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Soy Protein: An Introduction and Import Assessment
If you are like a growing number of shoppers across the globe, checking the ingredients label on the back of food items has become instinctual. One such ingredient, soybeans and further processed soybean powders (like flours, concentrates, and isolates), have garnered increased media attention partly associated with its use in a growing number of novel, plant-based products. Generally, goods containing soy are considered either “traditional soyfoods” which use whole soybeans in the creation of more obvious items like soy milks, tofu, and soy sauces or “formulated foods” which contain concentrated forms of soy protein in products including comminuted meats, protein bars, soups, cereals, frozen desserts, and meat analogues.
Like peas and lentils, the soybean (Glycine max) is a species of legume plant and has numerous invaluable production applications. Most widely grown in...
ANALYSIS: August Chicken Exports - The Devil is In the Details
What a difference a year makes. About this time in 2019, chicken processors and allied components of the industry were licking their chops in anticipation of...
Meatless Farm Launches New Plant-Based Breakfast Product in Canada
Meatless Farm announced it has partnered with Canada’s leading foodservice distributors, to bring a new meat-free product to Canada.
In addition to the existing product line of meat-free burgers, the company has introduced new plant-based breakfast sausage patties for the Canadian market. Both the burger and the breakfast sausage patty are available in a 36-pack case and will be introduced across the country through our Fresh Pro Sales broker team as foodservice distributors look to expand their product offerings.
Meatless Farm’s internal team of chefs and food scientists developed recipes that provide the market with high quality taste and texture in plant-based meat alternatives. The new recipe – a next-generation soy-free, completely pea-based mix – more closely resembles...
ADP Direct Poultry Acquires Cami International
ADP Direct Poultry announced the acquisition of Cami International Poultry. Cami is a poultry slaughter and processing company located in Welland, Ontario, and employs 55 people.
"I've believed for years that vertical integration was critical to the company's long-term aspirations. Cami's business operations end where ADP's further poultry processing operations begin, so there isn't overlap between the two businesses. This acquisition gives ADP a consistent supply of poultry with the size and specification required by ADP customers, which makes Cami the perfect addition to the ADP team' said Augo Pinho, President & CEO of ADP.
Terms of the deal will remain confidential, but 100% of Cami shares were acquired, and...
French Plant-Based Protein Maker Roquette Sees Short-Term COVID-19 Impact
The plant-based protein market has seen a slowdown in new product launches and lower sales in restaurants and cafeterias due to COVID-19 but benefited from more people cooking at home and trying new products, French manufacturer Roquette said.
The market for plant-based protein such as meat-free burgers has surged in the past few years, attracting major investment from global agrifood groups, including Archer Daniels Midland, Cargill, and Nestle, hoping to capitalize on a trend towards healthy eating generally, including less red meat.
But lockdowns around the world to prevent the spread of COVID-19 have shaken the market, Jean-Philippe Azoulay, Head of Pea and New Proteins Business at French ingredient maker...
Olymel Invests Over $30 Million in St-Damase Poultry Processing Plant
Olymel management announced an investment of more than $31.5 million to expand its poultry slaughtering and cutting plant in St-Damase, Montérégie, in order to diversify operations and add new activities. This project will result in the creation of more than 80 new jobs and bring the total number of employees at this facility to nearly 500, spread over two shifts. This major investment is aimed in particular at equipping the plant with additional cutting, deboning and tray packing lines, as well as new high-capacity, state-of-the-art equipment. The work, which is expected to last about a year, will take place without interrupting the plant's current operations and had begun...
ANALYSIS: As Temperatures Rose, So Did Turkey Export Tonnage
Following three consecutive month-over-month reductions in total turkey export tonnage, July bucked the trend with outward volume increasing by 9.5 million pounds or 25.2% above...
Impossible Foods Debuts in Canada as International Expansion Accelerates
Canada’s most reputable chefs are launching Impossible Foods’ flagship product at their restaurants from coast to coast.
In response to overwhelming demand, the Impossible Burger will become available later this year in a wide variety of additional restaurants and grocery stores nationwide -- but patrons of the country’s top restaurants can get an exclusive sneak peek for the next two weeks.
