For Immediate Release
February 20‚ 2004

Media Contacts:
Stacey Kelly, nSpired Natural Foods
(510) 346-3845,

nSpired Natural Foods
Announces New President

San Leandro‚ Calif. nSpired Natural Foods (‚ leaders in the Natural and Organic Foods industry‚ announced the promotion of Patrick Lee to President. Mr. Lee served as the company's Vice President of Sales for the past two years. The company's sales efforts will now be lead by Marty Hagge who joined the company in recent weeks.

Chief Executive Officer‚ Gil Pritchard‚ is leaving the company at the end of March. Mr. Pritchard‚ a natural foods industry veteran‚ successfully orchestrated transfer of the company's ownership from Columbia Naples Capital to American Capital in December‚ 2003.

nSpired Natural Foods owns leading natural foods brands Maranatha™ Nut Butters‚ Cloud Nine® Confections‚ Tropical Source® Chocolates‚ AH!LASKA® Chocolate Sauce‚ Sunspire® Chocolates‚ Skinny® Chips‚ Cool Fruits® Freezer Pops‚ Pumpkorn® Pumpkins Seeds and Loriva® Cooking Oils.

American Capital ( has investments in other food companies including Petaluma Poultry (producers of Rocky the Range and Rosie Organic chicken)‚ Nancy's Specialty Foods (the largest makers of frozen quiches in the US)‚ Bumble Bee Tuna and Specialty Brands of America (producers of MacDonalds maple syrup and New York Flatbreads).

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