05.12.05

5.12.2005: Meldung: Hain Celestial Group Announces Filing of Registration Statement

The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; a leading natural and organic food and personal care products company, announced today that it has filed a registration statement for an affiliate of H.J. Heinz Company to sell 6,090,351 shares of the Company"s common stock owned by Heinz. Hain Celestial will not receive any proceeds from the sale.

A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold nor may offers to buy be accepted prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. A written prospectus for the offering may be obtained from: Investor Relations, The Hain Celestial Group, Inc., 58 South Service Road, Melville, NY 11747.

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.

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(TM), 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.

CONTACT:
Ira Lamel, or Mary Anthes
both of The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
+1-631-730-2200
Jeremy Fielding, or David Lilly
both of Kekst and Company
+1-212-521-4800
for The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.
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