AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG

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Hungary to return 50% of its sugar quota to the restructuring fund - AGRANA concentrates its sugar production at one refinery

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Disclosure announcement transmitted by euro adhoc. The issuer is responsible for the content of this announcement. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Plant Closings/AGRANA/Magyar Cukor 20.11.2007 In the course of the latest reform of the EU sugar market regime, talks are currently taking place in Hungary between sugar beet growers, the Ministry of Agriculture and the sugar industry, with the goal of returning 50% of Hungary´s sugar quota to the restructuring fund. This step, and the associated compensation payments to farmers, is aimed at safeguarding the sugar beet supply for the remainder of the Hungarian quota. This move would result in a pro rata reduction in the sugar quota held by both the Nordzucker subsidiary Mátra Cukor Zrt., and the AGRANA subsidiary Magyar Cukor Zrt. Given that the remaining volume of sugar available to AGRANA is no longer sufficient for the economical utilisation of two refineries, AGRANA intends, subject to the appropriate board resolutions, to concentrate its Hungarian refining activities at the Kaposvár facility in order to make production as efficient as possible. A redundancy scheme is being worked out for around 140 employees affected by the restructuring of the second Magyar Cukor refinery at Petöhaza. This press release is available in both German and English at end of announcement euro adhoc 20.11.2007 07:25:00 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- ots Originaltext: AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG Im Internet recherchierbar: Further inquiry note: AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG Doris Schober Investor Relations/Corporate Communications Phone: +43-1-211 37-12084 Branche: Food ISIN: AT0000603709 WKN: 779535 Index: ATX Prime, WBI Börsen: Börse Berlin / Präsenzhandel Börse Stuttgart / Präsenzhandel Börse Frankfurt / Präsenzhandel Wiener Börse AG / official market

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