Andy Szal
Senior Reporter

Andy Szal writes about manufacturing, technology, energy, food, labor and regulatory issues for Advantage Business Media's Manufacturing group. He previously spent nearly 10 years covering politics and business issues in Madison, Wisconsin.

Packaged food giant Conagra on Friday announced an agreement to purchase the maker of Boomchickapop popcorn snacks.
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9.22.2017
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Tyson Foods is reportedly reconsidering the proposed site of a Kansas chicken processing plant amid opposition from local residents and elected officials.
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9.22.2017
10:13am
A poultry industry group this month asked the Trump administration to raise the limit on chicken processing speeds by 25 percent in an effort to meet rising...
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9.13.2017
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Poultry giant Pilgrim's Pride will pay its parent company some $1.3 billion in cash and debt to move European counterpart Moy Park under its corporate...
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9.11.2017
4:54pm
The cuts are expected to impact salaried and hourly employees at its ready-to-eat cereal plant near the company's headquarters in Battle Creek, Michigan.
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9.7.2017
9:53am
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Billionaire investor Warren Buffett told CNBC last week that "I think the answer is no" regarding Kraft Heinz's interest in a bid for Mondelez.
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9.6.2017
9:53am
Ellia Kassoff, the chief executive of Leaf Brands, told the Orange County Business Journal that his Newport Beach-based company plans to bid for Nestlé's...
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8.30.2017
10:12am
Michigan boasts one of the strongest craft beer industries in the U.S., and Grand Rapids-based Founders Brewing Company resides among the giants of the segment.
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8.23.2017
9:15am
As researchers work to save Michigan's most famous crop, some local farmers are looking to alternatives.
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8.22.2017
9:20am
A trio of global crop research giants aim to develop an improved stevia-based sweetener as consumers increasingly turn away from sugar, high-fructose corn...
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8.21.2017
2:38pm
Constellation Brands last week announced the addition of Florida craft brewer Funky Buddha to its beer lineup.
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8.15.2017
10:38am
Reuters reports that privately owned Eden Creamery LLC is working with Barclays on a potential sale that could value the Los Angeles company at up to $2...
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8.9.2017
4:08pm
Sapporo Holdings last week announced an agreement to purchase Anchor Brewing Co. for a reported $85 million. The deal does not include Anchor Distilling, which...
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8.7.2017
4:40pm
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An advocacy group this week called for Ben & Jerry's to alter its ice cream ingredient sourcing after most samples showed traces of a common pesticide.
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7.27.2017
3:03pm
Brazilian farmers expect to sell more lower-grade coffee this year as a beetle infestation compounds already low expectations for the harvest.
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7.27.2017
9:10am
The maker of Lemonheads and Red Hots candy reportedly plans to bid for Nestlé's U.S. candy business if the packaged food maker puts it up for sale.
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7.25.2017
4:54pm
Anheuser-Busch this week bolstered its non-alcoholic beverage offerings by announcing the acquisition of California energy drink maker Hiball.
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7.20.2017
4:47pm
European Union officials reportedly ordered trees and plants killed near the site of an almond grove that tested positive for an invasive bacteria.
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7.12.2017
8:50am
Mondelez expects its second-quarter financial results to reflect problems stemming from a cyberattack that affected companies and governments around the world...
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7.10.2017
1:00pm
Danone plans to sell its Stonyfield organic yogurt brand to fellow French dairy giant Lactalis as part of an agreement with U.S. antitrust regulators.
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7.5.2017
4:11pm
Target is removing the Hampton Creek food brand from its store shelves amid reports of food safety issues at the startup company.
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6.27.2017
12:38pm
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Conagra chief executive Sean Connolly is reportedly interested in a second bid to acquire packaged food rival Pinnacle Foods.
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6.2.2017
10:21am
The maker of Pepsi and Mountain Dew reportedly hopes to acquire the world's largest coconut water brand amid continued struggles in soft drink sales.
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5.30.2017
4:16pm
Campbell Soup Co. invested $10 million in an online meal delivery startup in hopes of bolstering its e-commerce operations.
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5.26.2017
9:15am
Kentucky-based liquor giant Brown-Forman reportedly rejected a recent takeover bid from beer and wine maker Constellation Brands.
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5.24.2017
2:32pm
Imported corn and soybeans meant for the burgeoning organic food market in the U.S. could easily be treated with pesticides in overseas farm fields, a recent...
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5.16.2017
8:55am
China's largest dairy company is reportedly preparing to bid for the top U.S. producer of organic yogurt.
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5.12.2017
3:24pm
Florida's attorney general is reportedly investigating allegations that the country's top chicken companies colluded to fix prices in recent years.
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5.11.2017
9:40am
Heineken last week announced its complete acquisition of California craft brewer Lagunitas after a nearly 20-month partnership.
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5.8.2017
11:02am
Wicked Weed Brewing of Asheville, N.C., will become the 11th craft brewer to join the industry giant's The High End business.
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5.4.2017
10:16am
Tyson Foods last week announced plans to bolster compensation and training at its plants in an effort to reduce employee turnover.
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5.1.2017
9:31am
Frito-Lay last week announced it would recall two varieties of potato chips due to concerns that their seasoning could be contaminated with salmonella.
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4.25.2017
4:08pm
European conglomerate Unilever last week announced an agreement to acquire New York-based condiments company Sir Kensington’s.
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4.24.2017
4:13pm
The world's largest brewer said that the commitment would reduce its operations' carbon footprint by 30 percent and make the company "the...
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4.5.2017
2:23pm
Haribo, the maker of Gold-Bears another other gummy candies, will begin manufacturing in the U.S. for the first time in 2020, the company announced Thursday.
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3.24.2017
9:10am
Ferrero International, the maker of Nutella and Tic Tacs, announced an agreement last week to acquire confectioner Fannie May in hopes of expanding its...
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3.20.2017
9:50am
General Mills' venture investment arm was a lead contributor to a recent fundraising round conducted by health food startup D's Naturals.
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3.2.2017
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Trader Joe's on Sunday recalled three varieties of applesauce due to worries that they could contain fragments of glass.
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2.27.2017
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Hormel officials this week reduced the company's outlook for the current fiscal year due to low turkey prices affecting its Jennie-O brand.
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2.24.2017
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