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Daiya Foods Expands Production Capacity | Friday, March 16, 2018

With growing demand for plant based products, Daiya Foods Expands its production capacity

The leading maker of plant-based foods, Daiya Foods will move to a larger corporate headquarters and production facility in Burnaby, BC, Canada. The company offers dairy, gluten and soy free products. The move will significantly increase the number of new full and part-time positions while also expanding the strategic operations and accelerating innovation of its signature, plant-based foods.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency to Reduce Risk of Salmonella | Friday, March 16, 2018

The government is working with the poultry industry to reduce risk of Salmonella illness

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Benchmark Appoints South Central Sales Manager | Friday, March 16, 2018

Benchmark hires Andrew Entrikin in a bid to expand the sales team coverage for its South Central region

A supplier of packaging automation, Benchmark, has named Andrew Entrikin as the regional sales manager. The company covers the company’s South Central region, which comprises of Missouri, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Kansas and Texas.
Sun Basket to Open New Distribution Center | Wednesday, March 14, 2018

To accommodate rapid growth, demand Sun Basket Opens Larger East Coast Distribution Center

In new funding and builds capacity to reach $500M business on East Coast, facility opens on the heels of Sun Basket’s $57.8M in new East Coast distribution center in Westampton, New Jersey. The area of 190,000 square foot facility that outgrew due to increased demand and growth has replaced the previous facility. The new facility in revenue for Sun Basket has the potential to support half-a-billion-dollars. After the launching of its first East Coast distribution center, Sun Basket has added over 400 new jobs to the local economy.
Ardent Mills Introduces the Annex for Business | Wednesday, March 14, 2018

New business unit to come up for farmers and customers to develop specialty ingredients and products

Ardent Mills, the leading flour supplier, has opened a new business unit in North America. The new business unit, The Annex by Ardent Mills (“The Annex”), offers food companies and foodservice operators with “next” grains and unique plant-based ingredients.
The Coca-Cola Company Announces Letter of Intent | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

For refranchising of Canadian Bottling Operations, Coca Cola company signs LOI

Larry Tanenbaum O.C. and Junior Bridgeman of the Coca-Cola Company have signed a non-binding Letter of Intent to acquire the company’s Coca-Cola Refreshments Canada (CCRC), which is a Canadian bottling and distribution business.
J.M. Smucker Co., Considering to Sell Baking Brands | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The Orville, Ohio based company J.M. Smucker Co is reportedly considering the sale of the company

The food manufacturer J.M. Smucker Co. is planning to sell its brands including Pillsbury, Robin Hood flour and cereal brand and Martha White baking mixes, according to the people with knowledge of the situation who don’t wish to be identified.
Coca-Cola Will Launch its First Alcoholic Drink | Tuesday, March 13, 2018

In its 125-year history, Coca-Cola will launch its First Alcoholic drink in Japan

Coca-Cola, identified for its cola and other non-alcoholic beverages, plans to launch its first ever alcoholic drink in Japan.
Aspire Food Group Acquires Protein Bar Maker | Monday, March 12, 2018

Aspire food group plans to move beyond edible insect farming technology with acquisition of cricket protein bar maker Exo

A company specializing in edible insect faming technology, Aspire Food Group has acquired Exo maker of cricket-based protein bars. As stated by the Aspire the merger will combine the Exo’s product line into Aspire’s data-driven operations and supply chain to “create new products and fuel the future growth of both customer bases and the larger industry in general.”
Bunge Launches Corn Transitioning Ingredients | Monday, March 12, 2018

At Natural Products Expo West, Bunge introduces certified transitional corn ingredients

A step designed to meet the growing demand for organic products, Bunge North America now offers certified transitional dry milled corn ingredients. To achieve organic certification for such crops as corn, Farmers need three years. During the three-year process Bunge now will pay a premium for the corn.
Highline Mushrooms Acquires Prairie Mushrooms | Monday, March 12, 2018

