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PRO-FAC REPORTS HIGHER EARNINGS

Pro-Fac Cooperative Inc. reported improved results for the fourth quarter and fiscal 1998 year.

The Rochester-based agricultural marketing co-op, which owns Agrilink Foods Inc., reported net income of $1.23 million in the fourth quarter, against a year-earlier loss of $426,000.

Operating income rose to $9.59 million from $8.43 million in the fourth quarter of 1997, and sales from continuing operations rose to $177.4 million from $166 million.

For the year, the co-op had net income of $17.13 million, against $12.7 million in fiscal 1997. Operating income rose to $55.7 million from $50.1 million in fiscal 1997, and sales from continuing operations rose $719.7 million from $689.9 million. The results are consolidated with Agrilink's.

Pro-Fac was founded in 1961 by Western New York farmers and today is owned by more than 600 farmers in several states.

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