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Thursday 17 August, 2000

Bestfoods

Further re Notice of Meeting

Bestfoods
16 August 2000

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

BESTFOODS SCHEDULES SHAREHOLDER MEETING TO VOTE ON 
MERGER AGREEMENT WITH UNILEVER

Englewood Cliffs, NJ, August 16, 2000 - Bestfoods has scheduled a special
meeting of its shareholders for October 2, 2000, in New Jersey, to vote on the
merger agreement under which Bestfoods will be acquired by Unilever.
Shareholders will receive $73 in cash for each share of Bestfoods common stock
upon completion of the acquisition, which is subject to approval by shareholders
of both companies and regulatory clearances.

Earlier today, Unilever announced that special meetings of the shareholders of
Unilever PLC and Unilever N.V. have been scheduled for October 2, 2000. Also,
Unilever announced today that it has formally filed for antitrust clearance from
the European Commission. Unilever and Bestfoods have already filed for antitrust
clearance from the Federal Trade Commission in the United States.

NOTE TO SHAREHOLDERS: In connection with the merger Bestfoods will be filing a
definitive proxy statement with the Securities and Exchange Commission. SECURITY
HOLDERS OF BESTFOODS ARE URGED TO READ THE DEFINITIVE PROXY STATEMENT WHEN IT
BECOMES AVAILABLE BECAUSE IT CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE
MERGER. Investors and security holders may obtain a free copy of the definitive
proxy statement when it becomes available and other documents filed by Bestfoods
and furnished by Unilever with the Securities and Exchange Commission in
connection with the merger at the Securities and Exchange Commission's website
at www.sec.gov. Security holders of Bestfoods may also obtain a free copy of the
definitive proxy statement when it becomes available and other documents filed
with the Securities and Exchange Commission by Bestfoods in connection with the
merger by contacting Bestfoods, Investor Relations (201)894-2837. Security
holders of Bestfoods may also obtain for free documents furnished to the
Securities and Exchange Commission by Unilever in connection with the merger by
contacting Unilever, Investor Relations, 44 207 822 6824.

ABOUT BESTFOODS: Bestfoods, formerly CPC International Inc., is among the
largest U.S. food companies, with sales of $8.6 billion in 1999. Best known
foods among Bestfoods' US products are: Hellmann's and Best Foods mayonnaise and
dressings; Mazola corn oil and margarine; Skippy peanut butter; Knorr soups,
sauces and bouillons; Entenmann's sweet baked products; Thomas' English muffins;
Arnold, Brownberry, Freihofer's and Oroweat breads; Boboli pizza crusts;
Mueller's pasta; and Karo syrup. Bestfoods is the most international food
company based in the U.S. 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 http://www.bestfoods.com.


                                                                                
          

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