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Thursday 30 March, 2000


Change to Board of Directors

29 March 2000

Contact:     Thomas DiPiazza (201) 894-2556
             Corporate Communications Manager


ENGLEWOOD CLIFFS, NJ, March 29, 2000 - Harry Elliott, currently senior
vice president, finance and administration, for Bestfoods' North American
division, has been elected a corporate vice president by the Board of
Directors and named Chief Information Officer.

The CI0 position, which is new within Bestfoods' management structure, is
a key element of Bestfoods' commitment to the future development of its
information technology and e-Commerce capabilities. A recent example of
this development is the company's action in becoming a founding member of
the consumer packaged goods group that, together with the Grocery
Manufacturers of America, recently announced plans to create a new open
electronic marketplace accessible to all supply chain players. Bestfoods
is one of five companies represented on the project's steering committee.

As CIO, Mr. Elliott will provide global information technology leadership
and direction for Bestfoods to serve its consumers and customers more
effectively, reduce costs, improve operating efficiencies, and enable
innovation, knowledge sharing, and business practice improvement. He will
develop overall global information technology strategy and plans for acquiring
and managing hardware, software, and data communications in support of
Bestfoods' business strategies. Mr. Elliott will also ensure coordination of the
e-Commerce activities of Bestfoods' operating divisions.

Mr. Elliott has led the North American division's finance and administration
organization since 1994. He joined Bestfoods in 1976 in Canada as manager,
management information systems, and rose through marketing and general
management positions before being named president of Bestfoods Canada in 1988.

Mr. Elliott attended University College Dublin, Ireland, where he earned
a B.E. degree in electrical engineering and an M.B.A.

ABOUT BESTFOODS:  Bestfoods, formerly CPC International Inc., is the nation's
most international food company, with sales of $8.6 billion in 1999. Best known
among Bestfoods' U.S. products are: Hellmann's and Best Foods mayonnaise and
dressings; Mazola corn oil; Skippy peanut butter; Knorr soups, sauces, and
bouillons; Entenmann's sweet baked products; Thomas' English muffins; Arnold,
Brownberry, Freihofer's, and Oroweat breads; Boholi pizza crusts; Mueller's
pasta; and Karo syrup. Bestfoods' global Knorr brand comprises one of the
world's most extensive lines of products. Bestfoods is one of the nation's most
international food companies, with operations in more than 60 countries and
products marketed in 110 countries. For more information about Bestfoods, visit
the company's website on the Internet at:


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