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All present employees will be retained at the plant food products company.

| August 26, 2010

WEST CHICAGO, Ill. - Ball Horticultural Co. has acquired the assets and manufacturing facilities of DP Foods and the rights to market the Daniels brand of plant nutrition. DP Foods manufactures Daniels products, plant food products for the professional grower, landscaper and home gardener.

“For many years, Ball has been a proud distributor of Daniels plant food, as it has fit perfectly with our company’s strategy to ‘Grow a Green Future’,” says

Bill Doeckel, general manager of Ball Innovations, a business unit of Ball Horticultural Co. “Ball’s purchase of DP Foods will solidify our promise to our customers to offer sustainable solutions.”

Daniels products are organic-based and contain organic/nutritional compounds, including natural vitamins, minerals, amino acids and proteins, enzymes, phytohormones, and carbohydrates to enrich plant health and fertility.

“Ball’s commitment to sustainability is perfectly positioned to maintain the sales momentum for Daniels products, and to support Daniels’ initiative as a leader in sustainable crop nutrition,” says Catherine Brooks, who will continue as general manager of Daniels.

Ball will operate DP Foods from the company’s current headquarters and manufacturing plant in Sherman, Texas, and will retain all its present employees.

According to Doeckel, Ball is looking forward to growing new relationships through Daniels, and supporting existing agreements and commitments to the brand’s distributors in the United States and Canada.

For more information on Ball Horticultural Co.’s sustainable solutions, visit www.BallHort.com.

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