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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.

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