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WhiteWave Foods Reports Strong Fourth Quarter And Full Year 2012 Results

Pro forma adjusted net sales for the fourth quarter of 2012 increased 12 percent to $609 million, compared to $543 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. Pro forma adjusted net sales for the full year 2012 increased 13 percent to approximately $2.3 billion from $2.0 billion for the full year 2011. This growth has been primarily volume driven and continues to be led by the Company’s North America Plant-Based Foods & Beverages and Coffee Creamer & Beverages platforms.

Consolidated segment pro forma adjusted operating income for the fourth quarter of 2012 totaled $61 million, compared to $54 million in the fourth quarter of 2011, representing an increase of 13 percent. For the full year 2012, consolidated segment pro forma adjusted operating income increased 16 percent to $228 million, compared to full year 2011 consolidated segment pro forma adjusted operating income of $197 million. These segment operating results were softened somewhat by significant year over year increases in marketing expenditures, and increases in distribution and warehousing costs due to capacity constraints as a result of the Company’s rapid volume growth.

After pro forma corporate costs, the Company reported pro forma adjusted total operating income of $48 million for the fourth quarter of 2012, a 17 percent increase from $41 million in the fourth quarter of 2011. For the full year 2012, pro forma adjusted total operating income increased 22 percent to $173 million from $142 million for full year 2011.

“Our strong top and bottom line growth in the fourth quarter and throughout 2012 is a testament to the power of our leading brands and their positioning in the sweet spot of some of today’s fastest-growing product categories. We are at the heart of a broad and sustained movement towards nutritious, flavorful, convenient and responsibly produced food and beverages,” said Gregg Engles, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Looking ahead to 2013, we are focused on growth and continuing to strengthen our brands, introduce new product offerings, expand our manufacturing capabilities, and drive cost savings across our business. We are confident that executing on these strategic initiatives – with the strong foundation we have in place – will ensure WhiteWave’s continued success and growth throughout the year and well into the future.”

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