With acquisition of Prairie Mushrooms, Highline solidifies its leading position in Canadian mushrooms

Highline Mushrooms (“Highline”) announces acquisition of the Prairie Mushrooms group of companies which is known to be the Western Canada’s largest integrated mushroom growers and marketers. The operations for Highline will further enhance the position of its western Canadian operation as the largest organic mushroom grower and the only coast-to-coast mushroom grower in Canada. The Western Canadian operations will also include five farms in Alberta and British Columbia to serve the customers in the U.S. and Western Canada.
TOMRA Acquires BBC Technologies | Friday, March 9, 2018

TOMRA Continues Expansion in Global Sorting Solutions with acquisition of BBC Technologies to offer services in all corners of the globe

TOMRA continues its expansion in Global Food Sorting Solutions with signing an agreement to acquire 100 percent in BBC Technologies. Based in Hamilton, New Zealand, BBC Technologies’ origins go back to 2000 when local blueberry growers Greg and Alison Furniss invented a blueberry grader and sorter which was then sold to other growers.
Kraft Heinz to Launch Springboard | Friday, March 9, 2018

To develop brands with authentic propositions and inspired founders the Springboard platform is seeking opportunities

The Kraft Heinz Company, which is dedicated to nurturing, accelerating and scaling growth launches a new platform within the food and beverage space.
U.S. Production Brings Back Brewing to Guelph | Friday, March 9, 2018

Sleeman Breweries Ltd to receive funding to ramp up beer production from the U.S. to Guelph

Sleeman Breweries Ltd. is bringing back some brewing production, and jobs to Guelph at a total cost of more than $7 million with the help from $422,000 from the provincial government.
Unilever Launches Snack Brand at Expo West | Thursday, March 8, 2018

To expand the farming initiatives, Unilever forays into the organic snack food category

Unilever plans to unveil a product line Growing Roots that is a new organic brand with the launch of Growing Roots that will support urban farming with every purchase. The pant-based snacks that will be made with flax, chia and sesame seeds will be offered across the country.
J.R. Simplot Expands Manitoba Potato Plant | Thursday, March 8, 2018

The investment by J.R. Simplot further gives J.R. Simplot a boost in Manitoba’s agriculture and food processing sector

The U.S. based J.R. Simplot Company is making a major investment to expand its operations in Portage La Prairie, which is anticipated to add 100 jobs.
Middleby Acquires Hinds-Bock Corporation | Thursday, March 8, 2018

To expand the baking portfolio, Middleby to purchase US Solutions

The global leader in the foodservice equipment industry, the Middleby Corporation is expanding its baking portfolio by acquiring US Solutions Hinds-Bock Corporation which is a leading manufacturer of solutions for filling and depositing bakery and food products. Hind-Bock is based in Bothell, Washington and is an integral part of the industrial baking and food processing line.
TreeHouse Foods Names New CEO | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Manufacturer of packaged foods and beverages, TreeHouse Foods, Inc. appoints Steve Oakland as the New CEO

Steve Oakland has been named president and chief executive officer of TreeHouse Foods, Inc. effective March 26. He will be assuming the role from Sam K. Reed who will move into a non-executive chairman of the board role and then retire from the company July 1.
Hostess Brands to Relaunch Dolly Madison | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Hostess to relaunch Dolly Madison Brand to vending and micromarket channel

Hostess Brands, L.L.C., a bakery company, is all set to relaunch its classic Dolly Madison brand for distribution in the vending and micro market channel nationwide. The brand was founded for expanded lineup of sweet goods and was first launched in 1937.
Canada’s Saputo Inc Considering the Sales of Their Milk Plant in Victoria | Wednesday, March 7, 2018

To appease Australian regulator, Canada’s Saputo considers milk plant sale

Canadian based Saputo Inc., is considering to sell the milk plant in Victoria state to address the issues about its buyout of Murray Gouburn Co-operative which happens to be the Australia’s competition.


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