Maple Leaf Foods Completes Strategic Review of Rendering Operations

    TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - Maple Leaf Foods Inc. (TSX: MFI) today announced
that following the completion of a review of the role of its Rothsay rendering
operations in the Company's new protein business model, the Company has
decided to retain the business in its entirety.
    In October 2006, Maple Leaf announced a change in its strategy to focus
on growth in its value added meat, meals and bakery businesses. At that time,
management indicated that the role of its rendering operations was under
review. Management has since concluded that the business is an integral part
of managing the disposition of by-products from its remaining primary
processing operations.
    Rothsay recycles inedible animal by-products, generated by Maple Leaf
operations or collected from other customers, into value-added products
including animal feed, amino acid supplements, biodiesel and other industrial
uses. Rothsay provides an essential service for its customers and internal
operations by responsibly managing and recapturing the value of inedible

    Maple Leaf Foods is a leading food processing company, headquartered in
Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 22,500 people at its
operations across Canada and in the United States, the United Kingdom and
Asia, and had sales of $5.9 billion in 2006.

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