BERWICK, Nova Scotia – Maple Leaf Foods has reached an agreement to sell the assets of its Berwick, Nova Scotia facility to Eden Valley Poultry, a new poultry processing company made up of United Poultry Producers Incorporated and Maple Lodge Holding Corporation. The deal is expected to close May 13.

"We are very pleased to have reached this agreement that will result in the plant being converted into a new poultry primary processing facility," said Rick Young, executive vice president, transformation, Maple Leaf Consumer Foods. "This is a very positive outcome which will bring new opportunities for people currently employed at Berwick and the community of King's County. It also fulfils the commitment we made last November to find an alternate use for the plant that would leverage the benefits of the existing facility."

On Nov. 17, 2010, Maple Leaf announced it was closing its prepared meats plant in Berwick, which will cease production on April 29. Once closed, Eden Valley Poultry will immediately begin decommissioning the facility with construction and retrofitting that will start as soon as possible. The new facility is estimated to be operational by early summer 2012 and will employ approximately 200 workers.