21 November 2013
Grupo Bimbo and Flowers Foods are said to be among early bidders for Canada Bread, the bakery business majority-owned by Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods.
30 October 2013
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods has reported a fall in third-quarter profits on the back of restructuring costs, pressure from commodity prices and lower sales.
28 October 2013
Unilever confirmed a fall in third-quarter sales this week it had indicated earlier this month; in between times, just-food met CEO Paul Polman in Germany to discuss the company's food business and emerging markets. The interview was published in two parts this week. Elsewhere, Tesco issued some eyebrow-raising stats on waste, Canada's Saputo upped its bid for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and Maple Leaf Foods said it weighing up the options for its 90% stake in Canada Bread.
25 October 2013
Maple Leaf Foods is reported to have approached a number of firms, including Mexico's Grupo Bimbo, over the purchase of its controlling stake in Canada Bread.
24 October 2013
Spain's Ebro Foods is to buy the pasta business of Canada Bread, the Canadian group that could be set for a change in ownership.
21 October 2013
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods is looking to potentially offload its controlling stake in Canada Bread as it looks to build top-line growth from its prepared meats business.
5 August 2013
The spat between UK retailers Sainsbury's and Tesco grabbed this week's headlines after the country's advertising watchdog ruled in favour of the latter's price comparison scheme.
31 July 2013
Maple Leaf Foods chief executive Michael McCain has suggested the company's falling earnings are the "cost of change" as the Canadian meat and bakery group invests in improving its business.
31 July 2013
Maple Leaf Foods has reported a drop in first-half earnings due to ongoing issues at its protein business.
23 July 2013
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods has entered into a deal to sell its turkey growing operations.
10 June 2013
A tragic fire in a Chinese poultry facility highlighted continued concerns over safety standards in emerging markets last week. The just-food briefing looked at the need to innovate to prevent breakfast cereal sales going soggy, insight that was swiftly followed by the news that Kellogg is launching a number of breakfast bar and drink products in response to changing consumption patterns. Meanwhile, chocolate giants Nestle and Mars were accused of price fixing in Canada. Here are the highlights on just-food this week.
4 June 2013
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods plans to increase its sales of New York Bakery Co. branded-bagels in the UK by expanding production and increasing marketing spend.
3 May 2013
M&A - as ever - was a hot topic on just-food this week. Some deals were done - Hain Celestial acquired UK organic baby food firm Ella's Kitchen and PAI Partners snapped European own-label giant R&R Ice Cream. Potential transactions were speculated about - the spin off of WhiteWave Foods prompted rumours over possible suitors and Unilever's ongoing problems in spreads led to talk it could one day sell the unit.
3 May 2013
Two UK-based firms were the subject of takeovers this week: R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream firm, changed hands after PAI Partners struck a deal to buy the business; and Hain Celestial snapped up UK organic baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.
2 May 2013
Maple Leaf Foods today (2 May) admitted the problems within its meat business were worse than expected after reporting first-quarter company losses that more than doubled.
29 April 2013
Wal-Mart, Kroger and Supervalu are among the US retailers presenting at a Barclays sector conference next week. The first-quarter results will continue to roll in, with Kellogg, Kraft Foods Group and Canadian retailer Loblaw part of a group of companies to publish numbers.
19 April 2013
Could sovereign wealth funds and pension funds become more active participants in deal-making in the FMCG industry? Perhaps so, writes Dean Best.
17 April 2013
Canada Bread Company has announced plans to shutter its snack cakes bakery in Shawinigan, Quebec, at the beginning of May.
26 February 2013
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods said lower restructuring costs helped boost profits in its full-year.
31 January 2013
Canadian baker Canada Bread, in which Maple Leaf Foods has a 90% stake, has announced plans to close two bakeries, affecting around 120 jobs.
18 January 2013
Russia has widened its ban on the import of US meat amid concern over the use of growth stimulator Ractopamin to include Canada.
11 December 2012
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods is to offload a potato processing plant to local frozen potato firm Cavendish Farms.
2 November 2012
Maple Leaf Foods has agreed to buy Canadian hog production firm Puratone, a deal the food group said would provide a "consistent supply" to its value-added meats business.
31 October 2012
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods has booked a drop in third-quarter earnings due to declining sales and the write-down of certain assets.
1 August 2012
Canadian food manufacturer Maple Leaf Foods has booked a drop in first-half profits.
20 July 2012
Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods may struggle to meet its full-year guidance as drought pressures in the US continue to place pressure on commodities, an analyst has warned.
2 May 2012
Maple Leaf Foods has booked a drop in first-quarter profits, hit by restructuring costs and the implementation of the Canadian food group's plans to improve its margins.
23 April 2012
Maple Leaf Foods has taken its New York Bakery Co. bagel brand into the UK's muffin category.
13 April 2012
Canada's food watchdog has said cost-saving measures that have included the sacking of 100 government inspectors will have no impact on food safety in the country.
11 April 2012
Canadian company Sofina Foods is set to buy local firm Fearmans Pork from private-equity firm Sun Capital Partners.