Canada’s soybean exports to China more than triples despite production decline

CANADA – Canadian soybean exports to China increased by 230% through the first half of MY 2018/19 despite a decline in production, according to the Global Agricultural Information Network report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The report attributed the increase to a record high production in Ontario, high carryover stocks, and Eastern Canadian access…

Viterra opens new high throughput grain facility in Canada

CANADA – Canada’s largest grain handler, Viterra has opened a new high throughput grain facility at Vegreville in Alberta, Canada. The inauguration ceremony was attended by Viterra customers, employees and government officials, reinforcing the company’s commitment to invest in northwest Alberta.  The facility has a storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes and is capable of loading…

Canada’s Growpacker gets backing to launch cannabis brand incubator program

CANADA – Canadian contract manufacturer of THC & CBD infused consumable liquids, dry goods, and health & wellness products, Growpacker has launched a new incubator programme to fast-track cannabis brands. Also participating in the programme is Ceria Brewing Company, the Colorado craft brewery and the maker of Blue Moon beer. The brand incubator and accelerator…

Azelis acquires Canadian specialty ingredients and chemicals firm Chemroy

CANADA – Leading chemicals and ingredients supplier, Azelis has announced that it has acquired 100% shareholding in Canadian distributor of specialty chemicals and food ingredients, Chemroy for an undisclosed amount. Azelis said that the transaction will position it as one of the leading ingredients and chemicals distributor in Canada, with a strong presence in chemicals,…

Saputo appoints Carl Colizza as Chief Operating Officer for N. America

CANADA - Canadian dairy company, Saputo has appointed Carl Colizza as President and Chief Operating Officer for North American operations effective April 1, 2019. Prior to his appointment, Colizza was responsible for the dairy company’s businesses in Canada and Argentina. He will report to the Company’s President and Chief Operating Officer, Kai Bockmann who also…

Tilray to acquire hemp foods producer Manitoba Harvest for US$318.5m

CANADA - Canadian pharmaceutical and cannabis company, Tilray has announced that it has entered a definitive agreement to acquire the securities of FHF Holdings trading as Manitoba Harvest for a consideration of US$318.56 million (CAD 419 million). Tilray, which is the one of the largest and most sophisticated producers of premium medical cannabis in the…

Brenntag Canada partners BI Nutraceuticals to expand ingredients portfolio

CANADA – The American food ingredients supplier, BI Nutraceuticals (BI) has partnered with Brenntag Canada Inc, a leading chemical distribution company as it looks to strengthen its portfolio in Canada. According to the companies, the partnership, set to be effective starting March 1, 2019 will allow Brenntag to widen its portfolio to include ingredients that…

Providence Grain sells 51% Columbia stake to Canadian holding company

CANADA - Providence Grain Group (PGG), producer-owned grain business has sold 51% stake in Columbia Containers Ltd to Canadian holding company, Timber Investments Ltd for an undisclosed sum. Established in 2002, Providence Grain will remain with 49% ownership stake in the company. According to Timber Investments, the investment in CCL will complement its interests in…

AB InBev partners Tilray on cannabis beverage research in a US$100m JV

CANADA – The world’s largest brewer, AB InBev and the Canadian producer and distributor of cannabis, Tilray have joined hands to foster research and innovation on cannabis infused beverages through a US$100 million Joint Venture partnership. The research partnership which is limited to Canada will enhance development of non-alcohol beverages containing tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) and cannabidiol…

Kerry agrees to supply Renaissance’s acrylamide-reducing yeast technology

CANADA – Ireland based taste and nutrition company, Kerry has signed a license agreement with Renaissance BioScience Corp to supply Renaissance’s yeast technology. The partnership expands Kerry’s clean label offering, will see the food company commercialize Renaissance’s Acryleast, a non-GMO acrylamide-reducing yeast enzyme, to food and beverage manufacturers starting 2019. Acryleast is a natural, non-GMO…