GEORGE WESTON LIMITED FILES FINAL BASE SHELF PROSPECTUS

TORONTO, May 27, 2011 /CNW/ - George Weston Limited (TSX: WN) ("Weston") announced that it has filed and received a receipt for a final base shelf prospectus.  The shelf prospectus has been filed with the securities regulatory authorities in each of the provinces of Canada.  This filing enables George Weston Limited to offer up to $1.5 billion of debt securities (unsecured) and preferred shares from time to time over a 25-month period from the date of the shelf prospectus.  Any issue of securities under the shelf prospectus will require the filing of a prospectus supplement that will include the specific terms of the securities being offered. The shelf prospectus was filed to provide George Weston Limited with efficient access to Canadian capital markets.

This press release does not constitute an offer to sell or a solicitation of any offer to buy any securities in any jurisdiction.

About George Weston Limited

George Weston Limited is one of North America's largest food processing and distribution groups operating in two segments: baking through Weston Foods, and food and general merchandise distribution through Loblaw Companies Limited.

SOURCE George Weston Limited

For further information:

Geoffrey H. Wilson
Senior Vice President,
Financial Control and Investor Relations
(416) 922-2500


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