Food In Canada


  • Natural most featured claim on products

    January 28, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Mintel, a leading market research company, has found that in 2008 the food and drink claims classified as “natural,” including all natural, no additives/preservatives, organic and whole grain were the most frequently featured on new products globally. This news comes

  • Agropur acquires U.S. company

    January 28, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Longueuil, Que.-based Agropur, Canada’s largest dairy cooperative, has acquired Schroeder Milk, a milk processing company in Maplewood, Minn. The deal was scheduled to close late last year. Schroeder Milk will continue operating under its current name and under its current

  • Feds secure trade agreements

    January 28, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    A trade mission to India and Hong Kong ended on a high note for Canadian producers. Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz secured an agreement in-principle with Hong Kong that immediately expands key export opportunities for Canadian

  • Harper appoints investigator into listeriosis outbreak

    January 28, 2009 by Food in Canada staff

    Prime Minister Stephen Harper has appointed Sheila Weatherill the independent investigator into the August 2008 listeriosis outbreak related to certain processed meat products from Maple Leaf Foods. Weatherill is the former president and CEO of Capital Health in Edmonton. Capital

  • 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

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