Maple Leaf to expand bacon plant

by Erica Shaffer
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Once complete, the expanded bacon plant will produce 8 million kg of bacon annually.
WINNIPEG, Manitoba – Maple Leaf Foods received C$500,000 toward an expansion project planned for the company’s bacon processing plant in Winnipeg. The funding is from the Canadian federal government and the Manitoba provincial government.

Once complete, the expanded bacon plant will produce 8 million kg of bacon annually. The funding will be invested in new processing equipment.

“Maple Leaf has invested more than C$1 billion across Canada to build a highly competitive, sustainable, Canadian-headquartered company,” said Rory McAlpine, senior vice president, government and industry relations for Maple Leaf. “We appreciate the support from the Canadian and Manitoba governments, which played a direct role in helping our company to create and sustain high skilled jobs here in Winnipeg and value-added export opportunities globally.”

The total cost of the project is estimated at more than C$5.9 million and is expected to be completed later this year. The project is part of a larger C$35 million expansion of the plant.

“Manitoba continues to make strategic investments that will add value to our agricultural industry, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy,” Ralph Eichler, Manitoba Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, said in a statement. “The expansion reflects our shared commitment to producing high quality food for the world in a safe and sustainable way. It also reinforces Manitoba's place as an important center for food processing in Canada.”
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