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PROCTER & GAMBLE ANNOUNCES JUICE PLANT CONSOLIDATION

 CINCINNATI, June 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Procter & Gamble Company (NYSE: PG) announced today it will close three of its nine juice products manufacturing plants over the next 20 months. The plants are located in Findlay, Ohio; Mt. Dora, Fla.; and Chicopee, Mass. In total, these plants employ about 350 people. Production will be transferred to other juice plants around the country.
 "This is another step in our juice consolidation process, which we began in September 1992. The first step was the discontinuation of our 100 percent juice business, including Citrus Hill and the sale of our Frostproof, Fla., plant. With that behind us, we carefully studied the optimal manufacturing configuration for our juice business," explained Stephen P. Donovan, Jr., group vice president of Procter & Gamble responsible for food and beverage products. "We're now in a position to reduce operating costs further, making us even more cost competitive in the juice drinks business."
 "We regret the need to close these plants," Donovan said. "We care a great deal about our employees and have enjoyed a positive relationship with the communities where we've done business. We want to be clear that this is not a reflection on the work performance of the employees at these plants. It is simply a matter of a more efficient use of manufacturing capacity to meet the demands of a highly competitive business."
 One of the company's top priorities will be helping its employees through this transition. Procter & Gamble will provide financial assistance, career counseling, extended medical benefits and other support.
 This transition will not affect the availability of P&G's juice beverage products -- Sunny Delight and Hawaiian Punch.
 The funding will come from reserves established previously.
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 /CONTACT: Wendy W. Jacques, 513-945-8550, or Carol A. Boyd, 513-945-8060, both of Procter & Gamble/
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