Hickory Farms' Work with Sun Capital Partners, Inc. Produces One of the Best Gift Basket and Specialty Food Companies in America.

Hickory Farms has been advancing its business model and market position by partnering with a Sun Capital Partners, Inc. affiliate since July 2007. Sun Capital Partners, Inc. is a leading private investment firm focused on leveraged buyouts, private equity, debt and other investments in market-leading companies. Sun Capital Partners chose to partner with Hickory Farms because it was a company that could benefit from Sun Capital Partners' in-house professionals and operating experience. Sun Capital affiliates invest in companies which typically have the number one or two market position in their industry, long-term competitive advantages and significant barriers to entry. Sun Capital has offices located in Boca Raton, Los Angeles and New York and affiliates in London, Frankfurt, Paris, Luxembourg, Shanghai and Shenzhen.

Sun Capital affiliates have invested in more than 280 companies worldwide since Sun Capital's inception in 1995, with combined sales in excess of $40 billion and more than 200,000 employees. On a consolidated basis, Sun Capital's affiliated portfolio companies would rank in the top 100 of Fortune Magazine's listing of the 500 largest companies in the United States.

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