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The top takeaways as dairy giant Saputo talks Covid-19 - analysis 27 Mar 2020

Canadian dairy major Saputo addressed analysts on Thursday (26 March) about the implications of Covid-19. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points.


"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.

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Premium Brands Holdings suspends M&A activity, with at least 20 targets on table 13 May 2020

Canada's Premium Brands Holdings, the manufacturer built on M&A, has its eyes on securing a flurry of new deals – although Covid-19 has put the closing of transactions on hold.


Cargill 'to shut another plant in Canada' 11 May 2020

A second Cargill meat factory in Canada is reportedly to be closed due to staff working for the US agri-food group contracting Covid-19.


Covid-19 - Mondelez halts production at Canadian plant 5 May 2020

Snacking heavyweight Mondelez International has paused production at a plant in Canada after a number of Covid-19 infections.


Canada's Dynaleo secures capital investment for cannabis gummies 4 May 2020

Dynaleo, a Canadian business producing cannabis-infused sweets for adults, has received venture capital investment.


Cargill to reopen Covid-19-hit meat plant in Alberta, Canada 30 Apr 2020

US-based agri-food business Cargill is to reopen a meat plant in Canada that was closed earlier this month due to Covid-19 cases.


GreenSpace Brands CEO Matthew von Teichman to step down this summer 30 Apr 2020

GreenSpace Brands said today (30 April) that its president and chief executive will step down this summer.


Ferrero puts Ontario plant in partial shutdown amid Covid-19 cases 28 Apr 2020

Confectionery maker Ferrero has closed parts of its chocolate plant in Ontario, Canada, as a number of workers tested positive for Covid-19.


Covid-19 - More McCain Foods jobs hit by foodservice slump 27 Apr 2020

McCain Foods, the Canada-based potato-products supplier, has confirmed more jobs have been affected as the company tries to adjust to how Covid-19 has affected demand.


Cargill ‘to idle coronavirus-hit beef plant’ 22 Apr 2020

Cargill is to reportedly suspended operations at a factory in North America as health officials said hundreds of the facility's staff have been infected with Covid-19.


Covid-19 cases force Canada's High Liner Foods to close plant 21 Apr 2020

High Liner Foods, the Canadian frozen seafood products manufacturer, is to temporarily close a plant following confirmed cases of Covid-19 amongst its employees there.

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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.