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Eden Foods Acquires SobayaEden Foods Acquires Sobaya

November 12, 2001

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Eden Foods Acquires Sobaya

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Eden Foods Acquires Sobaya

CLINTON, Mich.--Eden Foods in September acquired its first Canadian company and second certified organic operation with the purchase of Montreal-based La Maison de Soba Inc., doing business as the Sobaya Co. The company has produced EDEN Organic Soba, Udon, Brown Rice Udon and Somen Noodles for 10 years. Sobaya (Japanese for "soba shop") is North America's only certified organic, traditional Japanese pasta making plant."We bought Sobaya because it makes the most delicioussoba, udon and somen noodles from the most nourishing organic stone-ground grain," said Michael Potter, chairman and presidentof Eden Foods (www.edenfoods.com). "With its long-standing reputation for doing things right, its commitment to the highest standard of organic production and traditional pasta making methods, Sobaya is a great fit for Eden Foods." Added JacquesPetit, Sobaya's owner, "There is no friendlier arrangement than the one we've made with our longtime partner. As an Eden-owned company, Sobaya will be able to survive long-term and stay true to our core values."

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