RSA-Talke opens up in Dubai - 23/05/2016

RSA-Talke has completed the first phase of its integrated chemicals hub in the Jebel Ali Free Zone, Dubai.

BW stays ahead - 20/05/2016

BW LPG says it experienced a softening in the VLGC market in the first quarter but its results were still well ahead of the year-earlier figures, with EBITDA up 11% at $89m and after-tax profit up 5% at $60m.

Portable VGM solution on show - 12/05/2016

Hy-Dynamix has launched a new portable container weighing solution to help shippers comply with the new rules on verified gross mass (VGM) that enter into force on 1 July.

Records all round at Hoyer - 12/05/2016

Hoyer closed its fiscal 2015 with new record figures, despite what it calls a “difficult market environment”.

Van den Bosch, Aspen unite in Africa - 12/05/16

Van den Bosch has set up a joint venture with South African reefer specialist Aspen International and has opened two new sites, one in Cape Town and one in Durban.

Odfjell out from under a cloud - 10/05/16

Odfjell has reported first quarter EBITDA of $69m, nearly double the $35m posted a year ago, and a net profit of $24m compared to a loss of $36m in first quarter 2015.

USCG rules on cargo securing - 10/05/16

The US Coast Guard has issued an interim final rule to require US and foreign self-propelled cargo vessels of 500 gt or more, travelling on international voyages, to have cargo securing manuals (CSMs) on board.

New guidance on calcium hypo by ship - 09/05/16

New guidelines for the carriage of calcium hypochlorite in containers have been published jointly by the Cargo Incident Notification System (CINS) and the International Group of P&I Clubs.

Univar struggles in tough market - 04/05/16

Univar has announced a first-quarter gross profit of $430.3m, down 6.8% from the $461.6m achieved 12 months ago.

Maroon goes for US growth - 04/05/16

The Ohio-headquartered Maroon Group has acquired US Chemicals, a national distributor of speciality chemicals based in Darien, Connecticut.

Brenntag enters Korean market - 04/05/16

Brenntag is to acquire South Korean speciality chemicals distributor Whanee Corporation, which last year generated sales of €16.8m.

Hoyer expands Schkopau - 02/05/16

Hoyer has completed the expansion of its Kombi Terminal Schkopau (KTSK), adding a second portal crane and lengthening the rail lines by 220 metres.

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  • Yeast confection

    After last month’s brassica attack, we return to safer ground and the subject of beer. Although recent news has been rather alarming – reminiscent of those jobs we had as teenagers, when your mate who was working part-time in a sausage factory declared he would never eat sausage again (see also milk and Weetabix, in our memory).

  • Brassica alert

    We start this month with something of a horror story. It involves broccoli, which as many readers will know is an invention of the devil and not to be put anywhere near a dinner plate. Same goes for kale, only more so.

  • The other end of the chicken

    After last month’s piece in this column wondering about chicken steroid logistics, and the hazards posed by the transport of the stuff in tank trucks, this month we are faced with a story that comes from the output end of the chicken system.