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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.