H. J. Heinz Company invites interested shareholders, investors and consumers to listen to its Fourth-Quarter presentation to securities analysts live over the Internet on Thursday, June 15, 2000, at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Time. William R. Johnson, President and CEO, and Paul F. Renne, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, will be hosting the event that will include presentations from Star-Kist and Heinz Europe executives.

What: H. J. Heinz Company Presentation to Securities Analysts and Media

When: Thursday, June 15, 2000, 8:30 a.m. ET

Where: www.heinz.com

How: Simply log on to the Web at the address above

If you are unable to listen to the live Webcast, the presentation will be archived on the Web site www.heinz.com.

ABOUT HEINZ: With sales over US$9 billion, H. J. Heinz Company is one of the world’s leading marketers of branded foods to supermarkets and away-from- home eating establishments. Its 50 companies operate in some 200 countries, offering more than 57 hundred varieties. Among the company’s famous brands are Heinz, StarKist, Ore-Ida, 9-Lives, WEIGHT WATCHERS, Wattie’s, Plasmon, Farley’s, Smart Ones, The Budget Gourmet, Linda McCartney, San Marco, GO AHEAD!, Bagel Bites, John West, Petit Navire, Skippy, Kibbles ‘n Bits, Pounce, Wagwells, Nature‘s Recipe, Orlando, ABC, Olivine and Pudliszki. Information on Heinz is available at http://www.heinz.com.