Gardenburger Board Elects New Chairman: Current CEO to take on expanded role

Portland, Ore.—

The Board of Directors for Gardenburger, Inc. announced the election of Scott C. Wallace to Chairman of the Board for Gardenburger, Inc., effective May 16, 2002. This marks an expanded role for Wallace, the Company’s current President and Chief Executive Officer.

Outgoing Chairman, Ron Kesselman, said “I believe I have accomplished the two major goals I set when I became Chairman: to locate an outstanding new CEO for Gardenburger, and to assure there was a strategy in place to take the company into the future. Under Wallace’s leadership, the Company has developed a new strategic vision and produced financial results that demonstrate Gardenburger is positioned to deliver strong revenue and earnings growth.” Kesselman, Chairman and CEO of Elmer’s Products, Inc., will remain on the board as a Director.

Wallace joined Gardenburger in January 2001, bringing more than two decades of consumer products experience to the meatless industry leader. Prior to Gardenburger, Wallace was CEO of Hawaii based Mauna Loa Macadamia Nut Corporation. In this role, he led the Company’s expansion, reversed declining revenues and earnings, and engineered the company’s successful sale to San Francisco based buyout firm, The Shansby Group.

About Gardenburger, official “missionaries of meatless” Founded in 1985, Gardenburger Inc. pioneered the original meatless patty, and has been pushing the meatless category to new levels ever since. An independent company, Gardenburger’s vision is to promote pure food and a healthy environment. From the classic, grain-based Gardenburger Original to the groundbreaking barbeque Riblets, the company distributes its meatless products to more than 35,000 foodservice outlets throughout the United States and Canada. Retail customers include more than 30,000 grocery, natural food and club stores. Based in Portland, Ore., the company employs approximately 185 people.

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