DoorDash launches alcohol delivery service in Canada, Australia, US as HelloFresh invests in human capital acquisition

 US – US-based food delivery firm DoorDash Inc has announced plans to launch alcohol delivery across 20 U.S. states, Australia and Canada, facing up to rivals Uber Technologies Inc and GoPuff in the sector’s key growth market. After soaring in popularity during pandemic-driven lockdowns, food delivery platforms are looking to expand their businesses by offering delivery of beer, wine, and spirits.  Alcoholic beverages offer a new opportunity for growth as online sales have been skyrocketing since the onset of the pandemic.  According to IWSR, U.S. alcohol e-commerce sales approached US$5.6 billion in 2020, up from roughly US$3 billion last year. …

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Boston Beer to launch cannabis beverages in Canada as AB InBev and Constellation Brands feud in US courts

US – Boston Beer is doubling down on its strategy to expand into the highly lucrative cannabis market with the planned launch of a nonalcoholic cannabis-infused beverages in Canada.  Bost Beer’s subsidiary BBCCC Inc. is partnering with Ontario-based manufacturer Peak Processing Solutions and grower Entourage Health to debut the nonalcoholic dink.  According to a statement from Boston Beer, production of the beverage containing cannabis biomass from Entourage Health will start in the fourth quarter.   Under the terms of the five-year agreement, Entourage will be the exclusive distributor of the beverages in Canada.  Boston Beer’s…

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Rockshield to merge Belle Pulses, Sapientia to create a globally competitive plant-based business

CANADA – Rockshield Capital is set to merge green and yellow split beans processor Belle Pulses with plant-based foods maker Sapientia to create a global plant-based company.  Bloomberg initially reported that Rockshield had entered into a letter of intent with Novel Agri-Technologies back in April to acquire 100% of Sapientia Technology Inc., 100% of a pulse processor, and 75% of Boku International Inc.  FoodBev now reports that the company had succeeded in acquiring the first two but chose to terminate its previously announced purchase of Boku International.  The merger will bring together Belle Pulses’ expertise in processing plant-based ingredients with Sapientia’s knowledge in developing a range of plant-based products including meat…

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Michael Aucoin to steer alternative proteins company Eat Beyond to new horizons

CANADA – The future direction of Eat Beyond now rests on the hands of Michael Aucoin who has been appointed new CEO of the Vancouver-based investment issuer focused on the plant-based and alternative food sector.  Aucoin will succeed Patrick Morris, who has served as the company’s CEO since its establishment in 2019, and brings with him over 25 years of experience in food sales management and the consumer-packaged goods industry.  Prior to joining Eat Beyond, Aucoin served as president of the Canadian division of dairy cooperative Agropur and has also held several senior sales and marketing…

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White Castle invests in additional retail capabilities as General Assembly Pizza secures new production facility

US – US fast-food chain White Castle is investing US$27 million to expand its retail food manufacturing facility which supplies packaged sliders to food retailers nationwide.  The project will see the size of the plant double from approximately 75,000 square feet to 150,000 square feet and is expected to be completed by June next year.   The fast-food chain says when the new production lines are fully operational, the facility will employ an additional 75 people.  White Castle introduced its retail division in 1987 and claims to have been the first fast-food restaurant to offer its menu items at grocery stores…

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Maple Leaf Foods eyes four Canadian pig farms as Niagara Bottling plans to build US$156m facility in US

NORTH AMERICA – Maple Leaf Foods Inc, a Canadian consumer packaged meats company, has reached an agreement to purchase four pig farms in central Saskatchewan from a group of companies known as Polar Pork.   According to a statement from Marple Leaf Foods, the acquisition includes two sow barns and two nursery barns with the potential to supply approximately 140,000 pigs.  Marple Leaf Foods says that the acquisition will enhance its overall pig supply and substantially increase its pig production capacity in the province.  “This purchase offers us ready access to some of the healthiest hogs…

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Canada’s BSE negligible risk status to help beef farmers access more export markets

CANADA – The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) has confirmed Canada’s successful application for bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) negligible risk status. BSE is a disease of the nervous system of cattle, which has a long incubation period between two and eight years, and occasionally longer. It is one of a group of diseases known as transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE), or prion diseases, characterised by the accumulation in nervous tissue of an abnormal infectious protein called a prion. The “negligible” risk status is the lowest risk status established by the…

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Robertet bolsters natural flavours portfolio with acquisition of Ecom Food Industries

CANADA – Robertet, a French flavours and fragrance firm backed by Firmenich, has acquired Ecom Food Industries, a North American manufacturer of speciality natural flavours and extracts, for an undisclosed sum. Ecom is based in Toronto, Canada and manufacturers antioxidants, natural colours, flavour enhancers, extracts and blends for the food and beverage, health, nutraceutical and cosmetic industries. The company’s diverse portfolio can be used for applications such as snacks, processed meats and bakery products. Its acquisition will therefore complement Robertet’s rich portfolio of Natural raw materials, flavours, and active ingredients.…

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Saputo expands portfolio with two strategic acquisitions as Nabati foods opens new manufacturing facility

CANADA – Saputo, a leading Canadian dairy company, has expanded its portfolio with two strategic acquisitions in the dairy alternatives and value-added ingredients sectors. Saputo is reported to have invested a total of CAD 187 million ($72.6 million approx) in making the two acquisitions which include Bute Island Foods and Reedsburg facility of Wisconsin Specialty Protein. Bute Island Foods is a manufacturer and distributor of vegan cheese for the retail and foodservice industries. The company, located on the Isle of Bute on the west coast of Scotland, produces the popular…

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Molson Coors invests US$82m in expanding its Canadian hard seltzer production capacity

CANADA – Molson Coors Beverage Company has said that it is investing CAD 100 million ($82.4 million approx.) in its Canadian hard seltzer business, in a move that will increase production capacity by 300%. The US based multinational drink and brewing company introduced hard seltzers in Canada in March and claims that the launch “is off to an incredibly strong start”. As well as increasing hard seltzer production capacity in its Canadian operations by 300%, the maker of Coors and Vizzy hard seltzer says the investment will also help to…

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