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CURTICE BURNS FOODS ANNOUNCES SALE OF BEVERAGE OPERATION TO COTT CORPORATION

 CURTICE BURNS FOODS ANNOUNCES SALE OF BEVERAGE OPERATION
 TO COTT CORPORATION
 ROCHESTER, N.Y., July 8 /PRNewswire/ -- Curtice Burns Foods (AMEX: CBI) today announced that it has signed an agreement to sell its Oakfield, New York-based private label beverage operation to Cott Corporation (NASDAQ: COTTF, TSE: BCB) of Laval, Quebec. The private label beverage business is operated under Curtice Burns' Comstock Michigan Fruit Division (CMF). The number of employees at the facility is not expected to change. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.
 Located about 45 miles west of Rochester, near Batavia, N.Y., the beverage business operates in a 75,000 square foot wing of the Oakfield facility. CMF also packs frozen and canned vegetables in the same facility, and that operation will not be affected. Under the agreement, Cott is purchasing the beverage business and related equipment while leasing the building.
 Employees and union officials were notified July 7, by Curtice Burns and Cott management. Both companies will be working closely with employees on wage and benefit issues. Fifty-two people are currently employed in Oakfield's beverage operation and 49 on the vegetable side.
 Curtice Burns acquired its beverage business in 1962 as a part of the Haxton Foods acquisition. That business grew in 1979 when it acquired National Brands Beverages. When the branded portion of that business was sold in 1988, the company retained the private label segment and consolidated all production into the Oakfield facility.
 Cott Corporation has U.S. headquarters in Columbus, Ga. and is the largest supplier of high quality retailer-branded beverages in North America. Cott operates manufacturing, research and customer service facilities in Canada and the U.S.
 In discussing the sale, Curtice Burns' president David J. McDonald said, "In order to remain competitive, we must concentrate on our core food businesses. The beverage business does not fit in with that growth strategy, but it certainly does for Cott which can offer significantly greater volume potential for that business."
 Russ Plawiuk, Cott senior vice president manufacturing, added, "This acquisition provides us with the additional capacity we need to continue expanding our private label customer base. And the Oakfield location offers Cott an excellent distribution point for this expansion."
 Curtice Burns Foods processes and markets 25 product lines of regional branded, private label and foodservice products through nine autonomously managed divisions and 58 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, or Fraser Latta of Cott Corporation, 416-672-1900/
 (CBI COTTF) CO: Curtice Burns Foods; Cott Corporation ST: New York; Canada IN: FOD SU:


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