Monterey Pasta Company announced today that it has begun distribution of a variety of products to two leading natural foods chains, Whole Foods and Wild Oats, in Florida locations.

Whole Foods, the largest natural and organic foods supermarket, operates 97 locations throughout the U.S., with 7 stores in Florida. The Wild Oats supermarkets, with 78 stores in 20 States, currently has 5 stores in Florida. Both grocers have a focus on promoting healthy lifestyles. Monterey Pasta Company, the largest independent producer of gourmet fresh refrigerated pastas and sauces will distribute through Gourmet Foods International, a variety of all natural products that may include pastas such as Five Cheese Tortelloni, Crab Ravioli, Artichoke & Cheese Ravioli, Lobster Ravioli and Spinach & Cheese Ravioli, with accompanying sauces such as Alfredo, Pesto, Sun Dried Tomato Cream Sauce and Tomato Basil Sauce.

R. Lance Hewitt, President/CEO of Monterey Pasta Company said, "The Whole Foods and Wild Oats supermarkets present an ideal opportunity and forum for Monterey Pasta products to be available to the natural foods consumer. Distribution in Florida gives us a new step up in achieving our goal of full distribution in the key natural foods chains across the United States."

The Monterey Pasta Sales Manager for the Whole Foods and Wild Oats account is Rick Farmer of Carmel Valley, Calif. Founded as a regional brand, Monterey Pasta now has national distribution in over 4,900 retail and club stores throughout the United States and selected regions of Canada. Monterey Pasta manufactures USDA inspected, healthy, gourmet refrigerated fresh pasta, sauces and soups at an integrated corporate headquarters/ manufacturing facility in Salinas, (Monterey County).

This press release contains forward-looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties and risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements. Risks that could cause actual results to differ materially from those discussed in the forward-looking statements, include risks associated with the retention of key personnel and retention of key management, the risks inherent in food production, and intense competition in the market in which the Company competes. Future projections are based on the assumption that we will continue to sell in existing retail and club stores and will continue to add new stores. For additional information regarding these and other risks, please read the Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K, for the year ended Dec. 26, 1999, its Form 10Q for First Quarter 2000, and its 2000 Proxy.