Central/Eastern Canada News

Farm Boy to keep Ottawa’s Rideau Bakery alive | Grocery Business News

arm Boy has announced that it has agreed to purchase the assets of Ottawa’s Rideau Bakery from the Kardish family and is working on a plan to keep the iconic brand alive in Farm Boy stores across Ontario.

Rideau Bakery was an Ottawa institution for almost 90 years until its two stores shut their doors at the end of June for business reasons and because the owners, children of the bakery’s original founder, were facing health issues. Community plans to keep the business going fell through at the last minute.

But now Farm Boy says that Rideau Bakery’s traditionally made and kosher eastern European breads and rolls will be sold in its stores. (Grocery Business Magazine)


More cannabis stores coming to Quebec

They have been delayed because of supply problems, but the SQDC is planning to open seven new cannabis stores in the fall. The new outlets will be mainly in the eastern part of the province, but will also include new locations in Saint Jerome and in Mont Tremblant. The SQDC has 16 cannabis stores in Quebec right now and hopes to have 40 by March 2020.


Yorkdale Mall's New Plastic Straw Ban Will Be The First Of Its Kind In Canada

Canada's most profitable mall has announced a major environmental initiative coming into effect in just a few months. Yorkdale Shopping Centre is officially getting rid of single-use plastic straws at all of their retailers, restaurants and cafes. The Yorkdale plastic straw ban becomes official in October 2019.

Yorkdale is the first shopping centre in Canada to go plastic straw-free. Yorkdale is also steps ahead of the federal government, which aims to ban single-use plastics by 2021.


St. Lawrence Market tenants wonder what their future holds with planned renovation

Excavators broke ground this week to start construction on the new St. Lawrence Market North building, but tenants on the south side of the market are wondering what the next step is for their businesses as the city finishes up design plans for the lower level of the market after years of consultations.


La Coop fédérée to acquire F. Ménard pork and milling assets | Grocery Business News

Management of La Coop fédérée, its Olymel and Sollio Agriculture divisions and Ange-Gardien company F. Ménard have announced an agreement to acquire all the F. Ménard assets in Montérégie, Québec.

F. Ménard is a family-operated business founded almost 60 years ago, and is a leader in the Quebec pork sector. The fully integrated company employs over 1,200 people and its activities range from genetics to marketing, by way of animal feed, breeding, slaughtering, and primary and further processing. The company has an annual production of over 1.1 million hogs reared in over 300 farms, which represents 15 per cent of all Québec production. It is also active in poultry production, but these activities are not part of the agreement. (Grocery Business Magazine)


OCS pulls affected CannTrust cannabis products amid Health Canada probe

TORONTO — The Ontario Cannabis Store has removed certain CannTrust Holdings Inc. products from its online and at physical outlets until Health Canada completes its investigation involving pot cultivation in unlicensed rooms.