Starting today, Canadians can try the plant-based Impossible Burger in world-class restaurants by...
Premium Brands Announces Acquisition of Global Gourmet Foods and Allseas Fisheries
Premium Brands Holdings Corporation, a leading producer, marketer and distributor of branded specialty food products, announced that it has acquired Global Gourmet Foods Inc. and signed an agreement to acquire Allseas Fisheries Inc.
Global Gourmet is one of Canada’s leading providers of ready-to-eat kettle cooked food solutions, including protein-based fillings, specialty sauces, soup bases and side dishes, to retailers and restaurants in Canada and...
Rabobank Beef Quaterly Q3 2020: New Faces Shaping Future UK Beef Imports
Once outside the European bloc, the UK is expected to become the fifth or sixth largest beef-importing country. Consumer acceptance and non-tariff barriers will play significant roles in determining which countries ultimately supply the UK beef market in the future.
Brexit trade talks between the UK and EU continue to progress. “While pure economic reasoning and geopolitics normally play strong roles in trade negotiations, we believe that, in the case of the UK, consumer acceptance and non-tariff barriers will be equally significant in determining...
Over a Fifth of Canadians Have Bought More Groceries Online Due to COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic accelerated Canadian usage of e-commerce with online grocery being one of the main benefactors. The latest research from Mintel reveals that by mid-April, almost four in 10 (37%) Canadians were shopping more online, with 22% of Canadians specifically noting they were buying more groceries online due to COVID-19, including 10% of seniors (those aged 65+).
Physical grocery stores have a big challenge to encourage consumers to come back into stores and spend time inside. Mintel's research shows that as of mid-April, 70% of Canadian shoppers were...
Maple Leaf Foods Provides Update on COVID-19 at Brandon Plant
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is continuing its rigorous safety efforts at its Brandon, Manitoba, plant to prevent workplace transmission amidst the recent COVID-19 cluster occurring in the community. The plant continues to operate safely, and Public Health experts have said on numerous occasions that there is no evidence of workplace transmission occurring at the plant.
The Company is extending its efforts to reduce spread of COVID-19 within the community by reinforcing the importance of precautions such as social distancing and by making 500,000 free masks available to community members.
Operationally, Maple Leaf Foods has temporarily suspended pork exports to China on a voluntary basis due to recent protocols adopted by...
KFC Canada Makes Plant-Based Chicken Sandwich a Permanent Menu Item
KFC Canada announced that Plant-Based KFC sandwiches will be available permanently coast-to-coast beginning August 10. After an incredibly successful pilot with plant-based partner Lightlife in 2019, vegetarians and flexitarians everywhere can now experience KFC.
"When we tested Plant-Based KFC by Lightlife late last year, we sold over a month's worth of sandwiches in six hours," said Samantha Redman, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC Canada. "Seeing the extraordinary demand for Plant-Based KFC, we worked quickly to bring these menu items to our restaurants across Canada."
Developed in response to Canada's evolving tastes and preferences for plant-based proteins, Plant-Based KFC is made in Canada by Lightlife, a leading plant-based protein brand whose portfolio of products are available in...
JBS Food Canada ULC Recalls Raw Boneless Beef Products
JBS Food Canada ULC, a Brooks, Alberta, Canada establishment, is recalling approximately 38,406 pounds of boneless beef head meat products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United States, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The raw, frozen, boneless beef head meat items were imported on July 13, 2020 and were further processed by another company into ground beef products. The following products are subject to recall...
Maple Leaf Foods Closes Sale of Drummondville Poultry Plant to Giannone Poultry
Maple Leaf Foods announced that it has completed the previously announced sale of its poultry plant in Drummondville, Quebec, including the associated supply, to Giannone Poultry of St. Cuthbert, Quebec.
In connection with the sale, Maple Leaf Foods and Giannone have entered into a three-year supply agreement that will allow Maple Leaf Foods to maintain its supply of fresh chicken. The completion of this transaction is...
ANALYSIS: Turkey Exports in May: A Sign of the Times
Closely aligned with the real-world trade experiences of turkey market participants, May not only marks the second consecutive month of...
