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Maple Leaf Foodservice Named "Partners In Excellence" by Bridge Brand Food Services Ltd.

Toronto, Ontario - Bridge Brand Food Services Ltd., the market leader in complete foodservice distribution has named Maple Leaf Foodservice its number one supplier of the year with the "Partners in Excellence" award in the largest volume category. Maple Leaf Foodservice is a division of Maple Leaf Consumer Foods, wholly owned by Maple Leaf Foods Inc.

Each year Bridge Brand awards suppliers who have had the most positive impact on their business. Suppliers are assessed on three criteria, reducing customer inventory requirements, improving administrative and operational efficiency and assisting the customer in business development.

"Maple Leaf has contributed greatly to the success of our business," says Norm Gerault, Meat Merchandising Manager, Bridge Brand Food Services Ltd. "Thanks to Maple Leaf's efforts we have been better able to serve our customers. Maple Leaf excels in delivering on time and in full, which helps with our efficiency. We appreciate the work that Maple Leaf is doing for us and congratulate them on a job well done."

"Maple Leaf is delighted to be recognized with this award. Maple Leaf's Leadership Edge program reflects the six core values that touch everything we do and play a significant role in helping us achieve recognition from world-class customers like Bridge Brand," says Iain Stewart, Vice President Maple Leaf Foodservice. "We focus all our energy on ensuring that consumers come first. We strive to continually improve our performance so that we can easily adapt to each customer's needs and ensure customer service, thereby gaining a competitive edge."

Maple Leaf Foodservice produces meat products for hotels, restaurants and other clients with large scale food service needs. Maple Leaf Consumer Foods produces all Maple Leaf's branded consumer products including hot dogs, sliced meats, ham, bacon, cottage rolls and briskets. Leading brands include Maple Leaf, Shopsy's, Bittners and Hygrade.

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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