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Canada’s Largest Bakery Officially Opened Today

TORONTO, Sept. 28, 2011 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ —

Maple Leaf Foods Celebrates the Launch of Their New Bakery in Hamilton,
Ontario

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Maple Leaf Foods celebrated today the
official opening of Canada’s largest commercial bakery in Hamilton,
Ontario
producing a variety of delicious fresh bakery products for
Canadians to enjoy. This 385,000 square foot “Trillium” bakery
benefits from efficient design flow and best-in-class technologies.
Hamilton Mayor Bob Bratina and David Adames, President of the Hamilton
Chamber of Commerce, joined Michael McCain, President and CEO of Maple
Leaf Foods to offer remarks during the opening ceremony.

“As Canada’s largest bakery, our new facility is among the most
efficient in North America,” said Michael McCain. “We are particularly
proud of the environmental features that we engineered into the
facility to meet rigorous environmental standards. The new bakery also
provides us with dedicated space to support new product innovation,
supported by our leadership in providing Canadians nutritious, fresh
and wholesome bakery products.”

“A bakery of this size and scale in Hamilton means significant benefits
to our local economy, providing sustainable jobs and an important
anchor development in the Red Hill Valley Industrial Park,” said Mayor
Bob Bratina.

The bakery represents an approximate $100 million investment by Maple
Leaf Foods to support the Company’s long-term growth as Canada’s
leading bakery, and increase manufacturing efficiencies through scale
and technology. It will support up to 300 full-time jobs with an
additional 30 seasonal hourly positions and produce white and whole
wheat breads, buns, English muffins and tortillas using 100% Canadian
wheat.

The bakery operates to the highest standards of productivity, quality
assurance and environmental management. It is designed to obtain
certification under the LEED™ (Leadership in Energy and Environmental
Design) New Construction program, a green building rating system that
covers an explicit set of environmental performance criteria, organized
within five key performance categories: sustainable sites; water
efficiency; energy and atmosphere; materials and resources; and indoor
environmental quality. For broadcast quality footage (b-roll) please click on the link below: http://cnw.pathfireondemand.com/viewpackage.action?packageid=484

SOURCE Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Image with caption: “Ribbon cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Canada’s largest commercial bakery in Hamilton, Ontario: David Adames, President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce; Mayor Bob Bratina, City of Hamilton; Michael McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods (CNW Group/Maple Leaf Foods Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110928_C7460_PHOTO_EN_3997.jpg

Image with caption: “Grand opening of Canada’s largest commercial bakery in Hamilton, Ontario: David Adames, President of the Hamilton Chamber of Commerce; Councillor Brenda Johnson, Ward 11, City of Hamilton; Mayor Bob Bratina, City of Hamilton; Michael McCain, President and CEO of Maple Leaf Foods (CNW Group/Maple Leaf Foods Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110928_C7460_PHOTO_EN_3993.jpg

Image with caption: “Bread being baked at Maple Leaf Foods 385,000 square foot Trillium bakery in Hamilton, Ontario. It is Canada’s largest commercial bakery producing a variety of fresh bakery products for Canadians to enjoy. (CNW Group/Maple Leaf Foods Inc.)”. Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20110928_C7460_PHOTO_EN_3995.jpg