Beyond Meat Brings Latest Iteration of the Beyond Burger to Canada
Beyond Meat is announcing its latest iteration of the Beyond Burger, produced locally at a co-manufacturing facility in Canada, is now available at major grocery stores nationwide. This latest version of the Beyond Burger, Beyond Meat’s flagship product, has 20g of protein derived from simple, plant-based ingredients like peas, mung beans and rice, and features marbling made from cocoa butter that is designed to melt and tenderize like beef.
Canada continues to be an important part of Beyond Meat’s long-term growth strategy and producing the Beyond Burger locally in Canada enables Beyond Meat to better serve the Canadian market, while...
Lightlife Launches Plant-Based Burger at All Harvey’s Restaurants Across Canada
Lightlife, owned by Greenleaf Foods, launched its reinvented Lightlife Burger at more than 250 Harvey’s locations across Canada. The new Plant-Based Burger recipe includes only simple ingredients like pea protein, coconut oil and garlic powder, and has 17 grams of protein and only five grams of saturated fat.
“Our partnership with Harvey’s reflects our shared food philosophy that embraces balance and eating fresh ingredients. We’re excited for new and loyal plant-based consumers alike to taste the difference in our reinvented Plant-Based Burger that’s made-to-order and...
Maple Leaf Foods Announces Sale of Drummondville Poultry Plant to Giannone Poultry
Maple Leaf Foods announced the sale of its poultry plant in Drummondville, Quebec, and associated supply, to Giannone Poultry of St. Cuthbert, Quebec. As part of the sale, Maple Leaf Foods and Giannone have reached a three-year supply agreement that will allow Maple Leaf Foods to maintain its supply of fresh chicken.
Maple Leaf Foods acquired the plant and supply in 2018 with the purchase of select Cericola Farms assets. Maple Leaf Foods will continue to own and operate the Bradford, Ontario poultry plant that was also acquired in connection with the 2018 Cericola purchase. The sale of the Drummondville plant is expected to close this summer subject to normal closing conditions and...
JUST Egg to Debut at Select Retailers in Canada this Fall
Eat Just, Inc., announced that its award-winning plant-based egg will be coming to Whole Foods Market and select Walmart stores in Canada this fall. Canada is one of the most requested markets for the product, which has been a breakout success in retail and foodservice channels in the United States since its nationwide launch last year.
The newly released fluffy, folded format, will be marketed as JUST Plant Egg in Canada. It will be sold as a box of four in the frozen aisle at Whole Foods Market in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Ottawa, and at more than 100 Walmart stores coast-to-coast. Additional on-shelf details will be announced at a later date.
In the U.S., sales of the toaster-ready product have surged since April, and it is now the #1 frozen breakfast entrée by velocity in the Natural Channel, according to...
Uber Unveils Grocery Delivery
Uber Technologies, Inc. announced that users in select Latin American and Canadian cities can now order groceries through the Uber and Uber Eats apps, in partnership with Cornershop, the popular grocery delivery startup based in Santiago, Chile. This follows the companies’ 2019 agreement for Uber to acquire a majority stake in Cornershop, which is expected to close in the coming days. Today’s news marks Uber and Cornershop’s first integrated grocery delivery experience.
Uber connects people and communities with the tap of a button, including rides, prepared food, retail goods—and now groceries. Starting today, shoppers in select cities in Latin America, Canada and coming later this month, the United States, can find grocery delivery opportunities through both Uber and Uber Eats apps, furthering Uber’s vision of bringing people closer to...
Industry Reacts to Implementation of USMCA
The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement has officially entered into force, replacing NAFTA. The USDA stated that this improved agreement is a better deal for America's farmers, consumers, and workers that will set them up for success for decades to come.
Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, said, "USMCA creates more market access for farmers from across our nation to sell their wholesome and nutritious products to our closest neighbors. This is a better deal for America that will grow our economy and put more money in the pockets of American families.”
Robert Lighthizer, United States Trade Representative, stated, "This marks the beginning of a new and better chapter for trade between the United States, Mexico and Canada, just as President Trump promised he would deliver for the American people." Lighthizer added that the USMCA contains significant improvements and...
