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Media release

Basel, 12 January 2010

A further year of powerful growth for the Bell Group

The Bell Group again reports significantly increased operating income for business year 2009: CHF 2.56 billion. This is the best result to date. The growth in sales – 32 % (CHF 0.62 billion) – can be attributed to the foreign acquisitions. In their first full year of consolidation the foreign subsidiaries contributed some 31 % (CHF 0.79 billion) to Group sales.

In Switzerland, all divisions report improved results for 2009. Sales volumes increased 2 % to 122.3 million kg, whilst operating income remained slightly below the previous year’s level – a consequence of the on average 2.4 % lower sales prices. Food consumption remained stable in spite of the decline in consumer sentiment. Swiss products and regional specialities were in particularly high demand, as were seafood and high-convenience products. A shift away from mid-price to lower-price and more expensive product ranges was recorded.

Outside of Switzerland, the unfavourable economic situation had a bigger impact on consumption, with the higher-price products bearing the brunt of the decline. This trend was countered by way of successful innovations and a broad portfolio of protected regional specialities.

The full 2009 Group results will be published on 18 February 2010.

This media release is available at www2.bell.ch/en/media/media-releases.aspx.

About Bell Bell is the largest Swiss meat processing company. Its range of products includes meat, poultry, charcuterie, seafood and convenience products. Bell counts the retail and wholesale trade, food service and food processing industry among its customers. In Europe, the French Groupe Polette and the German companies ZIMBO and Abraham belong to Bell Group. More than 6,000 employees generated consolidated sales of CHF 2.56 billion in 2009. Bell is listed on the Swiss stock exchange. For more information:

Davide Elia, Head of Marketing/Communication Tel. +41 61 326 2212, Fax +41 61 326 2114 davide.elia@bell.ch Bell Holding Ltd, P.O. Box 2356, 4002 Basel, Switzerland

Photos and more information on Bell Group can be found at www.bell.ch

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