The J. M. Smucker Company, Orrville, Ohio (NYSE: SJM.A and SJM.B), announced today that sales for the first quarter ending July 31, 2000, were $163,667,000, up 1% from $161,495,000 in the prior year first quarter. Earnings for the three-month period were $9,865,000 or $.35 per share, compared to a consensus analyst estimate of $.