Chipotle Expands Digital Platform with Canadian App Launch and U.S. Ordering Enhancements
Chipotle Mexican Grill announced a series of innovations to its digital platform to increase access and convenience for guests, including the introduction of the Chipotle app in Canada. Now guests in Canada can order their favorite Chipotle meals via Chipotle.ca or the Chipotle app, as well as through DoorDash and Uber Eats.
"Investing in our digital ecosystem in Canada will enhance the guest experience and position us well for future growth," said Anat Davidzon, Managing Director – Canada, Chipotle.
Chipotle is also introducing a series of enhancements to its mobile ordering capabilities including Pepper, its Concierge Bot on Facebook Messenger. Beginning June 22, customers can...
ANALYSIS: A Mixed Month for Turkey Exports
For the past three months, total turkey export volume has consistently trended below year-ago levels and April was no exception...
Prime Pork to Merge with Hylife
Prime Pork is excited to announce that they will continue to expand their operations with the merger of their business with Hylife. Founded by Glen Taylor in 2016 to resurrect the former PM Beef facility, Prime Pork now employs more than 650 people.
“I have been really pleased with the employees at Prime Pork. With this new partner and leadership, I am confident this agreement will be great for the community, employees and area producers.” said Glen Taylor.
“This is a unique opportunity to partner with an operation that has an established network of producers, customers, and employees,” Grant Lazaruk, President and Chief Executive Officer of HyLife, commented about the addition of over...
Conagra Brands Recalls Frozen Not-Ready-To-Eat Chicken and Turkey Bowl Products
Conagra Brands, Inc., Russellville, Ark. and Marshall, Mo. establishments, are recalling approximately 276,872 pounds of not ready-to-eat chicken and turkey bowl products because the products may contain extraneous material, specifically small rocks, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The scope of this recall has been expanded to include Healthy Choice Power Bowls Chicken Feta & Farro Bowls, Healthy Choice Power Bowls Unwrapped Burrito Scramble Power Bowls, and Healthy Choice Power Bowls Turkey Sausage & Egg Scramble Power Bowls produced on various dates. The products were produced at two different establishments.
The following additional products are subject to recall...
Kraft Heinz Reports First Quarter 2020 Results
The Kraft Heinz Company reported first quarter 2020 financial results that reflected higher net sales and Organic Net Sales growth due to strong demand for its leading brands, as well as the impact of divestitures, unfavorable currency, and higher costs versus the prior year.
“Our first quarter results reflect how strongly our employees have responded to the global COVID-19 challenge and the exceptional level of service our teams have demonstrated during this critical time; and for that, it is an incredible privilege to be part of the Kraft Heinz Company,” said Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio. "The transformation work we kicked off...
Technomic: Canadian Foodservice View During Coronavirus Pandemic
When news of the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak in China first broke, it was impossible to fully comprehend the global devastation that would follow. Canada confirmed its first case of COVID-19 on Jan. 25 and, as of April 15, the country’s surge of confirmed cases had reached 28,364. While a national mandatory stay-at-home order has yet to be enacted, most provinces have ordered nonessential business workers to self-quarantine until virus concerns subside.
For restaurant operators, consumers’ fears of public spaces as well as government recommendations and regulations have been damaging to business. Suspended dine-in service has forced operators to pivot to takeaway, drive-thru and delivery models only, but even those changes haven’t...
Pantries Padded with Produce as North Americans Prepare for the COVID-19 Long Haul
Much like the sentiment felt among European consumers, many North Americans expect the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) to last for quite some time. That means the inordinate rise of in-home food and beverage consumption we’ve seen this year will likely continue for the foreseeable future. While the health and immune-boosting properties of fresh produce have brought growth to the category, many consumers have sought frozen and pantry-friendly fruits and vegetables much more than they did before the outbreak.
But many pre-outbreak behaviors and tendencies will likely stay in the rearview mirror as communities hunker down at home in efforts to mitigate further spread of COVID-19. Overall, it’s left many consumers fearful that the worst has yet to come in terms of...
