July 8, 2008

Mizkan Americas Announces Executive Internal Promotions

MT. PROSPECT, Ill., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Mizkan Americas, a leading condiment manufacturer, today announced the promotions of three executives within the company. These changes will serve to accommodate the dramatic growth Mizkan Americas has experienced in the past three years, fueled by the successful acquisition of the Holland House Brand and the Specialty & Food Division of Imperial Brands, Inc.

Dennis Dedmond is promoted from Vice President of Marketing/Foodservice to Senior Vice President of Marketing & Brand Management. Dennis will retain his responsibilities for Japanese branded sales and assume ultimate responsibility for all brand management and branded product P&L results, as well as assuming responsibility for Mizkan's long-term strategic planning.

Mike Smith is promoted from Vice President of Retail Sales to Senior Vice President of Sales. Mike will transfer his retail brand management responsibilities to Dennis Dedmond while assuming ultimate responsibility for Foodservice Sales.

Mark Majewski is promoted from Vice President & Chief Financial Officer to Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer. Mark has assumed primary responsibility for acquisition transition and will continue to expand his overall interactions within Mizkan to maximize all opportunities to generate synergies with the Imperial Brands and future acquisitions.

"We are extremely pleased to announce the promotion of these three exceptional employees," said Craig Smith, President of Mizkan Americas. "While most food companies are facing significant issues due to the economy, MA continues to grow and this growth has demanded that we focus on our brands through marketing & sales initiatives."

Based in Mount Prospect, Ill., the mid-sized company has seen dramatic growth over the past 5 years in the food industry. In 2005, Mizkan expanded its portfolio of high-quality, well-known brands with a purchase of the Holland House brand of cooking wines from the Mott's division of Cadbury Schweppes. In April 2008, the company acquired the Gourmet and Specialty Division of Imperial Brands Inc., building on Mizkan Group's plans for global expansion of its retail branded food ingredients and food services businesses. Mizkan Americas products have continued to see exceptional sales in supermarkets, Wal-Mart, non-traditional outlets and foodservice.

About Mizkan Americas

Mizkan Americas, formerly Nakano Foods, is a subsidiary of Mizkan Group and has a heritage in the condiment business that spans 200 years. The company is a leading manufacturer of condiments in the United States with 11 manufacturing plants that serve the retail foodservice, specialty, Asian and industrial trade channels. Since 2005, Mizkan Americas has seen dramatic growth due to the acquisition of Holland House cooking wines and Imperial Brands Inc. Mizkan Americas produces a wide variety of vinegars, mustards, cooking wines, sushi seasoning, jellies, salad dressings, Asian sauces and other liquid condiments. Mizkan Brands include NAKANO, Four Monks, Barengo and Mitsukan. For more information about Mizkan Americas, please visit http://www.mizkan.com/.

About The Mizkan Group

The Mizkan Group, a global food manufacturer, is the parent company of Mizkan Americas, Inc. The Mizkan Group is a 200-year old privately held international food manufacturer, based in Handa City, Japan. The Mizkan Group has a stable of well-known international brands, under the "mizkan" umbrella brand and is a leader in the liquid condiment category. The Mizkan Group has operating facilities around the globe, including Japan, China, the United Kingdom, the United States, Thailand, Singapore, Hong Kong & Taiwan.

Contact Info:

Anne Mahoney (312) 255-3046

Mizkan Americas, Inc.

CONTACT: Anne Mahoney, +1-312-255-3046, for Mizkan Americas, Inc.

Web Site: http://www.mizkan.com/