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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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Yumsh Snacks takes Ten Acre to Canada 21 Sep 2017

UK firm Yumsh Snacks has launched flagship brand Ten Acre in Canada.


Premium Brands buys Canadian meat maker Leadbetter Foods 20 Sep 2017

Premium Brands Holdings has acquired full ownership of Leadbetter Foods in what the Canadian food maker said was its "next step toward building a leading specialty protein platform in Ontario".


Canada's Cinnaroll Bakeries acquired by investment houses 19 Sep 2017

Canadian food business Cinnaroll Bakeries has been acquired by investment firms Skidmore Development Group and SouthPac Partners for an undisclosed sum.


Canadian turkey processor Sofina Foods to up capacity 19 Sep 2017

Canada's Sofina Foods is to expand its turkey processing capacity, creating around 100 new jobs, after receiving backing from Ontario provincial government.


Canada's Conestoga Meat Packers to expand capacity following government backing 18 Sep 2017

Canadian pork processor Conestoga Meat Packers is to expand its pork processing capacity and create 170 jobs after receiving government funds.


Canada's Agropur takes full control of yogurt maker Ultima Foods 1 Sep 2017

Canada's dairy cooperative Agropur will become the sole owner of Ultima Foods under an agreement with Agrifoods International in what was previously a 50/50 joint venture.


Chickapea organic pasta maker gets backing of George Weston fund 22 Aug 2017

Canada's Chickapea pasta company plans to expand its presence in the US after receiving funding from District Ventures Capital.


M&A-driven and underlying growth at Premium Brands Holdings 16 Aug 2017

Canada-based food manufacturer Premium Brands Holdings has booked higher first-half sales and earnings, helped by a "record" second quarter.


Product recall impacts High Liner Foods' H1 results 15 Aug 2017

A product recall valued at more than US$9m has had a negative effect on the performance of Canadian seafood business High Liner Foods.


Henry Demone returns as CEO of High Liner Foods 15 Aug 2017

Henry Demone has returned to the chief executive's position at Canadian seafood specialist High Liner Foods.

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.