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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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US ice-cream firm Arctic Zero enters Canada 25 Apr 2018

Arctic Zero, the US ice-cream maker, is crossing the border north into Canada.


Canada's Premium Brands extends its meat snacks portfolio with Oberto deal 16 Apr 2018

Acquisition-hungry Canadian food producer Premium Brand Holdings has bought US sausage specialist Oberto Meat Snacks.


McCain Foods invests in Canadian farming business TruLeaf 12 Apr 2018

Canadian frozen potato product giant McCain Foods has made a strategic investment in local produce supplier and "an agricultural technology company" TruLeaf Sustainable Agriculture. 


Maple Leaf invests in insect protein start-up Entomo Farms 12 Apr 2018

Canada's Maple Leaf Foods has taken a minority investment in Entomo Farms, a North American producer of insects destined for human consumption.


Cargill invests CAD22m to upgrade slaughtering technology at Ontario plant 5 Apr 2018

US-based agri-food company Cargill is investing CAD22m (US$17.2m) to instal a new technology slaughtering system at its poultry plant in Ontario, Canada.


High Liner Foods brings in former Lamb Weston man Rod Hepponstall as CEO 4 Apr 2018

Canadian seafood specialist High Liner Foods has appointed Rod Hepponstall as its president and chief executive officer.


US-based My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream expands into Canada 22 Mar 2018

Frozen novelty specialist My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream is expanding from its US homeland into neighbouring Canada.


Canada's Premium Brands Holdings buys four more firms 15 Mar 2018

Canada-based foods producer Premium Brands Holdings has announced the acquisition of another four companies.


NPD Tracker - Hain Celestial unveils wide range of new products at Expo West; Walmart takes meal kits across US; Hellmann's dressings revamp in UK; New category for Kellogg's RXBAR 9 Mar 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.


Fyffes-owned mushroom business Highline buys Canadian peer Prairie 8 Mar 2018

Fyffes-owned Highline Mushrooms has solidified its position in the Canadian market with the acquisition of local peer Prairie Mushrooms.

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.