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Maple Leaf to sell its turkey growing operations

Canadian food producer, Maple Leaf Foods has entered into definitive agreements to sell the company's commercial turkey farms to Ernald Enterprises Limited and its breeder farms and hatchery operation to Cuddy Farms Limited. The transactions are expected to close by the end of July.

Maple Leaf's turkey growing operations employ more than 100 employees in southern Ontario. They include a hatchery and six breeder farms that supply turkey eggs and poults (day-old turkeys) to domestic and international markets and six commercial farms that supply market-ready live birds to Maple Leaf's turkey processing facility in Thamesford, Ontario. The terms of the transaction include a long-term supply of live birds to Maple Leaf from Ernald Enterprises. The vast majority of employees will transition to Ernald Enterprises and Cuddy Farms once the transactions close.

"Divesting our turkey growing operations will allow us to focus on, and direct capital to, growth and innovation in our valued added turkey processing business," said Michael H. McCain, president and CEO, Maple Leaf Foods. "The transaction ensures a long-term supply of high quality turkeys at competitive prices."

Cuddy Farms is a leading producer and distributor of commercial turkey eggs and poults in Canada. The company distributes products nationally and to more than twenty countries including Germany, Mexico, Russia, Italy, Turkey, Poland, Austria, Holland, Hungary and the Baltic States.

Ernald Enterprises Ltd. owns 1,200 acres of agricultural land and operates five commercial turkey and chicken growing operations in southern Ontario. They are a current supplier to Maple Leaf Foods' turkey processing operations.

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