Thirty-six Longo’s locations in Ontario have been sold to Empire Company Limited. The deal, initially worth $357 million for 51 per cent is based on an enterprise value of $700 million, including the e-commerce site Grocery Gateway. Longo’s will continue to be operated by the Longo’s leadership team, led by president and CEO, Anthony Longo, the company says. Empire… Read More

Meat and Poultry Ontario (MPO) is launching a project to identify opportunities to increase meat processing capacity in Ontario. The $127,000 project, funded through the federal/provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership, is aimed at addressing a growing demand for abattoir services across the province, including the north. MPO has begun researching a strategy that pairs skills development with… Read More

EMERGE Commerce Ltd. has closed a $16.8 million acquisition of all the issued and outstanding shares of truLOCAL Inc., a direct-to-consumer, locally sourced meat subscription service in Canada. The company was recently ranked as Canada’s 14th fastest growing company for 2017-2019 by the Globe and Mail, and is expanding into the U.S Ghassan Halazon, EMERGE founder and… Read More

Twelve competitors squared off to determine who the finalists will be for this year’s Ontario’s Finest Butcher Competition. Held at Halenda’s Meats at Mississauga, the competition was hosted by Meat & Poultry Ontario (MPO), the industry association which represents meat and poultry processors. Of the 12 competitors, three have moved on to the final round… Read More

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, in partnership with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, have published a list of more than 75 food and food processing projects funded through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. Approximately $5.4 million in projects have been approved, covering improving food safety, increasing labour productivity, and enabling better access to… Read More