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Landmark Feeds Celebrates Grand Opening of Feed Mill Facility in Souris, Manitoba

Landmark, MB, June 25, 2003 – A new state-of-the-art feed mill operated by Landmark Feeds, an independent operating company of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., to service the needs of the growing livestock and poultry industry in Western Manitoba officially opened today in Souris, Manitoba. Landmark Feeds Inc. is a leading manufacturer and provider of feed and nutrition services for all species of livestock, and operates 10 facilities in Western Canada. 

“The new mill features a high level of automation using advanced manufacturing technology to efficiently provide our customers with quality nutrition and feed products,” said Ron Arnason, President of Landmark Feeds. “The design of the facility also integrates the latest in leading edge safety controls, delivering on our commitment to food safety and quality assurance.”  

The state-of-the-art mill is designed to produce 250,000 tonnes of bulk swine, cattle and poultry feed per year based on a 16-hour, 5-day schedule and employs 15 people. The plant is fully automated to include receipt of orders, ingredients, batching, process control, product traceability and shipping. The Souris location was chosen for its proximity to the growing livestock and poultry industry in Western Manitoba as well as rail and road access. 

“This $15-million investment by Maple Leaf Foods further illustrates our commitment to supporting 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 our Company’s Vertical Coordination strategy and is integral to delivering innovative, high quality products to consumers.”

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

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI) is a leading Canadian food processing company committed to delivering quality food products to consumers around the world. Headquartered in Toronto, Canada, the Company employs more than 18,000 people at its operations across Canada, and in the United States, Europe and Asia. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. reported sales of $5.1 billion in 2002.

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