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CURTICE BURNS FOODS ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT OF DAVID J. MCDONALD; APPOINTMENT OF J. WILLIAM PETTY AS SUCCESSOR

 ROCHESTER, N.Y., Feb. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Rochester-based Curtice Burns Foods (AMEX: CBI) today announced that its president and CEO David J. McDonald will retire on March 8, when he becomes 65, and that its board of directors has unanimously elected Executive Vice President J. William Petty, 60, as his successor. Petty is the president of Curtice Burns largest division, Comstock Michigan Fruit (CMF), also headquartered in Rochester. McDonald will remain a member of the Curtice Burns board of directors and will be consulting with the company for an indeterminate period of time.
 Petty joined Curtice Burns in 1983 as president of the company's Nalley's Fine Foods division in Tacoma, Wash. In 1985, in addition to his duties as Nalley's president, he was made executive vice president of Curtice Burns and a member of the board of directors, with added responsibilities for other divisions of the company. He became CMF president five years later, while continuing his other divisional responsibilities. During his 10-year Curtice Burns career, he has had experience with all the company's divisions and product lines.
 Petty has an extensive background in the food industry. He began his career as a sales representative for Procter & Gamble's food division, and worked his way up through brand manager and group product manager to the position of associate advertising manager. He has also held executive positions at Campbell Soup Company, including president of its Champion Valley Farms division and president of Pepperidge Farms, Inc.
 He holds a bachelor's degree in business administration from Dartmouth College and served in the U.S. Marine Corps. With his wife, Carrie, he resides in Brighton, N.Y. They have four grown children.
 McDonald, who has been Curtice Burns president since 1985, headed the company during a period of tremendous growth. During his tenure, sales grew 40 percent to nearly one billion dollars and there were 16 acquisitions. McDonald had been an executive vice president of Curtice Burns since 1982 and was president of Nalley's Fine Foods from 1975- 1981. His food background is extensive, dating back to positions with the Joseph Schlitz Brewing Company and W.R. Grace, where he served as vice president, marketing.
 He has held various positions with national trade organizations, including chairman of the National Food Processors Association, and the Potato Chip/Snack Food Association and director of the Grocery Manufacturers of America. A Vancouver, British Columbia native, McDonald and his wife Janet reside in Rochester.
 Curtice Burns Foods processes and markets 25 product lines of regional branded, private label and foodservice products through nine autonomously managed divisions and 55 plants and warehouses located throughout the United States and Western Canada.
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 /CONTACT: Bea Slizewski of Curtice Burns Foods, 716-383-1850/
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