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New products - Dr Oetker targets grab-and-go market with Chicago Town Pizza to Go; Alpen muesli targets "personalisation"; The Collective rolls out kefir Super Yoghurts for kids; Real Handful launches Bundlz

25 Jan 2019

This week's batch of new products includes US-based Flowers Foods launching Dave's Killer Bread English muffins and a new desserts range aimed at children from France's Andros.

Eyeing alternatives - meat companies with stakes in meat-free

16 Jan 2019

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area.

Maple Leaf Foods to create more than 1,000 jobs with new Ontario poultry plant

27 Nov 2018

Canada's protein-centric packaged foods company Maple Leaf Foods plans to create new jobs with the construction of a new domestic poultry plant.

Maple Leaf forms new firm to head plant-based food units

25 Oct 2018

Canada-based meat processor Maple Leaf Foods is forming a new subsidiary to head its recently-acquired plant-based food operations. 

Maple Leaf Foods to buy Canadian meats firm VIAU Foods

2 Oct 2018

Canada-based meat group Maple Leaf Foods has struck a deal to acquire local peer VIAU Foods.

New Products - Fonterra unveils Anchor Protein+ milk drink in NZ; Kraft Heinz and Hershey link up on Whipped Toppings; Yeo Valley debuts spoonable kefir; Unilever launches vegan Magnums

31 Aug 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes news of the first vegan Magnum ice creams and Lightlife Foods' launch into Canada.

Maple Leaf Foods names Curtis Frank to COO role as Gary Maksymetz plans to retire

31 Jul 2018

Maple Leaf Foods said chief operating officer Gary Maksymetz has taken the decision to retire in September with Curtis Frank set to takeover the role at the Canada-based protein centric firm.  

Maple Leaf Foods buys organic poultry plants from Cericola Farms

28 Jun 2018

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has increased its exposure to organic chicken and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics (RWA) after buying assets including two poultry farms from local business Cericola Farms.

Maple Leaf-owned Field Roast signs Australasian distribution deal

21 Jun 2018

Seattle-based Field Roast Grain Meat Co., owned by Canada's Maple Leaf Foods, has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Australian company Essen Foods.

What are the prospects for insect-based food?

10 May 2018

European retailers have started to stock edible, insect-based food, a sign some consumers are starting to accept the idea of eating crickets and mealworms. But what kind of market could emerge?

Maple Leaf undertakes major product revamp to embrace "real food movement"

8 May 2018

Canada-based Maple Leaf Foods is revamping all the products sold under its namesake brand to embrace the "real food movement" and incorporate "premium" meat and natural ingredients across its product range.

Maple Leaf invests in insect protein start-up Entomo Farms

12 Apr 2018

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has taken a minority investment in Entomo Farms, a North American producer of insects destined for human consumption.

Earnings summary - Arca Continental's sales surge; Grupo Nutresa ahead on strong overseas sales; Profits sag at bread giant Bimbo; BRF books FY loss, back in red in Q4

23 Feb 2018

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

Earnings summary - Conagra Brands sees income rise; General Mills revises full-year guidance

21 Dec 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know.

2017 - the year in food industry M&A

15 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2017.

Capturing the vegan opportunity in UK foodservice

6 Dec 2017

The number of vegans in the UK has rocketed in the past decade, while the number of meat-eaters looking to reduce their consumption of meat continues to rise. Both trends represent an opportunity for foodservice operators in the country and their suppliers but how can ride the wave? David Burrows reports.

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods sees Q2 profits surge

27 Jul 2017

Canadian meat-packaging company Maple Leaf Foods has reported a 19% in second-quarter profits, although the increase was not enough to stem a drop in half-year earnings.

Maple Leaf touts sales, margin growth as Q1 profits fall

27 Apr 2017

Canada-based Maple Leaf Foods pointed to improved sales and margins in the first quarter of the year, as costs linked to a plant closure hit its bottom line.

Maple Leaf Foods latest meat giant to get taste for meat-free - analysis

27 Feb 2017

It was Maple Leaf Foods' first major acquisition for over a decade and one very much in tune with one of the key trends in the North American marketplace. The Canada-based meat giant has become the latest in the sector to invest in the growing meat-free industry, snapping up US firm Lightlife Foods. Dean Best looks at the deal.

Maple Leaf Foods lifts threshold on CEO stake

23 Feb 2017

Michael McCain, the president and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods, has seen the limit placed on the stake he can hold in the Canada-based group lifted under a new governance agreement.

Maple Leaf earnings rise on lower costs, sales growth 

22 Feb 2017

Maple Leaf Foods has reported an increase in earnings for 2016 as the company lapped one-time restructuring costs and grew sales, although its underlying fourth-quarter earnings missed analyst forecasts.

Maple Leaf acquires plant-based protein group Lightlife

22 Feb 2017

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has agreed to acquire US plant-based protein manufacturer Lightlife Foods from private-equity firm Brynwood Partners for US$140m. 

Maple Leaf earnings grow on higher sales and margins 

2 Nov 2016

Maple Leaf Foods reported higher third-quarter earnings today (2 November), with growth supported by an increase in revenue and improved operating margins. 

Maple Leaf earnings surge on sales, margins 

29 Jul 2016

Margin improvements and higher sales at Maple Leaf Foods enabled the Canadian meat company to book a jump in first half earnings yesterday (29 July). 

Maple Leaf launches Canadian Craft meats

12 May 2016

Maple Leaf Foods is launching a "premium" line of prepared meats in Canada, Maple Leaf Canadian Craft. 

Maple Leaf hails "milestone" of margin improvements 

4 May 2016

Maple Leaf Foods said today (4 May) it hit the "milestone" of delivering a "sustainably more profitable company" in the first quarter of 2016 following an investment programme designed to strip costs out of its production base. 

Maple Leaf Foods returns to profit on improved margins in meat products arm

1 Mar 2016

Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods returned to profit in 2015 on improved margins in its meat unit - the arm responsible for its value-added prepared meats, lunch kits and snacks, and fresh pork and poultry products - and the absence of one-off costs which hit last year's bottom line.

Maple Leaf Foods makes animal care pledge

8 Dec 2015

Canadian meat group Maple Leaf Foods has announced pledges as part of a "formal animal care commitment".

Food industry quotes of the week - Boulder Brands sale, Unilever on carbon

27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of the week - Boulder Brands, Chicken of the Sea, Unilever

27 Nov 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.

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