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Maple Leaf honours Signature™ Pork producers at annual barbecue

Over $750,000 in bonuses awarded under Signature™ Pork

St. Marys, Ontario —

Maple Leaf Foods is pleased to announce the
recipients of this year’s Signature™ Pork
Awards, presented last night at the company’s
annual barbecue in St. Marys, Ontario. The
celebration also honoured 170 Signature
Plus producers with more than $750,000 in bonus

Signature ™

Pork was launched in August 1996. It is a
comprehensive system for modern pork production
and a key component in Maple Leaf’s vertical
coordination strategy. Vertical coordination is
based on partnerships with producers, which
builds value across the entire pork value chain,
enhancing quality and minimizing costs, to
deliver the value-added products consumers want.

“Maple Leaf Pork is committed to working with
producers to develop top quality pork products
for consumers around the world,” said Michael H.
McCain, President and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods. “Signature™
Pork has been a very successful program for all
parties involved. Producers have benefited
financially, Maple Leaf’s plant in Burlington
has a significant portion of its production
under contract to Signature™ Pork
producers, and we’re seeing a steady rise in
demand for Canadian pork around the world. This
is the result of the industry’s high standards
and commitment to quality.”

Signature ™

2001 Awards and Recipients

Right Weight Award

(percentage of hogs within 85 to 95 kg. Weight Range)

Winner: Kees Rijnen
Runner Up: John Broeders

Most Meat Award

(highest yield (mm))

Winner : George Schiestel
Runner up:

G&L Gielen
Farms Ltd.

Highest Index Award

(percentage on grid)

Winner: Poppe Farms
Runner up: Hill Spring Farms

Largest Loin Award


Winner: Patron Farms
Runner up: Shade Oak Swine

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI) is a leading
global food processing company committed to
delivering quality food products to consumers
around the world. 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.