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Covid-19 and the food industry in 2021 – daily updates, Wednesday 10 March (free to read)

10 Mar 2021

As we enter 2021, just-food continues to provide daily updates on how Covid-19 is still affecting the world's packaged food sector – and how executives see the market taking shape.

Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

5 Mar 2021

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 to relaunch plant-based brands after Q4 sales disappointment

1 Mar 2021

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods is taking action to boost two plant-based brands after seeing sales from its meat-free division slow.

Maple Leaf Foods to acquire facility for plant-based unit Greenleaf

11 Jan 2021

Canadian meat and meat-alternative processor Maple Leaf plans to invest in its production network in the US amid challenges to its expansion strategy in the country from Covid-19.

Dirty vegan to clean label – the questions facing plant-based products, ingredients and nutrition

5 Nov 2020

Questions about the processing behind plant-based alternatives to meat and dairy are growing. Is the criticism justified or is the buoyant industry being unfairly targeted?

Maple Leaf's plant-based sales short of target

28 Oct 2020

Maple Leaf Foods said plant-based sales were impacted by production disruptions in the third quarter as the Canadian group reported year-to-date results.

Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 Sep 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

Covid-19 – US manufacturers talk trading, the economy and consumers

15 Sep 2020

US grocery suppliers may largely have a got a Covid boost but, with the health and economic impacts of the virus still being felt, we asked four for their thoughts on trading.

Lightlife sparks US meat-free war of words

26 Aug 2020

The Lightlife brand, owned by Canadian meat giant Maple Leaf Foods, has taken aim at the ingredients used by Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods.

Expect more beef as Lightlife seeks plant-based high ground

26 Aug 2020

Lightlife's war of words with Beyond Meat and Impossible Foods is another sign meat-free is now mainstream – and has brands battling it out as their peers have done in the past.

Maple Leaf Foods sells poultry plant to local peer Volaille Giannone

17 Jul 2020

Maple Leaf Foods, the Canada-based food group, has sold a poultry production plant in Quebec to a local peer.

New products – Mars launches M&M’s bars in France; JBS offshoot Planterra Foods unveils Ozo meat-free in US; More products join line-up of Asia meat-free brand OmniPork

19 Jun 2020

This week, we report on product news including major French milk brand Candia extending into plant-based drinks and Canada's Maple Leaf Foods launching a "fusion protein" range.

Tyson, Kellogg venture-capital arms plough more funds into MycoTechnology

11 Jun 2020

MycoTechnology, which produces ingredients for food and beverage products using mushrooms as a base, has received another new round of funding.

New products - Maple Leaf Foods' meatless nuggets; Edita debuts Oniro biscuit brand; Nestle launches Life Cuisine in US; Kellogg's Jumbo Snax cereal

21 May 2020

Among the new products that caught the eye in recent days are meatless nuggets from Maple Leaf Foods and Nestlé's launch of the Life Cuisine brand in the US.

Meat processing emerges as Covid-19 hot-spot in North America - analysis

15 Apr 2020

The meat industries in the US and Canada have seen factory suspensions and closures due to Covid-19. How can processors react? And what might be the impact on supply?

Coronavirus - Maple Leaf Foods' employees test positive

8 Apr 2020

Maple Leaf Foods, the Canada-based meat packer, has reported positive cases of Covid-19 at two of its plants.

Good Catch owner Gathered Foods attracts major investors

15 Jan 2020

Gathered Foods, the US company behind the plant-based seafood brand Good Catch, has announced investment from two major food manufacturers in North America.

Maple Leaf CEO Michael McCain hits out at US over Iran crisis

13 Jan 2020

In a series of tweets, Michael McCain, the CEO of Canada-based food major Maple Leaf Foods, has taken aim at the US government over the tensions with Iran.

Maple Leaf Foods names Walmart man Geert Verellen as new CFO

7 Nov 2019

Canadian meat firm Maple Leaf Foods has named a Walmart executive as its new chief financial officer, effective 6 January.

Maple Leaf Foods sets out target to double plant-based sales

30 Oct 2019

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods is seeking to at least double plant-based sales next year and exceed the CAD3bn (US$2.29bn) mark in a decade.  

Maple Leaf Foods finance chief Debbie Simpson to depart

20 Aug 2019

Maple Leaf Foods announced its finance chief will leave the Canadian meat firm at the end of October with a search for a successor underway.

Maple Leaf Foods agrees distribution deal with Dot Foods for Greenleaf plant-based range

10 May 2019

Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods has entered a distribution agreement with Dot Foods for plant-based products.

Maple Leaf Foods secures new multi-billion dollar credit facility to fund expansion plans

2 May 2019

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has revealed it has secured a new funding arrangement with its existing banking syndicate to fund expansion. 

Maple Leaf Foods builds facility for newly-created plant-based subsidiary

8 Apr 2019

Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods is building a US$310m facility for its newly-established plant-based subsidiary.

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.

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.  

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