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1999/11/29

Maple Leaf breaks ground on $1.3 million expansion of north battleford bacon plant




NORTH BATTLEFORD, SASKATCHEWAN--Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, an operating company
of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE/ME: MFI), today broke ground on a $1.3 million
expansion of its North Battleford, Saskatchewan bacon plant.




North Battleford will become Maple Leaf Foods' designated bacon plant producing
all Maple Leaf bacon products for the Canadian and export markets. North
Battleford currently produces 11 million kilos of bacon annually. Production
volume is expected to increase by approximately 50% as production volume is
transferred in from other plants and consumer demand grows.




"The North Battleford plant is at the leading edge of a North American trend
towards dedicated plants. It is a well-run, efficient, North American
competitive plant with great employees. We're very pleased to be making this
investment and believe this plant has a great future," said Steven B. McArthur,
President of Maple Leaf Consumer Foods.




"This kind of investment means opportunity for local businesses and ultimately
new jobs for people in the area. We're very pleased Maple Leaf selected this
plant to be its lead bacon plant and decided to invest and expand its
operations here. This is a major endorsement for the City of North Battleford,"
said North Battleford Mayor Wayne Ray.




The North Battleford plant produces well-known brands such as Maple Leaf,
Burns, Swift, and Royale. Products are shipped across Canada and exported to
the United States, and Asia.




The plant currently provides both full and part-time employment for 250 people.
The expansion will create new employment opportunities. Specific numbers will
be determined once the expansion is further along. The expansion will be
completed over the next six months.






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