliner,

Empire Kosher Poultry Celebrates ’80 Years of Trust’ Empire Kosher Poultry Celebrates ’80 Years of Trust’
Empire Kosher Poultry kicked off its “80 Years of Trust” anniversary celebration at Kosherfest, the world's largest and most attended kosher-certified food products trade show, which took place

Blackstone Buys Majority Stake in Cloverleaf Cold Storage Blackstone Buys Majority Stake in Cloverleaf Cold Storage
Cloverleaf Cold Storage, a Sioux City, Iowa-headquartered cold storage warehousing and food logistics company owned by the Feiges and Kaplan families since its founding in 1952, has entered into a

Alaska Seafood Crew Gears Up East, West Marketing Drives Alaska Seafood Crew Gears Up East, West Marketing Drives
From New York City to Qingdao and points between and beyond, the last several weeks have been a busy period of promotion for the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute (ASMI). Alaska seafood was

BFFF Infographics Hub Helps Consumers ‘Get Frozen Savvy’ BFFF Infographics Hub Helps Consumers ‘Get Frozen Savvy’
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has launched an online infographics content hub as part of its ongoing Cool Cookery campaign to encourage the use of frozen food and make sure consumers

NFRA Reports Record Participation at Florida Convention NFRA Reports Record Participation at Florida Convention
The Harrisburg, Pennsylvania-headquartered National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) on November 14 posted record-breaking numbers for its 2017 convention. The October 7-10

Iceland Foods’ Store Count Rises to 900 in United Kingdom Iceland Foods’ Store Count Rises to 900 in United Kingdom
The Deeside, Wales-headquartered Iceland Group is now operating 900 supermarket outlets in the UK. The milestone was reached last week with the opening of the 53rd of its larger format stores doing

Harbor Seafood is Latest Addition to NFI’s Crab Council Harbor Seafood is Latest Addition to NFI’s Crab Council
Harbor Seafood has joined the McLean, Virginia, USA-headquartered National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council. The New Hyde Park, New York-based importer sources a wide variety of fishery

Construction Starts for New Henningsen PRW in Washington Construction Starts for New Henningsen PRW in Washington
Henningsen Cold Storage Co. has begun work to build a 5,000,000-cubic-foot public refrigerated warehouse (PRW) in Grandview, Washington, to meet growing demand among customers in the Yakima Valley

China’s JD.com to Buy Over $1.2 Billion of US Beef, Pork China’s JD.com to Buy Over $1.2 Billion of US Beef, Pork
JD.com, China's largest retailer and e-commerce company, on November 8 participated in a signing ceremony held at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, with the company entering agreements to...

Ajinomoto Seals Deal to Buy Labeyrie Traiteur Surgelés Ajinomoto Seals Deal to Buy Labeyrie Traiteur Surgelés
Ajinomoto Co., Inc. has finalized its purchase of Labeyrie Traiteur Surgelés S.A.S. (LTS), the Le Neubourg, France-based producer of frozen desserts and macarons, apéritifs (bite-size puff pastry),

Retail Realignment in USA Will be Hot Topic at PLMA Show Retail Realignment in USA Will be Hot Topic at PLMA Show
Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Markets and the long-anticipated rollout of stores by German discounter Lidl are expected to set off far-reaching changes that will boost store brands

Open Blue Inaugurates Cobia Freezing Plant in Panama City Open Blue Inaugurates Cobia Freezing Plant in Panama City
Open Blue, the world’s largest open ocean fish farm operator and supplier of cobia (Rachycentron canadum), has opened a multi-million-dollar, value-added production facility enabling at-source

Mid Europa Buys Polish Frozen Food and Juice Maker Hortex Mid Europa Buys Polish Frozen Food and Juice Maker Hortex
Mid Europa Partners, a London-headquartered private equity fund focused on the growth markets of Central and Southeast Europe, has entered into an agreement to acquire the Hortex Group from Argan

PTTGC Joins Forces with Thai Union to Develop Packaging PTTGC Joins Forces with Thai Union to Develop Packaging
Thai Union Group PCL (TU) and PTT Global Chemical PCL (PTTGC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for and R&D partnership that will focus on the development of innovative and

Shrimp Remains USA’s Most Favorite Seafood Choice by Far Shrimp Remains USA’s Most Favorite Seafood Choice by Far
In 2016 Americans ate 14.9 pounds of seafood per capita, with shrimp once again leading the Top 10 list at 4.10 pounds. While a slight overall dip from 2015, the latest numbers actually highlight a...

Stellar Names Clint Pyle SVP/CFO; Scott Witt Joins Board Stellar Names Clint Pyle SVP/CFO; Scott Witt Joins Board
Clint Pyle has been promoted to the position of senior vice president and chief financial officer of Stellar, a Jacksonville, Florida-headquartered firm specializing in concept-to-completion

Marine Harvest Posts All-time High Third Quarter Results Marine Harvest Posts All-time High Third Quarter Results
Bergen, Norway-headquartered Marine Harvest on November 1 reported operational EBIT of EUR 194 million in the third quarter of 2017, which is up from EUR 180 million generated during the

E. Frank Hopkins Seafood Company Joins NFI Crab Council E. Frank Hopkins Seafood Company Joins NFI Crab Council
The McLean, Virginia, USA-headquartered National Fisheries Institute’s (NFI) Crab Council has added E. Frank Hopkins Seafood Co. as its newest member. The South Philadelphia wholesale distributor

USA Restaurant Performance Index Rises 0.5% in September USA Restaurant Performance Index Rises 0.5% in September
Driven by a more optimistic outlook among restaurant operators in the United States for future business conditions, the Restaurant Performance Index (RPI) registered a moderate gain in September.

Eggo Waffle Truck Rolls at Stranger Things Season Premiere Eggo Waffle Truck Rolls at Stranger Things Season Premiere
Stranger Things, the much-anticipated Netflix original series starring Winona Ryder, David Harbour and Finn Wolfhard, kicked off its second season on October 26 with an exclusive Hollywood premiere,...

