WASHINGTON, DC ¡X December 10, 1999 ¡X Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the North American Perishable Agricultural Receivers (NAPAR) announced today that the leadership of NAPAR will transfer to an FMI executive, as planned in the May 1999 Alliance Agreement.

NAPAR¡¦s Board of Directors named Patrick A. Davis as President of NAPAR effective January 1, 2000. Mr. Davis succeeds J. Gary Lee, who will remain with NAPAR as an advisor. Mr. Davis, who joined FMI in 1988, also serves as FMI¡¦s director of membership. He has been the executive director of NAPAR since the alliance with FMI was formed in May.

Prior to joining FMI, Mr. Davis was manager of government relations and political action committee coordinator for Safeway Stores, Inc., Pleasanton, CA. He has also co-owned and operated a coastal resort in Kennebunkport, ME, and managed certain government relations efforts for the National Restaurant Association in Washington, DC. He is a graduate of Cornell University, Ithaca, NY.

¡§I¡¦m gratified that NAPAR¡¦s alliance with FMI has resulted in the naming of Pat Davis as president. His foodservice, government relations and food-industry trade association experience uniquely enable him to lead NAPAR into the next millennium,¡¨ said Joseph Procacci, CEO, Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation, and NAPAR¡¦s Chairman.
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Mr. Lee has served NAPAR as president since May 1991. In addition to advising NAPAR, Mr. Lee, through his company Lee Organization, Inc., will consult to the produce and food industry on real estate development and other business issues. During his tenure, NAPAR has emerged as the foremost national association representing wholesale produce receivers.

¡§The alliance between NAPAR and FMI has exceeded all of our expectations,¡¨ said Tim Hammonds, FMI President and CEO. ¡§We are extremely fortunate to be able to build on the success of Gary Lee and NAPAR¡¦s Board of Directors to create an association dedicated to growing this business for the benefit of the total industry. We owe Gary an enormous debt of gratitude for making this union possible.¡¨

For additional information on NAPAR or its new president, please contact FMI.