Name: Weetabix Food Company
Products: Weetabix, Alpen, Grainshop cereals
Manufactured In: Cobourg, Ontario
Where to Buy: Grocery stores
Canadian Owned: No
Frankly, I can remember not liking Weetabix as a kid. However, it is relatively low in sugar, so it is surely healthier than some of the sugar bomb cereals out there today. Weetabix is a UK company, but produces the cereal in Cobourg for the North American market.
Manufactured In: Parry Sound, Ontario
Where to Buy: Online and stores everywhere
Canadian Owned: Yes
Crofter’s makes great-tasting, organic fruit spreads with 1/3 less sugar than traditional preserves. Here at MiC we can report with authority that the strawberry premium spread is delicious.
Name: Robin Hood
Manufactured in: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
Where to buy: Grocery stores everywhere
Canadian owned: No (Owned by Smucker’s, which is publicly traded on NYSE)
All we can tell for sure is that Robin Hood oats are being produced in Saskatoon, at a plant that dates back to 1928. As to who produces it, it appears to be made by Ardent Mills, which is a joint venture between American giants ConAgra, Cargill and CHS. The brand itself is owned by Smucker’s. Suffice to say, they appear to be producing the product in Canada with Canadian grain and creating Canadian jobs, so they make the list.
Name: Stoked Oats
Products: Oatmeal Blends – Bucking Eh, Stone Age, Aphrodisioats, Red Line
Manufactured in: Calgary, Alberta
Where to buy: Canadian natural food and grocery stores, online
Canadian owned: Yes
Stoked Oats was founded in April 2011 by three oatmeal loving athletes. Unable to find the ultimate breakfast to support their busy and active lifestyles, they began making their own oatmeal blends. With the goal of creating the healthiest oatmeal on the market, all Stoked Oats blends include highly nutritious “superfood” ingredients including chia, flax, whey protein, and gluten-free oats. The oats are grown in Saskatchewan and the flax is Albertan. All production takes place in Calgary.
Name: Nature’s Path
Products: Organic, vegetarian, non-GMO breakfast products and snacks
Manufactured In: Canada and USA
Where to buy: Loblaws, Sobeys, Metro, Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart, and more (see per product on their website)
Canadian Owned: Yes
Nature’s Path is a family owned organic food company operating out of Richmond, BC. Their 150+ products sell in 42 countries around the world, but they are known largely for their breakfast cereals. All of their products are vegetarian, organic, and non-GMO, while many of their products are also vegan and gluten-free. They have often been voted in Canada’s Best Employers and in Canada’s Greenest Employers.