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Sunkist Growers Elect New Board


February 24, 2004

February 24, 2004, Sherman Oaks, California... David W. Krause of Orange Cove, California was elected Chairman of the Board of Sunkist Growers following the 6,000 member citrus cooperative's 110th annual meeting in Ventura, California on February 19. An eight-year veteran on the Sunkist board, Krause is president of Paramount Citrus, headquartered in Delano.

Born and raised in the Central Valley, Krause owns and operates the family citrus farm in Fresno and Tulare counties. He has an A.S. degree in Plant Science from Reedley College. At age 43, he is the youngest grower elected Chairman of the Sunkist Growers cooperative. Krause succeeds grower Al Williams of Visalia, who served as board Chairman for the past four years.

Elected Vice Chairmen for 2004 are William E. Chaney of Sun City, Arizona; Mark D. Gillette of Dinuba, California, and John M. Grether of Somis, California.

Gillette is managing partner of Gillette Citrus Company and a board member of the Central California Citrus Exchange. A fourth-generation citrus grower, Gillette was first elected to the Sunkist board in 1999. He has served on the board of directors for Sunkist's manufacturing and supply affiliate Fruit Growers Supply Company since 1991.

Chaney is President of Marlin Packing Company, Marlin Ranching Company and The Marlin Group, Inc. He is also vice president of the Southern Arizona Citrus Exchange and a 16-year member of the Sunkist board.

Grether, who was elected to the Sunkist Board last year, is Vice Chairman of the Board of Saticoy Fruit Exchange where he has served as a board member for 20 years. He is co-owner of Grether Farming Company, a second-generation citrus grower and third- generation farmer in the Somis area.

Bringing the Sunkist board total to 26 are: Lee C. Bailey of Orange Cove, Calif.; Stephen J. Barnard of Oxnard, Calif.; Roberta L. Cook of Dixon, Calif.; Gary M. Cusumano of Valencia, Calif.; Dan S. Dunlap of La Quinta, Calif.; Harold S. Edwards of Santa Paula, Calif.; James P. Finch of Ventura, Calif.; Martha L. Gentry of Fillmore, Calif.; James H. Gill of Camarillo, Calif.; Russell Katayama of Orosi, Calif.; Warren C. Lyall of Pauma Valley, Calif.; James H. Mast of Mesa, Arizona; Samuel G. Mayhew of Oxnard, Calif.; Tom L. Mazzetti of Riverside, Calif.; Martin Mittman of Porterville, Calif.; Dick R. Neece of Porterville, Calif.; Cecilia A. Perry of Yuma, Arizona; Richard W. Pidduck of Santa Paula, Calif.; Kevin R. Riddle of Orosi, Calif.; Gary M. Romoff of Los Angeles, Calif., James B. Schieferle of Strathmore, Calif; and Al Williams of Dinuba, Calif.

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