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The future is omnichannel and it's now - dispatches from TrendHunter 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.


Amid overhaul, Weston Foods remains positive despite H1 profit fall 1 Aug 2018

Amid increasing competition, Weston Foods, one of North America’s largest bakery products businesses, is undergoing what its parent company has called a "transformation programme" aimed at becoming a "premier player" in the industry and delivering "solid financial results". Yesterday, Weston Foods reported falling half-year sales and earnings. Simon Harvey had a look at the numbers.


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.

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Canada's Agropur to shut Quebec plant 21 Sep 2018

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has announced the closure of its Saint-Damase plant in Quebec's Montérégie region.


"Micro-influencers" can drive brand awareness - TrendHunter 20 Sep 2018

Brand owners should look to micro-influencers in the social media realm in order to drive consumer awareness, the president of consumer trends specialist TrendHunter has recommended.


Canada's Ocean Brands acquires canned seafood business Club Des Millionnaires 18 Sep 2018

Ocean Brands, a Canada-based supplier of canned seafood, has acquired Club Des Millionnaires from local ingredients manufacturer Harold T. Griffin for an undisclosed sum.


Gabriella's Kitchen makes acquisition in cannabis sector 14 Sep 2018

Canada-based food manufacturer Gabriella's Kitchen has added to its presence in the cannabis sector through the acquisition of cannabis extractor business The Oil Plant.


Canada's Fine Choice Foods bought by PE firm Swander Pace Capital 13 Sep 2018

Fine Choice Foods, a manufacturer of Asian-flavoured appetisers to retail and foodservice channels in Canada and the US has been acquired by private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital.


Organic food hits "record" market share in Canada 12 Sep 2018

The market share for organic food and beverage grocery sales in Canada has reached 2.6%, its highest level, according to local industry officials.


Nutritional foods maker Gabriella's Kitchen to make debut on Canada exchange 3 Sep 2018

Nutritional foods manufacturer Gabriella's Kitchen will make its debut on the Canadian Stock Exchange on Wednesday (5 September).


Beyond Meat supply issues spread to Canada 17 Aug 2018

US plant-based meat alternative firm Beyond Meat continues to be dogged by supply issues outside of its domestic market.


Newly-installed High Liner Foods CEO looks for savings from business revamp 14 Aug 2018

Canada-based seafood company High Liner Foods is reorganising its business operations under newly-installed chief executive Rod Hepponstall with a view to realising annual cost savings of US$10m.


Premium Brands poised for sales milestone as acquisitions stack up 14 Aug 2018

Canada's Premium Brands Holdings is set to surpass management expectations for the business with revenues predicted to break the CAD3bn (US$2.3bn) mark this year for the first time aided by a flurry of recent acquisitions.

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.