Heineken N.V., the leading international brewer, today announced that within the framework of the sale of the brewing division of Whitbread, Heineken's license partner in the UK, it has been agreed that Whitbread will comply with the current license agreement with Heineken.

To this end Whitbread will retain the production, marketing and sales people and the necessary production capacity.

Whitbread, Interbrew and Heineken have discussed the sale in advance of today's announcement and will continue to cooperate in the best interests of the customers and brands.

Heineken will continue to review its different options in the UK market.

About Heineken:

Heineken N.V. is the world's leading international brewing group with production in more than 110 breweries in over 50 countries. The Heineken brand is sold in more than 170 countries. With 45 million hectolitres of beer sold in Europe (1999), Heineken is the largest European brewer. Heineken and Amstel are respectively the best and second best selling beer brand in Europe. The total Group Volume amounted in 1999 to 90.9 million hectolitres, ensuring the Group's second place in the world ranking. In 1999 the net turnover amounted to EUR 7.1 billion with a net profit of EUR 516 million. The Heineken group employed in 1999 36,733 persons.

Heineken N.V. and Heineken Holding N.V. shares are listed on the Amsterdam stock exchange. Prices for the ordinary shares may be accessed on Bloomberg under the symbols HEIN NA and HEHN NA, on the Reuter Equities 2000 Service under HEIN.AS and HEHN.AS and on Quotron under HEINN.EU and HKAN.EU. Additional information is available on Heineken's home page: www.heinekencorp.nl.


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