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Rothsay Upgrades Dundas Facility

$10 million investment includes addition
of high-tech equipment

Dundas, ON – Rothsay announced today that it is
planning a $10 million upgrade to its Dundas, Ont. facility. The improvements
include the replacement of existing technology with a new state-of-the-art
process to improve energy and operating efficiencies, and odour control.

Rothsay will replace two evaporator systems, the
equipment responsible for processing raw material, with more efficient models.
The new evaporators will offer numerous benefits such as improved air and water
discharge and improved product quality.

There will be no interruption in services provided to
their raw material or finished product customers. Rothsay anticipates the
facility will be fully operational with the new equipment by the second quarter
of 2002.

“This investment in our Rothsay Dundas plant
demonstrates our commitment to the community,” says Chris Markwood, Vice
President, Ontario Region, Rothsay, “and offers benefits to our customers,
neighbours and the environment.”

As a recycler of food waste products, Rothsay provides
an essential environmental service to the agriculture and food industries by
recycling products, which are used in the production of numerous materials.
Rothsay is an independent operating company of Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSE: MFI)
a leading global food processing company. 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.