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Heinz Presents Humanitarian Award and CN$1.2 Million Grant To Canadian Stanley Zlotkin, Developer of Unique Iron Supplements
TORONTO, Ont., Nov 8, 2001 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Dr. Stanley Zlotkin, MD, PhD, today received the first H. J. Heinz Company (NYSE:HNZ) Humanitarian Award during ceremonies at The Hospital for Sick Children. During the same event, the hospital announced that the H. J. Heinz Company Foundation has presented a CN$1.2 million gift to support Dr. Zlotkin's research in iron supplements for infants, particularly in developing parts of the world.

Dr. Zlotkin, a native of Toronto, is a recognized leader in childhood nutrition and the developer of Supplefer Sprinkles, an inexpensive iron supplement in the form of tasteless powder granules that can be sprinkled on any food.

"Dr. Zlotkin is a dedicated humanitarian who has developed a major breakthrough in the battle against global childhood anemia due to iron deficiency -- a prevalent condition that harms fetal health and impairs mental development. As many as two billion people, or more than 30% of the world's population, are iron deficient," noted Susie Johnson, who presented the award on behalf of the company and her husband, Heinz Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer William R. Johnson. The award was originally scheduled for presentation during the Heinz annual meeting of shareholders in Pittsburgh on September 11.

Supplefer Sprinkles are an alternative to existing solutions, such as iron drops, which are much costlier and often have an undesirable taste and a common side effect -- staining of the teeth. Clinical trials in Ghana, which were funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, have proven the efficacy of the Supplefer Sprinkles approach. The goal of the project is to reduce global childhood anemia by making Supplefer Sprinkles widely available, particularly in developing countries.

"Dr. Zlotkin is a reminder to us all that creative and dedicated people can make a difference," Mrs. Johnson commented. "We are honored to bestow the H.J. Heinz Company Humanitarian Award upon Dr. Zlotkin and proud to be his partner in such a compassionate crusade on behalf of the world's children."

Dr. Zlotkin is head of the division of gastroenterology and nutrition at Toronto's Hospital for Sick Children and professor of pediatrics and nutritional sciences at the University of Toronto.

"Dr. Zlotkin's research would not be possible without the support of our generous donors," said Diane Lister, President and CEO of The Hospital for Sick Children Foundation. "Heinz supports Sick Kids in many ways: through The H. J. Heinz Company Paediatric Nutrition Endowment Fund, the `Labels for Life' baby food label-saving and redemption program, and now Dr. Zlotkin's research. This is a wonderful vote of confidence in the work that we do, and a testimony to our shared dedication to improving the lives of children worldwide."

The H. J. Heinz Company Foundation is supporting the Supplefer Sprinkles project with a three-year grant of CN$1.2 million (US$750,000). Additional company funding and technical and operations support bring Heinz's total assistance to more than CN$1.5 million (US$1 million).

Heinz employees in the U.S., Canada, China and India have volunteered enthusiastically their time and expertise to research this supplement and help with its manufacture and distribution in association with leading foundations and health organizations worldwide.

As one of the world's largest producers of weaning foods and single-serve products, Heinz is working on this global initiative with contributions from suppliers and pro bono assistance from its consultants.

The H. J. Heinz Company Humanitarian Award will be presented to individuals and organizations that distinguish themselves by their creativity, originality and insightfulness in providing products or services that improve the quality of life for humankind.

The award is symbolized by a crystal sculpture created by Tiffany & Co. of New York. A crystal column is topped by an etching of a globe that is emblematic of the international reach of the recipient's work.

ABOUT HEINZ: With sales approaching US$10 billion, H. J. Heinz Company is one of the world's leading marketers of branded foods to consumers everywhere, whether in supermarkets, restaurants or on the go. Its 50 companies operate in some 200 countries, with more than 20 power brands, including the Heinz(R) brand with nearly US$3 billion in annual sales. Among the company's famous brands are Heinz(R), StarKist(R), Ore-Ida(R), Classico(R), 9-Lives(R), Wattie's(R), Plasmon(R), Farley's(R), Smart Ones(R), Bagel Bites(R), John West(R), Petit Navire(R), Kibbles `n Bits(R), Pounce(R), Pup-Peroni(R), Orlando(R), ABC(R), Olivine(R), Jufran(R) and Pudliszki(R). Heinz also uses the famous brands Weight Watchers(R), Boston Market(R) and Linda McCartney(R) under license. Information on Heinz is available at

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CONTACT:          H. J. Heinz Company 
                  Debbie Foster, 412/456-5778
                  Heinz Canada
                  Anna Relyea, 416/226-7587
                  The Hospital for Sick Children
                  Cyndy DeGiusti, 416/813-6378

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