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Maple Leaf Sale of Rendering Biodiesel Business to Go Ahead

04 October 2013

CANADA - The Competition Act condition required to proceed with Maple Leaf Foods’ sale of Rothsay, its rendering and biodiesel business, to Darling International of Irving, Texas has been met.

The Company expects to close the deal on 28 October, subject to satisfaction of remaining conditions.

Proceeds from the transaction of approximately $645 million will initially be used to pay down debt.

Upon completion of the prepared meats strategy, management will consider appropriate deployment of excess capital, including reinvesting in its core consumer packaged food businesses or returning excess capital to shareholders.

Rothsay is the leading rendering company in Canada and a leading producer of biodiesel. The business operates six rendering plants located in Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia and a biodiesel facility in Quebec.

It employs approximately 550 people, who will transition to Darling once the transaction closes. Darling International Inc. is the largest and only publicly traded provider of rendering and bakery residuals recycling solutions to the U.S. food industry.

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