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Restaurant Brands International to buy Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen, Freshii eyes UK - foodservice focus, February 2017 8 Mar 2017

Brazil-based private-equity group 3G Capital grabbed the FMCG industry headlines in February with Kraft Heinz's ultimately unsuccessful play for Unilever. However, one 3G-backed company did clinch a deal - and it was in the foodservice sector. Elsewhere, Canadian fast-casual chain Freshii was looking to enter the UK and US fast-food operator Carl's Jr was reported to be embarking on its latest push in India.


Maple Leaf Foods latest meat giant to get taste for meat-free - analysis 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.


Organto Foods CEO Peter Gianulis sets out stall for Canadian organic group - interview 10 Aug 2016

Organto Foods, a Canada-based fresh-cut organic produce specialist, has ambitious plans to develop its business into the world's leading organic produce brand. Katy Askew spoke to Peter Gianulis, president and CEO of the farm-to-fork produce group to find out how it intends to deliver.


just the answer: Gardein founder and CEO Yves Potvin 29 Apr 2015

Canada's Garden Protein International - the company behind the meat-free brand Gardein - has enjoyed rapid growth and is hoping for more of the same under the ownership of US giant Pinnacle Foods, which bought the business last year. Yves Potvin, the founder and president of the Vancouver-based firm, has stayed on with Pinnacle and he spoke to Dean Best about expansion, competition and the outlook for the meat alternatives category.


In the spotlight: Hershey's Allan Candy buy lends international stability 8 Dec 2014

As The Hershey Co expands in international markets, attention has focused on high-growth opportunities such as China and Latin America. However, with macroeconomic factors weighing on its international performance this year, the company is wise to also pursue expansion in more stable overseas markets, such as Canada. While relatively small, last week's Allan Candy Co acquisition is a solid move from the US Reese's Pieces maker. Katy Askew reports.

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Canada's Agropur creates investment platform with local partner 15 Feb 2018

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has joined forced with locally-based institutional investor La Caisse to create a joint investment platform.


Canada to consult on unhealthy ingredients symbol 12 Feb 2018

Canada's government has launched a consultation process on its plans to flag up unhealthy ingredients in food products.


Canadian food investment backer Claridge seeking new investments 7 Feb 2018

Claridge, the investment business of Stephen Bronfman, one of Canada's best-known businessmen, has announced it is pursuing new food and beverage targets.


NPD Tracker - Unilever launches Ghana-inspired snack pot in UK; Halo Top to arrive in Canada as appetite grows; Germany's DMK embarks on ice-cream offensive; Mars adds M&M's to chocolate spread range 2 Feb 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Dr Oetker to shut Canada pizza plant amid challenging market 30 Jan 2018

German food group Dr Oetker plans to close its leased pizza manufacturing plant in New Brunswick, Canada, due to a "challenging'' operating environment.


Canada's food industry gives mixed reaction to new TPP deal 25 Jan 2018

The prospect of a revised Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal coming into force has been met with a mixed reaction from Canada's food industry.


Campbell Soup Co. to close plant in Canada 25 Jan 2018

Campbell Soup Co. has decided to close a factory in Toronto, pointing to falling volumes of canned soup in North America.


Trans-Pacific trade deal to proceed without US 24 Jan 2018

The Trans-Pacific-Partnership (TPP) trade deal is to proceed even though the US will no longer be involved.


Canadian authorities investigate Turkish pasta 'dumping' 10 Jan 2018

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has launched an investigation into whether pasta originating from Turkey is being sold at unfair prices there.


Salmon producer Marine Harvest poised for Northern Harvest acquisition 2 Jan 2018

Norway's Marine Harvest has entered an agreement to acquire Canada-based salmon farmer Northern Harvest for CAD315m (US$251.2m) as part of a strategy to become "an integrated producer" of seafood proteins.

Latest blogs

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.


Pure-play SunOpta ready to flex muscles in food 16 Feb 2016

SunOpta is a group that spans being a B2B supplier of ingredients, a private-label manufacturer and a co-packer. In industrial minerals, the Canada-based company has also had a majority stake in a business outside food but, after finding a buyer, it is now ready to focus squarely on our sector.


Canada gives oat processors access to gluten-free market 1 Jun 2015

One bugbear of a coeliac sufferer or someone who has committed to a gluten-free diet is the lack of diversity when it comes to products. But the Canadian government has just announced what it hopes is a step forward by making it easier to shop for gluten-free, oat-based products.