San Diego, Calif., February 18, 2005 — Bumble Bee Seafoods and Cloverleaf Seafoods — the United States and Canadian operating subsidiaries of leading North American seafood company Connors Bros. Income Fund — have announced a donation of food products valued at $300,000 to benefit survivors of the recent tsunami disaster. The shelf stable seafood products are being provided to the international charity Feed The Children for distribution through its network of independent agencies to families and children in India, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Indonesia.
Connors Bros. Ltd. President and Chief Executive Officer Christopher D. Lischewski said, \”The tragic outcome of the tsunami hits close to home for our company and employees. We have business relationships throughout the Asian countries that have been worst affected, and are deeply disturbed by the extent of devastation and loss.\”
He added, \”Given the high-protein nature of our products, we are uniquely positioned to aid these Asian communities by providing for some of their immediate food and nutrition needs.\”
Lischewski said that the contribution also reflects commitment toward the Asia Pacific region where the company sources much of its tuna. \”As part of our connection with Asia and our responsibility to support the management of global tuna resources in that region, Connors Bros. is pleased to be able to partner with Feed The Children in this tsunami relief effort,\” he said.
\”While news of the tsunami may have left the front page, the need is still great in South East Asia,\” said Larry Jones, president and founder of Feed The Children, who recently returned from the affected area. \”That is why we are so grateful for this donation from Connors, and its Bumble Bee and Clover Leaf divisions, for helping Feed The Children get this much-needed food into the hands of hungry children and families there.\”
About Connors Bros. Income Fund
Connors Bros. Income Fund (TSX:CBF.UN) is a limited purpose trust established under the laws of Ontario, Canada. Connors Bros. owns a majority interest in Bumble Bee Seafoods, and Clover Leaf Seafoods, L.P. Bumble Bee is the leading brand of canned albacore tuna, salmon, and specialty seafood in the United States. Clover Leaf is the brand leader of seafood products in Canada. Through Bumble Bee, Connors recently acquired the Castleberry/Snow’s brands in the U.S., which includes the No. 1 selling brand of canned minced and chopped clams, clam juice, and hot dog chili. Bumble Bee also recently acquired the shelf-stable assets of the Sweet Sue and Bryan brands, which include the No. 1 selling brand of chicken and dumplings, chicken pouch, and turkey and ham pouch products. For more information, visit www.connors.ca or www.bumblebee.com.
About Feed The Children
Founded in 1979 by Larry and Frances Jones, Feed The Children is an international, non-profit relief organization with a mission to deliver food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disaster. Last year, Feed The Children shipped 142 million pounds of food and other essentials to children and their families in all 50 states and in 57 foreign countries. Worldwide the charity supplemented more than 1,040,710 meals a day.