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BOB EVANS FARMS ACQUIRES HICKORY SPECIALTIES

 BOB EVANS FARMS ACQUIRES HICKORY SPECIALTIES
 COLUMBUS, Ohio, March 30 /PRNewswire/ -- The acquisition of Hickory


Specialties Inc. by Bob Evans Farms (NASDAQ: BOBE) was announced today by Daniel E. Evans, chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Bob Evans Farms. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.
 Hickory Specialties, Brentwood, Tenn., produces high quality charcoal, wood smoking chips, natural smoke flavorings, grilling systems and application equipment. Brand names include Nature-Glo and ZestiSmoke with production facilities in Crossville, Tenn., and Greenville, Mo. About 140 people are employed by Hickory Specialties and distribution for the company's products is national.
 "Bob Evans has been providing people with enjoyable eating experiences for years," said Evans. "We believe Hickory Specialties' products are a perfect complement to ours, while expanding our business."
 Joe B. Crace, 37, will continue as president and chief operating officer of Hickory Specialties Inc. He will also become an officer of Bob Evans Farms and a member of the company's executive committee. Hickory Specialties has been a Crace family business since the late 1800s when it was started in southeastern Ohio's Oak Hill. Best known for its retail charcoal product line, including several regional brands and a national Jack Daniel's line, the company was the first to successfully develop gas grill charcoal briquets. ZestiSmoke was the first liquid smoke product to be mass-produced and is the industry leader.
 Bob Evans Farms owns and operates 267 Bob Evans and Owens family restaurants in 16 states. The company's first entry into the casual theme segment of the restaurant business, Cantina del Rio, opens in April. Bob Evans Farms Sausage, Owens Country Sausage and food products are produced and distributed by the company in 26 states. Bob Evans Harvest Salads, a new line of fresh, prepared salads, will be introudced this spring in Ohio.
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 /CONTACT: Mary L. Cusick of Bob Evans Farms, 614-491-2225, or 614-444-7438, after hours/
 (BOBE) CO: Bob Evans Farms Inc. ST: Ohio IN: FOD LEI SU: TNM


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