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French’s ketchup on a McCormick Canada processing line at London, Ont. (

McCormick brings French’s ketchup processing in-house

Club House spice maker expands London, Ont. plant

The firm behind the French’s ketchup brand is bringing its bottling of the product to its own plant in southwestern Ontario. McCormick Canada, the Canadian arm of Baltimore-area condiment and spice maker McCormick and Co., on Monday announced it had completed a “multi-million dollar expansion” at its London, Ont. plant to blend, bottle and package

A Heinz ketchup packing line. (Kraft Heinz video screengrab)

Kraft Heinz backed for ketchup production in Montreal

Company to add ketchup line at Mont Royal site

A $23.3 million expansion of Kraft Heinz’s food manufacturing complex in Montreal will see the company resume making Heinz ketchup for Canada, in Canada. The U.S.-based food processing giant and the Quebec government on Nov. 17 announced the expansion plan for the company’s Mont Royal plant, which today makes products such as KD Mac +

Vermilion Growers' facility under construction in July 2020.

Innovation on the vine

TECHNOLOGY From floors to climate managementsystem, Vermillion Growers is building for efficiency

Vermillion Growers in Dauphin thinks it’s time for Manitoba to step up its game on commercial greenhouses, and they’re just the people to make it happen. The final vision of what will, by next year, be the province’s largest commercial vegetable greenhouse, built from the ground up for sustainability and efficiency, may still take some

File photo of tomatoes growing on the vine in Mexico. (PinkBattousai/iStock/Getty Images)

Mexico and U.S. reach deal to end tomato tariff spat

Mexico City | Reuters — Mexican tomato producers have reached a deal with the U.S. government to avoid an anti-dumping investigation, Mexican Economy Minister Graciela Marquez said on Wednesday, ending a testy tariff dispute that had rumbled on for months. Under the deal, the vast majority of Mexican tomato exports will be subject to border

Bowl of fresh salsa dip isolated on white background

My favourite salsa recipes

It’s the perfect way to preserve extra tomatoes from the garden

Some people love this time of year because of the changing colour of leaves, the rumble of the combine or the kids going back to school. I love it because of the fresh garden tomatoes and homemade salsa. If you’ve never made your own fresh salsa, stop everything and make a batch right now; you’re

Manitoba gardeners need to be watching for late blight in their tomatoes and potatoes. These tomatoes have late blight and should be destroyed to protect Manitoba’s 64,500 acres of commercial potatoes.

Manitoba potato growers, gardeners need to scout for late blight

Home gardens can be a source of infection for the fungal disease that can spread to commercial potato fields

Manitoba gardeners need to scout for late blight in their tomatoes and potatoes — not just to protect themselves, but the provinces’s 64,500 acres of commercial potato production. Late blight — the same fungal disease responsible for the Irish potato famine in the late 1840s — was detected July 16 in a potato field near


Tomato producer Mastronardi said seeking buyer

Reuters — Mastronardi Produce, an Ontario grower and distributor of hothouse tomatoes, peppers and cucumbers, is exploring a sale it hopes could value it at as much as $900 million, including debt, according to people familiar with the matter. Privately-held Mastronardi has hired Bank of Montreal (BMO) to run an auction process, the people said


Tomato Pie

True love and tomatoes

Only two things that money can’t buy. That’s true love and homegrown tomatoes.” I blissed out on John Denver music in the 1970s, so lines from his songs are forever burned in my brain. While picking tomatoes the other evening, this one naturally started looping through my head. I mentioned awhile back that we tried

Tomato genome project bears fruit

An international team of scientists has cracked the genetic code of the domesticated tomato and its wild ancestor, an achievement which should help breeders identify the genes needed to develop tastier and more nutritious varieties. The full genome sequence of a tomato breed known as Heinz 1706, and a draft sequence for its closest wild