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May 10, 2019

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

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

By Dean Best

Canadian meat processor Maple Leaf Foods has entered a distribution agreement with Dot Foods through its recently-launched plant-based subsidiary Greenleaf Foods.

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Illinois-based Dot Foods claims to be the largest food industry “redistributor” in North America, partnering with 1,100 food manufacturers across 50 states, according to its website.

Maple Leaf formed its wholly-owned subsidiary Greenleaf Foods in Chicago last year led by industry veteran Dan Curtin, with the recently-acquired meat-free businesses Field Roast Grain Meat Co. and Lightlife Foods coming under its umbrella.  

“Our brands have earned a loyal fanbase through uncompromising taste and cutting-edge innovation,” Curtin said in a statement. “As more consumers enter the plant-based category, we want to ensure they can find our products everywhere. Dot Foods offers the scale, reach and trusted relationships to help us fulfil that goal.”

Field Roast manufactures grain-based meat and vegan cheese, while Lightlife makes plant-based hot dogs, burgers and breakfast foods.

Dot Foods will distribute eight Field Roast products: Apple Sage Sausage; Frankfurter; Italian Sausage; Chao Creamy Original Slices; FieldBurger; Mexican Chipotle Sausage; Porcini Dijon Cutlet; and Coconut Breaded Cutlet.

And seven Lightlife products will be available, including its new plant-based burger, the Lightlife Burger. The other items are: Italian Smart Ground; Original Smart Ground; Smokey Tempeh; Organic Soy Tempeh; Smart Dogs (Jumbo); and Gimme Lean Sausage.

Lightlife and Field Roast products will be available to many of Dot Food’s approximate 4,500 distribution customers on 15 May, representing channels that include foodservice, retail and convenience. 

Earlier this month, Maple Leaf secured CAD2bn (US$1.48bn) in new debt financing to partly fund its expansion plans in Canada and the US, particularly for investment in new facilities in London, Ontario, and Shelbyville, Indiana.

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