Food In Canada


  • Funding for Agri-Food Export Group Quebec-Canada

    January 28, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    The federal government is working to make sure Canadian exporters have new opportunities and better market access. And with this in mind Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz and the Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, minister of National Revenue and minister of State (Agriculture),

  • Constellation focuses on mid-premium spirits

    January 26, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Constellation Brands of Fairport, N.Y. (US$3.8 billion in 2008 revenues), a leading beer wine and spirits maker (acquired Vincor International of Mississauga in 2006), sold its value spirits business to New Orleans-based Sazerac Company for US$334 million to reduce debt

  • Sales plummet for LCBO’s Vintages

    January 26, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    The Liquor Control Board of Ontario (LCBO), Ontario’s monopoly supplier of spirits and Canada’s largest retailer of spirits and wine ($4 billion in net sales), advised would-be suppliers in mid-November that its Vintages fine wine and spirits business unit would

  • Discounting and private labels sustain soft drink sales

    January 26, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Cott Corp. of Toronto – a global leader in private label soft drinks with $1.8 billion in 2007 revenues – is reducing its quarterly losses as intense price competition in the soft drinks market favours retail brands. Interim CEO David

  • Dining at home trend favours healthy and premium beverages

    January 26, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Hain Celestial Group of Melville, N.Y. – a leader in natural and organic food and beverages (Celestial Seasonings, Yves Veggie Cuisine) – continues to enjoy strong sales despite the economic slowdown. Sales are driven, in part, by consumers who are

  • Bottled water: Prices dip, demand stalls

    January 26, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Growth in the half-billion dollar bottled water category flat lined in 2008 after double-digit annual sales gains since 2000. According to The Nielsen Company, flat water volume was unchanged at 1.98 billion units for the 52 weeks ended Nov. 22

  • Clean up in Aisle C-52

    January 20, 2009 by Joseph Brick

    Recently, Canadians have been inundated with consumer and food product recalls. In response to consumer concerns, the government introduced the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (Bill C-52) and proposed amendments to the Food and Drug Act. It has also been

  • New Frontiers

    January 20, 2009 by Mark Cardwell

    Fred Marques is the first to admit that he knew almost nothing about halal food back in 1990. But that changed after he met with officials from the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA), Canada’s leading halal certification agency. “They

  • Shifting Gears

    January 20, 2009 by Doug Burn

    Packaging has been taking a lot of heat lately. This has come from politicians, consumers and environmental groups for a multitude of sins, including its contribution to litter, its burden on landfills, the cost of collection and recycling, and even

  • The Comeback Kid

    January 20, 2009 by Deanna Rosolen

    About 15 years ago, soft drink companies began switching from glass to PET bottles. They were cheaper, of course, and larger companies could even make the bottles themselves. For the glass industry, the shift hit hard, and some insiders thought