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Tuesday 03 October, 2000

Bestfoods

Unilever Stmt re Meetings

Bestfoods
2 October 2000



             BESTFOODS SHAREHOLDERS FAVOUR UNILEVER DEAL

Unilever confirmed this afternoon that Bestfoods' shareholders, meeting in New
Jersey, have voted in favour of the acquisition of Bestfoods by Unilever. 
Shareholders of Unilever PLC and N.V. gave their approval to the proposal at
separate meetings this morning.

The closing remains subject to certain conditions set out in the merger
agreement.  It is anticipated that the transaction will be completed on
Wednesday October 4, 2000.

Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Reform Act of 1995:
This press release contains certain 'forward-looking' statements within the
meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These
statements are based on management's current expectations and are naturally
subject to uncertainty and changes in circumstances.  Actual results may vary
materially from the expectations contained herein.  The forward-looking
statements contained herein include statements about completion of the pending
acquisition of Bestfoods by Unilever.  Factors that could cause actual results
to differ materially from those described herein include: the inability to
obtain necessary antitrust approvals and actions of the U.S., foreign and local
governments.  More detailed information about these factors is set forth in the
reports filed by Bestfoods and furnished by Unilever with the Securities and
Exchange Commission.  Neither Unilever nor Bestfoods is under any obligation
to(and expressly disclaims any such obligation to) update or alter its
forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future
events or otherwise.

In connection with the merger, Bestfoods has filed a definitive proxy statement
with the Securities and Exchange Commission and mailed copies of this definitive
proxy statement to Bestfoods security holders.
SECURITY HOLDERS OF BESTFOODS ARE URGED TO READ THE PROXY STATEMENT BECAUSE IT
CONTAINS IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING THE MERGER.  Investors and security
holders may obtain a free copy of the proxy statement and other documents filed
by Bestfoods with, and furnished by Unilever to, the Securities and Exchange
Commission in connection with the merger at the Securities and Exchange
Commission's web-site at www.sec.gov. Security holders of Bestfoods may also
obtain for free a copy of the proxy statement and other documents filed with
Securities and Exchange Commission by Bestfoods in connection with the merger by
contacting Rainer H. Mimberg, Investor Relations, +1 210 894 2837.  Security
holders of Bestfoods may also obtain for free copies of documents furnished to
the Securities and Exchange Commission by Unilever in connection with the merger
by contacting Howard Green, Investor Relations, +44 207 822 6824.




                                                                                
                                                                                
                           

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