Olymel Plant in Yamachiche to Resume Operations
After having implemented all the public health recommendations of the public health department of the Mauricie and Centre-du-Québec Integrated University Health and Social Services Centre (CIUSSS MCQ), Olymel management is announcing that its hog slaughter and cutting plant in Yamachiche, in Mauricie, will resume operations starting Tuesday, April 14. With the help from public health authorities and its partners at the plant, including the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the Commission desnormes, de l’équité et de la santé et sécurité du travail (CNESST) and the TUAC-Local 1991-P union, Olymel took advantage of the 14-day closure starting March 29 to implement a new protocol, the main objective of which is to protect workers’ health and fight the spread of COVID-19.
Employees who have been in isolation since March 29 are being recalled according to a list approved by public health authorities. They must not exhibit any symptoms related to COVID-19...
ANALYSIS: February Turkey Exports: Bittersweet
With February marking the second month of YoY reductions in total turkey export volume, it's safe to say that early year selling sentiment has been...
Trucking Association Urges Government to Make COVID-19 Testing Available for Truck Drivers
Truck drivers are some of the essential workers keeping the supply chain moving during the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. However, according to reports, there have been issues regarding getting products to COVID-19 hot spots. With more truckers getting placed on pandemic sick leave, the Owner-Operator Independent Drivers Association (OOIDA) is calling on President Trump to make coronavirus testing more readily available to those safeguarding the nation’s supply chain.
“Small-business truckers and professional drivers are the vital link to it all...
Canada's Food Price Report: Food Prices Expected to Rise 4% in 2020
Both Dalhousie University and the University of Guelph are issuing an update on Agri-food Analytics Lab's forecast for Canada's food prices for 2020. In December of last year, it was forecasted that food prices would increase between 2 and 4 percent, with meat increasing between 4 and 6 percent.
Considering the coronavirus pandemic, the analytics lab does not believe the overall forecast for food prices in 2020 will change. According to the update, food prices are expected to increase by no more than 4 percent, as predicted in December 2019. However, retail and processing sectors are under pressure to change food safety practices, to make customers feel safer. These new protocols will require...
PODCAST: USMCA - What It Means for Protein
This week Michelle Klieger returns to the show to discuss the NAFTA replacement. She discusses the new opportunities for protein exporters and producers in the US as a result of the agreement and of course, China...
President Trump Signs USMCA into Law at White House Ceremony
At a signing ceremony this morning, the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaced the North American Free Trade Agreement. President Trump described the deal as the "largest, fairest, most balanced and modern trade agreement ever achieved." President Trump added that this is a colossal victory not only for farmers and ranchers, but American workers in all 50 states and beyond.
The USMCA is estimated to add 1.2 percent to the Gross Domestic Product and create countless jobs. President Trump said that this will make "Our blue-collar boom, which is beyond anybody's expectation, even bigger, stronger, and...
Industry Applauds Senate Ratification of the USMCA
The Senate passed the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement, by a bipartisan vote of 89-10. The USMCA will advance United States agricultural interests in two of the most important markets for American farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness. The agreement builds upon existing markets to expand U.S. food and agricultural exports while supporting food processing and rural jobs. Canada and Mexico are the first and second largest export markets for U.S. food and agricultural products, totaling more than $39.7 billion food and agricultural exports in 2018, supporting 325,000 American jobs. Now, the USMCA will be heading to President Trump's desk for his signature.
Sonny Perdue, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, said, "We’ve long waited for this day and now USMCA will finally head to the President’s desk. The passage of USMCA is great news for America’s farmers and ranchers. With Congressional consideration now complete...
CFIA Increasing Canada's Preparedness for African Swine Fever
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is pleased to announce that the University of Saskatchewan's Vaccine and Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre (VIDO-InterVac) will work with African swine fever (ASF), further supporting Canada's preparedness strategy by increasing research capacity.
This complements ongoing collaborations between the CFIA and VIDO-InterVac aimed at developing and testing vaccines and antivirals for ASF – a deadly and fast spreading viral disease that is killing millions of pigs worldwide and could...
McDonald’s Expanding Trials of Plant-Based Burger in Canada
McDonald’s announced the trial of its Beyond Meat burger has expanded to more locations in Canada as it attempts to gain feedback on its new plant-based menu item.
The burger will be available in 52 restaurants in Southwestern Ontario, starting on January 14. The sandwich, dubbed, “P.L.T.” for plant, lettuce, tomato was introduced to test markets last September in 28 restaurants in Ontario and nearby regions.
