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Maple Leaf Improves Brandon Plant Employee Services with $1.9 Million Cafeteria Expansion

BRANDON, MB - Maple Leaf Pork announced today a $1.9 million investment in its Brandon plant to build a new employee cafeteria.

The new cafeteria will be 14,000 square feet with seating for 650 people, serving over 1,300 meals each day. In addition to offering employees a wider variety of healthy meal choices, the new cafeteria will include a larger retail operation where employees can purchase a range of Maple Leaf products at close to wholesale prices.

"This expansion allows us to improve services for current employees and ensures that we are prepared to accommodate additional employees as we add product lines such as our new by-product recovery line," said Gord Maxwell, Vice President Manufacturing (Brandon).

Manitoba-based EK Construction has been selected to build the cafeteria. Maple Leaf recently received the final approvals from Manitoba Conservation for the expansion and, weather permitting, construction will begin in the coming months. The cafeteria is expected to open by September 2002.

Maple Leaf has been processing hogs at the Brandon facility since August 31, 1999. The Brandon plant is a world-class, technologically advanced facility. It is the company's flagship pork processing operation and is one of the largest in North America.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE:MFI) is a leading Canadian 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.


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