Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods is investing in expanding bacon production at its Winnipeg production plant in a more that will increase capacity by 8m kg a year.
Maple leave is investing C$5.9m (US$4.5m) in the initiative. The expansion will create 34 new permanent, full-time jobs as well as 34 part-time jobs and is part of a larger C$35m expansion of the plant.
The investment is being supported by funds from the Canadian authorities. Both the Canadian and Manitoban governments pledged to invest C$500,000 in the project, which will help buy new processing and packaging equipment for its bacon production line.
“The meat sector is a great source of pride and prosperity to many Canadians,” said federal agriculture minister Lawrence MacAlay. “Part of the federal government’s plan to support the agriculture sector is to be a leader in job creation and innovation. I am pleased to announce this strategic investment that will mean more top-quality Canadian bacon in grocery aisles in Canada and across the world.”
“Manitoba continues to make strategic investments that will add value to our agricultural industry, creating new jobs and strengthening our economy,” added Manitoba’s agriculture minister Ralph Eischler.
“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 centre for food processing in Canada.”
Maple Leaf Foods is Canada’s largest value-added protein company, with fresh and prepared meats operations located in Winnipeg and Brandon, as well as Saskatchewan, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec.
“Maple Leaf has invested more than C$1bn across Canada to build a highly competitive, sustainable, Canadian-headquartered company,” said Rory McAlpine, senior vice-president, government and industry relations, Maple Leaf Foods.
“We appreciate the support from the Canadian and Manitoba governments, which played a direct role in helping our company create and sustain high-skilled jobs here in Manitoba and value-added export opportunities globally.”