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Monday 22 July, 2002

Wessanen (Konin) NV

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Wessanen (Koninklijke) NV
22 July 2002


Wessanen divests UK soup activities

The Executive Board of Koninklijke Wessanen nv announces that the activities
of Telford Foods Ltd, Shropshire, United Kingdom, have been sold to Brand
Partnership (Holdings) Ltd, Leeds, United Kingdom.

The divestiture of Telford Foods is the next step in the implementation
of Wessanen's wellness strategy focusing on natural and specialty foods for the
health and quality conscious consumer. The production of dry soups no longer
fits in with this strategic focus.

Annual sales of Telford Foods amounted to approximately EUR 24 million in 2001
with a limited negative result. The activities were sold with a modest book
loss.

Brand Partnership is a food company in the United Kingdom, specializing in the
production of dried food components.

Executive Board
Koninklijke Wessanen nv



Note for the editor:

For more information, please contact Aletta Smaal, Communications Manager,
phone: +31 (0)20 547 94 51, email: [email protected]



COMPANY PROFILE

Koninklijke Wessanen nv is a multinational food company based in the Netherlands
which operates on the European, American and Canadian markets. We market,
distribute and produce wellness products which consumers perceive as natural and
wholesome, easy to prepare or indulgent. Knowledge of consumer trends and a
clear emphasis on Innovation are the basis for growth and continuity in all our
companies.

Wessanen generates annual sales of EUR 3.9 billion. Shares of Koninklijke
Wessanen nv are quoted on the stock exchanges in Amsterdam. Sponsored ADRs are
traded in the United States.



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