Maple Leaf to establish a food innovation centre

by Editor
Friday, April 27, 2007

Maple Leaf Foods announced plans to establish a food innovation centre to enhance product development and consumer confidence.

The Company plans to invest approximately $12 million (CAD) in the facility, which will be constructed adjacent to its existing office tower in the Meadowvale Business Park in Mississauga, Ontario.

The food innovation centre will include culinary facilities, a designated foodservice kitchen, sensory and product development areas, teaching facilities, and a global culinary insight and trend library.

The centre will be home to many experts in innovation and culinary strategy, will foster collaborative product development across Maple Leaf's global bakery and protein businesses, and will also support consumer research and product testing.

The centre is slated to be open by early 2009.

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. is one of the leading Canadian food processing companies headquartered in Toronto, Canada. The Company employs approximately 24,000 people at its operations across Canada and in the United States, Europe and Asia. The Company had sales of $5.9 billion (CAD) in 2006.