SOURCE: Royal Numico NV

November 30, 2006 02:15 ET

Numico divests Coeliac business


Schiphol, 30 November 2006 - Royal Numico N.V. announces the sale of its Coeliac business for an undisclosed amount.

The divestiture is the outcome of a strategic evaluation which Numico initiated in August 2006. The Coeliac business provides gluten-free nutrition and the decision to exit is driven by an assessment of the company's current competitive position in this area and its fit within the broader Clinical Nutrition portfolio.

The Coeliac business will be acquired by Dr. Schär Srl., an Italian family-owned company that is the leading European player in the gluten-free food products sector. The transaction is expected to be completed before year-end.

Royal Numico is a high-growth, high-margin specialised nutrition company with leading positions in Baby Food and Clinical Nutrition and brings products to the market under the brand names Nutricia, Milupa, Cow & Gate, Mellin and Dumex, among others. The company serves customers in over 100 countries and employs approx. 13,000 people (see also:

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Royal Numico N.V.
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