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2008/12/18

John Bragg and Geoff Beattie Join Maple Leaf Foods Board of Directors

TORONTO, Dec. 18, 2008 -- Maple Leaf Foods (TSX: MFI) is pleased to announce that Messrs. John Bragg and Geoff Beattie have been appointed to the Company's Board of Directors, effective December 17, 2008.

"We are delighted that Mr. Bragg and Mr. Beattie have agreed to join the Maple Leaf Board," said Wallace McCain, Chairman, Maple Leaf Foods Inc. "They bring a vast array of expertise and insight in their respective fields and I'm confident that they will both make an outstanding contribution to our Board."

John Bragg is a director of Sobey's Inc., Empire Company Limited and the Toronto-Dominion Bank. He has served on the boards of many Canadian companies including Imasco, Shaw Communications and Maritime Life Assurance Co. He is President of Bragg Lumber Co. and Cherryfield Foods Inc. and Chairman of several Canadian and U.S. companies including Bragg Communications, EastLink Cable Systems, and BioSan Laboratories. Mr. Bragg is an Officer of the Order of Canada and the Chancellor of Mount Allison University. Mr. Bragg recently resigned from the Canada Bread Company, Limited Board of Directors, where he served since 1995.

Geoff Beattie brings to this role over 20 years of experience in law, investment banking and securities. He is President of the Woodbridge Company Limited in Toronto, where he has served since 1998. Previously he was a Partner at Tory Tory DesLauriers & Binnington, where he practiced corporate and securities law for eight years, and prior to that was Vice President, Investment Banking at CIBC Wood Gundy. Mr. Beattie serves as Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, Chairman of CTVglobemedia, and is a Director of the Royal Bank of Canada.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food processing company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 23,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia. The company had sales of $5.2 billion in 2007.

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Inquiries: Lynda Kuhn, SVP Communications, (416) 926-7031

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