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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 Olymel to move into diced chicken at expanded plant 23 Nov 2017

Olymel, the Canadian pork and poultry business, is to invest CAD8m (US$6.3m) at its processing plant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu.


Canada's Premium Brands Holdings unveils more acquisitions 22 Nov 2017

M&A-hungry, Canada-based food manufacturer Premium Brands Holdings has snapped up two more businesses and invested in another.


Rogers Sugar consolidates Canada's maple syrup sector with Decacer acquisition 22 Nov 2017

Canada's Rogers Sugar has paid CAD40m (US$31.3m) to acquire Decacer, a Québec-based distributor of branded and private label maple syrup products.


Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan buys mussel cultivator Atlantic Aqua Farms 20 Nov 2017

Canada's Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan has bought Atlantic Aqua Farms of the US as part of a mandate to invest in the global food industry.


Canada's Olymel invests to expand poultry operations 16 Nov 2017

Olymel, the Canadian pork and poultry business, is investing CAD30m (US$23.5m) in its poultry operations, a move it said will create 100 new jobs.


Acquisitive Premium Brands Holdings expects "busy" 2018 15 Nov 2017

Canada's Premium Brands Holdings expects to close more acquisitions in the remaining weeks of 2017 - and expects a "busy" 12 months of deal-making next year, the company's president and CEO has said.


Seafood group Clearwater eyes agility through restructuring 10 Nov 2017

Clearwater is looking to speed up its decision-making and become more agile through restructuring measures the Canada-based seafood giant announced alongside what CEO Ian Smith said was a set of "disappointing" third-quarter results.


Canadian dairy company Saputo to close Wisconsin plant 10 Nov 2017

Canadian dairy giant Saputo plans to close a cheese factory in the US state of Wisconsin only two weeks after completing a deal to buy struggling Australian cooperative Murray Goulburn.


Canada launches probe into alleged bread price-fixing 1 Nov 2017

Canada's Competition Bureau has launched an investigation into alleged price fixing on packaged bread products in an industry-wide probe that was acknowledged by local manufacturer George Weston Ltd and retailer stablemate Loblaw. 


Canada's Saputo strikes deal to buy Murray Goulburn 27 Oct 2017

Canada's Saputo has agreed to buy struggling Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn for CAD1.29bn (US$1bn), ending months of speculation over a potential suitor.

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.