Frozen Baked Goods Sales Rise for Lancaster Colony in Q1 Frozen Baked Goods Sales Rise for Lancaster Colony in Q1
Lancaster Colony Corp., whose frozen products include New York Brand Bakery garlic bread and Sister Schubert’s dinner rolls, reported a 2.6% gain in net sales to $298,916,000 during the first

NFRA Elects New Officers and Directors for 2017-18 Term NFRA Elects New Officers and Directors for 2017-18 Term
NFRA Chairman John FarmerJohn Farmer, sales director at Dairy Farmers of America, was elected as chairman of the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) during its recently held

Cavendish Farms Inaugurates New Potato Storage Facility Cavendish Farms Inaugurates New Potato Storage Facility
Cavendish Farms has officially opened its new state-of-the-art potato storage facility in New Annan, Prince Edward Island, Canada. PEI Premier Wade MacLauchlan and Canada Minister of Agriculture

UK Frozen Food Retail Market Value Hits Record £6 Billion UK Frozen Food Retail Market Value Hits Record £6 Billion
The frozen food retail sector in the United Kingdom has rung up a monumental £6 billion in sales for the first time ever, with value growing at 5.4% a year and growth registered across a number of

Pilgrim's to Close Poultry Processing Plant in Minnesota Pilgrim's to Close Poultry Processing Plant in Minnesota
Pilgrim's Pride Corporation has announced that it will shutter its poultry processing operation in Luverne, Minnesota, on December 29. Closing the facility, which employs approximately 200 workers,

McCain Opens Specialty Line Expansion at Flagship Factory McCain Opens Specialty Line Expansion at Flagship Factory
McCain Foods (Canada) has officially opened its new $65 million state-of-the-art potato specialty production line, expanding the company's flagship potato processing facility in

Early 2018 Target Date for AW Appetizer Plant Opening Early 2018 Target Date for AW Appetizer Plant Opening
Ajinomoto Windsor, Inc. (AW) has announced that its new frozen appetizer factory and R&D facility in Joplin, Missouri is expected to be operational by early 2018. Some $39 million is being

Reenan Heads Thai Union’s New Management Structure in EU Reenan Heads Thai Union’s New Management Structure in EU
Paul ReenanPaul Reenan, currently Thai Union’s head of Northern Europe Ambient, in charge of John West, King Oscar and Rugen Fisch operations, has been tapped to become regional president for

Sonoco Shows Larger Produce Packaging Line at PMA Expo Sonoco Shows Larger Produce Packaging Line at PMA Expo
Sonoco, one of the world’s largest diversified packaging companies, showcased its newly expanded produce packaging capabilities at the October 19-20 Produce Marketing Association (PMA) Convention

Hilton Food Group to Finalize Purchase of Seachill Soon Hilton Food Group to Finalize Purchase of Seachill Soon
The Icelandic Group has announced the sale of its Grimsby, England-based subsidiary Icelandic Group UK, which conducts business as Seachill, to the Hilton Food Group for £84 million. The

Family, Friends, Partners Mourn Reinhold Stöver’s Passing Family, Friends, Partners Mourn Reinhold Stöver’s Passing
Reinhold Stöver, the founder of Agrarfrost GmbH & Co. KG, died after a long illness in Aldrup at the age of 79 on October 19, 2017. The farmer turned industrialist, who built Germany’s most

Construction Begins for Kloosterboer Coldstore in Lelystad Construction Begins for Kloosterboer Coldstore in Lelystad
The first pile was driven on October 18 to support the foundation of a new Kloosterboer refrigerated warehouse in Lelystad, the Netherlands. With McCain Foods as a primary customer, the fully

Lamb Weston Starts Up New French Fry Line in Washington Lamb Weston Starts Up New French Fry Line in Washington
Members of the Lamb Weston Holdings team met with community and civic leaders on October 16 to celebrate the completed expansion of the company’s potato processing operations in Richland,

Lucky Fries Mean Fine Potato Pleasure, Agrarfrost-style Lucky Fries Mean Fine Potato Pleasure, Agrarfrost-style
There were smiles all around at the spacious Agrarfrost stand during the recently held Anuga exhibition in Köln – both on the faces of friendly personnel on duty and upon the hefty Lucky Fries

Potato Passion Ever in Fashion at Agrarfrost Jubilee Bash Potato Passion Ever in Fashion at Agrarfrost Jubilee Bash
Appropriately in the shining presence of a ceremoniously golden marquee outside company headquarters in Aldrup, Germany’s largest producer of sustainably sourced deep-frozen potato products,

New Lutosa Managing Director Meets and Greets at Anuga New Lutosa Managing Director Meets and Greets at Anuga
The surf was up at the Lutosa stand during the just concluded Anuga trade fair in Köln, Germany, as the Leuze-en-Hainaut, Belgium-headquartered company introduced Surf Potatoes and a wave of other

Orca Bay Seafoods and Odyssey Foods Merge Operations Orca Bay Seafoods and Odyssey Foods Merge Operations
Orca Bay Seafoods, Inc. and Odyssey Foods have merged their sales and operations units into a single entity. Sealaska Corporation acquired a majority interest in Odyssey earlier this year, and

Crop’s Solidifies Polish Supply Line with Agram Purchase Crop’s Solidifies Polish Supply Line with Agram Purchase
Ooigem, Belgium-headquartered Crop’s has acquired Agram S.A., a Lublin, Poland-based producer of frozen vegetables and fruits. The two companies have had a cooperative business relationship since

Lamb Weston Posts Solid Results; Positive About Future Lamb Weston Posts Solid Results; Positive About Future
Lamb Weston reported impressive results for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 during an earnings call on the morning of October 4. Sales increased 5% to $817 million and income from operations rose

New French Fry Factory in China Opts for TOMRA Equipment New French Fry Factory in China Opts for TOMRA Equipment
Joint venture partners Aviko and SnowValley Agricultural Group are investing significantly to boost the production of value added potato products in China, and TOMRA Sorting Food equipment will be an...

