SOURCE: Naturex S.A.

July 18, 2005 11:49 ET


Avignon, France -- (MARKET WIRE) -- July 18, 2005 --

PRESS RELEASE         Avignon, France and Bedminster, NJ July 18th, 2005


                     Naturex S.A. completes and closes cash
                       tender offer for Pure World, Inc.

Avignon, France and Bedminster, NJ - Naturex S.A. (Paris Bourse Eurolist C:
FR000054694 NRX) and Pure World, Inc. (Nasdaq: PURW) jointly announced today the
completion of Naturex's cash tender offer for all the issued and outstanding
shares of common stock of Pure World, Inc. at a price of $4.30 per share. The
offer expired at midnight, New York City time, on Friday, July 15, 2005. The
offer has not been extended.

Based on information provided by American Stock Transfer &Trust Company, the
depositary for the tender offer, a total of 7 504 394 shares of Pure World, Inc.
were tendered (including a total of 5 626 shares tendered by notice of
guaranteed delivery). This number of shares represents approximately 92.78 % of
the outstanding shares of Pure World, Inc. on a fully diluted basis. Naturex
S.A., through its wholly-owned subsidiary Naturex Acquisition Corp., has
accepted for payment all shares validly tendered and not properly withdrawn
prior to the expiration of the offer. Payment for such shares will be made

Naturex S.A. will acquire the remaining outstanding shares of Pure World, Inc.
through a short form merger in which each such share of Pure World, Inc. will be
converted into the right to receive $4.30 in cash, without interest thereon, the
same consideration paid for the shares tendered in the offer, subject to
dissenters' rights.

The success of the tender offer will allow closing of the acquisition during
this week. Naturex S.A. anticipates that the synergies created by the
combination of Naturex S.A. and Pure World, Inc. will establish a major player
in this business sector.

About Our Companies

Naturex S.A. manufactures and sells 100% natural ingredients for the food,
flavor and nutraceutical industries. Naturex S.A. is a preferred provider to the
food, flavor and nutraceutical industries and has experienced rapid, regular
growth since its establishment in 1992. Naturex is based in Avignon, France and
is an international company with nearly 90% of its sales coming from 30
countries outside France. Currently, more than 50% of Naturex's sales are
derived from the United States market. It has facilities in France, Morocco and
the United States and a representative office in Singapore.

Pure World, Inc., through its wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure World Botanicals,
Inc., develops, manufactures and sells natural ingredients that principally are
derived from plant materials (referred to also as botanicals or herbs) using its
proprietary extraction, purification and granulation technologies. Pure World,
Inc. has produced more than one thousand botanical extracts which are used by
the cosmetic, food and flavor, nutraceutical and pharmaceutical industries to
manufacture finished products for the consumer market.

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