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Landmark Feeds Announces Construction of Feed Mill Facility in Souris, Manitoba

Landmark, MB – Landmark Feeds Inc. announced
today plans to construct a new state-of-the-art feed mill in Souris, Manitoba,
expanding Landmark Feeds’ production into western Manitoba. The Souris location
was chosen for its proximity to livestock producing regions and its access to
roads and railways.

“This facility will enable us to meet the needs of
current and future customers in the rapidly growing Westman Region,” said Ron
Arnason, President of Landmark Feeds. “The mill will use the latest production
technology to efficiently provide our customers with quality products.”

The state-of-the-art mill can produce 250,000 tonnes of
swine, cattle and poultry feed per year and will employ 25 people. The plant
will be fully automated to include receipt of orders, ingredients, batching,
process control and shipping. Construction of the Landmark feed mill is
scheduled to begin this fall with completion of the facility expected in fall

“This investment by Landmark Feeds indicates a further
commitment by Maple Leaf Foods in Manitoba’s livestock industry,” said Scott
McCain, President and Chief Operating Officer of Maple Leaf Foods’ Agribusiness
Group. “The feed and nutrition link is a key component in Maple Leaf’s Vertical
Coordination strategy and is integral in delivering quality products to

Vertical Coordination is Maple Leaf’s made-in-Canada
approach to supply chain management based on building partnerships through the
entire supply chain.

Landmark Feeds Inc. is a leading manufacturer and
provider of feed and feeding products for all species of livestock, and
operates eight facilities in Western Canada. Landmark Feeds is an independent
operating company of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI,) a leading global food
processing company. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the company employs more
than 13,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States,
Europe and Asia. Maple Leaf Foods reported sales of $3.9 billion in 2000.