Anuga Frozen Food Spotlight Brightens Koelnmesse Hall 4 Anuga Frozen Food Spotlight Brightens Koelnmesse Hall 4
It will be a big weekend ahead for the world’s buyers, sellers and manufacturers of food products, as the October 7-11 Anuga exhibition kicks off in Köln on Saturday. Held biennially along the

Tiefkühl Star to Shine on German Frozen Food Industry Tiefkühl Star to Shine on German Frozen Food Industry
Tiefkühl Star 2017 Night will take place on October 9 during the Anuga food exhibition in Köln, Germany, preceded by a reception at 17:45 in the Congress Center East, Kristallsaal, between Halls 2

Construction Boom for Dutch Mushroom Specialist Scelta Construction Boom for Dutch Mushroom Specialist Scelta
Venlo, Holland-headquartered Scelta Mushrooms has announced that it is investing EUR 25 to 30 million to build four additional factories in the Netherlands to meet growing global demand for

NRA Restaurant Performance Index Declines Again in US NRA Restaurant Performance Index Declines Again in US
As a result of dampened sales and traffic levels and a mixed outlook for future business conditions in the United States, the National Restaurant Association’s Restaurant (NRA) Performance Index

AFFI Applauds Nutrition Facts Labeling Deadline Extension AFFI Applauds Nutrition Facts Labeling Deadline Extension
American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) President and CEO Alison Bodor has commended the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) for its decision to extend the compliance date for label changes to

Giorgio Foods to Shutter Frozen Production Operation Giorgio Foods to Shutter Frozen Production Operation
Temple, Pennsylvania, USA-headquartered Giorgio Foods, Inc. has announced that its frozen foods division in Maidencreek Township will be closed, with production ceasing in late December and

Yucaipa Reportedly Rejects Bid to Acquire Americold Yucaipa Reportedly Rejects Bid to Acquire Americold
Ron Burkle has turned down a $3 billion-plus binding offer for his Americold refrigerated warehouse business from Stephen Schwarzman’s Blackstone Group, according to the New York Post. The

Ter Beke Assumes Control of KK Fine Foods in UK Ter Beke Assumes Control of KK Fine Foods in UK
Waarschoot, Belgium-headquartered Ter Beke has acquired 90% of the shares of KK Fine Foods PLC, a Deeside, Flintshire, UK-based producer of frozen ready meals. The remaining 10% remains in the

Bühler Invests in Campus for Innovation and Applied R&D Bühler Invests in Campus for Innovation and Applied R&D
Bühler broke ground for construction of a CHF 50 million Innovation Campus in Uzwil, Switzerland, on September 25. Completion of the building is expected during the first quarter of 2019. The

Healthy Twist on Kid-Favorite Meals from Mom Made Foods Healthy Twist on Kid-Favorite Meals from Mom Made Foods
Mom Made Foods has introduced two frozen products with a twist – Buttered Noodles with Chicken Meatballs and Cheesy Noodles with Beef Meatballs. Weighing in at 170 and 198 grams, respectively, both

Shrimp Aquaculture Picks Up in Vietnam as Prices Rise Shrimp Aquaculture Picks Up in Vietnam as Prices Rise
Farmers in Ca Mau and Bac Lieu provinces in the southern tip of Vietnam are reportedly investing in shrimp aquaculture again, as prices have risen 20% to 30% since March. A kilo of shrimp has

Challenges Notwithstanding, Royal Greenland Charts Growth Challenges Notwithstanding, Royal Greenland Charts Growth
Business continues to fare well for Royal Greenland, as the Nuuk-headquartered seafood production company recently reported that revenues and profit are rising despite shipping challenges and

Gold Pan Entrepreneurial Award Goes to Bambino’s Founder Gold Pan Entrepreneurial Award Goes to Bambino’s Founder
Zoi Maroudas, chief executive officer and founder of Bambino’s Frozen Baby Food, has received the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce Gold Pan Entrepreneurial Excellence Award for her company's

Ajinomoto Windsor Mobilizes to Feed Hurricane Victims Ajinomoto Windsor Mobilizes to Feed Hurricane Victims
Ajinomoto Windsor (AW) has had a strong connection to the Houston, Texas area since 2014, when it acquired Windsor Quality Holdings, a Houston-headquartered manufacturer of Asian, Mexican, Italian

Construction of New Cavendish Potato Plant About to Start Construction of New Cavendish Potato Plant About to Start
Cavendish Farms has entered the next phase in building a $360 million frozen potato processing plant following a ground breaking event attended by company and government officials at the

Foodservice Traffic Grows in Markets Outside USA in Q2 Foodservice Traffic Grows in Markets Outside USA in Q2
With the United States being the exception, foodservice markets around the world realized various degrees of visit growth in the quarter ending June this year, reports the NPD Group, a Chicago,

Norwegian Seafood Exports Grow by 7 Per Cent in August Norwegian Seafood Exports Grow by 7 Per Cent in August
August was a good month for Norwegian seafood exports, as 65,000 tons worth NOK 7.5 billion were shipped out of the country. Volume was 2 per cent higher, while export value increased by 7 per cent

Americold Building New Facility for Ocean Spray Craisins Americold Building New Facility for Ocean Spray Craisins
Americold has broken ground in Middleborough, Massachusetts, to construct a cold storage warehouse for long-time client Ocean Spray. The facility will support production requirements for its

Post Holdings to Acquire Bob Evans Farms for $1.5 Billion Post Holdings to Acquire Bob Evans Farms for $1.5 Billion
Saint Louis, Missouri-headquartered Post Holdings, Inc., a major player in North America’s ready-to-eat breakfast cereal market, announced on September 19 that it is buying New Albany, Ohio-based

China’s Yiguo.com, Global Aquaculture Alliance Sign MOU China’s Yiguo.com, Global Aquaculture Alliance Sign MOU
Yiguo.com and the Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) during a ceremony in Shanghai on September 15, at which time the Chinese company announced it would

Indian Ice Cream Sales Value Grows at Double Digit Rate Indian Ice Cream Sales Value Grows at Double Digit Rate
How sweet it is! The ice cream business in India is one of the fastest expanding segments in the nation’s food processing industry, jumping from Rs 9,000 crore in value last year to Rs 12,000 crore

BFFF Appoints Judging Panel for People Awards Competition BFFF Appoints Judging Panel for People Awards Competition
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) has announced the names of judges for its inaugural People Awards. The competition celebrates the achievements of professionals who go “above and beyond”

Heat and Control Opens Manufacturing Facility in India Heat and Control Opens Manufacturing Facility in India
Heat and Control has inaugurated a new food processing equipment factory in Mahindra World City, a purpose-built business hub situated approximately 65 kilometers from Chennai, India, and 35

