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"Food represents the best of consumer products" - private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital on its latest deal and wider M&A strategy 3 Jan 2019

US private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital has made another acquisition in the bakery sector. MD Heather Smith Thorne talks about the deal and the firm's broader M&A strategy.


How might move from NAFTA to USMCA affect food industry? 11 Oct 2018

Ed Zwirn, Keith Nuthall and Diana Yordanova look at what the prospective USA-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) could mean for the food industry.


Trend Hunter Future Festival's 11 food-and-drink consumer trends to watch in 2019 27 Sep 2018

As part of the Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto last week, the consumer insights company laid out key trends for 2019. Here, Lucy Britner highlights the top picks for food and drinks.


The future is omnichannel and it's now - dispatches from Trend Hunter Future Festival 21 Sep 2018

These days, omni-channel is the latest buzzword in retail circles, with Alibaba's 'new retail' concept in China, Hema, one of the leading players in creating a crossover between on- and off-line shopping.


Amid overhaul, Weston Foods remains positive despite H1 profit fall 1 Aug 2018

Amid increasing competition, Weston Foods, one of North America’s largest bakery products businesses, is undergoing what its parent company has called a "transformation programme" aimed at becoming a "premier player" in the industry and delivering "solid financial results". Yesterday, Weston Foods reported falling half-year sales and earnings. Simon Harvey had a look at the numbers.

Latest News

Agropur to close ice cream factory in Quebec 7 Oct 2019

Agropur, the Canada-based dairy cooperative, is consolidating its ice cream operations with the planned closure of a plant in Quebec.


Bridor investment push yields new project 4 Oct 2019

Bridor, the France-based manufacturer of European-style baked goods, has revealed investment plans impacting its Canadian and US operations.


Emile Cordeau promoted to CEO role at Agropur as Robert Coallier retires 4 Oct 2019

Agropur has announced a change in chief executive at the Canada-based dairy and dairy ingredients cooperative.


Canada's Ryding-Regency Meat Packers licence suspended 30 Sep 2019

Ryding-Regency Meat Packers, a Canadian meat processor, has had its operating licence suspended amid a food safety investigation.


Canadian dessert firm The Original Cakerie to expand Ontario plant 23 Sep 2019

The Original Cakerie, a Canadian manufacturer of frozen desserts owned by US-based Dessert Holdings, has revealed expansion plans.


Canadian fruit and veg business Islands West snapped up by PE firm HKW 12 Sep 2019

Islands West, a family-owned wholesaler of produce, processed fruits, dried spices, and fresh-cut vegetables based in Canada, has been acquired by a US private-equity firm.


Canadian cannabis business Pasha Brands acquires Baked Edibles 5 Sep 2019

Pasha Brands, a Vancouver, Canada-based cannabis business, has acquired a local cannabis bakery brand, it has announced.


McCain Foods to add capacity at New Brunswick plant 3 Sep 2019

McCain Foods, the Canada-based frozen-food firm, is ploughing more money into a local French fry plant to add capacity.


SunOpta brings in Scott Huckins as finance chief to replace Robert McKeracher 3 Sep 2019

SunOpta has announced the appointment of a new fiance chief, a matter of months after installing Joe Ennen as chief executive.


Canadian dairy firms Nutrinor, Fromagerie Perron get government cash injection 22 Aug 2019

Canadian agri-food cooperative Nutrinor and its cheeses unit are getting a government-funded cash injection to finance new equipment.

Latest blogs

As US and Mexico set out bilateral deal, eyes turn to Canada - and dairy 29 Aug 2018

After months of talks over the future of the NAFTA trade agreement, two of the signatories - the US and Mexico -have outlined plans for a new deal, with the third, Canada, so far outside the process.


Early skirmishes in the Ketchup War 2 Jul 2018

In the 1970s a squabble between the UK and Iceland over fishing rights in the North Atlantic earned the somewhat hyperbolic name of the Cod War.


A bad fortnight for self-regulation 23 Jun 2017

Recent events in Canada, Brussels and the UK suggest the task of defending self-regulation as the best way to prevent the commercial activities by food companies from exacerbating childhood obesity is not getting any easier.