Archer Daniels Midland opened a facility in Portland, Ore., to replace one that was closed because the state claimed a portion for transportation. The facility, which employs 13, serves as a terminal for sweeteners including corn syrup, dry sugar, high-fructose corn syrup and liquid sugar.
The Madelaine Chocolate Co. in Rockaway Beach, N.Y., has been repairing damage from Hurricane Sandy and expects to open its manufacturing facility in mid-June. "All the machinery we're using was fixed in-house and we received no outside governmental financial support," said President Jorge Farber.
Snack-makers are selling fun and convenience, said Steve Chandler, secretary general of the European Snacks Association, and efforts to improve packaging sustainability won't be the center of a marketing campaign. Though interest in the environment is increasing, he said, it is not the top reason for buying snacks.
With chocolate consumption up, companies are working to make sure cocoa production can keep up. Nestle, Cargill and Barry Callebaut are among those investing in farmer training and improved crops in cocoa-growing regions.
Thouet Maschinenbau, a Germany-based leading maker of machinery for the cocoa industry, is being acquired by the Royal Duyvis Wiener Group. "Thouet Maschinenbau will be a great addition to the Royal Duyvis Wiener Group and we look forward to continuing serving our clients from bean to chocolate," said Managing Director Miriam van Dijk.