Maple Leaf Foods Inc. has made plans to close its prepared meats facility located in Berwick, Nova Scotia in February 2011.

The facility is 200,000 square feet and employs roughly 280 people; its operations will end completely at the end of April 2011. "Our industry is under mounting competitive pressure to become more efficient, and this means we have to make very difficult decisions," said Michael McCain, president and CEO. "While this is the business reality, it is hard to make the necessary changes, particularly in a community where we have such an important presence."

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Production will be consolidated at facilities in New Brunswick and Ontario.