Latest Insights

Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes 12 Nov 2018

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.


How might move from NAFTA to USMCA affect food industry? 11 Oct 2018

Since President Trump's election, the future of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has at various times looked uncertain but the US, Canada and Mexico have struck a revised deal. Ed Zwirn, Keith Nuthall and Diana Yordanova look at what the prospective USA-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) could mean for the food industry.


Trend Hunter Future Festival's 11 food-and-drink consumer trends to watch in 2019 27 Sep 2018

As part of the Trend Hunter Future Festival in Toronto last week, the consumer insights company laid out key trends for 2019. Here, Lucy Britner highlights the top picks for food and drinks.


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

Latest News

Bakery business Bäckerhaus Veit bought by private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital 16 Nov 2018

US private-equity fund Swander Pace Capital has bought a Canada-based bakery business centred on European-style products.


Canada's St-Methode Bakery buys out private-equity shareholder 16 Nov 2018

Canadian bread maker St-Méthode Bakery (BSM) has taken full control of the business after buying out a minority shareholder.


The future of cannabis in food and drinks - why you need to act 15 Nov 2018

The future of cannabis in the food and beverage industries will be worth billions, according to the latest report from FUTURES - the new insights service from just-food and sister site just-drinks.


Premium Brands Holdings lowers earnings outlook 13 Nov 2018

Canada-based food producer Premium Brands Holdings has cut its full-year revenue and profit guidance following a number of acquisitions.


High Liner slashes jobs under new CEO's efficiency drive 9 Nov 2018

High Liner Foods is slashing its workforce as part of a cost-savings programme started by the Canadian firm's chief executive.


Kraft Heinz sells Canadian cheese assets to Lactalis-owned Parmalat 7 Nov 2018

US food giant Kraft Heinz is selling its Canadian natural cheese business to a major European dairy firm in a US$1.23bn deal.


Saputo plans new dairy facility in British Columbia 2 Nov 2018

Canadian dairy group Saputo plans to build a new facility in British Columbia to replace an existing site.


Agropur launches dairy accelerator programme in North America 30 Oct 2018

Canada's Agropur is launching a dairy accelerator programme, the latest sizeable food manufacturer to develop such an initiative.


Romana Food Brands' deal for Italian foods maker Pasta Romana falls through 25 Oct 2018

Canada's Romana Food Brands previously-announced deal for a local processor of Italian foods has fallen through.


Agropur hints at further changes to goat cheese operation 19 Oct 2018

Canadian dairy cooperative Agropur has said it is "examining avenues" for its goat cheese operation.

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.