Cheryn Robles
Zehnder Communications

For Immediate Release           

Baumer Foods Acquires
The Figaro Company

Adds liquid smokes, fajita marinade to condiment portfolio

New Orleans, LA (October 21, 2004) – Baumer Foods, Inc., the New Orleans-based company best known as the maker of Crystal Hot Sauce, has purchased The Figaro Company of Mesquite, Texas to increase its strong footing in the $7.7-billion condiment industry. Acquisition of the Texas company will add Hickory Liquid Smoke, Mesquite Liquid Smoke and Fajita Marinade to Baumer’s product offerings.

“We’re pleased to be expanding our product portfolio,” said Terry Hanes, Baumer Foods Executive Vice President/COO. “This acquisition will make us even more competitive in the condiment industry. Incorporating the Figaro sauces increases our product diversity while allowing us to meet our customer’s flavor requirements.”

Already one of the most popular makers of hot sauce, Baumer produces and distributes hot, soy, steak, teriyaki, wing and Worcestershire sauces as well as spicy brown and yellow mustards in the United States and 75 countries worldwide.

The Figaro Company will continue to operate as a division of Baumer Foods. Figaro Company partner Dave McCormack will join the Baumer Foods team as National Sales Manager of the Figaro division.

Hanes added that Baumer plans to build on Figaro’s brand recognition by maintaining product labeling and recipe components. “Customers needn’t worry about having trouble identifying their favorite sauces in the grocery store,” Hanes said.

As a family owned company, founded in 1923, Baumer Foods, Inc., has always been synonymous with quality and service. The manufacturer of hundreds of private label brands along with its Crystal branded products, Baumer is a leader in the hot sauce and condiment industry.  With more than 200 employees in its New Orleans plant, Baumer ships three million gallons of Crystal Hot Sauce to countries worldwide.  For more information about Baumer Foods or to purchase products go to:

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