Jardine Foods Receives Organic Certification; $15 Billion U.S. Organic Industry Represents New Business Opportunities

AUSTIN, Texas--(BUSINESS WIRE)--July 24, 2002--Jardine Foods has received its certification as an organic food processor from the Texas Department of Agriculture.

As the organic certifying agent for Jardine Foods, the Texas Department of Agriculture organic standards meet or exceed the upcoming national standards to qualify for the USDA ORGANIC seal.

According to President and Chief Executive Officer John Trube, "Receiving our organic certification represents the achievement of a significant milestone in our long term growth strategy. With the USDA Organic seal as the 'gold standard,' Jardine Foods will be one of only a handful of national producers able to certify salsas, sauces, and similar items under the strict national organic standards. This really sets us apart from the pack as organic producers are held to a much higher standard than those not organically certified."

Jardine Foods will initially launch its organic line of products under its SONTAVA!(R) brand, and will also produce private label organic products for retailers, distributors and marketers. Beginning October 21 when the national standards go into effect, Jardine Foods will use the 'USDA Organic' certification seal on its organic products. Until that time, the 'Texas Department of Agriculture Certified Organically Produced' seal will be used. Currently at $15 billion, the organic segment is experiencing the most significant and consistent growth over 20% annually.

Jardine Foods

Celebrating more than 20 years in the specialty foods industry, Jardine Foods is the leading manufacturer of gourmet Texas-style foods. Jardine Foods manufactures more than 100 super premium and premium products under brands including D.L. Jardine's Special Edition(R), Buckaroo(R), Shotgun Willie's(R), Dixie Dan's(R), Sontava!(R), D.L. Jardino's(R), 7-J Ranch(R), and Simple Times(tm). Jardine Foods products are distributed through multi-layer national channels including grocery and specialty food stores, and catalog, Internet and private label sales.

For more information, visit www.jardinefoods.com.

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