Tracing back well over 100 years
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Maple Leaf Foods can trace its roots back well over 100 years through the amalgamation of some of Canada’s premier food companies.
In 1991 the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Limited and Canada Packers Inc. created the company now known as Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Canada’s largest food processor. Four years later McCain Capital Corporation and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board acquired controlling interest in the company from Hillsdown Holdings plc and remain controlling shareholders today.
Maple Leaf Mills was created in 1961 through the amalgamation of the Maple Leaf Milling Company Limited, Toronto Elevators Limited and Purity Flour Mills Limited. Its origins can be traced back over 170 years to Grantham Mills, built in 1836 in St. Catharines, Ontario.
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Canada Bread Company, Limited is founded with the amalgamation of five different companies.
Canada Packers Inc. is formed in Toronto through the amalgamation of the Harris Abattoir Company, Gunns Limited and the William Davies Company, Canada’s oldest meat packing company founded in the 1860’s.
Maple Leaf Mills is officially formed from the amalgamation of the Maple Leaf Milling Company Limited, Toronto Elevators Limited and Purity Flour Mills Limited. Purity Flour Mills origins trace back to Grantham Mills.
Olivieri™ Fresh Pasta and Sauces is acquired by Corporate Foods (later Canada Bread).
Maple Leaf Foods Inc., Canada’s largest food processor, is created through the merger of Maple Leaf Mills Limited and Canada Packers Inc.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. purchases Vancouver Fancy Meats. Maple Leaf Foods Inc. purchases Shopsy’s processed meats plant in Ontario.
McCain Capital Corporation and the Ontario Teachers Pension Plan Board acquire controlling interest in Maple Leaf Foods Inc. from Hillsdown Holdings plc. Maple Leaf Prime™ poultry is introduced nationwide.
Maple Leaf Bakery U.K. establishes a manufacturing base in Rotherham, England. Purchased Pioneer French Bakery, a leading supplier of partially-baked sourdough breads to the U.S. supermarket industry; Cambridge Frozen Bakery a specialty sourdough business located in New Jersey, and Burns Meats operations in Manitoba. Bella Pasta (Hamilton, Ontario) is acquired and Olivieri™ fresh pasta and sauce products are made available nationwide.
Maple Leaf Food’s pork processing operation in Brandon, Manitoba receives its licence and begins production. Maple Leaf Ready Crisp™ pre-cooked bacon is launched.
Dempster’s™ is the first commercial bakery brand to switch to a natural whitening process using only 100% unbleached flour in all their white bread products.
Maple Leaf Prime Naturally™ chicken, a premium line produced from 100% all vegetable grain-fed poultry is introduced.
Maple Leaf Foods Inc. acquires J.M. Schneider Inc., one of Canada's largest producers of premium branded quality food products.
Rothsay opens Canada’s first commercial-scale biodiesel operation in Montreal.
Maple Leaf announces strategic transformation of its protein operations.
Maple Leaf Bakery U.K. expands with acquisitions of La Fornaia Limited, the French Croissant Company and Avance U.K. Limited. Establishment of new culinary centre, ThinkFOOD!™, to enhance product development and culinary knowledge is announced. Maple Leaf Foods completes sale of our animal nutrition business for proceeds of $520 million.
Maple Leaf Foods completes a number of milestones supporting our transformation to a value-added consumer packaged goods company.
ThinkFOOD!™ centre, Maple Leaf Food’s culinary centre of excellence, officially opens providing a dedicated venue for product development and collaboration with customers.
Maple Leaf Foods sells the Rothsay subsidiary to Darling International Inc. of Irving, Texas.
Maple Leaf Foods sells Olivieri to Spain’s Ebro Foods.
Maple Leaf Foods sells Canada Bread Company, Limited to Grupo Bimbo.