14.12.05

14.12.2005: Meldung: Hain Celestial Group Announces Offering of Its Shares Held by H.J. Heinz Company

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company, today announced that it has filed a prospectus supplement with the Securities and Exchange Commission ("SEC") under an existing shelf registration statement for a public offering of common stock held by an affiliate of H. J. Heinz Company. Heinz is offering 5,295,957 shares of common stock and has granted the underwriters a 30-day option to purchase up to 794,394 additional shares of common stock to cover over-allotments, if any. Hain Celestial will not receive any of the proceeds from the sale of the shares by Heinz.

UBS Securities LLC, Banc of America Securities LLC and J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. are acting as joint bookrunners. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or other jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation or sale, would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of such state or jurisdiction. Copies of the final prospectus for the offering can be obtained by contacting UBS Securities LLC, Prospectus Department, 299 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10171 or by calling 212-821-3000 or by contacting Banc of America Securities LLC (by email at dg.prospectus_distrubution@bofasecurities.com).

The Hain Celestial Group

The Hain Celestial Group (Nasdaq: HAIN), headquartered in Melville, NY, is a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company in North America and Europe. Hain Celestial participates in almost all natural food categories with well-known brands that include Celestial Seasonings(R), Terra Chips(R), Garden of Eatin"(R), Health Valley(R), WestSoy(R), Earth"s Best(R), Arrowhead Mills(R), DeBoles(R), Hain Pure Foods(R), Raised Right(R), Hollywood(R), Walnut Acres Organic(TM), Imagine Foods(R), Rice Dream(R), Soy Dream(R), Rosetto(R), Ethnic Gourmet(R), Yves Veggie Cuisine(R), Lima(R), Biomarche(TM), Grains Noirs(R), Natumi(R), JASON(R) and Zia(R) Natural Skincare. For more information, visit www.hain-celestial.com.

Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains forward-looking statements within and constitutes a "Safe Harbor" statement under the Private Securities Litigation Act of 1995. Except for the historical information contained herein, the matters discussed in this press release are forward-looking statements that involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties, which could cause our actual results to differ materially from those described in the forward- looking statements. These risks include but are not limited to general economic and business conditions; the ability to implement business and acquisition strategies, integrate acquisitions, and obtain financing for general corporate purposes; competition; retention of key personnel; compliance with government regulations and other risks detailed from time-to- time in the Company"s reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including the report on Form 10-K, as amended, for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2005. The forward-looking statements made in this press release are current as of the date of this press release, and the Company does not undertake any obligation to update forward-looking statements.

SOURCE The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.

Contact:
Ira Lamel, or Mary Anthes, both of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., +1-631-730-2200;
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