The Board of Directors of Bestfoods today declared a regular quarterly dividend of 26.5 cents per share, payable on October 25, 2000, to stockholders of record at the close of business September 29, 2000.

ABOUT BESTFOODS: Bestfoods, formerly CPC International Inc., is among the largest U.S. food companies, with sales of $8.6 billion in 1999. Best known among Bestfoods’ U.S. products are: Hellmann’s and Best Foods mayonnaise and dressings; Mazola corn oil and margarine; Skippy peanut butter; Knorr soups, sauces, and bouillons; Entenmann’s sweet baked products; Thomas’ English muffins; Arnold, Brownberry, Freihofer’s, and Oroweat breads; Boboli pizza crusts; Mueller’s pasta; and Karo syrup. Bestfoods’ global Knorr brand comprises one of the world’s most extensive lines of products. Bestfoods is the most international food company based in the U.S., with operations in more than 60 countries and products marketed in 110 countries. For more information about Bestfoods, visit the company’s website on the Internet at: