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Archer Daniels Midland Company Selects Hazleton, Pennsylvania As Site For New Cocoa Plant

04/19/2006

CHICAGO--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced it has selected Hazleton, Pennsylvania as the site for its new U.S. cocoa processing facility.

“We are pleased to announce Hazleton as our location of choice for this state-of-the-art facility,” stated Mark Bemis, President-ADM Cocoa. “This plant illustrates ADM’s commitment to meeting its customers’ growing need for high-quality cocoa ingredients and will strengthen ADM’s worldwide leadership position in the cocoa industry.”

Construction, pending final permitting approvals, is set to begin this fall, with the facility expected to be operational in mid-2007.

ADM is a global leader in cocoa processing with plants in North and South America, Europe, Asia and Africa. ADM previously announced plans to build a new cocoa processing facility located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States.

About ADM

Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) is a world leader in agricultural processing and fermentation technology. ADM is one of the world’s largest processors of soybeans, corn, wheat and cocoa. ADM is also a leader in the production of soybean oil and meal, ethanol, corn sweeteners and flour. In addition, ADM produces value-added food and feed ingredients. Headquartered in Decatur, Illinois, ADM has over 25,000 employees, more than 250 processing plants and net sales for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2005 of $35.9 billion. Additional information can be found on ADM's Web site at www.adm.com.

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