Monday, 6 August 2001

International Delight® Offers Tips for Making Back-to-School Mornings Better

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Monday, 6 August 2001

DALLAS, Aug. 6 /PRNewswire/ — With back-to-school days just around the
corner, parents all across the nation will soon be holding down a multitude of
jobs, all before 9 a.m. — the human alarm clock, the creative lunch chef, the
outfit/fashion coordinator, the brush-your-teeth master and the punctual
school taxi driver.

It’s a magical power that Moms (and Mr. Moms) have to start everyone’s day
off right, and Morningstar Foods Inc., makers of International Delight®,
found that Sandra Lovern, mother of two, from Lake Placid, Florida seems to
have an extra special secret to accomplish this.

“I put my kids clothes in the dryer,” said Sandra Lovern, winner of the
International Delight® “Moms Make Mornings Better” essay contest. “Bundling
sleepy heads into toasty warm clothes always makes them smile. No matter what
it took, I always made sure my family went out the door happy.”

From great hugs and kisses to pulling tiny toes to wake up the little
ones, the International Delight® contest generated a list of great ideas to
“Make Mornings Better.” Try one or more of these tips to make your mornings
run a little smoother and start your family’s day with happy thoughts.

The night before:

  • Select outfits with the help of the children — locate shoes and

    matching socks

  • Pack up sports equipment, homework papers, projects and backpacks

  • Pack lunches and put names on the sacks; involve the children in
    menu planning; tuck in a treat or note of encouragement

  • Decide what’s for breakfast and prepare anything you can (such as
    pancake batter) in advance

  • Follow a bedtime routine so everyone gets enough sleep

The morning:

  • Get children up at the same time every school day

  • Have a routine time and special way for waking up each child (How
    about tugging on toes? Or a humming a favorite song?)

  • Serve a nourishing breakfast

  • On cold days, put clothes in the dryer to warm them up

  • Take grumpiness in stride; keep a sense of humor

  • Smile!

  • — Send kids off with a hug — it’s a confidence builder and a bit of
    security for the uncertain times during the day
    — Give words of encouragement — they not only “Make Mornings Better,”
    but make the whole day better.

  • And finally … start your day with a cup of coffee with
    International Delight® non-dairy creamer (the smell is reassuring
    to children and it really makes coffee special for you)

“We received a wonderful variety of great ideas to begin the day,” said
Toby Purdy, senior vice president of marketing for Morningstar Foods Inc.

“There are so many unique ways that moms send everyone off with a smile.
Many of the essays were from adults reminiscing about how their moms used to
wake them up, which illustrates how special that time of the day is to
children — although it doesn’t always seem that way.”

For her suggestions, Lovern is being honored as the “morning hero” with a
year’s supply of International Delight® and a full day of pampering at
Chateau Elan Spa in Sebring, Florida.

“I am thrilled to have been selected as winner of the International
Delight® contest,” said Lovern. “I try to make sure everyone leaves the
house with the most positive attitude and the least amount of chaos. It is so
important to have a good beginning — the rest of the day will be hard
enough.”

Lovern likes to “Make Mornings Better” for her entire family, which
includes husband Ralph, and children Jeff, 27 and Trisha, 21.

International Delight® is available in both 16-ounce and 32-ounce
refrigerated sizes and in 24-count Creamer Singles, which are non-refrigerated
and available at grocery stores across the United States. Creamer Singles
with stay-fresh packaging provide just enough creamer for a cup of coffee
anywhere, anytime. Visit International Delight on the web at
www.internationaldelight.com .

About Morningstar Foods Inc.

Morningstar Foods Inc., is a subsidiary of Suiza Foods Corporation
(NYSE: SZA). Suiza Foods, based in Dallas, is the nation’s leading dairy
processor and distributor, producing a full line of value-added branded and
customer-branded products. Its principal holdings are in fluid dairy
processing and refrigerated, shelf-stable and frozen dairy products. Please
visit our web site at www.morningstarfoods.com .

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SOURCE Morningstar Foods Inc. and Suiza Foods Corporation

CONTACT: Jerrod Resweber, +1-972-830-2427, or jresweber@bsmg.com, for
Morningstar Foods Inc. and Suiza Foods Corporation/

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