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Another Canadian fast-food chain adds plant-based Beyond Meat to its menu

Posted on 03 March 2019

In 2018, A&W Canada made waves by adding the Beyond Meat burger to its menu, and now another national chain is pairing up with the California-based meat alternative company. Quesada, a Tex-Mex style chain will launch a Beyond Meat Burrito made with Beyond Meat’s Feisty Crumbles. The new Beyond Meat Burrito hits the menu boards of Quesada’s nearly 120 locations on ...

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Turmoil in cheese land five years after takeover of Hamilton factory

Posted on 03 March 2019

In 2014, iconic Hamilton cheese company Salerno Dairy was swallowed by Gay Lea Foods with promises of stable employment, expanded business, a new R&D facility and a continuation of the brand. It meant a new chapter in the life of a company that was started by Italian cheese maker Carmine Marzaroin 1961 in a garage off Cannon Street. Five years after the acquisition, Gay Lea CEO ...

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Tim Hortons opens first location in China

Posted on 03 March 2019

Tim Hortons has opened its first restaurant in China — in the People's Square in the city of Shanghai. The Shanghai Tim Hortons is the first location in the country following the signing of a master franchise agreement last year with the New York-based private equity fund the Cartesian Capital Group. Shanghai came first, but the chain expects 1,500 locations will op ...

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Canadian dairy giant Saputo to acquire UK’s Dairy Crest in near-£1bn deal

Posted on 03 March 2019

London-listed cheese and butter maker Dairy Crest has agreed to be acquired by Montreal-based Canadian dairy company Saputo in a near-£1bn deal. The acquisition is Saputo’s first major deal in Europe. The Canadian company said Dairy Crest was an “attractive platform” for growth in Britain that “fits well within our growth strategy”. Saputo will pay 620 pence in cas ...

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Canada's SunOpta offloads North American raw materials business Pipeline Foods

Posted on 03 March 2019

Canada's SunOpta has sold its organic soy and corn business to US-based Pipeline Foods for CAD66.5m (US$50.5m). The Toronto- and Nasdaq-listed Canadian ingredients, packaged foods and beverages manufacturer said in a statement today (25 February) the deal closed on Friday and is subject to "certain post-closing adjustments".  Pipeline Foods is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota ...

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New Canadian food safety rules: win-win for business and consumers alike

Posted on 03 March 2019

In a move to make Canada's food safety system stronger, the government has amalgamated the 14 sets of product-specific regimes for meat, fish, agricultural products, and other food categories, into one regulation, called the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR). The consolidation of these rules is hoped to reduced the administrative burden on businesses. After six years of e ...

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In the Canadian natural foods business, experts say small is big

Posted on 03 March 2019

Gluten-free, paleo, vegan, keto, whole grain — there's no shortage of businesses offering the latest food trends at the Canadian Health Foods Association trade show in Vancouver this weekend.  Rob Mendt, director of sales for Avafina Organics, says business is booming for his company based out of Coquitlam, B.C., near Vancouver.  "Every year it gets bigger and bigg ...