Canada Bread marks bakery opening in Ontario
Sept. 30, 2011
by Eric Schroeder
TORONTO — Canada Bread, a division of Maple Leaf Foods, on Sept. 28 held a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of Canada’s largest commercial bakery in Hamilton, Ont. The 385,000-square-foot facility will make a variety of products, including white and whole wheat bread, buns, English muffins and tortillas using 100% Canadian wheat.
“As Canada’s largest bakery, our new facility is among the most efficient in North America,” said Michael McCain, president and chief executive officer of Maple Leaf Foods. “We are particularly proud of the environmental features that we engineered into the facility to meet rigorous environmental standards. The new bakery also provides us with dedicated space to support new product innovation, supported by our leadership in providing Canadians nutritious, fresh and wholesome bakery products.”
The bakery represents an approximate $100 million investment by Maple Leaf Foods to support the company’s long-term growth as Canada’s leading bakery, and increase manufacturing efficiencies through scale and technology. It will support up to 300 full-time jobs with an additional 30 seasonal hourly positions.