Videojet Technologies, Inc., Wood Dale, Ill.,is acquiring Duluth, Ga.-based PRISM, Inc. Together, the companies will provide systems for track-and-trace applications. PRISM will continue to operate as a separate business unit and will remain based in Duluth.
The Ag One Foundation of California State University, Fresno, honored Fred R. Ruiz during its annual Community Salute Award Dinner in July. Proceeds from the event are being used to establish the Ag One—Fred R. Ruiz Scholarship Endowment Fund.
The 2007 All Candy Expo, to be held Sept. 17-19 in Chicago, will feature nearly 500 confectionery, cookie and snack companies, including more than 135 new exhibitors. The expo will include a gourmet marketplace focusing on specialty confectionery and snack products such as premium, gourmet, and fortified all-natural and organic products.
Archer Daniels Midland Co., Decatur, Ill., sponsored a visiting grower delegation in July during the Institute of Food Technologists’ annual food expo in Chicago. The delegation included growers from Illinois, Minnesota and North Dakota. Growers attended a luncheon with executives from ADM and IFT, as well as a presentation at the ADM booth.
Red Star Yeast Co., a joint venture of Lesaffre Yeast Corp. and Archer Daniels Midland Co., is expanding its Cedar Rapids, Iowa, yeast facility. The company will begin the multiphase project, pending construction and environmental permits, with an expected completion date in early 2009. The additional capacity will support the operation of a yeast extract plant to be constructed by Lesaffre’s Bio Springer North America subsidiary, as well as other market-related opportunities. Milwaukee-based Red Star opened the facility in late 2005. The plant uses a number of unique processing technologies based on yeast grown on corn sugar syrup.
Dawn Food Products, Jackson, Mich., has launched a Spanish language version of its Web site. It has the same elements as its English counterpart and complements the company’s full line of products targeted toward Hispanics. The Spanish language site can be found at espanol.dawnfoods.com or by clicking on the Español link at www.DawnFoods.com.
ConAgra Foods, Omaha, Neb., has acquired New York-based Alexia Foods Inc., which markets all-natural and organic appetizers and artisan breads. Established in 2002 by chef Alex Dzieduszycki, Alexia generates about $35 million in annual sales. Visit www.alexiafoods.com or www.ConAgraFoods.com for more information.
Robert P. Crozer, 60, former vice chairman of Flowers Industries and former chairman of Keebler Foods, passed away in July after a long-fought battle with cancer. A native of Philadelphia, Crozer was a resident of Jackson Hole, Wy., and most recently served as senior advisor for Greenhill and Co. LLC.
Crozer joined Flowers Industries in 1973 after receiving his MBA from the University of Virginia — Darden School. In 1979, he was promoted to president of the Thomasville, Ga.-based company’s convenience products group and elected to the board. Eventually, he was elected corporate vice president of marketing, prior to serving as vice chairman from 1989 to 2001. Earlier in his career, Crozer developed the Nature’s Own brand, which today is Flowers’ leading brand, with sales of $600 million annually.
Crozer is survived by his wife, two sons and brother.