Marlen Buys Unitherm, Extends Thermal Processing Reach Marlen Buys Unitherm, Extends Thermal Processing Reach
Marlen International, Inc., a global manufacturer of highly engineered food processing equipment and systems, and a subsidiary of Chicago-based Duravant LLC, recently purchased Unitherm Food

Paul Howell Now Managing Director of Anglia Crown in UK Paul Howell Now Managing Director of Anglia Crown in UK
Paul Howell, hired as commercial head of Anglia Crown in January, has been appointed as the Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom-headquartered company’s managing director. Officially assuming the helm

Florida Food Sector Deals with Hurricane Irma Aftermath Florida Food Sector Deals with Hurricane Irma Aftermath
The food industry continues to cope with power outages in parts of Florida following Hurricane Irma, which barreled through the state on Sunday, causing at least 22 deaths as well as massive wind

Oregon Potato Company Buys Inventure Foods Frozen Assets Oregon Potato Company Buys Inventure Foods Frozen Assets
Inventure Foods, Inc. announced on September 12 that it has reached a definitive agreement to sell its frozen food business to Oregon Potato Company (OPC) for $50 million in cash. The transaction,

Pilgrim’s Pride Buys Moy Park from Parent Company JBS Pilgrim’s Pride Buys Moy Park from Parent Company JBS
Sao Paulo, Brazil-headquartered JBS SA has sold Moy Park, a major poultry and prepared foods supplier with operations in the United Kingdom and continental Europe, to its Greeley, Colorado, USA-based...

Blackstone Group Reportedly Makes Offer to Buy Americold Blackstone Group Reportedly Makes Offer to Buy Americold
The Blackstone Group, an international private equity company with over $370 billion in assets under a management team headed by Stephen Schwarzman, has made a $3 billion-plus binding offer to

With Frozens in Forefront, US Potato Exports Set Records With Frozens in Forefront, US Potato Exports Set Records
Frozen french fries dominated exports of United States potato products from July of 2016 to June of 2017, as the total value of all segment shipments achieved record sales value and volume of

Ardo and VLM Foods Join Forces in North American Market Ardo and VLM Foods Join Forces in North American Market
Ardooie, Belgium-headquartered Ardo NV has acquired a majority stake in Dollard-des-Ormeaux, Quebec, Canada-based VLM Foods Inc., a marketer of processed foods in North America with sales of EUR

Bambino’s Outgrows ‘Crib,’ Opens Manufacturing Facility Bambino’s Outgrows ‘Crib,’ Opens Manufacturing Facility
Alaska Governor Bill Walker (center) and First Lady Donna Walker (right) are welcomed to the newly inaugurated Bambino’s Frozen Baby Food production facility in Anchorage by CEO Zoi...

JCS Fish Earns AA Rating from British Retail Consortium JCS Fish Earns AA Rating from British Retail Consortium
Grimsby, England salmon specialist JCS Fish has enhanced its British Retail Consortium (BRC) certification to the AA Grade standard – doubling up on its A Grade status obtained in 2016. All smiles

Smiles Pay the Bill for Diners at KPRO by KFC in China Smiles Pay the Bill for Diners at KPRO by KFC in China
Smile, you’re on “Smile to Pay” camera! Yum China’s recently opened KPRO by KFC restaurant in Hangzhou, the hometown of e-commerce giant Alibaba, integrated Alipay’s new facial recognition payment

Hurricane Harvey Relief Teams, Frozen Pizza Bring Comfort Hurricane Harvey Relief Teams, Frozen Pizza Bring Comfort
All Port Houston facilities remained closed on August 30, due to record flooding and other to weather-related havoc across southeast Texas and beyond spawned by Hurricane Harvey and the lingering

Martin Preferred Foods Copes with Houston Flood Havoc Martin Preferred Foods Copes with Houston Flood Havoc
For the first time in the 74-year history of the Martin Preferred Foods (MPF), weather conditions forced the closure of its Houston facilities on August 28 due to the catastrophic effects of

Frozen Shark Possession Nets Crew Jail Time, Stiff Fine Frozen Shark Possession Nets Crew Jail Time, Stiff Fine
A judge in Ecuador has jailed 20 Chinese crew members and imposed a $5.9 million fine after their ship, the Fu Yuan Yu Leng 999, was found with 300 tons of frozen sharks and other marine products

Nomad Foods’ Q2 Revenues Rise 0.5%, Profits Advance 3.4% Nomad Foods’ Q2 Revenues Rise 0.5%, Profits Advance 3.4%
Nomad Foods’ sales for the second quarter ending on June 30, 2017, increased 0.5% to €458 million over the corresponding period the year before. Gross profit for the Feltham, England-headquartered

BFFF to India: Bolster Efforts to Stop Shrimp Import Ban BFFF to India: Bolster Efforts to Stop Shrimp Import Ban
The British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) is urging India’s Ministry of Commerce and Industry to redouble efforts to prevent a ban of imports of Indian seafood exports by the European Union (EU),

Dawnfresh Chairman Gets Honorary Decree from Cranfield Dawnfresh Chairman Gets Honorary Decree from Cranfield
Alastair Salvesen, a well-known figure in the United Kingdom’s frozen seafood business recognised as a distinguished person with major influence in relevant subject areas, has been presented an

Young’s Seafood Appoints Tim Busby as New CFO Young’s Seafood Appoints Tim Busby as New CFO
Grimsby, England-headquartered Young’s Seafood Ltd. has announced that Tim Busby will come on board as chief financial officer effective January 2, 2018. He will succeed Malcolm Lofts, who will

Apex Frozen Foods IPO in India Yields Oversubscription Apex Frozen Foods IPO in India Yields Oversubscription
Wow, that was fast! The initial public offering of Apex Frozen Foods (AFF) shares was fully subscribed on the second day of bidding, August 23. The Andhra Pradesh, India-based company is an

GAA Recruits Greg Brown to Manage BAP Program Integrity GAA Recruits Greg Brown to Manage BAP Program Integrity
The Global Aquaculture Alliance (GAA) has hired industry veteran Greg Brown to take on the role of program integrity manager for its Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party certification

IRTA Elects New Chairman, Other Officers and Directors IRTA Elects New Chairman, Other Officers and Directors
New officers and directors of the International Refrigerated Transportation Association (IRTA) were announced during a board of directors meeting which took place during the Global Cold Chain Expo

