JACKSONVILLE, Fla.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 11, 2001--Acosta Sales and Marketing, the largest sales and marketing agency serving the consumer packaged goods industry, announced that it has hired 1,700 ex-Marketing Specialist employees, effective June 1st. All employees of Marketing Specialists (OTCBB:MKSP) had been dismissed by Marketing Specialists just one week earlier, subsequent to the company's recent voluntary Chapter 11 filing.