In the news August 2016: Specialty Food Association's Phillip M. Kafarakis

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Specialty Food Association named Phillip M. Kafarakis as president
Specialty Food Association named Phillip M. Kafarakis as president
  • The Specialty Food Association board of directors has named Phillip M. Kafarakis as president of the not-for-profit trade association.
  • National Beverage Corp. has promoted Alan Chittaro to the position of president of Faygo Beverages. 
  • Plex Systems has acquired DemandCaster. 
  • Niagara Bottling is planning to build a $95 million manufacturing and bottling operation in Chesterfield County, VA. Production is expected to begin in March. Initially, the company will hire 76 workers.
  • The International Society of Automation (ISA) is accepting applications for its 2017 educational scholarships, which will be awarded to college and university students who demonstrate outstanding potential for long-range contributions in the fields of automation, instrumentation and control. 
  • The METTLER TOLEDO Product Inspection Division will be building a new state-of-the-art facility in Tampa, FL.  Expected to be completed in late 2017, it also will house of the Hi-Speed Checkweighing business, which is planned to relocate from Ithaca, NY in 2018. 
  • Labatt Food Service has opened a new $28 million, 65,000-sq.-ft. meat cooking facility in San Antonio, TX. 
  • Hempler Foods Group LLC has entered into an agreement to acquire the business and certain assets of Washington-based Fletcher’s Fine Foods. 
  • Key Technology has promoted Bert Switten to the position of area sales manager for central and northern California. 
  • Patricia Scroggin has been chosen to lead an expanded power group for Burns & McDonnell, a company made up of engineers, architects, construction professionals, scientists, consultants and entrepreneurs throughout the world. 
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