About Us

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s leading consumer packaged meats company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf®, Maple Leaf Prime®, Maple Leaf Natural Selections®, Schneiders®, Schneiders Country Naturals® and Mina™. Our Company employs approximately 12,000 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.

Tracing back well over 100 years

Explore Our Rich History

Maple Leaf Foods can trace its roots back well over 100 years through the amalgamation of some of Canada’s premier food companies.

In 1991 the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Limited and Canada Packers Inc. created the company now known as Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Canada’s largest food processor. Four years later McCain Capital Corporation and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board acquired controlling interest in the company from Hillsdown Holdings plc and remain controlling shareholders today.

Maple Leaf Mills was created in 1961 through the amalgamation of the Maple Leaf Milling Company Limited, Toronto Elevators Limited and Purity Flour Mills Limited. Its origins can be traced back over 170 years to Grantham Mills, built in 1836 in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Our History Timeline

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1911

Canada Bread Company, Limited is founded with the amalgamation of five different companies.

1927

Canada Packers Inc. is formed in Toronto through the amalgamation of the Harris Abattoir Company, Gunns Limited and the William Davies Company, Canada’s oldest meat packing company founded in the 1860’s.

1961

Maple Leaf Mills is officially formed from the amalgamation of the Maple Leaf Milling Company Limited, Toronto Elevators Limited and Purity Flour Mills Limited. Purity Flour Mills origins trace back to Grantham Mills.

1988

Olivieri™ Fresh Pasta and Sauces is acquired by Corporate Foods (later Canada Bread).

1991

Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Canada’s largest food processor, is created through the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Limited and Canada Packers Inc.

1992

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. purchases Vancouver Fancy Meats. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. purchases Shopsy’s processed meats plant in Ontario.

1995

McCain Capital Corporation and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board acquire controlling interest in Maple Leaf Foods Inc. from Hillsdown Holdings plc. Maple Leaf Prime poultry is introduced nationwide.


1996

Maple Leaf Bakery U.K. establishes a manufacturing base in Rotherham, England. Purchased Pioneer French Bakery, a leading supplier of partially-baked sourdough breads to the U.S. supermarket industry; Cambridge Frozen Bakery a specialty sourdough business located in New Jersey, and Burns Meats operations in Manitoba. Bella Pasta (Hamilton, Ontario) is acquired and Olivieri™ fresh pasta and sauce products are made available nationwide.

1999

Maple Leaf Food’s pork processing operation in Brandon, Manitoba receives its licence and begins production. Maple Leaf Ready Crisp™ pre-cooked bacon is launched.

2000

Dempster’s is the first commercial bakery brand to switch to a natural whitening process using only 100% unbleached flour in all their white bread products.

2001

Maple Leaf Prime Naturally chicken, a premium line produced from 100% all vegetable grain-fed poultry is introduced.

2004

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. acquires J.M. Schneider Inc., one of Canada's largest producers of premium branded quality food products.

2005

Rothsay opens Canada’s first commercial-scale biodiesel operation in Montreal.

2006

Maple Leaf announces strategic transformation of its protein operations.

2007

Maple Leaf Bakery U.K. expands with acquisitions of La Fornaia Limited, the French Croissant Company and Avance U.K. Limited. Establishment of new culinary centre, ThinkFOOD!, to enhance product development and culinary knowledge is announced. Maple Leaf Foods completes sale of our animal nutrition business for proceeds of $520 million.

2008

Maple Leaf Foods completes a number of milestones supporting our transformation to a value-added consumer packaged goods company.

2009

ThinkFOOD! centre, Maple Leaf Food’s culinary centre of excellence, officially opens providing a dedicated venue for product development and collaboration with customers.

2013

Maple Leaf Foods sells the Rothsay subsidiary to Darling International Inc. of Irving, Texas.

2013

Maple Leaf Foods sells Olivieri to Spain’s Ebro Foods.

2014

Maple Leaf Foods sells Canada Bread Company, Limited to Grupo Bimbo.