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MRS. PAUL'S KITCHENS PLANT TO CLOSE

 CAMDEN, N.J., Feb. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Campbell Soup Company (NYSE: CPB) announced today it will phase out processing at its Mrs. Paul's Kitchens frozen foods plant, located in Philadelphia, over the next six months as part of a worldwide program to reduce excess manufacturing capacity and focus on strategic businesses.
 The plant's production will be moved to other facilities in the Campbell frozen food manufacturing system, where there is excess capacity.
 The Mrs. Paul's Tabor Road plant, which opened in the 1940s, has 504 employees on active status. The plant became a Campbell operation when the company acquired Mrs. Paul's Kitchens in 1982. The 145,000-square- foot plant manufactures frozen seafood and vegetable products under the "Mrs. Paul's" brand name.
 Campbell today also announced the closing of its Salisbury, Md., frozen foods plant 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 recently has experienced various manufacturing consolidations throughout the industry and a decline in frozen seafood sales of 5 to 10 percent annually. In the case of our overall 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 severance pay, employment assistance packages and benefits continuation which will be negotiated with the employees' union representatives where appropriate.
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 /CONTACT: Marsha D. Cade, 215-831-5237, or Kevin G. Lowery, 609-342-8533, both of Campbell Soup/
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CO: Campbell Soup Company ST: Pennsylvania, New Jersey IN: FOD SU: RCN

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