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Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes 9 Jan 2019

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.


"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

Since President Trump's election, the future of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has at various times looked uncertain but the US, Canada and Mexico have struck a revised deal. 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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Gabriella's Kitchen brings in former Hain Celestial executive Jamie Fay as COO 21 Jan 2019

Gabriella's Kitchen has appointed a former Hain Celestial executive as president and chief operating officer. 


Unilever, Kraft Heinz sign Canada food-waste pledge 21 Jan 2019

Unilever and Kraft Heinz are among eight companies operating in Canada to pledge to cut food waste in their operations in half.


Canada-based Giraffe Foods attracts private investor Graham Partners 17 Jan 2019

A private-equity firm has invested in Giraffe Foods, a Canada-based manufacturer of sauces, marinades, dips and dressings.


Health Canada launches public consultation on edible cannabis  21 Dec 2018

Health Canada, the Canadian government department, has made an announcement regarding the regulation of so-called additional cannabis products.


The future of cannabis in food and drinks - why you need to act 11 Dec 2018

The future of cannabis in the food and beverage industries will be worth billions, according to the latest report from FUTURES - the new insights service from just-food and sister site just-drinks.


Takeover of AGT Food and Ingredients moves nearer 5 Dec 2018

The potential takeover of AGT Food and Ingredients has moved a step nearer after a bid for the Canada-based business led by its management won the backing of independent directors.


Canadian cannabis firm Newstrike to enter food market via Neal Brothers JV 30 Nov 2018

Newstrike Brands, a Canadian cannabis business, has entered into a joint venture which will result in the development of edible cannabis products.


Canadian dairy farmers issue fresh warning over US trade deal 29 Nov 2018

An organisation representing Canadian dairy farmers has issued a warning over the recently-signed trade deal with the US.


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.


Reckitt Benckiser enters direct-to-consumer deal with Canada's SCI for Enfamil formula 20 Nov 2018

UK-based consumer goods giant Reckitt Benckiser's health division has entered a direct-to-consumer partnership with a Canadian logistics firm.

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.