Photo of a Nestle facility. (Nestle via Flickr)

Nestle to shut Ontario foodservice processing plant

Trenton facility to close in mid-2022

Reading Time: < 1 minute Global food processing giant Nestle plans to shut a southeastern Ontario plant and move its work to sites in the U.S., citing a “highly competitive” market. The company announced Thursday it will start to wind down work late this year at the Nestle Professional plant at Trenton, where dehydrated dry-blend and frozen products are made […] Read more

Nestle Canada in June 2021 launched Divine, a reduced-calorie line of Haagen-Dazs ice creams, produced at its London, Ont. ice cream plant. (

More upgrades planned for Nestle ice cream plant

Two more production lines to be added

Reading Time: < 1 minute The southwestern Ontario plant supplying Haagen-Dazs, Real Dairy and Drumstick ice cream and Parlour frozen desserts across Canada is set for another $41.3 million expansion, including two new production lines. Nestle Canada said June 23 it expects to break ground in September for a 26,600-square foot expansion of its London, Ont. plant with “additional buildings, […] Read more

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Editorial: The thorny issue of people on your land

Reading Time: 3 minutes There are more people roaming around rural Ontario during the pandemic and that’s increased concerns about trespassing and trash that finds its way onto farms. We live on a corner property and one of the side roads that runs along our farm is a no-winter-maintenance road. Early in the pandemic it became a magnet for […] Read more


Genomics can help meet future challenges

Reading Time: 3 minutes It has accelerated genetic progress, and could help livestock industries in future Livestock producers are under increasing pressure to produce more protein with fewer resources, and face scrutiny from consumers over issues such as water and land use, climate change and antimicrobial resistance. To meet these challenges, genetic advancements, particularly the use of genomics, can […] Read more

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Maple Leaf takes up Ontario poultry plant

Option exercised on Cericola Farms' remaining facility

Reading Time: < 1 minute A southern Ontario processing plant specializing in organic and antibiotic-free poultry products has gone to Maple Leaf Foods in a postscript to a previous sale. Toronto-based Maple Leaf announced Friday it had closed its purchase of the Sure Fresh Foods poultry plant at Schomberg, Ont., about 30 km north of Vaughan, for an undisclosed sum, […] Read more

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Hexo steps up cannabis M+A spree with Redecan deal

Reading Time: < 1 minute Reuters — Hexo Corp said on Friday it would buy Redecan, a privately-owned Niagara-region cannabis producer, for $925 million in cash and stock, as the pot producer bolsters its portfolio to tap surging demand and position itself as a top recreational weed supplier. Cannabis demand surged last year as many people turned to pot during […] Read more

Mink farms are a major target of animal activists.

Activist acquittal could set precedent

Ruling won't have any bearing on charges under new trespass act

Reading Time: 4 minutes Animal activist Malcolm Klimowicz celebrated his criminal charge acquittal with an almost-18-minute video on Facebook. “The fur industry has attempted to punish me for publicizing the rampant animal cruelty I witnessed inside their facilities but now their baseless accusations and plans to make an example of me has backfired,” said Klimowicz. Why it matters: The […] Read more

Soybean prices remain strong due to low stocks.

Ontario soybean production expected to rise

Better margins than other crops should bump up acreage

Reading Time: 5 minutes Over the past 30 days, southern Ontario received 85 to 115 per cent of normal precipitation, while temperatures were 4 to 5 C above normal. Winter wheat development is about seven to 10 days ahead of normal with the earlier seeded winter wheat moving into the reproductive growth stage. Quick look Soybeans: Ontario crush margins […] Read more