American Italian Pasta Company (NYSE: PLB) today announced they have been selected by Forbes as one of the 200 Best Small Companies in America.

AIPC is one of the only food manufacturers listed in this select group that is dominated by technology and healthcare companies. The complete list is published in the October 30th issue of Forbes and can be accessed on the internet at www.forbes.com.

"We are extremely proud to be a part of this list of dynamic growth companies," said Timothy S. Webster, President and CEO of AIPC. "This recognition confirms the unique talents and contributions of the AIPC team and reflects our vision of being one of the premier food companies in America."

AIPC is based in Kansas City, MO, with plants strategically located in Excelsior Springs, MO, Columbia, SC, and Kenosha, WI and its first international facility near Milan, Italy. Founded in 1988, the company is the largest and the fastest-growing producers and marketers of dry pasta in North America. AIPC has rapidly established a significant market presence in North America by developing strategic customer relationships with food industry leaders that have substantial pasta requirements. The company's approximately 550 employees produce more than 80 dry pasta shapes in three vertically integrated U.S. milling, production and distribution facilities and one Italian production facility.

CONTACT: Linda Ward, Vice President - Investor Relations and Corporate Communications of American Italian Pasta, 816-584-5211.