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2013/05/16

Maple Leaf Foods Releases First Sustainability Report

TORONTO, May 16, 2013, 2013 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --TSX: MFI www.mapleleaffoods.com

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today released its first Sustainability Report highlighting the Company's sustainability and community outreach efforts to date with a particular focus on 2012.

"Our challenge and opportunity is to provide people with healthy, affordable, great tasting food produced in a sustainable and profitable way," said Michael McCain, President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods. "This report represents the first formal account of our efforts in critical areas of sustainability. More importantly it reflects our commitment to do more and to openly sharing our progress against these goals."

The report can be viewed by visiting: www.mapleleaffoods.com/sustainability

Highlights of Maple Leaf's sustainability efforts include:

Economic Contributions

    --  Investing approximately $770 million to increase our scale and
        productivity and the global competitiveness of the Canadian
        food industry.


Our People

    --  Maple Leaf has a deep values based culture and embeds a strong
        emphasis on personal and professional development and values
        alignment at all levels of the organization.


Health and Well-being

    --  Maple Leaf led Canada's food industry in developing a full
        Naturals line of prepared meat products containing no
        artificial preservatives or ingredients.


Environment

    --  In 2012, Ninety-five percent of waste from 40 of Maple Leaf's
        manufacturing facilities was diverted from landfills,
        representing approximately 80 per cent of our total production.


A Culture of Safety

    --  Maple Leaf established a five member Food Safety Advisory
        Council, including food safety experts from Canada, the US and
        the UK, which keeps the Company current on emerging global
        issues and advancements.


Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is a leading food company, headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 19,500 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Asia. The Company had sales of $4.9 billion in 2012.

SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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