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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Cargill, Tyson invest in new capacity expansion to meet anticipated rise in product demands

NORTH AMERICA – Commodities trading giant Cargill and meat processing giant Tyson have announced new investments in capacity expansion aimed at meeting anticipated rise in demand. On its part, Cargill plans to construct a new canola processing facility in Saskatchewan, Canada, in an effort to meet growing global demand for canola products. Construction of the US$350 million project will begin work early next year and is expected to operational by early 2024, creating approximately 50 full-time jobs in the process. Located in Regina, Saskatchewan, the facility is projected to have…

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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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