Food & Beverage
Nutella maker closes Brantford plant after workers test positive for virus
Employees worked in the same areas and hadn’t been in the plant for almost two weeks before getting their test results.
Maple Leaf’s pandemic costs will add up to $20M to Q2 expenses
Extra spending includes increased labour, personal protective equipment, sanitation, other expenses.
Dairy processors to lose $100M if USMCA takes effect in July: Plett
Processors stand to lose upwards of $100 million if the US-Mexico-Canada Agreement takes effect as scheduled.
McDonald’s Canada to use imported beef amid supply concerns
Cites limited processing capacity at Canadian suppliers, such as a Cargill.
Restaurants relying on Uber Eats angry about weekend outage
Shutdowns to the delivery service lasted hours and caused massive drops in sales.
Feds invest $2.5M to grow agri-food e-business during COVID-19
Will help provide consumers with access to a wide variety of food and agriculture products.
Poultry plant in Coquitlam closed by health authority over COVID-19
Two workers at the facility operated by Superior Poultry Processors Ltd. have tested positive for the virus
Ottawa announces $62.5M aid for fish and seafood sector
Earmarked for PPE and to help fish and seafood companies adapt their plants to comply with health directives.
Workers at second BC poultry plant test positive for COVID-19
Investigations underway at both facilities, appears workers and management staff moved between the plants.
Preventive measures at Alberta meat plants too late to stop outbreaks
COVID-19’s toll on meat packing sector grows with two shutdowns in Alberta and one in Quebec.
Alberta investigating virus outbreaks at two beef processing plants
Probes are looking at the circumstances surrounding potential exposure of workers.
Horgan tells workers stay home if sick after virus outbreak at chicken plant
28 workers at the United Poultry plant in Vancouver tested positive for COVID-19, facility has been closed.
Dare Foods supports food banks during COVID
The Cambridge-based manufacturer fully operational as an essential service, following measures to keep employees safe.
Alberta meat plant staff scared of COVID-19, not showing up to work: union
JBS trying to ensure its plant remains open, providing support for workers and their families infected with the virus.
Broken supply links bedevil easing of COVID-19 restrictions
Shutdown of an Alberta meat plant, empty planes from China highlight the challenges of maintaining supply chains.
Clean Works produce cleaner repurposed to sanitize N95 masks
Technology approved by Health Canada to be sent to health-care facilities.
Virus forces Cargill meat packing plant to pause production
High River facility linked to more than 350 cases of the novel coronavirus.
Corby Spirit and Wine delivering several COVID-19 initiatives
Hiram Walker & Sons distillery has committed to produce up to 20,000 litres of hand sanitizer per week
JBS shuts down Minnesota pork plant hit by COVID-19 outbreak
The Minnesota Department of Health reported over the weekend that 26 workers and five relatives of workers have tested positive for the coronavirus
Plants operating 24/7 to meet demand for food amid COVID-19
At Campbell Soup Co., more orders during one week in March than are typically seen in the entire month.
Challenging times for Canada’s beer industry: Beer Canada
Trends update shows number of breweries growing but domestic sales are in decline.
Enough food but COVID-19 will still cause challenges: Bibeau
Labour shortages on farms and illness among employees at processing plants affect the food supply.
Union ‘deeply troubled’ by lack of COVID-19 protection at meat plant
Demanding a two-week closure to assess safety and guaranteed full compensation for the plant’s approximately 2,000 workers.
Farmers, food processors to get fed funds to help foreign workers isolate
Essential to the food supply, must quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in Canada.
Harvey’s and Bauer Hockey come together during COVID-19
Guests ordering at Harvey’s drive-throughs will now pay on a payment machine attached to the end of a Bauer hockey stick.
McCain Foods donates 20M pounds of potatoes to combat food insecurity
The Canadian Food system has been stretched by the impacts of COVID-19
Maple Leaf Foods suspends operations in Brampton
Investigating three COVID-19 cases involving people working at that facility.
BevCanna launches cannabis-infused beverage powder
Jase will be available for sale in licensed dispensaries in California this year.
Empty grocery shelves don’t mean we’re out of food
Currently seeing demand-based shortages, not supply-based shortages.
Union representing federal meat inspectors want safety guarantee
Production at Harmony Beef was halted after one of its employees tested positive for COVID-19 a day earlier.
Food companies boost employee pay during COVID-19 outbreak
Maple Leaf, Cargill and Mondelez are among the food processors taking measures to prop up employees
Nestle Canada giving temporary raises to factory, distribution workers
$3 per hour, retroactive to March 16; bonus also applies to salaried employees in the factories who cannot work from home.