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Maple Leaf Foods releases sustainability report


July 11, 2014
By Kristy Nudds


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July 10, 2014 – Maple Leaf Foods today released its Sustainability Report highlighting the Company’s sustainability pillars, achievements and priorities with a particular focus on 2013 and the first half of 2014.

“The past 18 months have marked tremendous transition and opportunity for Maple Leaf,” said Lynda Kuhn, Senior Vice President, Sustainability and Public Affairs, Maple Leaf Foods. “We divested a number of non-core businesses to accelerate our growth as dedicated consumer packaged meats company. Our increased focus on sustainability, including accelerating our progress in environmental sustainability, community outreach and animal wellness, will be
fundamental to our culture and growth.”

The report can be viewed by visiting: www.mapleleafsustainability.ca

Highlights of Maple Leaf’s sustainability performance highlights include:

Economic Responsibility

       —  Maple Leaf has invested over $1 billion to establish a highly
           efficient, sustainable manufacturing and distribution network
           in Canada that secures our competitiveness on a North American
           scale.

Social Responsibility


       —  Maple Leaf was the first national pork company in Canada to
           commit to transitioning to open housing for sows.
           In 2013, the Company converted 1,250 sows and two barns to open
           housing. Two barns with 3,000 sow spaces each will be converted
           in 2014.

       —  Maple Leaf invested more than $1.5 million in community initiatives in 2013. 

Environmental Responsibility


       —  In 2014, Maple Leaf is committing the focus and resources to
           pursue the implementation of a robust Environmental Sustainability
           strategy, with clear, measurable near-term and long-term
           targets.

Consumer Responsibility


       —  Supporting our commitment to be a global food safety leader,
           over 11,500 employees completed food safety training
           or programs in 2013.
       —  Maple Leaf was the first branded national company in Canada to introduce Raised Without Antibiotics products across a prepared meats portfolio, in     addition to our popular Raised Without Antibiotics Maple Leaf Prime poultry.