July 23/Toronto/The Canadian Press -- Maple Leaf Foods has begun the formal process to sell its Ontario pork processing business, part of a restructuring as the food producer combats hog prices that have not kept pace with rising feed costs.

Toronto-based Maple Leaf said it will put the Burlington, Ont., plant on the block immediately and expects the sale to close by the end of this year. The facility west of Toronto can process up to 50,000 hogs a week.  

From the August 4, 2008, Prepared Foods e-Flash