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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Canada injects US$128m into food inspection agency to strengthen food safety system

CANADA – The Government of Canada has announced that it is investing CAD 162.6 million ($128 million) in the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to strengthen its food safety system. According to a statement from the government, the investment will take place over the next five years, in addition to CAD 40 million ($31.5 million) per year of ongoing funding. With the investment, the Canadian government aims to strengthen the safety of its food supply, protect the health of plants and animals, as well as provide ongoing support to businesses…

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Christina Lake Cannabis begins production of Canada’s first ultra-high potency distillates

CANADA — Christina Lake Cannabis Corp. has announced that it is beginning to produce ultra-high potency cannabis distillate oils from its the sun-grown cannabis cultivated during the Company’s inaugural growing season. Christina Lake said that the production of the cannabis distillates would enable the Company to form supplier relationships with consumer-packaged goods manufacturers. Distillate oils, which typically contain tetrahydrocannabinol (“THC”) concentrations in excess of 90%, are generally used to add THC to consumable products as opposed to being directly consumed by a legal-aged end user. As an ingredient in a…

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Canadian online grocer Goodfood reports 62% rise in Q1 revenues

CANADA – Goodfood Market Corp, a leading online grocery company in Canada, has announced strong financial results for the first quarter ended November 30, 2020, highlighting its continued ability to achieve strong growth while enhancing its profitability. The company’s revenues reached $91.4 million in the first quarter of Fiscal 2021, an increase of $35.1 million, or 62% compared to the same period last year. Its gross margins for the quarter under review reached 32%, while gross profits rose by $13.4 million, or 82% year-over-year to reach $29.6 million. Goodfood also…

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Canadian based fast food chain Pizza Nova debuts first-of-its-kind Plant-Based Pepperoni

CANADA – Leading Canadian pizza operator, Pizza Nova will become the first fast food restaurant chain in the world to offer Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni to consumers.  This follows an agreement between the Toronto based pizza operator and Greenleaf Foods, SPC, owner of Field Roast Grain Meat Co™ (“Field Roast”). “We are proud to offer a plant-based pepperoni that delivers on our Puro Promise of sourcing high-quality products that do not compromise on taste,” said Domenic Primucci, president of Pizza Nova. Available starting Jan. 11, Field Roast Plant-Based Pepperoni is…

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Coca-Cola Canada to expand manufacturing facilities with US$23.5m investment

CANADA – Coca-Cola Canada Bottling Limited has announced that it plans to invest nearly CAD 30 million (US$23.5 million) in its manufacturing facilities in the Greater Toronto Area. The capital will be used to expand its manufacturing capabilities at its facilities in Weston and Brampton, resulting in the local production of several products moving from the U.S. to Canada as well as unlocking more capacity and capability to meet increased consumer demand, innovation and growth needs. “As Canada’s local bottler, we’re very committed to our mission to create a better…

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French multinational dairy Lactalis acquires Canadian yogurt maker Ultima Foods

CANADA – Lactalis Canada- a subsidiary of French multinational dairy products corporation, Groupe Lactalis- has agreed to acquire all issued shares of Canadian yogurt maker Ultima Foods. Until it is acquired by Lactalis, Ultima Foods remains a subsidiary of Agropur’s – a leading Canadian dairy cooperative.   The proposed deal includes the Iögo and Iögo Nanö yogurt brands, and the Olympic yogurt, sour cream and kefir brand. Commenting on the development, Mark Taylor, president and CEO of Lactalis Canada. Said: “this transaction will reinforce Lactalis Canada’s position in the dairy…

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Canadian frozen food company McCain invests US$200m in development of new potato plant in China

CHINA – Canadian-based and world’s largest manufacturer of frozen potato products, McCain Foods is planning to invest US$200 million to construct a second local potato production facility in China. McCain food says the investment builds on its 25 years’ presence in China and aims to meet the growing demand for its potato products in the country. Located in Yangling Agriculture Hi-Tech Development Zone, Shaanxi Province, the new facility will expand McCain’s local production network in China. The US$200m facility will join the company’s existing potato processing facility in Harbin, Heilongjiang…

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Canadian automation company ATS to acquire global food and beverage equipment supplier CFT Group

CANADA – ATS Automation Tooling Systems (ATS), a Canadian automation company has agreed to acquire global food and beverage equipment supplier CFT Group, for a total enterprise value of €166 million (about US$ 201.19 million). CFT which is based in Italy designs and produces turn-key machines and systems for the food and beverage sector. The company which was established in 1945 serves its global customer base through its portfolio of brands and eight facilities in Italy, Spain, Germany and Ukraine. With 140 patents, the company is a technology leader in…

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KFC Canada to eliminate 40 million pieces of plastic cutlery annually with new compostable cutlery

CANADA – American fast-food restaurant chain, KFC had announced that select restaurants in Canada will begin testing a new fibre-based ‘spork’ in December in an effort to test a sustainability plan that will see the elimination of millions of plastics from its production chain. The fast-food chain says that beyond the testing period, it plans to permanently introduce the compostable cutlery across the entire Canadian chain eliminating up to 40 million pieces of plastic waste from its operations. According to KFC, the new ‘spork’ combines fork and spoon into one…

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