The Lethbridge facility employs approximately 135 people and makes a variety of frozen French fries, hash browns and specialty potato products. The business has annual sales of approximately $75 million and markets its products to domestic and international customers. Maple Leaf will realize proceeds of approximately $60 million from the sale, which includes inventory and working capital, which will be used to pay down debt. The transaction is expected to close by the end of December 2012.
"This business will be in good hands in a company that is focused on growth in the value added potato business," said Michael McCain, president and CEO. "The quality of our products and strength of our people, customer and producer relationships were pivotal to completing this agreement."