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Up to the Minute: Ryan Timms takes over at McCann

Plus, Faulhaber picks up BSH mandate and Humanity Bakeries sees an opportunity in Quebec’s specialty baking market.

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Retail sales growth ended 2020 at its lowest in over a decade

Ed Strapagiel’s latest analysis shows bright spots and recent rebounds were not enough to offset early dips and sluggish sectors.

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Beyond Meat renews push into QSRs

Along with continued marketing investment, the plant-based company strikes partnerships with McDonald’s and Yum! Brands.

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The Hive hires new president and CEO

Jared Stein is joining the Toronto agency’s executive team as Rick Shaver moves into a new role.

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Loblaw’s ecomm sales jumped 160% in Q4

Same-store sales also continue to climb at the company, which is investing into its digital grocery and health offerings.

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Meat and plant-based sales are both strong at Maple Leaf

Both priority areas performed well in the company’s full-year results, helped by a boost in marketing for new products.

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Campaigns challenge misconceptions about human trafficking

CivicAction and Public Safety Canada aim to educate Canadians about a complex crime.

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Seven in 10 Canadians plan to buy an EV within 10 years

Environmental concerns and operating costs are the biggest motivators, but cost and lack of infrastructure remain barriers to entry.

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Zulu grows its team and makes a slate of promotions

A director of interactive production for Zulubot is among dozens of new faces and roles at the agency, in response to recent wins.

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Klick Health appoints co-presidents amid expansion

The agency has promoted two longtime employees who will also oversee the implementation of a new intelligence practice.

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Estee Lauder to buy Deciem

The global beauty giant has taken a majority stake in the Toronto beauty company, with full ownership aimed for 2024.

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Corner Office Shifts: Lactalis names new VP marketing

Plus, Ford Canada’s lead marketer becomes CEO and Corus names a top marketer for Quebec specialty channels.

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S’well begins offering sustainability-as-a-service

From the C-Suite newsletter: The brand works with the likes of P&G on product design and marketing to meet their green goals.

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Half of Canadians believe business leaders are misleading them

Edelman finds CEOs’ credibility is down as consumers grow more empowered.