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Winnipeg bacon plant to expand, thanks to government’s help

From the Winnipeg Sun

Heat up the frying pan: We’re about to make a lot more bacon in this city.

Winnipeg’s Maple Leaf Foods plant currently produces about 40 million kilograms of bacon each year, which is shipped across North America. The company is cooking up an expansion, though, that will soon ramp up its production of the crispy breakfast staple by another eight million kilograms annually.

The $5.9-million boost to the bacon line, which is set for completion later this year, will allow the company to become more efficient and boost its export potential, said Federal Agriculture Minister Lawrence MacAulay.

The government’s investment is part of a plan called Growing Forward 2, a five-year framework meant to assist Canadian agricultural producers and processors.

Manitoba Agriculture Minister Ralph Eichler said this particular investment will help ensure 34 more full-time and 34 more part-time jobs remain in Manitoba and generate plenty of tax revenue to offset the province’s investment. He added that increased production should trigger savings that allow agricultural producers and manufacturers a greater profit.

Maple Leaf said its expansion has the added benefit of allowing some processing work previously sent to the United States to return to Winnipeg.

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