Smithfield Investing in Distribution, Cold Storage in NC Smithfield Investing in Distribution, Cold Storage in NC
Smithfield Foods, Inc. plans to build a new distribution center and expand blast cell cold storage capabilities at its processing facility in Tar Heel, North Carolina, USA. Approximately $100

Discounter Lidl Now Seventh Largest UK Supermarket Chain Discounter Lidl Now Seventh Largest UK Supermarket Chain
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, covering a three-month period ending August 13, 2017, show Lidl has increased its market share to a new record high of 5.2% – up 0.7

New Plant in India Will Double Innovative Foods’ Output New Plant in India Will Double Innovative Foods’ Output
Kochi, Kerala-based Innovative Foods Ltd (IFL) has announced that it will expand output of frozen products by building a second factory in the Chittoor district of Andhra Pradesh. This will double

Great Grimsby’s Warm Welcome ‘Just Got Cooler’ Great Grimsby’s Warm Welcome ‘Just Got Cooler’
Following the successful launch of a frozen range of value-added retail seafood products, the Grimsby-based CoolBrand team has officially made its hometown even cooler.  Saucy Fish Co.’s

Conagra to Make Major Investment at Arkansas Factory Conagra to Make Major Investment at Arkansas Factory
Conagra Brands will spend $50 million over the next four years to expand and upgrade its frozen food plant in Russellville, Arkansas. The announcement was made during a recent Arkansas Valley

Access to Free Water Positively Affects Life in Zapote Access to Free Water Positively Affects Life in Zapote
The lives of more than 50 families living in Zapote, Puná Island, Ecuador, has changed for the better now that fresh water for drinking and other everyday activities is available free of charge,

Pinnacle Frozen Sales Up 2.5%; Q2 Dividend Rises 14% Pinnacle Frozen Sales Up 2.5%; Q2 Dividend Rises 14%
Pinnacle Foods has authorized a 14% hike in its quarterly cash dividend, payable on October 9 to shareholders of record at the close of business on August 29. On an annualized basis, the

Tyson Foods to Expand Tennessee Poultry Processing Plant Tyson Foods to Expand Tennessee Poultry Processing Plant
Tyson Foods will invest $84 million as part of an expansion program at its poultry processing facility in Union City, Tennessee. The Springdale, Arkansas, USA-headquartered company announced on

Demone Back at Helm as High Liner Foods Chief Executive Demone Back at Helm as High Liner Foods Chief Executive
Chairman Henry Demone has resumed day-to-day command of High Liner Foods, succeeding Keith Decker who held the post of president and chief executive officer for the past two years. No reason was

Flagship to Build Frozen Food Warehouse in New Mexico Flagship to Build Frozen Food Warehouse in New Mexico
Flagship Food Group has announced that it will further expand its manufacturing and distribution capacity in the Albuquerque, New Mexico area by building a state-of-the-art, 76,000 square-foot

Schwan’s Gets into Shrimp Farming Business in Minnesota Schwan’s Gets into Shrimp Farming Business in Minnesota
Trū Shrimp, a unit of Ralco, and Schwan’s Company, a major frozen foods producer and marketer in the United States, have formed a strategic partnership to launch an in-land shrimp production

Partnership Announces McDonald’s Growth Plan for China Partnership Announces McDonald’s Growth Plan for China
Following completion of a strategic partnership agreement with CITIC Capital and the Carlyle Group, Oakbrook, Illinois, USA-headquartered McDonald's Corporation has unveiled plans to significantly

Newport Organization Acquires Crocker & Winsor Seafoods Newport Organization Acquires Crocker & Winsor Seafoods
The St. Petersburg, Florida-headquartered Newport Organization, parent company of Newport International, has purchased Crocker & Winsor Seafoods. The Needham, Massachusetts-based acquisition is

Jan Bouman Now Director at Hoogendijk Import Export Jan Bouman Now Director at Hoogendijk Import Export
Jan Bouman, former director of coldstores for Samskip Logistics in Rotterdam and general manager of Frigocare Rotterdam, has left the company to become director of Hoogendijk Import Export BV. The

UK Food and Drink Supply Chain Outlines Brexit Priorities UK Food and Drink Supply Chain Outlines Brexit Priorities
British Frozen Food Federation Chief Executive John Hyman has joined Food and Drink Federation Director General Ian Wright and 25 other trade association and council signatories to a joint letter

OSI Doubles Chicken Capacity at Toledo Plant in Spain OSI Doubles Chicken Capacity at Toledo Plant in Spain
OSI Food Solutions Spain has added a high capacity production line to its existing factory operation in Toledo, Spain. The €17 million investment has increased output capability of processed

New Product Orders Add Up to Solid Performance by TOMRA New Product Orders Add Up to Solid Performance by TOMRA
TOMRA Sorting Food has announced a positive six-month trading period since the start of 2017, thanks to the successful launch of three sorting platforms, new senior management appointments and the

Tyson Foods Posts 3Q17 Results, Anticipates Record Year Tyson Foods Posts 3Q17 Results, Anticipates Record Year
As Tyson Foods reported an increase in operating income and earnings for the third quarter, net income during that period fell approximately 8% to $447 million for the Springdale, Arkansas,...

Bonduelle Vegetable Sales Set Record; Frozen Up 11.7% Bonduelle Vegetable Sales Set Record; Frozen Up 11.7%
Revenues for Villeneuve d’Ascq, France-headquartered Bonduelle topped EUR 2 billion for the first time ever during the 2016-17 financial year spanning July 1-June 30. The EUR 2.288.1 billion sales

Thai Union Sales Rise, Net Profit Falls in Second Quarter Thai Union Sales Rise, Net Profit Falls in Second Quarter
The Thai Union Group has posted a 1.2 percent year-on-year sales increase for the second quarter of 2017 to THB 34,818 million, despite significant currency exchange fluctuations and variable

Sesotec Gears Up in Italy with New Managing Director Sesotec Gears Up in Italy with New Managing Director
Andrea Festelli, managing director of Sesotec operations in Italy since April, has been tasked with merging the Schönberg, Germany-headquartered company’s Sesotec Italy and Advanced Sorting

Henningsen’s New Coldstore in Oregon Open for Business Henningsen’s New Coldstore in Oregon Open for Business
Henningsen Cold Storage Co. has opened its second facility in Salem and fifth in the state of Oregon. Located on the Interstate Highway 5 corridor at the Mill Creek Corporate Center, the

Innate Second Generation Potato Gets Clearance in Canada Innate Second Generation Potato Gets Clearance in Canada
Health Canada and Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) have completed the food, feed, and environmental safety assessments of the J.R. Simplot Company’s second generation of Innate® potatoes. The...

