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CAMPBELL TO CLOSE SALISBURY, MD., PLANT

 CAMDEN, N.J., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) announced today it will phase out processing at its Salisbury, Md., frozen foods plant over the next six months as part of a worldwide program to reduce excess manufacturing capacity and focus on strategic businesses.
 The Salisbury plant, which employs 804 people, opened in 1945 and became a Campbell operation when the company acquired C.A. Swanson & Sons in 1955. The 270,000 square foot plant manufactures frozen breakfasts, dinners, entrees and frozen food service soups under a variety of brand names. The plant's production will be moved to other facilities in the Campbell frozen food manufacturing system, where there is excess capacity.
 Campbell today also announced the closing of its Mrs. Paul's frozen foods plant in Philadelphia, and the planned divestiture of a number of non-strategic businesses as part of a $300 million after-tax restructuring.
 Herbert M. Baum, president of Campbell North and South America, said, "Frozen foods is a fiercely competitive business, one that has experienced various manufacturing consolidations throughout the industry and a decline in dinner and entree case sales recently. In the case of our frozen food manufacturing system, we have six plants in the United States operating the production that can be handled by four plants. This consolidation is necessary in order for Campbell to stay competitive as we continue our focus on building profitable volume in frozen foods."
 Workers affected by the closing will be offered employment assistance packages which will be discussed and negotiated with the employees' union representatives where appropriate.
 Campbell continues to employ 265 people at its Chestertown, Md., ingredients operation and an additional 290 people at its Millsboro, Del., condiments plant.
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 /CONTACT: C. Scott Rombach, 410-543-7601, or Kevin G. Lowery, 609-342-8533, both of Campbell Soup/
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