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CHIQUITA EXPECTS STRONG FOURTH QUARTER PERFORMANCE

 CHIQUITA EXPECTS STRONG FOURTH QUARTER PERFORMANCE
 CINCINNATI, Dec. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (NYSE: CQB) announced that it is forecasting fourth quarter earnings per share of $.18 compared with $.05 for the 1990 fourth quarter. The company's current forecast of full year 1991 earnings of $2.52 per share, a 15 percent increase over 1990 earnings of $2.20 per share, is in line with prior forecasts.
 Keith E. Lindner, Chiquita's president said: "The fresh food division, including bananas, and all other major operating divisions are delivering solid performance well within earlier expectations, and the company expects to report its fifth consecutive year of earnings increases in excess of its 15 percent targeted compound growth off of base 1986 earnings". He added that Chiquita is well positioned with more than $900 million of cash and a solid capital structure to meet the future growth opportunities.
 Chiquita is a leading international marketer, processor and producer of quality fresh and prepared food products.
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 /CONTACT: Sandra W. Heimann of Chiquita Brands International, 513-784-8011/
 (CQB) CO: Chiquita Brands International ST: Ohio IN: FOD SU:


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