Schreiber Foods acquires plant assets of Galaxy Nutritional

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ORLANDO, FLA. — Schreiber Foods, Inc., the world’s largest privately held cheese company with more than $2 billion in sales, announced today it has reached several agreements with Galaxy Nutritional Foods, Inc., a leading producer and marketer of plant-based dairy alternatives for the retail and food service markets.

Under the terms of a definitive agreement signed June 30, Schreiber will acquire substantially all of Galaxy’s plant assets. The transaction, which will be subject to approval from the company’s primary lenders and shareholders, is expected to close on or about Nov.1, 2005.

Under the terms of a separate supply agreement signed June 30, Schreiber Foods has agreed to manufacture and distribute all of Galaxy’s products for an initial period of five years beginning Sept. 1. The supply agreement is renewable at Galaxy’s option for up to two additional five-year periods. On or before Nov. 1, Schreiber will purchase Galaxy’s remaining raw materials, ingredients and packaging at the company’s cost.

"By agreeing to sell our plant assets and contract with Schreiber Foods for the production and distribution of our healthy food products, we expect to retire all of our outstanding debt with Wachovia Bank and realize significant cost savings going forward," stated Michael E. Broll, chief executive officer of Galaxy. "Our company will benefit from the production and operational efficiencies of a much larger company that has an outstanding reputation for product quality and distribution capabilities within the dairy products industry. In the future, we will be able to focus our activities upon new product development and the marketing of our expanding line of dairy alternative products into the retail and food service markets.

"During the first 12 months following the completion of these proposed transactions, Galaxy should realize significant production and distribution cost savings, and such savings should increase as our sales grow in future years."

The company also announced it has entered into a loan modification agreement with Wachovia Bank, N.A. (formerly South Trust Bank) that accelerates the maturity of Galaxy’s loan from June 1, 2009 to July 31, 2006. Under the modification agreement, Galaxy will continue to make principal payments of $110,000 per month until the loan matures or is paid off. It is currently the intention of Galaxy to repay in full its outstanding obligations to Wachovia Bank (estimated to be $7.5 million as of Nov.1) out of cash proceeds from the sale of plant assets to Schreiber Foods.

"We currently expect that the proceeds from the sale of plant assets, after repayment of the loan to Wachovia Bank, will be sufficient to cover any one-time costs associated with the closure of plant facilities and the transition of production and distribution activities to Schreiber Foods," Mr. Broll said.

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