Archer Daniels Midland Company Recognized As Top Food Ingredient Supplier

DECATUR, Ill., Feb. 7 -- The readers of Food Processing magazine have recognized Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) (ADM) as a premier supplier to the food and beverage industry.

In Food Processing's January issue, readers ranked ADM as one of the best suppliers in the commodity and nutritional ingredients categories and as the second-leading supplier for specialty ingredients. "We're honored to be recognized by the readers of Food Processing magazine for our achievements," stated Tony DeLio, Vice President of Marketing and External Affairs. "These awards are testament to the dedication of our employees and the meaningful actions that we are taking to better meet our customers' needs."

Companies were analyzed and ranked according to customer service, technical expertise and consistency. ADM was the only company chosen as one of the top two in each of these areas. The combination of improving quality systems, creating innovative product solutions, and strong research and technical support has made ADM a leading supplier of ingredients to its customers. "We will continue to strive to exceed our customers' needs by providing quality products and services on a global basis," stated DeLio.

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a world leader in agricultural processing. The Company is one of the world's largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is also a leader in soy meal and oil, ethanol, high fructose corn syrup (HFCS) and flour. In addition, ADM is building a position in such value-added products as specialty food ingredients, bioproducts and nutraceuticals (such as Vitamin E and sterols). Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 24,000 employees, more than 260 processing plants and net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2002 of $22.6 billion. Additional information can be found on ADM's Web site at .

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