Van de Put Leaving McCain for Mondelēz; Koeune to Succeed Van de Put Leaving McCain for Mondelēz; Koeune to Succeed
After serving seven years as president and chief executive officer of McCain Foods, Dirk Van de Put is stepping down to assume the position of ceo at Mondelēz International. Max Koeune will replace

Ecuador Welcomes US Monitoring Program’s Shrimp Inclusion Ecuador Welcomes US Monitoring Program’s Shrimp Inclusion
While some shrimp exporters to the United States as well as importers are concerned about the potential commercial impact from the inclusion of shrimp in seafood traceability rules as part of the

Deprez Buys Out AIF, Increases Stakeholding in Greenyard Deprez Buys Out AIF, Increases Stakeholding in Greenyard
The Deprez family has boosted its ownership of Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard from 45.3% to 49.3% following the purchase of Agri Investment Fund (AIF) shares on July 31.

Prof Works on Formula to Improve Frozen Lobster Quality Prof Works on Formula to Improve Frozen Lobster Quality
This year’s lobster fishing season is over in Atlantic Canada, but work continues for a chemistry professor at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonich, Nova Scotia, who is determined to improve

TI Building New Dick Cold Storage Facility in Ohio TI Building New Dick Cold Storage Facility in Ohio
Fort Wayne, Indiana-based refrigerated warehouse builder Tippmann Innovation (TI) joined members of the Dick Cold Storage team on July 27 to break ground on a new project in Columbus, Ohio. Upon

NFRA Announces 2017 Golden Penguin Awards Winners NFRA Announces 2017 Golden Penguin Awards Winners
The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) in the United States has named the winners of the Golden Penguin Awards for its 2017 March Frozen Food Month promotion. The annual...

UberEATS and Chrissy Teigen Treats on McDelivery Day UberEATS and Chrissy Teigen Treats on McDelivery Day
From New York City to New Zealand and from Canada to the Netherlands, McDonald's has expanded McDelivery with UberEATS to 13 countries, including 3,500 restaurants in the United States in the past

British Frozen Food Retail Market Grows 3%, Says Kantar British Frozen Food Retail Market Grows 3%, Says Kantar
Retail sales statistics just released in the United Kingdom show that frozen food continues to excel with value growth across almost every category in the 52-week period ending on June 18,

CJ CheilJedang Breaks Ground for Food Plant in Vietnam CJ CheilJedang Breaks Ground for Food Plant in Vietnam
Seoul, South Korea-headquartered CJ CheilJedang Corp. has announced that it will invest 70 billion won (approximately US $63 million) to build a frozen and chilled food factory in Ho Chi Minh City,

Pizza-hungry Schwan’s Buys Better Baked and Drayton Foods Pizza-hungry Schwan’s Buys Better Baked and Drayton Foods
Bloomington, Minnesota-headquartered Schwan’s Company has acquired Better Baked Foods and Drayton Foods from NE Foods Inc. for an undisclosed price. The deal represents the second major transaction...

Saucy Charts AmazonFresh E-Commerce Route for Frozen Fish Saucy Charts AmazonFresh E-Commerce Route for Frozen Fish
The Saucy Fish Co. has secured another listing for its new frozen range in the United Kingdom, this time with e-commerce grocery delivery service AmazonFresh. Following the successful nationwide

Stavis Engages Zant to Boost US West Coast Distribution Stavis Engages Zant to Boost US West Coast Distribution
Stavis Seafoods, a Boston, Massachusetts-headquartered importer and first receiver of seafood, will enter into a primary wholesale distribution partnership with R.W. Zant Co., a major broadline

Kloosterboer Coldstore Network Expanding in Netherlands Kloosterboer Coldstore Network Expanding in Netherlands
International logistics service provider Kloosterboer has announced that it will build a fully automated high-bay coldstore featuring 40,000 pallet positions in the central Netherlands municipality

Alberta French Fry Plant Site of Latest McCain Expansion Alberta French Fry Plant Site of Latest McCain Expansion
McCain Foods Limited has announced plans to expand output at its factory in Coaldale, Alberta, Canada. This investment will bring additional production capacity to the frozen french fry

Tom Bené to Succeed Bill DeLaney as Sysco CEO in 2018 Tom Bené to Succeed Bill DeLaney as Sysco CEO in 2018
Sysco Corporation announced on July 18 that CEO Bill DeLaney will be succeeded by Tom Bené, currently president and chief operating officer. He will become president and as well as chief executive

OctoFrost Broadens Scope with Innotec Systems Takeover OctoFrost Broadens Scope with Innotec Systems Takeover
The Malmö, Sweden-headquartered OctoFrost Group has acquired Innotec Systems BV, a Werkendam, Netherlands-based manufacturer of customized industrial food processing machinery and lines for

Dawnfresh Trout Gets Royal Endorsement During Plant Tour Dawnfresh Trout Gets Royal Endorsement During Plant Tour
Trout from Scotland was given the Royal stamp of approval when the £3.1million expansion of the RR Spink & Sons facility in Arbroath was officially opened by HRH The Princess Royal. She was

New On-Terminal Reefer Service Area Opens in Charleston New On-Terminal Reefer Service Area Opens in Charleston
South Carolina Ports Authority (SCPA) has opened a new refrigerated container service area in the Port of Charleston, marking a $14 million investment to support increased shipments of frozen food

Central Foods Makes Grant Thornton Top 100 List Central Foods Makes Grant Thornton Top 100 List
Frozen food distributor Central Foods has been named as one of the best performing businesses in Northamptonshire, England. The firm, which is celebrating its 21st anniversary this year, has earned

Baader is Main Supplier for Cermaq’s New Salmon Plant Baader is Main Supplier for Cermaq’s New Salmon Plant
Oslo-headquartered Cermaq, the second largest producer of farm-raised salmon in the world, is building a state-of-the-art processing complex at Storskjæret in Steigen, Norway, that will occupy

