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OPTA NAMES KEVIN BUCK AS VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

 OPTA NAMES KEVIN BUCK AS VICE PRESIDENT, BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
 CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Oct. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- Kevin P. Buck has been appointed vice president, Business Development for Opta Food Ingredients, Inc. (NASDAQ: OPTS) it was announced today by Lewis Paine, president.
 "Mr. Buck will develop and direct Opta's sales organization, technical service group, and other customer-response function," Mr. Paine said. "He will be responsible for the sales management of Opta's Better Basics brand of oat fibers, as well as for OptaGrade and our other food ingredient products currently under development."
 "He is extremely well qualified to lead our sales and business development efforts," Mr. Paine said. Prior to joining Opta he served as director of sales for the Food Ingredients Division of FMC Corporation. He also held other key positions during his 13 years at FMC, including general sales manager, Marine Colloids Division and director of Business Development for the Alkali Chemicals Division.
 Prior to joining FMC, Mr. Buck attained the rank of captain as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He holds an M.B.A. degree from George Washington University and a B.S. degree from St. Francis College in Loretto, Pa.
 Opta develops and markets proprietary new food ingredients which enable consumer products companies to improve the nutritional content, healthfulness and/or taste of foods. The company applies advanced enzymology and protein and carbohydrate chemistry to develop ingredients that can replace nutritionally undesirable food elements, such as fats and oils, while retaining important characteristics, such as flavor, texture, mouthfeel and shelf life. Opta's product development strategy is to modify inexpensive raw materials to produce natural food ingredients which can be considered Generally Recognized As Safe under current Food and Drug Administration regulations.
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 /CONTACT: Lewis Paine, president, Opta Food Ingredients, Inc., 617-252-0005; or William Pfund, The P.L. Thomas Group, 312-906-8060, for Opta Food Ingredients, Inc./
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