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Maple Leaf to Resume Five-Day Operations at Brandon Plant

BRANDON, MB – Maple Leaf Pork announced today that its Brandon plant
will resume a five-day processing schedule effective October 16, 2000.

“Everyone involved is looking forward to
resuming a five-day operating schedule. Plant management, the union and
particularly our employees are to be congratulated for working through the
challenges of the past few months,” said Pat Jones, President of Maple Leaf
Pork.

The plant has been operating on a four-day
schedule since spring, processing approximately 35,000 hogs per week.

Maple Leaf has been processing hogs at the
Brandon facility since August 31, 1999. Maple Leaf selected Brandon for its
world-class, technologically advanced pork processing facility because of its
strategic location at the epicentre of Canadian hog production, abundant land,
excellent infrastructure, access to a quality workforce and proximity to
transportation routes.

For further information: Carolynn Penton, Fleishman-Hillard, (416) 214-0701