“The initial test of the P.L.T. allowed us to learn more about guest demand and how to integrate this new menu item into restaurant..."
NPPC Applauds Senate Committee Approval of USMCA
Today, the U.S. Senate Finance Committee approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement, which once implemented will provide much-needed certainty to U.S. pork producers.
“We thank Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) for making USMCA passage a top priority and we thank those members of the committee who support this important trade deal,” said National Pork Producers Council President David Herring, a hog farmer from Lillington, N.C. “USMCA will allow the U.S. pork industry to maintain long-term, zero-duty market access to two of our largest export markets.
“We now urge Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) to schedule a vote on the floor...
Ambassador Lighthizer Issues Statement on House Passage of the USMCA
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer issued the following statement after the House of Representatives overwhelmingly approved the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by a vote of 385-41:
“House passage of the USMCA with such huge bipartisan support is a major milestone and shows just how much President Trump is successfully changing U.S. trade policy so it works for the benefit of American workers, farmers, ranchers and businesses. The USMCA is expected to create between 176,000 and 589,000 new American jobs and substantially increase economic growth. The International Trade Commission’s analysis shows that...
Montpak International Recalls Veal and Lamb Products Produced Without Benefit of Import Inspection
Montpak International Inc., a Canadian establishment, is recalling approximately 2,804 pounds of veal and lamb products that were not presented for import re-inspection into the United Sates, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) announced today.
The veal bone, cutlet items, and lamb carcasses were imported on December 4, 2019. The following products are subject to recall...
Beyond Meat Serves Canada with National Launch of Beyond Beef
Starting today, Canadians can now enjoy even more options at their local grocer’s fresh meat counter with the launch of Beyond Beef, a new product from plant-based leader, Beyond Meat, Inc., that’s designed to look, cook and taste like ground beef. Canada is the first market outside of the U.S. to offer Beyond Beef.
“Canada is a very progressive market and since launching in retail there earlier this year, we’ve seen a tremendous response from Canadians who are interested in our plant-based proteins,” said Ethan Brown, Beyond Meat Founder and CEO. “We are excited to bring our latest product innovation to Canadians, welcoming...
Industry Reacts to Agreement on USMCA
United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Mexico approved U.S. changes to the USMCA, paving the way for a congressional ratification. The Trump Administration worked closely with Congressional Democrats to address their concerns in the revisions to the trade agreement.
The USMCA will advance U.S. agricultural interests in two of the most important markets for American farmers, ranchers, and agribusiness. This high-standard agreement builds upon the country's existing markets to expand United States food and agricultural exports while supporting food processing and rural jobs. According to the USDA, Canada and Mexico are the first and...
Secretary Perdue Statement on USMCA Agreement
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue issued the following statement after United States Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer and Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced agreement on the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA): “USMCA is a big win for American workers and the economy, especially for our farmers and ranchers. The agreement improves virtually every component of the old NAFTA, and the agriculture industry stands to gain significantly,” said Secretary Perdue. “President Trump and Ambassador Lighthizer are laying the foundation for a stronger farm economy through USMCA and I thank them for all their hard work and perseverance to get the agreement across the finish line. While I am very encouraged by today’s breakthrough...
Burger King Announces Plan to Develop More Than 100 New Restaurants in Canada
Burger King is announcing plans to open more than 100 restaurants in Ontario and Manitoba over the next five years. To drive growth in the underpenetrated burger market of Canada, Burger King Canada has inked a new five-year expansion deal with long-time partner, Redberry Restaurants ("Redberry"), to grow the number of Burger King restaurants in Canada by 25% so even more guests can enjoy the iconic flame-grilled Whopper sandwich, chicken fries and other Burger King favourites.
"For far too long, Canadian burger lovers have not had enough flame grilled options to choose from," said Matt Wright, General Manager, Burger King Canada. "Premium ingredients and signature recipes have defined Burger King for 50 successful years in Canada. We're excited that even more Canadians will be introduced to...
CFIA Cancels Three Safe Food for Canadians Licences
After a thorough and comprehensive review, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) cancelled three Safe Food for Canadian licences. The decision was made after the Agency identified during a food safety investigation that they had received false or misleading information from the licence holders concerning E. coli lab results.
