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Südzucker AG and Austrian shareholders increase participation in AGRANA
Beteiligungs-AG

Mannheim, 25 February 2014

Südzucker AG Mannheim/Ochsenfurt, Mannheim, and
Zucker-Beteiligungsgesellschaft m.b.H. (Raiffeisen-Holding
Niederösterreich-Wien and others) have increased the participation in
AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG, Vienna via the joint holding Z&S Zucker und Stärke
Holding AG. In total, about 15.6 % shares of AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG have
been purchased from M&G Funds. Confidentiality about the purchase price has
been agreed amongst the parties.

Thereby 10.6 % have been indirectly and equally purchased by Südzucker AG
and the Austrian shareholders via the joint holding Z&S Zucker und Stärke
Holding AG, Vienna, increasing the current position in AGRANA
Beteiligungs-AG from about 75.5 % to about 86.1 %.

Additionally, Südzucker AG has directly purchased about 5 %. Subsequently,
this position is to be placed on the market in order to increase the free
float of AGRANA Beteiligungs-AG, listed at the stock market in Vienna. The
target is to increase liquidity in AGRANA shares and respective
attractiveness for investors.

Südzucker AG Mannheim/Ochsenfurt
Central Investor Relations Department
Nikolai Baltruschat
Theodor-Heuss-Anlage 12
68165 Mannheim 
Phone:  +49 621 421-240
Fax:  +49 621 421-449
Investor.relations@suedzucker.de

The Südzucker Group

Südzucker, with its sugar, special products, CropEnergies and fruit
segments, is one of the leading companies in the food industry. In the
traditional sugar business, the group is the world market leader, with 29
sugar factories and three refineries, extending from France in the west via
Belgium, Germany and Austria, through to Poland, the Czech Republic,
Slovakia, Romania, Hungary, Bosnia and Moldova in the east. The special
products segment, consisting of the functional food (BENEO), chilled/frozen
products (Freiberger), portion packs (PortionPack Europe) and starch
businesses, is an important growth driver. The CropEnergies segment covers
the bioethanol activities in Germany, Belgium, France and the UK. In the
fruit segment, the group operates internationally, is the world market
leader for fruit preparations and is a leading supplier of fruit juice
concentrates in Europe.

In 2012/13, the group employed 17,940 persons and generated revenues of
about EUR 7.9 billion.


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Language:     English
Company:      Südzucker AG Mannheim/Ochsenfurt
              Theodor-Heuss-Anlage 12
              68165 Mannheim
              Germany
Phone:        +49 (0)621 - 421-530
Fax:          +49 (0)621 - 421-7530
E-mail:       investor.relations@suedzucker.de
Internet:     www.suedzucker.de
ISIN:         DE0007297004, XS0606202454   DE000A1AJLE6   XS0222524372
WKN:          729700, A1GNRQ    A1AJLE    A0E6FU, 
Indices:      MDAX
Listed:       Regulierter Markt in Berlin, Düsseldorf, Frankfurt (Prime
              Standard), Hamburg, München, Stuttgart; Freiverkehr in
              Hannover
 
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