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PILLSBURY NAMES DAVID B. RICKARD SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER

                    PILLSBURY NAMES DAVID B. RICKARD
           SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF FINANCIAL OFFICER
    MINNEAPOLIS, Jan. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Pillsbury, a subsidiary of Grand Metropolitan PLC, today announced that David B. Rickard has joined the company as senior vice president and chief financial officer, effective immediately.  He reports to Paul S. Walsh, chief executive officer of Pillsbury.
    In this newly created position, Rickard, 45, is responsible for the company's financial planning and management, and financial controls and systems in all business areas, including the Baked Goods Division, Green Giant, ALPO Petfoods, GrandMet Foodservice USA, and Flour Milling and Special Commodities.
    Rickard brings extensive domestic and international food industry experience to Pillsbury.  Most recently, he was vice president of finance and strategy for Kraft USA.  Prior to that, Rickard held a number of key positions with General Foods, including controller and director of strategic planning for the Maxwell House Division.  In addition, he previously was General Food's finance director international and finance director Europe, located in Brussels, Belgium.
    Rickard received a bachelor's degree in 1969 from Cornell University in Cornell, N.Y.  He earned an master's degree from Harvard Graduate School of Business in 1971.
    Grand Metropolitan PLC is one of the largest international companies in the United Kingdom and a world leader in drinks, retailing and food. Sales are in excess of $15 billion.  Other U.S. subsidiaries include ALPO Petfoods, Burger King, Carillon Importers, GrandMet Foodservice USA, Haagen-Dazs, Heublein, the Paddington Corporation and Pearle Inc.
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    /CONTACT:  Terry Thompson of Pillsbury, 612-330-4768, or Shawn Brumbaugh of Padilla Speer Beardsley, 612-871-8877, for Pillsbury/ CO:  Pillsbury
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