Thumbs Up for McCain Frozen Potato Plant Expansion in UK Thumbs Up for McCain Frozen Potato Plant Expansion in UK
It’s official. McCain Foods’ extensive plans to upgrade and expand its potato processing plant in Scarborough, England, have been approved by local government officials. The £100 million project

SORTEX Optical Sorter Does ‘Berry Good’ Job for Blåtand SORTEX Optical Sorter Does ‘Berry Good’ Job for Blåtand
Blåtand AB, a producer of frozen berries and jams for the industrial, catering and retail sectors, has installed Bühler’s SORTEX F optical sorter with PolarVision at its factory in Stöde, Sweden,

Claridge Sells Les Plats Du Chef to C.H. Guenther & Son Claridge Sells Les Plats Du Chef to C.H. Guenther & Son
C.H. Guenther & Son Inc. (CHG) of San Antonio, Texas, USA, has acquired Les Plats du Chef Inc. (PDC), a frozen food products maker based in Canada, from Montreal-headquartered private equity

Tyson Foods to Expand Pennsylvania Distribution Center Tyson Foods to Expand Pennsylvania Distribution Center
An investment of $59.7 million to expand Tyson Foods’ distribution center in Pottsville, Pennsylvania, is being made to improve efficiency and support the company’s plans for growth. The July 6

CP Foods Europe Buys Paulsen Food Service in Germany CP Foods Europe Buys Paulsen Food Service in Germany
Charoen Pokphand Foods Europe has acquired 95% of Hamburg, Germany-based Paulsen Food Service in a share purchase and cooperation agreement with Peter Paulsen Import-Export & Company

American Beef Again Competes for Slice of China Market American Beef Again Competes for Slice of China Market
United States Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue joined with US Ambassador to China Terry Branstad on June 30 to slice a Nebraska prime rib in a Beijing ceremony, formally marking the return of

All-American July 4th Cookout Costs Under $6 Per Person All-American July 4th Cookout Costs Under $6 Per Person
A cookout of Americans’ favorite foods for the Fourth of July, including hot dogs, cheeseburgers, pork spare ribs, potato salad, baked beans, lemonade and chocolate milk, prices out at slightly

AGRO Merchants Buys Poland Services Transport Logistyka AGRO Merchants Buys Poland Services Transport Logistyka
AGRO Merchants Group announced the purchase of Poland Services Transport Logistyka (PTSL) on July 3. The acquisition heralds a significant entry for the international cold storage and logistics

McCain Rolls with OFM to Bring Street Food to LACA Event McCain Rolls with OFM to Bring Street Food to LACA Event
Jon Knight, co-founder of Original Fry Up Material (OFM), will be cooking up school dinner classics with a street food twist, showcasing how McCain Foodservice frozen potato products can work well

Klaas Puul Shrimp Processing Plant Construction Begins Klaas Puul Shrimp Processing Plant Construction Begins
Klaas Puul BV is building the Netherlands’ largest shrimp production and storage complex in the heart of Volendam. The new facility will occupy 5,504 square meters and have capacity to annually

It’s Ice Cream Month in USA, Where Cold Treats are Hot It’s Ice Cream Month in USA, Where Cold Treats are Hot
People living in the United States indulge in ice cream more than any nation in the world, averaging a whopping 48 pints per person, per year. Ninety-eight percent of all American households purchase...

Win Chill Project Begins; WDS Facility Near Seattle Opens Win Chill Project Begins; WDS Facility Near Seattle Opens
South Dakota Governor Dennis Daugaard attended the June 22 ground breaking ceremony for the first facility to be built in the new Foundation Park in Sioux Falls. The Win Chill refrigerated

Producers Address Fruit and Vegetable Issues in Brussels Producers Address Fruit and Vegetable Issues in Brussels
PROFEL, the European Association of Fruit and Vegetable Processors, and Freshfel Europe, the European Fresh Produce Association, joined forces in Brussels at a conference held on June 20. Central

BAP Aquaculture Standards on Threshold of GSSI Approval BAP Aquaculture Standards on Threshold of GSSI Approval
The Global Aquaculture Alliance’s Best Aquaculture Practices (BAP) third-party aquaculture certification program is one step closer to becoming recognized by the Global Sustainable Seafood

Resignation of SuperValu CFO Bruce Besanko Imminent Resignation of SuperValu CFO Bruce Besanko Imminent
Minneapolis, Minnesota-headquartered SuperValu has announced that Bruce Besanko will resign his positions as executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer

Dirafrost Taps Chinese Social Media to Boost PRC Sales Dirafrost Taps Chinese Social Media to Boost PRC Sales
Dirafrost, the Herk-de-Stad, Belgium-based frozen fruit company, has shared details of a successful marketing effort with its distributor in China. Together they combined a digital campaign and a...

Citing Safety Concerns, US Halts Brazilian Beef Imports Citing Safety Concerns, US Halts Brazilian Beef Imports
US Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue has suspended all imports of fresh beef from Brazil because of recurring concerns about the safety of the products intended for the American market. The ban

Lineage Buys Partner Logistics, Enters European Market Lineage Buys Partner Logistics, Enters European Market
Lineage Logistics has made its first acquisition outside of the United States with the purchase of Partner Logistics, a European refrigerated warehouse company that ranks as the world’s ninth

Chris Oliver New NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator Chris Oliver New NOAA Fisheries Assistant Administrator
US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross has appointed Chris Oliver to the position of assistant administrator for NOAA Fisheries. He will oversee the federal agency responsible for commercial and

Huge Potential in China Retail Market for Alaska Salmon Huge Potential in China Retail Market for Alaska Salmon
Up until now, the grocery store market for imported salmon in China has largely been dominated by farm-raised product sourced from Norway. But wild product from Alaska is steadily entering the

Americold Welcomes Tim Hinckley to Executive Team Americold Welcomes Tim Hinckley to Executive Team
Americold announced on June 20 that Tim Hinckley has joined the Atlanta, Georgia, USA-headquartered refrigerated warehouse company as an executive vice president and chief commercial officer. In

