Public offer for the remaining, publicly-held shares in Distriborg Groupe initiated, starts January 26, 2009

Utrecht, January 23, 2009

The Executive Board of Royal Wessanen nv announces that the public offer followed by a mandatory buy out of the remaining 0.4% of the shares of Distriborg Groupe, initiated by its French subsidiary Wessanen France Holding has received the approval of the French Market Authority ("AMF”) on January 20th, 2009.

The offer price has been fixed at EUR 157 per Distriborg Groupe share. The public offer will be open for a period of 10 trading days from January 26, 2009, to February 6, 2009.

At the end of the offer period, the remaining shares in Distriborg Groupe that have not been taken up in the public offer will automatically be transferred to Wessanen France Holding. A compensating amount, equal to EUR 157 in cash per remaining Distriborg Groupe share, will be transferred to the brokers to the public offer, CM-CIC Securities, and held in trust until such time as the remaining shareholders present their shares for payment.

Distriborg Groupe’s shares will be delisted from Euronext Paris (compartiment B) as of February 9, 2009, being the trading day following the last day of the public offer.

On September 1, 2008, Wessanen reached an agreement with Laboratoires Lehning to acquire all of their 159,667 shares in Distriborg Groupe, representing 9.92 % of Distriborg’s share capital. On October 17, 2008, Wessanen requested the suspension of trading in the shares of Distriborg Groupe in anticipation of a public offer for the remaining shares.

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