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Maple Leaf Bakery Expands Roanoke, Virginia Facility

$11 million investment adds 50 new jobs
Advances bakery position in par-baked bread market

ROANOKE, Virginia – Maple Leaf Bakery announced today that it has broken ground on an U.S. $11 million expansion to its 80,000-sq. ft. bakery in Roanoke, Virginia.

The investment includes a 50,000-sq. ft. expansion and the addition of a new line. The expansion will create approximately 40 to 50 new jobs. The project began today and facility start-up is planned for December 22, 2001.

"The consumer demand for our products has increased steadily since the facility opened in 1998," says Richard Lan, president and CEO of Maple Leaf Bakery. "The expansion will further position Maple Leaf Bakery as the leader in par-baked technology, and premium frozen and specialty baked goods."

Maple Leaf Bakery is an independent operating company of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI), producing top quality par-baked bread, rolls and bagels for the in-store bakery and foodservice market segments across the United States. In addition to the Roanoke facility, the company owns and operates manufacturing facilities in Franklin Park, Illinois, and Oxnard, California. Maple Leaf Bakery distributes its products across the United States under the California Goldminer, Sourdough and Eurofresh Crusty Breads brands.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is 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.

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