TORONTO -- Maple Leaf Foods most recent Sustainability Report has been released highlighting its achievements and priorities from last year and year to date. Of special note, it divested a number of non-core businesses to accelerate its 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," said Lynda Kuhn, senior vice president, sustainability and public affairs.

Highlights of the company’s sustainability performance include:

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

• 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.

• 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.

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