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Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard Announces Winners of 2007 Sales Excellence Awards

Tewksbury, Massachusetts (January 3, 2008) - Old Mother Hubbard®, maker of the Wellness® brand, and a leading national provider of natural pet foods, supplements and treats, announced the recipients of its 2007 Sales Excellence Awards on December 4th. Russ Watson received the company's President's Award, David Uhrich was presented with the Territory Manager of the Year Award, Mike Kosa received the Sales Management Leadership Award, Chanda Leary-Coutu earned the SOS (Supporting Our Sales Team) Award, and the Mid-Atlantic Team was named District Team of the Year.

The "President's Award" recognizes the high personal and professional standards of one who passionately raises the bar each day in exemplifying the mission and culture of Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard. In receiving the President's Award, Russ Watson of Fayetteville, North Carolina, was recognized for his leadership, enthusiasm and thoughtful approach in working with retailers and consumers to advance the Wellness brand. His ability to train others and constant desire to learn about the market sets him apart as a leader.

David Uhrich of Vancouver, Washington, received the "Territory Manager of the Year Award," and was acknowledged for his commitment to pets and retailers. He has developed sustained relationships and partnerships with retailers, distributors and peers and is known for consistently "going above and beyond".

Mike Kosa of Canyon Lake, Texas, received the "Sales Management Leadership of the Year Award" as a result of his constant dedication to consumers and commitment to advancing and sharing his knowledge about natural pet nutrition. Mike and his team were involved in hundreds of consumer and retailer special events in 2007, which resulted in thousands of pet owners learning about the benefits of Wellness. In addition, Mike is highly regarded by his colleagues because of his keen abilty to develop the talents and goals within his team.

The first "SOS (Supporting Our Sales Team) Award" was presented to Marketing Communications Manager Chanda Leary-Coutu of Hudson, New Hampshire. In presenting this award to Chanda, the Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard sales team recognized her creativity, excellent communication skills and enthusiastic support of their advertising, promotional and retailer campaigns conducted in the field.

The Mid-Atlantic Team received the inaugural "District Team of the Year Award". This new award was created to recognize the team that achieved the largest increase percentage or dollar volume growth over the course of the year. The members of the Mid-Atlantic Team - Regional Sales Manager Alise Ehrenberg of Allentown, Pennsylvania, Distributor Business Manager Russ Watson of Fayetteville, North Carolina and Territory Managers Michael Corrie of South Setauket, New York, Christian Hoehn of Chester, New York, Dave Ruffett of Middle Village, New York, Kim Stevenson-Bruce of Baltimore, Maryland, Karen Surenko of Allentown, Pennsylvania,, and Bill Wilson of Williamstown, New Jersey - were also acknowledged for the many creative grassroots marketing programs they led, the leadership they demonstrated and most of all, their teamwork.

"All of our award winners truly exemplify "The Wellness Way", passionately raising the bar in everything they do through their consistent leadership and teamwork," said Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard CEO Deborah Ellinger. "Everyone recognized demonstrates each day their commitments to healthy pets, to educating our customers about the power of natural nutrition and supporting our retail partners."

The award selection process included nominations by area sales managers, as well as an evaluation of both quantitative and qualitative achievements within the company, conducted by the selection committee.

About Wellness/Old Mother Hubbard - Unconditional Love. Uncompromising Nutrition.

At Wellness, we do whatever it takes to create the healthiest foods for the pets that depend on us. Food feeds their souls, sustains their lives and protects their bodies. Our diverse team of animal lovers, nutritionists and vets has only one mission: To help provide pets a healthy, happy, long life through the power of natural nutrition.

We never compromise-selecting nature's finest ingredients and combining them in exact proportions to help support pet health and wellbeing. All Wellness and Old Mother Hubbard food and treat varieties feature recipes using natural human-grade ingredients without the use of meat by-products, fillers, potential allergens, or artificial colors, flavors or preservatives. And as a pioneer in holistic nutrition, we work passionately to raise the bar; constantly seeking new ways to help pets thrive, to educate people about the importance of a healthy lifestyle, and to support animal wellness programs.

Wellness is proud to be a part of the Old Mother Hubbard pet food family, which celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2006. Wellness is sold through pet stores and natural food stores throughout North America and is now available internationally. For more information, please visit