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2014/07/10

Maple Leaf Foods Releases Sustainability Report

TORONTO, Jul 10, 2014 (Canada NewsWire via COMTEX) --Maple Leaf Foods today released its Sustainability Report highlighting the Company's sustainability pillars, achievements and priorities with a particular focus on 2013 and the first half of 2014.

"The past 18 months have marked tremendous transition and opportunity for Maple Leaf," said Lynda Kuhn, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Maple Leaf Foods. "We divested a number of non-core businesses to accelerate our growth as dedicated consumer packaged meats company. Our increased focus on sustainability, including accelerating our progress in environmental sustainability, community outreach and animal wellness, will be fundamental to our culture and growth."

The report can be viewed by visiting: www.mapleleafsustainability.ca.

Highlights of Maple Leaf's sustainability performance highlights include:

Economic Responsibility

        --  Maple Leaf has invested over $1 billion to establish a highly
            efficient, sustainable manufacturing and distribution network
            in Canada that secures our competitiveness on a North American
            scale.


Social Responsibility

        --  Maple Leaf was the first national pork company in Canada to
            commit to transitioning to
            open housing for sows.
            In 2013, the Company converted 1,250 sows and two barns to open
            housing. Two barns with 3,000 sow spaces each will be converted
            in 2014.

        --  Maple Leaf invested more than $1.5 million in community
            initiatives in 2013. Read more at
            www.mapleleafcommunities.ca


Environmental Responsibility

        --  In 2014, Maple Leaf is committing the focus and resources to
            pursue the implementation of a robust
            Environmental Sustainability
            strategy, with clear, measurable near-term and long-term
            targets.


Consumer Responsibility

        --  Supporting our commitment to be a global food safety leader,
            over
            11,500 employees completed food safety training
            or programs in 2013.
        --  Maple Leaf was the first branded national company in Canada to
            introduce
            Raised Without Antibiotics products
            across a prepared meats portfolio, in addition to our popular
            Raised Without Antibiotics Maple Leaf Prime poultry.


Our People

        --  Maple Leaf was recognized as one of Canada's
            10 Most Admired Corporate Cultures.


Read a summary of Maple Leaf's performance highlights.

Maple Leaf Foods is Canada's leading consumer packaged meats company, headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. We make high-quality, great tasting, nutritious and innovative food products under leading brands including Maple Leaf(®), Maple Leaf Prime(®), Maple Leaf Natural Selections(®), Schneiders(®), Schneiders Country Naturals(®) and MinaTM. Our Company employs approximately 11,500 people in its operations across Canada and exports to more than 20 global markets including the U.S. and Asia.

SOURCE Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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SOURCE: Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

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