September 15, 2008


Hog deliveries to Maple Leaf remain stable in Manitoba



Hog deliveries to Maple Leaf Food's Brandon, Manitoba, processing facility remain unaffected by the listeria outbreak that forced the recall of over 200 meat products across Canada and the indefinite closure of its Bartor Road plant in Toronto, Ontario, according to industry officials.


"There has been no drop off in demand for hogs from Maple Leaf's Brandon facility and producers have not slowed deliveries because of the listeria situation," said Perry Mohr, chief executive for Manitoba Pork Marketing, a marketing agency that works on behalf of approximately 900 producer members.


"Because Maple Leaf has so many brand names, there has been little drop off in consumer demand for pork products from the company," Mohr said. "As long as demand from the plant remains constant, deliveries of hogs will also be maintained."


Officials from Maple Leaf Foods were not available for comment.


Producers, at least in Manitoba, obviously remain concerned about the listeria outbreak, he said, but remain committed to meeting contractual obligations with Maple Leaf.


Maple Leaf's hog processing facility in Brandon had an initial hog slaughter capacity of 45,000 to 50,000 hogs per week expanded to 75,000 hogs per week in October 2007 with the closure of some Winnipeg Maple Leaf plants. The plant is slated to expand its slaughter rate capacity to 86,000 hogs per week after improvements have been completed at Brandon's waste water treatment plant late in 2009.



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