Effective immediately, Ryding-Regency Meat Packers LTD., Canadian Select Meats Inc. (operating under St. Ann's Foods Inc) and The Beef Boutique LTD. (operating under St. Ann's Foods Inc) are no longer able to slaughter food animals or prepare meat products for export or to be sent from one province or territory to another.
CFIA initiated a food safety investigation into the three companies in September 2019, as soon as it was...
KFC Canada Introduces Plant-Based Chicken
KFC Canada announced its latest innovation, KFC Plant-Based Fried Chicken. With the desire to share the Colonel's legendary finger lickin' good taste with every Canadian, KFC Canada partnered with Lightlife, a leading plant-based protein brand, to create a signature Plant-Based Fried Chicken Sandwich and Popcorn Chicken.
KFC Canada's Plant-Based Fried Chicken will make its debut during a limited, one-restaurant, one-day test on Wednesday, November 27 in Mississauga, Ontario. KFC fans looking to try the new plant-based options are invited to visit KFC at 6055 Creditview Road in Mississauga, Ontario between the hours of 10:30am to 11:00pm, or while supplies last.
"We believe the Colonel's famous finger lickin' good taste should have no boundaries," said Sam Redman, Chief Marketing Officer, KFC Canada. "So we've created...
Technomic’s Take: 2020 Canada Trends
Chillier weather and holidays on the horizon signify a special time for Technomic: the coming year’s foodservice trend predictions. Our 2020 trends—which touch on menu, operations and labour—reflect today’s biggest cultural, governmental and consumer shifts impacting macro industry trends. Operators and suppliers need to understand how and why macro trends such as health, sustainability, technology and employee engagement are changing in order to succeed in today’s highly competitive foodservice arena. Read ahead for Technomic’s expert predictions of the trends that will have the greatest impressions on foodservice in 2020.
Operators will shine a light on aquatic-based ingredients in a plethora of new ways. Not only will restaurants continue to highlight less familiar seaweeds, algae and sea plants, including...
USMEF Elects New Officer Team, Examines Trade Challenges
The U.S. Meat Export Federation (USMEF) concluded its Strategic Planning Conference in Tucson, Ariz., with the election of new officers. Cevin Jones, a cattle feeder from Eden, Idaho, was elected USMEF chair. He succeeds Iowa pork producer Conley Nelson.
“My first involvement with USMEF was when I was marketing chair with the Idaho Cattle Association,” recalled Jones, who along with his brother operates Intermountain Beef, a custom feedlot. “As part of my duties I would go to national conventions where USMEF staff and leadership shared information about their work in international markets. This was a tremendous eye-opener. I valued the importance of export markets then, but value them even more today.”
Jones became president of the Idaho Cattle Association in November 2003, shortly before one of the most disruptive events in the history of the U.S. beef industry...
NPPC Launches 'Pork O' Clock' to Highlight Importance of USMCA Agreement
Today, the National Pork Producers Council (NPPC) launched a dynamic new campaign, “It’s Pork O’ Clock Somewhere,” to highlight the importance and benefits of the U.S.-Mexico-Canada (USMCA) trade agreement. The campaign focuses on pork and the many ways it’s enjoyed across North America.
“Ratification of USMCA is the top priority for U.S. pork producers and there is no better way to highlight its importance than a campaign that illustrates how pork is enjoyed across United States, Canada and Mexico,” said David Herring, NPPC president and a pork producer in Lillington, N.C. “A USMCA agreement provides much-needed market certainty for U.S. pork producers, ensuring...
Dine Brands International Continues Expansion with Deal to Bring More IHOP Restaurants to Canada
Dine Brands International announced today an agreement with Saeed Minhas, of Minhas Holdings, to bring the IHOP brand to exclusive locations in the Greater Toronto Area. The agreement calls for 15 new IHOP locations over seven years. The first location is expected to open mid-year 2020.
The new locations are expected to create approximately 900 jobs and contribute up to $15 million to the construction industry in the Greater Toronto Area.
“IHOP is a strong brand with a huge fan base around the world, and we are excited to expand its presence in Canada,” said Saeed Minhas, CEO of Minhas Holdings. “We can’t wait for...
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