Molson Coors Canada and HEXO complete join venture to launch Truss

CANADA – Molson Coors Canada, the Canadian business unit of Molson Coors Brewing Company, and HEXO Corp. have announced that they have closed the deal to form a joint venture to pursue opportunities to develop non-alcoholic, cannabis-infused beverages for the Canadian market following legalization. HEXO is an adult-use cannabis brand built by innovators and explorers,…

Canada’s ban on trans fat oils in foods officially kicks off

CANADA – Canada has officially marked the the beginning of a ban on its partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs), the largest source of industrially produced trans fat in foods. FoodingredientsFirst reports that trans fats raise “bad” cholesterol levels (low-density lipoprotein) in the blood, which is a risk factor for heart disease; they also reduce the blood…

President Trump threatens to withdraw Canada from NAFTA

USA - President Trump has issues threats to withdraw the United States from the North American Free Trade Agreement, asserting his right to broker a new trade pact that does not include Canada despite opposition from lawmakers and questions over his legal authority to do so. According to the Washington Post, he formally informed Congress…

Canadian cooperative to invest US$1.28m in expanding grain handling capacity

CANADA - Canada’s Co-operative Régionale de Nipissing Sudbury is investing about US$1.28 million in upgrading the grain storage and handling capacity at its Temiskaming Agriculture Centre in Ontario. This involves building a 160-foot grain tower, double its receiving capacity by installing the 10,000-bushel-per-hour elevator leg and additionally make other improvements that are expected to increase…

Bel Group announces plans to build US$87m factory in Quebec

CANADA - The Bel Group, a multinational cheese marketer, has announced that it is going to spend $87mn to build a factory to produce its Mini Babybel cheese snacks in Quebec. According to Food Drink & Franchise, the French cheese marketer said that the plant in Sorel-Tracey, Quebec, will be its first Canadian production facility.…

Dairy farmers of Canada to participate in Front-of-Package consultations

CANADA – The Government of Canada has announced its plan to move ahead with its Front of Pack Warning Labelling public consultation, to which other dairy products, rich in essential nutrients, will be stigmatised by a warning label telling consumers as to which products are healthy and which are not. By exempting whole milk from…

Canada legalizes use of cannabis creating opportunity for food and drink

CANADA - Canada has become the second country after Uruguay to fully legalize use of cannabis for recreational purposes, presenting the food and beverage industry a pool of opportunities to explore. The move fulfils a long-time manifesto promise of Liberal prime minister Justin Trudeau. The C-45 Bill, passed in the Canadian senate, grants regional provinces…

South Korea and Japan halts ‘genetically modified’ wheat imports from Canada

SOUTH KOREA - South Korea has announced that it has suspended wheat and flour imports from Canada after the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) announced that it had discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta. On June 15, Japan temporarily halted imports of Canadian wheat saying it was reviewing tests that Canadian officials had…

Genetically modified wheat ‘related to Monsanto GM wheat line’ detected in Canada

CANADA - The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) has discovered genetically modified (GM) wheat in southern Alberta, Canada even when GM wheat is not authorized in the country. World Grain reported that the testing carried out by CFIA found out that the Alberta wheat sample was a match for a Monsanto GM wheat line that…

Sobeys realigns leadership team to bolster retail and ecommerce

CANADA - Sobeys Inc., the second largest food retailer in Canada has announced it has reshuffled and made new appointments to its senior management team at its supermarket and drugstore subsidiary. The move is part of Sobey’s three-year transformation plan announced by the retailer’s president and CEO, Michael Medline to restructure its business in an…