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Landmark Feeds Celebrates 50 Years in Operation

Landmark, Manitoba--- Western Canada's leading supplier of feed and nutrition services to the livestock and poultry industries today commemorated 50 years in business with a celebration in Landmark, Manitoba. From its start as a small feed mill in Landmark, Manitoba in 1954, Landmark Feeds has grown to the largest feed company in Western Canada, with 10 state-of-the art manufacturing facilities servicing the swine, dairy and poultry industries.

“Landmark Feeds has come a long way since it began as a small, single-site operation in rural Manitoba 50 years ago,” said company president Ron Arnason. “Today we manufacture more than 750,000 tonnes of feed annually and develop nutrition programs that improve animal health and performance for all species of livestock and poultry, serving the growing needs of agricultural markets in the heart of livestock regions in Western Canada.”

In 1974, Landmark Feeds expanded beyond its original feed operation with the acquisition of a feed mill in Rosenort, Manitoba. Since then, it has invested heavily in securing its leadership position through acquisitions and building new infrastructure with eight other mills in Manitoba and Alberta, while maintaining its head office in Landmark. In 2003, Landmark Feeds commissioned its newest start-of-the-art feed mill in Souris, Manitoba, integrating the latest food safety controls that support the company's commitment to leadership in quality assurance..

In 1982, Landmark Feeds launched the Elite Swine Management Program, a unique hog management system that led to the establishment of Elite Swine Inc., which is now the largest hog production company in Canada. The Landmark Group merged with Maple Leaf Foods Inc. in 1999. Today, Landmark Feeds and Elite Swine employ over 500 people and function as independent operating companies within the Maple Leaf organization.

“Landmark Feeds is well positioned to be a major player in the livestock and poultry industries throughout the 21st century,” said Arnason. “Our commitment to producing the highest quality feed products and animal nutrition programs and delivering excellent service to our customers, ensures we'll continue to create jobs and prosperity in rural communities throughout Manitoba and Western Canada.”

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI) is a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. The company employs more than 23,000 people at its operations across Canada, and in the United States, Europe and Asia, and had sales of $5.0 billion in 2003.

For further information, contact:
Jeanette Jones
(416) 926-2013

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