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Boulder, Colo. (July 19, 2002) - The board of directors of Frontier Natural Products Co-op today announced the resignation of CEO Steve Hughes, effective July 15. Hughes has left to pursue personal interests.

Board director Andy Pauley has been named as interim CEO. Pauley, a Frontier board member for three years, will work with the board and senior management on a transitional plan. Pauley says the company will continue its commitment to the recently launched Simply Organic Brand packaged seasonings mix and packaged meals into the Natural Foods and Grocery markets. The essential historical businesses of Frontier Natural Products co-operative, which include bulk herb and spice interests, a distribution division for natural products, and the aromatherapy company Aura Cacia, will continue to be a vital part of the company's core business.

"While we are certainly challenged in the short-term by the departure of Steve and value his extraordinary accomplishments during his tenure as CEO, we're confident that Frontier will continue in the tradition of product innovation and quality as well as sustainable business practices," says Pauley.

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Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM)
Founded in 1976 and based in Norway, Iowa, Frontier Natural Products Co-op(TM) offers a full line of natural and organic products under the Frontier, Simply Organic®, Aura Cacia® and Aura Cacia Organics® brands. Products include culinary herbs, spices and baking flavors; bulk herbs and spices; and natural and organic aromatherapy products. Frontier's goal is to provide consumers with the highest-quality organic and natural products while supporting and promoting social and environmental responsibility. For more information, visit Frontier's website at .