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Landec Corporation Reports Second Quarter And First Half Fiscal Year 2012 Results

Revenues for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 increased $19.8 million, or 15%, to $154.9 million compared to revenues of $135.1 million for the same period a year ago. Net income for the first six months increased 18% to $5.2 million or $0.20 per diluted share compared to net income of $4.4 million or $0.16 per diluted share for the same period last year.

The increase in revenues during the first six months of fiscal year 2012 compared to the first six months of fiscal year 2011 resulted from: (1) an $8.8 million increase in Apio’s value-added business, (2) a $9.5 million increase in Apio’s export business, and (3) a $1.6 million increase in Lifecore’s biomaterials business.

Net income for the first six months of fiscal year 2012 increased $793,000 compared to the first six months of last year, primarily due to $1.7 million of pre-tax income from our investment in Windset Farms and a $679,000 increase in pre-tax income from Apio’s value-added and export businesses. These increases were partially offset by (1) a $650,000 decrease in pre-tax income as a result of accruing performance-based bonuses at Apio and Corporate which were not accrued during the first six months of last year, (2) a $598,000 increase in the income tax expense due to higher pre-tax income, and (3) a $236,000 decrease in pre-tax income for Lifecore due to the timing of production, which resulted in reduced absorption of overhead costs. Production levels for Lifecore are projected to be higher in the second half of fiscal year 2012 resulting in higher absorption of overhead costs.

Landec Second Quarter 2012 Earnings Conference Call

A conference call will follow this release at 8:00 a.m. Pacific Time on Wednesday, January 4, 2012 during which senior management of Landec will present an overview of results for the first half and second quarter of fiscal year 2012. Interested parties have the opportunity to listen to the conference call live on the Internet at www.landec.com by selecting Investors and the Financial Releases & Events page. A replay of the webcast will be available for 30 days. Additionally, investors can listen to the call by dialing (866) 238-1645 or (703) 639-1163 at least 5 minutes prior to the start. A replay of the call will be available through Wednesday, January 11, 2012 by calling (888) 266-2081 or (703) 925-2533, code #1561486.

Landec Corporation is a materials science company that leverages its proprietary polymer technologies, application development and innovation capabilities to develop and commercialize new products in biomedical, agricultural and industrial markets. Landec has two proprietary polymer technology platforms: Intelimer Polymers ® and Sodium Hyaluronate (“NaHy”) that are the foundation for its business. Landec’s subsidiary, Apio, has become the leader in US fresh-cut specialty packaged vegetables by combining Landec’s proprietary food packaging technology with the capabilities of a large national food supplier, processor and distributor. Through its subsidiary, Lifecore Biomedical, Landec is now a premium supplier of hyaluronan-based materials and medical products to ophthalmic, orthopedic and veterinary markets worldwide. Landec’s Licensing Partnerships work closely with market-leading companies to develop and commercialize differentiated polymer-based products. For more information about the Company, visit Landec’s website at www.landec.com.

Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this news release are forward-looking statements that involve certain risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially, including such factors among others, as the timing and expenses associated with operations, the ability to achieve acceptance of the Company's new products in the market place, the severity of the current economic slowdown, weather conditions that can affect the supply and price of produce, the amount and timing of research and development funding and license fees from the Company's collaborative partners, the timing of regulatory approvals, the mix between domestic and international sales, and the risk factors listed in the Company’s Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended May 29, 2011 (See item 1A: Risk Factors) which may be updated in Part II. Item 1A Risk Factors in the Company’s Quarterly Reports on Form 10-Q. As a result of these and other factors, the Company expects to continue to experience significant fluctuations in quarterly operating results and there can be no assurance that the Company will remain consistently profitable. The Company undertakes no obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statements whether as a result of new developments or otherwise.

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