Hain Celestial Appoints Mary Anthes Vice President, Investor Relations

MELVILLE, N.Y., Oct 1, 2004 /PRNewswire-FirstCall via COMTEX/ -- The Hain Celestial Group (HAIN), a leading natural and organic food and specialty products company, today announced the appointment of Mary Celeste Anthes as Vice President, Investor Relations. Ms. Anthes joins Hain Celestial with over twenty years of experience in several related disciplines in the financial services industry, including investment banking, money management and investor relations counsel.

Ms. Anthes will be responsible for managing a proactive investor relations program, responding to increased financial community interest in Hain Celestial. She will work directly with Irwin D. Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer, and Ira J. Lamel, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Irwin Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer, said, "We are excited and delighted to welcome Mary to the Hain Celestial management team. As our Company has grown over the past several years, our investor base, as well as the general level of awareness about Hain Celestial has expanded. Mary will bring focus and energy to our program for communicating with our important constituency."

Mary Celeste Anthes brings to Hain Celestial over 20 years experience in the finance industry, including more than 10 years in investment banking. From 2000 to 2004, she was Managing Director at the investment bank Morgan Schiff & Co., Inc. Prior to that, from 1997-2000 Ms. Anthes was a Founder and Partner of the Maxima Group, LLC, and from 1990-2000 was Founder and Partner at Crystal Asset Management Group, Ltd. From 1980-1990, Ms. Anthes was at Drexel Burnham Lambert, Inc., rising to the position of Senior Vice President. She is a member of the National Investor Relations Institute.

About The Hain Celestial Group

The Hain Celestial Group, headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic, snack and specialty food and personal care and cleaning products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in 13 of the top 15 natural food categories with well-known food brands that include: Celestial Seasonings(R) teas, Walnut Acres Certified Organic(R), Hain Pure Foods(R), Carb Fit(TM), Westbrae Natural(R), WestSoy(R), Rice Dream(R), Soy Dream(R), Imagine(R), Ethnic Gourmet(R), Rosetto(R), Arrowhead Mills(R), Health Valley(R), Breadshop(R), Casbah(R), Garden of Eatin'(R), Terra Chips(R), Yves Veggie Cuisine(R), The Good Dog(R), DeBoles(R), Earth's Best(R), Nile Spice(R) and in Europe, Lima(R), Biomarche(R), Grains Noirs(R), Natumi(R) and Milkfree(R). The Company's principal specialty product lines include Hollywood(R) cooking oils, Estee(R) sugar-free products, Kineret(R) kosher foods, Boston Better Snacks(R), and Alba Foods(R). The Company's personal care and cleaning products lines consist of JASON(R) pure, natural and organic products, Shaman Earthly Organics(TM), and in natural cleaning products, Heather's(R). Hain Celestial's corporate website is http://www.hain-celestial.com. The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. common stock trades on the NASDAQ(R) Stock Market under the symbol HAIN.

The following constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward-looking statements. These risks include but are not limited to general economic and business conditions; the ability to implement business and acquisition strategies, integrate acquisitions, and obtain financing for general corporate purposes; competition, retention of key personnel and compliance with government regulations and other risks detailed from time-to-time in the Company's reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2004. The Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements.

The Hain Celestial Group

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