The H. J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) Board has elected Peter H. Coors as a Director.

Mr. Coors (55) is Chairman of the Board of Coors Brewing Company based in Golden, Colorado.

Mr. Coors' professional career follows a Coors tradition that has spanned more than a century and five generations of Coors family members. He has served in a number of positions at the company. In 1993, Peter was named Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer for Coors Brewing Company. In May 2000, he was named Chairman, Coors Brewing Company and President and Chief Executive Officer of Adolph Coors Company.

Mr. Coors is a director of the board of U.S. Bancorp, Inc., and


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Energy Corporation of America. He is a trustee of the Adolph Coors Foundation and the Castle Rock Foundation. His numerous and diverse civic responsibilities include serving as a trustee and member of the executive board of the Denver Area Council of the Boy Scouts of America, and a member of the National Western Stock Show Association executive committee. He is also a member of the International Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, is a member of Denver University's Daniels School of Business Advisory Board, a trustee for the Seeds of Hope Foundation and a trustee of University of Northern Colorado.

Mr. Coors graduated from the Phillips Exeter Academy in Exeter, N. H., in 1965, attended Cornell University where he received his bachelor's degree in industrial engineering in 1969. He earned a master's degree in business administration from the University of Denver in 1970. He also has received honorary doctorates from Regis University in 1991, Wilberforce University in 1992, and Johnson & Wales University in 1997.

Mr. Coors is an avid outdoorsman. Active in wildlife conservation, he serves on the boards of several conservation groups.

Mr. Coors is the son of Joseph Coors and great-grandson of Adolph Coors, who founded the Golden brewery in 1873. He and his wife, Marilyn, have six children.

This brings the total membership on the Heinz Board to 13.

ABOUT HEINZ: With sales approaching US$10 billion, H. J. Heinz Company is one of the world's leading marketers of branded foods to consumers everywhere, whether in supermarkets, restaurants or on the go. Its 50 companies operate in some 200 countries, with more than 20 power brands, including the Heinz(R) brand with nearly US$3 billion in annual sales. Among the company's famous brands are Heinz(R), StarKist(R), Ore-Ida(R), 9-Lives(R), Wattie's(R), Plasmon(R), Farley's(R), Smart Ones(R), Bagel Bites(R), John West(R), Petit Navire(R), Kibbles `n Bits(R), Pounce(R), Pup-Peroni(R), Orlando(R), ABC(R), Olivine(R), Jufran(R) and Pudliszki(R). Heinz also uses the famous brands Weight Watchers(R), Boston Market(R) and Linda McCartney(R) under license. Information on Heinz is available at http://www.heinz.com.


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