Hilton Food Group has signed a long-term supply agreement with Walmart Canada.
The international multi-protein food business will open a new manufacturing facility in Eastern Canada to supply the retailer’s Supercentres with a range of protein products, starting with beef, lamb, pork and seafood, with plans to move into some “added-value products.”
Hilton Foods’ new facility will provide robotised store order picking into Walmart's distribution centres.
The company’s newly formed subsidiary, Hilton Foods Canada Inc., is proposed to finance the new food packing facilities, with production expected to commence in 2026.
"We are delighted to be partnering with Walmart. This agreement further extends our global footprint and will be our first manufacturing facility in North America,” Steve Murrells, Hilton Foods Group CEO, said in a statement. “It is another sign of the strength of our customer offer, as well as growing consumer demand for high quality, affordable, protein products, which we can deliver through our scale, international experience, and supply chain expertise. Hilton Foods and Walmart share the same high standards of sustainability and we are looking forward to providing Walmart with the service and range of quality products for which Hilton Foods is known."
Sam Wankowski, chief merchandising officer for Walmart Canada, said the retailer is sparking change in the way it sources proteins in Canada.
“Our new agreement with Hilton Foods – their very first in Canada - is a win for our customers. We're strengthening our delivery of quality products at low prices and with more sustainable packaging to Canadians, while still continuing to support Canadian farms and ranches,” Wankowski added.