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Maple Leaf Foods is an international packaged meat company. Founded by Canada Packers’ acquisition of Maple Leaf Mills in 1991, Maple Leaf Foods is a public company, listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange as MFI. The head office for Maple Leaf Foods is located in Toronto, Canada.

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Andy Coyne | 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.


David Burrows | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2014

Grupo Bimbo's acquisition of Canada Bread builds on a number of recent deals aimed at strengthening the Mexican baker's hand in North America, consolidates the group's position as the world's largest baked goods provider and increases its exposure to higher margin premium branded sales. Katy Askew reports.

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Simon Harvey | 25 Oct 2018

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


Dean Best | 2 Oct 2018

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


just-food.com | 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.


Simon Harvey | 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.  


Andy Coyne | 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.


Andy Coyne | 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.


Simon Harvey | 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.


Simon Harvey | 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.


just-food.com | 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.


just-food.com | 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.


Andy Coyne | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 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. 


Katy Askew | 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.


Katy Askew | 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. 


Katy Askew | 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). 


Katy Askew | 12 May 2016

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


Katy Askew | 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. 


Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Hannah Abdulla | 8 Dec 2015

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


Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Hannah Abdulla | 25 Nov 2015

Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods has announced 400 jobs will go as it "streamlines" the business.

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