Major Expansion at Tyson Distribution Center in Georgia Major Expansion at Tyson Distribution Center in Georgia
Tyson Foods, Inc. is investing $59 million to expand its frozen and refrigerated products distribution center at the I-75 Business Park in Macon, Georgia, which currently serves retail and

Record SIAL China Attendance; Frozen Tuna Strikes Gold Record SIAL China Attendance; Frozen Tuna Strikes Gold
The figures are in for the SIAL China trade show which recently took place in Shanghai, confirming that a record number of visitors and exhibitors attended the three-day event. Altogether, 3,200

Will Amazon’s Food Business Appetite Extend to Grubhub? Will Amazon’s Food Business Appetite Extend to Grubhub?
Amazon's push into the food sector in North America could enter the restaurant pick-up and delivery realm if Wedbush analyst Aaron Turner is correct with his post-Whole Foods takeover analysis,

Grocers Brace for Impact as Amazon Swallows Whole Foods Grocers Brace for Impact as Amazon Swallows Whole Foods
Online commerce giant Amazon is poised to take over Whole Foods Market, Inc. in a $13.7 billion deal that will include net debt obligations of the Austin, Texas-headquartered retailer, which bills

KFC Prepares for Zinger Launch to Stratosphere and Back KFC Prepares for Zinger Launch to Stratosphere and Back
Ground Control to Colonel Sanders: “You’ve really made the grade. Commencing countdown. Spicy, crispy Zinger ready to boldly go where no chicken sandwich has gone before. Want fries with that?” An

Aldi Gears Up Expansion as Lidl Debuts in United States Aldi Gears Up Expansion as Lidl Debuts in United States
With newcomer Lidl poised to open doors at its first stores in the USA on June 15, well-established discount grocery chain and arch-rival Aldi has announced a $3.4 billion capital investment to

US, China Finalize Details to Send Beef Products to PRC US, China Finalize Details to Send Beef Products to PRC
As part of the United States-China 100-Day Action plan announced on May 11 by US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and Secretary of the Treasury Steven T. Mnuchin, the Trump Administration on June

Dry Weather Conditions in Europe Worry Vegetable Packers Dry Weather Conditions in Europe Worry Vegetable Packers
European processors of frozen, canned and dehydrated vegetables in major producing countries are very concerned about the impact of warm and dry weather conditions over this year’s spring and

Brussels Seafood Expo Organizer Reports Record Attendance Brussels Seafood Expo Organizer Reports Record Attendance
The 25th edition of Seafood Expo Global/Seafood Processing Global, which took place April 25-27 in Brussels, Belgium, set record-breaking results to make it the largest ever event in terms of both

US Restaurant Traffic Holds Steady in Q1, Sales Edge Up US Restaurant Traffic Holds Steady in Q1, Sales Edge Up
The restaurant industry in the United States is an economic bellwether and the read for the first quarter of 2017 is steady as she goes, reports the NPD Group, a Chicago, Illinois-based global

Rauch to Headline GCCE Joint General Session in Chicago Rauch to Headline GCCE Joint General Session in Chicago
Doug Rauch, co-chief executive officer of Conscious Capitalism, will deliver the keynote address at the 2017 Global Cold Chain Expo (GCCE) joint opening general session, which kicks off at 8:35 AM

A-Listers Join Daily Harvest Series A Investors Group A-Listers Join Daily Harvest Series A Investors Group
Oscar Award-winning actress Gwyneth Paltrow and Grand Slam tennis champion Serena Williams have invested in Daily Harvest, a New York City-based company that distributes ready-to-blend premium

Nomad Foods CFO to Resign Post, But Stay as Board Member Nomad Foods CFO to Resign Post, But Stay as Board Member
Feltham, England-headquartered Nomad Foods Limited announced on June 7 that Chief Financial Officer Paul Kenyon will soon leave the company to accept an opportunity outside of the food industry. He

Vietnamese Importers Hungry for Indian Seafood Products Vietnamese Importers Hungry for Indian Seafood Products
India accounted for 25.7% of the US $508 million worth of fishery products imported by Vietnam during the first five months of 2017, according to figures from the Southeast Asian nation’s Ministry

Greenyard Reports Strong Y-o-Y Sales and REBITDA Growth Greenyard Reports Strong Y-o-Y Sales and REBITDA Growth
Sint-Katelijne-Waver, Belgium-headquartered Greenyard on June 6 reported that sales rose 7.1% to over EUR 4.249 billion year-on-year (Y-o-Y) for the fiscal year ending on March 31, 2017. The positive...

US Foods Buys F. Christiana, Enhances Louisiana Service US Foods Buys F. Christiana, Enhances Louisiana Service
Rosemont, Illinois-headquartered US Foods has announced that it is acquiring F. Christiana, a broadline distributor of food and food-related products concentrating on center-of-the-plate categories

ITC MasterChef Targets Frozen Food Home Market in India ITC MasterChef Targets Frozen Food Home Market in India
Kolkata, West Bengal, India-headquartered ITC Limited, a diversified consumer goods company that has been engaged in the frozen seafood export business since 1971, is now sharpening its focus on the

Greenpeace Salutes Thai Union’s Sustainability Promotion Greenpeace Salutes Thai Union’s Sustainability Promotion
Thai Union Group PCL welcomed members from Greenpeace to its headquarters in Bangkok on June 2 to accept an award and petition reaffirming its role as a leader for positive change in the seafood

Florentina to Build New Frozen Food Manufacturing Plant Florentina to Build New Frozen Food Manufacturing Plant
North York, Ontario-based Florentina Foods Ltd. has purchased a 4.076-acre parcel of land in Orangeville to build a new factory. The Canadian co-packer of private label ready meals and other frozen

CJ CheilJedang Buys Russian Frozen Food Company CJ CheilJedang Buys Russian Frozen Food Company
Seoul, South Korea-headquartered CJ CheilJedang Corp. on June 1 announced the purchase of Ravioli OOO, a Russian frozen food maker based in St. Petersburg, for 30 billion won (approximately US

Is Conagra-Pinnacle Deal Off Table, or On Back Burner? Is Conagra-Pinnacle Deal Off Table, or On Back Burner?
Pinnacle Foods (PF) shares rose by 7.1% in value on May 31, as Reuters reported that Conagra Brands (CAG) approached the Parsippany, New Jersey, USA-based company with a buyout proposal. Credit

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