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Country Pure Foods Acquires Vitality Foodservice, Inc. Portioned Cup Business

October 30, 2006

AKRON, Ohio, Oct. 30 /PRNewswire/ — Country Pure Foods, one of the nation’s largest independent juice companies, today announced the purchase of Vitality Foodservice’s packaged products division. The acquisition provides customers a single source for portioned juice products and a larger distribution system.

“The acquisition of Vitality’s portioned juice cup business gives us the opportunity to offer customers a wider variety of products, improved distribution and more responsive customer service,” said Raymond K. Lee, president and CEO, Country Pure Foods.

Country Pure Foods will consolidate Vitality’s portion cups and aseptic juice box products under the Ardmore Farms brand. Production will be moved to Country Pure Food’s Akron, Ohio, Ellington, Conn. and Deland, Fla. facilities and will result in an undetermined number of new jobs in all locations.

The acquisition represents Country Pure Foods fifth deal in 10 years and includes the merger of Ohio Pure Foods and Natural Country Farms, the acquisition of Quaker’s Ardmore Farms juice and juice drinks, acquisition of Packer’s West and Packers Central operations and the acquisition of Vitality Foodservice’s portioned juice division.

“As the need for healthy beverages for children and adults grow, we are prepared to provide food service and retail customers the best possible choices,” said Lee.

Reporter’s note – Portioned cup or portioned juice is the standard term for single serving portions and include plastic and paper packaged juices.

About Country Pure Foods.

Country Pure Foods makes individually packaged fresh fruit drinks, juices, and nectars. Today, it is one of the nation’s largest independent processors of juice products for grocery and convenient stores, foodservice and contract manufacturing industries. Multiple plant locations allow Country Pure Foods to efficiently service its nationwide customer base with a broad line of product packaging alternatives. Private labeling and contract packaging are also available. Country Pure Foods has more than 150 years experience processing and marketing juice.

About Vitality Foodservice, Inc.

Headquartered in Tampa, FL, Vitality Foodservice, Inc. is a world-wide beverage company with more than 50 years of providing dispensed beverage solutions to the foodservice industry. Vitality’s complete beverage systems include quality products, innovative dispensing equipment, and superior sales and service.

Contact Jerry Pignolet, Power Marketing/Public Relations, at 440-527-0446.

Country Pure Foods

CONTACT: Jerry Pignolet, Power Marketing-Public Relations,+1-440-527-0446, for Country Pure Foods




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