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PILLSBURY NAMES COATS VICE PRESIDENT OF PURCHASING

 PILLSBURY NAMES COATS VICE PRESIDENT OF PURCHASING
 MINNEAPOLIS, May 20 /PRNewswire/ -- Pillsbury, a subsidiary of Grand


Metropolitan PLC, today announced that Timothy W. Coats has been named vice president of purchasing, effective immediately. He reports to Thomas A. Debrowski, Pillsbury's senior vice president of operations.
 In this newly created position, Coats, 37, is responsible for developing and executing sourcing strategies for approximately $1 billion in annual expenditures on packaging, ingredients, commodities and capital equipment for all Pillsbury businesses.
 Coats has 14 years of experience with Pillsbury. During that time, he has held positions of increasing responsibility in the areas of commodity analysis and purchasing. Most recently, he was the company's director of procurement.
 Coats received a bachelor's degree in 1977, and a master's degree in agricultural economics in 1978, from the University of Missouri.
 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. U.S. subsidiaries include ALPO Petfoods, Burger King, Carillon Importers, GrandMet Foodservice USA, Haagen-Dazs, Heublein, The Paddington Corporation, Pearle, Inc. and Pillsbury.
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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; Grand Metropolitan PLC ST: Minnesota IN: FOD SU: PER


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