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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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French dairy giant Bel to build plant in Canada 12 Jul 2018

Bel Group, the France-based cheese major, is to set up a factory in Canada.


Canada’s French Creek Seafood to get Chinese buyer 9 Jul 2018

Canada-based seafood exporter French Creek Seafood has agreed to a takeover bid from China's Shanghai Kaichuang International Marine Resources Co.


Food products at heart of Canada's retaliatory tariffs 2 Jul 2018

Canada has introduced tariffs on a large number of US exports - including many food products - in response to President Trump's decision to tax Canadian steel and aluminium entering the US.


Canada's Olymel acquires Triomphe Foods in its second deal this month 28 Jun 2018

Canadian pork and poultry business Olymel has completed its second deal of the month with the acquisition of Triumphe Foods.


Maple Leaf Foods buys organic poultry plants from Cericola Farms 28 Jun 2018

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has increased its exposure to organic chicken and chicken raised without the use of antibiotics (RWA) after buying assets including two poultry farms from local business Cericola Farms.


ABP Food Group strikes licensing deal; Kashi brings Joi nut bar range to market in Canada; General Mills introduces low-sugar version of Yoplait yogurt; Nestle launches organic infant formula in UK 22 Jun 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.


Canadian bar firm Noble Foods gets PE backing 20 Jun 2018

Noble Foods, a Canadian nutrition and energy bar manufacturer, has received backing from local private-equity firm Novacap.


Baxters Food Group offloads Canadian arm 20 Jun 2018

UK-based Baxters Food Group has sold its Canadian division to a consortium including private-equity firm Champlain Financial Corporation.


Daiya Foods CEO Terry Tierney to step down 19 Jun 2018

Daiya Foods, the Canadian plant-based food manufacturer owned by Japan's Otsuka Pharmaceuticals, has announced its CEO, Terry Tierney, is to retire.


Canada's GreenSpace Brands appoints Greg Guyatt as CFO 18 Jun 2018

Canadian food manufacturer GreenSpace Brands has appointed a new chief financial officer in the shape of Greg Guyatt.

Latest blogs

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.


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.