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Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes 28 May 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

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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GreenSpace Brands shakes up business structure 30 May 2019

Canada-based dairy, dairy alternatives and convenience meats supplier GreenSpace Brands has completed moves to introduce "brand-level autonomy" within the business.


Canada's GreenSpace Brands announces Stuart Pasternak as new CFO 24 May 2019

Canadian better-for-you food manufacturer GreenSpace Brands has brought in an experienced executive as its new chief financial officer.


Canadian cannabis firm Organigram to invest in edibles production 21 May 2019

Organigram, a Canadian licensed producer of cannabis, has revealed plans to invest in edible products, linked to a change in the country's law in relation to the drug.


Canada's Fiasco Gelato secures investment from BDC Capital 21 May 2019

Fiasco Gelato, based in Calgary, Canada, has been backed by the investment arm of one of the country's banks.


Canada's Premium Brands Holdings reveals "cornerstone" investor 21 May 2019

Premium Brands Holdings has announced investment the Canadian manufacturer said would be used in part for further M&A.


High Liner hires consultancy Alix Partners to drive cost-savings plan 14 May 2019

Canada-based seafood firm High Liner Foods has hired outside help to help it implement its turnaround plan, it has revealed.


Maple Leaf Foods agrees distribution deal with Dot Foods for Greenleaf plant-based range 10 May 2019

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


Organic Flower Investments forms cannabis food products venture with Edibles and Infusions Corp. 7 May 2019

Canada-based investment firm Organic Flower Investments Group is forming a joint venture with The Edibles and Infusions Corp.


Maple Leaf Foods secures new multi-billion dollar credit facility to fund expansion plans 2 May 2019

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has revealed it has secured a new funding arrangement with its existing banking syndicate to fund expansion. 


Canadian government invests in St-Albert Cheese Co-operative 30 Apr 2019

The Canadian government has invested up to CAD1.5m (US$1.1m) in a local cheese cooperative, it has announced.

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.