Bob Evans Farms Purchases New Plant for Owens Country Sausage Products

Sulphur Springs, Texas, to be site of plant which will expand

company's ability to produce convenience foods

Jun 04, 2003, 01:00 ET from Bob Evans Farms, Inc.

    COLUMBUS, Ohio, June 4 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ --
 Bob Evans Farms (Nasdaq:   BOBE) and its subsidiary, Owens Country Sausage, have
 purchased a food production plant in Sulphur Springs, Texas, which will allow
 for an expansion of the company's production of convenience foods.  The
 52,777-square-foot facility will serve as the sandwich assembly plant for the
 company.  The plant represents a $4 million investment for the company.
     Bob Evans and Owens' popular SnackWiches line of convenience sandwiches
 for retail, foodservice and convenience store use, will be assembled at the
 new Owens Country Sausage plant in Sulphur Springs.  Items produced at the
 plant will be shipped throughout the Owens and Bob Evans 30-state distribution
     Major renovations and upgrades of the four-year-old facility, including
 expansion of the freezer and refrigeration capacity and changing the product
 flow, are expected to be complete by Jan. 1, 2004.  A total of 60 employees
 are expected to be employed at the new Owens plant, with some transferred from
 elsewhere in the company.  The facility is expected to employ 100 within its
 first two years of operation.  Information regarding job opportunities at the
 plant are available at .
     "This is our first Owens plant located outside the Dallas/Fort Worth area
 and it represents significant growth opportunities for our company," said Bob
 Evans Farms Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer Stewart Owens.
 It is 70 miles from the original Owens plant in Richardson, Texas.  "This
 purchase fits well into our long-range plan and represents our commitment to
 continuing the growth we've seen in our convenience food items."
     Located in the northwest area of Sulphur Springs just off Interstate 30,
 the plant was purchased from Kozy Shack Enterprises, a family-owned dessert
 manufacturer based in New York.
     Items which will be shipped from the plant include Bob Evans and Owens
 SnackWiches line of sausage biscuits; sausage, egg & cheese biscuits; sausage
 cheeseburgers and bacon, egg & cheese biscuits.  These items are currently
 produced in the company's Richardson, Texas, plant.
     In addition its food production plant in Texas, Bob Evans Farms operates
 production plants in Bidwell, Springfield and Xenia, Ohio; Hillsdale, Mich.;
 and Galva, Ill.
     Owens Country Sausage is a subsidiary of Bob Evans Farms Inc.  The company
 is a leading producer and distributor of pork sausage and other homestyle
 convenience food items under the Bob Evans and Owens brand names, which are
 available in 30 states. Bob Evans also owns and operates 522 full-service,
 family restaurants in 22 states primarily located in the Midwest, mid-Atlantic
 and Southeast regions of the United States, while Owens Restaurants operate in
 Texas.  For more information about Bob Evans Farms Inc., visit the company's
 Web site at .

SOURCE Bob Evans Farms, Inc.