GARDENBURGER DECLARES OHIO WOMAN HAS GOOD KARMA Vicki Waizenhofer of Mason wins Honda Civic Hybrid

MASON, OH. (September 17, 2002)-

Gardenburger Authentic Foods Company, pioneers of the original meatless patty, announced the winner of their nationwide “Eat, Click and Drive Positive” contest. Rewarded for a visit to the Gardenburger web site, Mason, Ohio resident Vicki Waizenhofer will be the recipient of a brand new, lightweight and fuel-efficient Honda Civic Hybrid. Mason’s name was selected at random on Labor Day.

“I’ve never won anything before,” said Waizenhofer. “I won’t actually believe it until the car is in my driveway!” Waizenhofer, who has two active teenagers, was encouraged by a friend to visit Gardenburger’s web site. She and her husband had been discussing buying an economical and resourceful car to offset their long commute.

Waizenhofer, who’s favorite is Gardenburger Original, serves Gardenburger products “quite a bit; probably three to six times a month” and feels good about giving them to her kids because they are “good, nutritious and quick.”

Gardenburger believes that the way you spend your dollars is a vote for what you believe in. A hybrid car, like meatless eating, is a positive vote for the air, water, land and collective good health.

Gardenburger will present the car to Waizenhofer at Performance Honda, 5760 Dixie Highway in Fairfield on Friday, September 20 at 11 a.m.

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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