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Ralston Purina Announces Press Teleconference Alert
  There will be a press teleconference to discuss the combination of
  Nestle S.A. and Ralston Purina Company

  Tuesday, January 16, 2001
  11:00 AM EST (10:00 AM CST)

  Callers within the United States can participate in the teleconference
  by dialing:  (800) 260-9839

  International callers can dial: (212) 231-6025

  Due to the expected number of callers, please call at least
  15 minutes before the conference is to begin and ask to be
  connected to the Nestle-Ralston Purina conference.

  A simultaneous audio webcast of the teleconference will be available at .

  (Real Network's RealPlayer or Microsoft Windows Media Player is required
  to access the webcast.  They can be downloaded from or .)

CONTACT: If you have any questions, please call Christine Lam of Joele Frank, Wilkinson Brimmer Katcher at 212-355-4449 ext. 133.

PRNewswire -- Jan 16

SOURCE: Ralston Purina Company