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The Hain Celestial Group Announces the Acquisition of MaraNatha(R) and SunSpire(R) Brands
Date:3/6/2008

PROVIDES EXPANSION OF NUT BUTTER OFFERINGS AND ENTRY INTO CANDY CATEGORY

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 6 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Hain Celestial Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: HAIN), a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company, today announced the acquisition of the MaraNatha(R) and SunSpire(R) brands and their nut butter manufacturing facility in Ashland, Oregon from American Capital Strategies, Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS). MaraNatha, a producer of natural and organic nut butters, and SunSpire, a maker of natural and organic chocolate products, are leading brands in their respective categories. A majority of the brands' sales are through natural food retailers.

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"Adding the category leader MaraNatha to our natural and organic portfolio of brands strengthens Hain Celestial's position in the growing nut butter category and expands our variety of offerings with almond, cashew, macadamia and other blended nut butters. Additionally, SunSpire, with its natural and organic chocolate products, provides an exciting entry into the natural candy category, including confectionary ingredients, where we do not have a presence today. Each of these categories is poised for expansion in the natural and grocery channels," commented Irwin D. Simon, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Hain Celestial Group. "With consumers seeking the heart-health benefits of health
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