Campus: CSU Fresno -- January 31, 2003

Foster Farms Joins Save Mart Center Family With $1 Million Partnership

Foster Farms has entered into an exclusive $1 million partnership with the California State University, Fresno Association as an exclusive corporate sponsor of the Save Mart Center currently under construction on the campus, Fresno State President John D. Welty announced today. The partnership makes Foster Farms the exclusive poultry provider for the center and provides naming rights for the facility's food court area. Under the agreement, Foster Farms will donate $100,000 annually over the next 10 years.

Paul Carter, president and chief executive officer of Foster Farms, and Bob Piccinini, president and chief executive officer of Save Mart Supermarkets, and other officials joined Welty during a press conference today on the spot where the Foster Farms Food Court will exist adjacent to the southwest entry of the Save Mart Center.

"We have looked to corporate partnerships to help us make the Save Mart Center a reality," said Welty. "We're pleased that Foster Farms has so generously stepped forward to support this important endeavor."

"This partnership represents our company's long-standing commitment to support those communities where our customers and employees live and work," said Paul Carter, president and chief executive officer of Foster Farms. "We are honored to partner with Save Mart Supermarkets in bringing this important new cultural and athletic resource to the Central Valley."

The $100 million-plus Save Mart Center is the largest privately funded building ever constructed in the California State University system. The 450,000-square-foot building will provide a state-of-the-art, 15,000- to 18,000-seat sports and entertainment complex capable of hosting a variety of events and artists as well as being home court for the Fresno State Bulldogs. Completion is expected in November 2003.

Livingston-based Foster Farms is the largest poultry producer in the Western United States. The company has remained a family-owned business since its founding in 1939. Foster Farms produces fresh chicken and turkey, a marinated fresh chicken line, deli meats, corn dogs, a variety of cooked chicken products and refrigerated chicken entrees. The company produces and delivers more than 1.3 billion pounds of fresh chicken and turkey each year to retailers, warehouse clubs and foodservice customers throughout the West. More information is available at

The Pepsi Bottling Group and Save Mart Supermarkets are the title sponsors of the center, contributing $40 million. Other major corporate sponsors of the center are Citibank (Cal Fed) and SBC (Pacific Bell).

The Save Mart Center is located on the east side of the Fresno State campus, on the north side of Shaw Avenue, between Woodrow Avenue and Chestnut Avenue, near the State Route 168 interchange.

Contact: Mark Aydelotte or Tom Uribes, (559) 278-2795 or 250-8459

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