North Battleford Bacon Plant Celebrates Year of Achievement
NORTH BATTLEFORD, Saskatchewan – Maple Leaf Consumer Foods’ bacon plant in North Battleford, Saskatchewan is celebrating a year of achievement. During the past year, the company invested $2.3 million in state-of art processing equipment and plant expansion. Employment and production are now at all-time highs and the North Battleford "bacon experts" brought home an award for best-tasting bacon in America.
"It has been a great year of success and growth at the North Battleford plant," says Jim Scott, plant manager. "We have a world-class facility operated by great people."
The North Battleford expansion, which was completed this month, was announced last year as part of the company’s strategic reorganization of its manufacturing plants. The reorganization and related investments saw the North Battleford facility become Maple Leaf Consumer Food’s dedicated bacon plant. Over the past year, bacon production from other sites was transferred here. The plant will produce 17 million kilograms of bacon in 2000, an increase of 55% over last year.
"The reorganization, along with growing customer demand for our products, has created 100 new jobs at the plant. We now employ 350 full and part-time people," says Scott.
"The City of North Battleford congratulates Maple Leaf Consumer Foods on completing the expansion of its bacon facility and adding 100 new jobs to the local economy. These are tremendous accomplishments," says North Battleford Mayor Wayne Ray.
He adds: "The company’s commitment to this community has been truly outstanding from the start and the City of North Battleford looks forward to a continued, positive relationship with Maple Leaf Foods."
Scott says North Battleford employees have always referred to themselves as the ‘bacon experts." He adds that the "expert" status was confirmed earlier this year when they won a prestigious award for Royale brand bacon from the American Tasting Institute. Volunteer chefs evaluated products for taste, appearance, freshness and overall impression and selected Royale as the 2000 Gold Medal winner in the bacon category.
North Battleford produces other well-known bacon brands, such as Maple Leaf, Burns, Swift and Shopsy’s. Products are shipped across Canada and exported to the United States and Asia. The Royale brand is sold only in the United States.
Maple Leaf Consumer Foods is an operating company of Maple Leaf Foods Inc., one of Canada’s largest food processing companies with operations across Canada, the United States, Europe and Asia. The company’s products include fresh and prepared meats, poultry, fresh and frozen bakery products, seafood and animal feeds. Products are sold to retail, food service, wholesale, agricultural and industrial customers.