Grupo Bimbo to transition Canadian operations to 100% green energy

CANADA – Canadian operations of Mexican multinational food company Grupo Bimbo are set to transition to 100% green energy following the signing of two virtual power purchase agreements (VPPAs) with Renewable Energy Systems (RES). The two fifteen-year agreements were made through Grupo Bimbo’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Bimbo Canada, and will see the development of two wind and solar projects in southern Alberta, totalling 170 MW of installed capacity. Peter Clibbon, RES senior VP of development, said: “RES is proud that its Alberta wind and solar projects are helping Bimbo Canada meet…

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Canada to invest US$550m in country’s poultry industry to drive efficiency, sustainability

CANADA – The government of Canada has committed to investing a total of US$550 million over the next ten years to support the country’s poultry industry into becoming more efficient and sustainable. According to a FoodBev report, the funds will be channeled into two new programs designed to help drive innovation and market development for Canada’s 4,800 chicken, turkey, and egg farmers. About US$502 million will be injected into the first program known as the Poultry and Egg On-Farm Investment Program which aims to support poultry and egg farmers through…

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Sensient Natural Ingredients, Taylor Farms expand North American operations with new acquisitions

NORTH AMERICA – Sensient Natural Ingredients and US producer of salads and fresh foods Tailor Farms have made new acquisitions to expand their capacities in North America. On its part, Sensient Natural Ingredients announced that it has completed its purchase of New Mexico Chili Products, a dehydrated chilli production facility in the US. Located in Deming, New Mexico, the facility processes capsicums and a variety of specialty chillies for CPG food manufacturers, spice blenders and foodservice customers. The new asset is a great addition to the company which already processes…

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Richardson to expand crush capacity of Canadian plant amid rising demand for canola products

CANADA – Canadian agribusiness company, Richardson International has announced plans to double the processing capacity of its canola crush plant in Yorkton, Saskatchewan amid rising demand for canola products globally. The company says that construction work at the site will begin immediately with no disruption to current operations and is expected to be completed in early 2024. In addition to increasing the plant’s annual processing capacity to 2.2 million metric tonnes of seed, the new project also aims to modernise the facility and create further operational efficiencies. The project follows…

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Canada invests $148m in sustainable agriculture practices as Protein Industries backs development of new soybean products

CANADA – Canada is boosting its sustainability efforts in Agriculture by committing to invest CAD 185 million (about US$148 million) over the next 10 years into developing and implementing farming practices to tackle climate change. The funds will be channelled into the Agricultural Climate Solutions (ACS) programme which aims to establish a Canada-wide network of regional collaborations led by farmers, with support from scientists and other sectoral stakeholders. Through the programme, stakeholders will work together to develop and share management practices that best store carbon and mitigate climate change. Practices…

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Meatless Farm, Barvecue to build new plant-based facilities in North America

CANADA/US – Plant-based companies Meatless Farm and Barvecue have announced plans to build new facilities for their respective business in North America. Meatless Farm, a UK based firm, said that it is building a new facility in Calgary, which will have the capacity to produce up to 14,500 tonnes of plant protein ingredients by 2023. The company says its facility with an initial investment of US$12 million will be the first-of-its-kind in Canada and will enable the UK firm expand into producing customised plant proteins for selected external partners across…

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Molson Coors launches low-carbon beer bottle, partners Pernod Ricard to produce new sustainable lager

UK – Leading US beverage company Molson Coors has begun distributing its Staropramen beer brand in new low-carbon bottles. The new glass beer bottle was developed through a partnership with partner Encirc and is said to have 90% less carbon footprint compared standard glass bottles. The glass achieves this remarkable rating by being made in a sustainable process that involves use of renewable and sustainable biofuels in the glass production process. The glass making process also features a significant increase in the recycled content of the brewer’s green glass bottles…

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Walmart Canada partners delivery-only restaurant Ghost Kitchen Brands as US unit expands express delivery service

CANADA –  Delivery-only restaurant Ghost Kitchen Brands has partnered with Walmart Canada to bring one-stop meal pickup and delivery service to more Canadians. As a result of the partnership, Ghost Kitchen at Walmart is now open in the St. Catharines Walmart with additional locations in Woodstock, Toronto, Lachenaie and Saint-Constant to open in the coming months. With the partnership customers can order freshly prepared meals in-store and online for contactless pickup or delivery (from a third-party app such as Uber Eats). They can also mix and match from more than…

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Aspire advances entomophagy in Canada with planned construction of new cricket protein facility

CANADA – America based insect company Aspire Food Group is set to build a new cricket protein facility in Canada as part of its efforts to promote the adoption of entomophagy (consumption of edible insects) as an alternative to animal proteins. The new facility will be constructed at a cost of US$13.2 million and is expected to produce nearly 20,000 metric tonnes of products annually. The insect agriculture firm Aspire claims that the new plant in London, Ontario, will be the world’s first fully automated cricket protein manufacturing facility. Operations…

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World’s largest pasta producer Barilla completes acquisition of Catelli dry pasta firm

CANADA – Italian multinational food company Barilla has announced its acquisition of Ebro Foods’ Catelli dry pasta business in Canada, in a deal valued at CAD 165 million (approximately $128.6 million). The acquisition is the culmination of a journey started back in October 2020 when Ebro Foods’ Catelli Foods Corporation, entered an agreement for the divestiture of its dry pasta business to Barilla. Founded in 1867, Catelli offers a range of pasta including gluten-free, ancient grain and veggie options.  In 2019, the Canadian brand reportedly posted a turnover of CAD…

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