Becel maker Upfield to relocate Ontario plant

Company to make vegan cheese substitutes, other spreads at Brantford

Reading Time: 2 minutes The maker of Becel margarine, Imperial spreads and, most recently, vegan near-cheese Violife plans to boost its Canadian manufacturing capacity with a move from Toronto to Brantford, Ont. The Canadian arm of Amsterdam-based Upfield said Wednesday it has bought a 164,000-square foot industrial building at Brantford and “brings a significant investment involving the purchase of […] Read more

Outrage, acceptance greet Son of NAFTA

Reading Time: 7 minutes Responses from Canada’s farm sectors range from acceptance to anger as concessions and market access granted under the successor to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) come into clearer view. Dairy: ‘Who needs an enemy?’ The new agreement, announced Sunday and dubbed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) by the U.S. government, is expected to […] Read more

Unilever spreads business whets private-equity appetite

Reading Time: 2 minutes London | Reuters — Anglo-Dutch consumer group Unilever has invited private-equity bidders to submit tentative offers for its US$8 billion margarine and spreads business by a deadline of Oct. 19, two sources close to the matter told Reuters. The business includes the brands Stork and Flora, the latter of which is sold under the name […] Read more

Richardson buying bigger margarine market share

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prairie grain and agrifood firm Richardson International is going long on shortening with a deal for major Canadian margarine firm Golden Gate. Privately-held, Winnipeg-based Richardson is no stranger to the margarine business as the owner of the Canola Harvest brand, having bought Canbra Foods in 1999 and Innovative Foods in 2011. Owned and operated by […] Read more