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Manufacturing Agreement - Kruger GmbH & Co. KG and Merisant Co.

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is made and entered into as of the 29th day of November, 2000, by and between
Kruger GmbH & Co. KG, represented herein by Kruger France, a wholly owned
subsidiary of Kruger GmbH & Co., Kruger France having its headquarters at 45
Avenue Andre ROUSSIN, 13016 Marseille, represented by Mr. Siari Marc ("KRUGER"),
and Merisant Company, having offices located at 800 North Lindbergh Boulevard,
St. Louis, Missouri 63167, USA, represented by Carl W. Warschausky ("MERISANT").

          WHEREAS, KRUGER is in the business of manufacturing sweetener tablets
and packing such tablets in dispensers, owns and Operates a manufacturing
facility in Bergisch Gladbach (the "Bergisch Plant") and Stendal (the "Stendal
Plant"), Germany (the Bergisch Plant and the Stendal Plant are hereinafter
sometimes referred to individually as a "Plant" and collectively as the
"Plants") to conduct such business, and has expertise and experience in such
production; and

          WHEREAS, MERISANT manufactures and sells its brands of sweetener
tablets, including, but not limited to, sweetener tablets marketed under the
Canderel(TM) brand ("Product"); and

          WHEREAS, pursuant to a Manufacturing Agreement dated as of December
28, 1999 between MERISANT US, INC. and KRUGER, KRUGER (the "Prior Agreement") is
already manufacturing product for MERISANT; and

          WHEREAS, KRUGER and MERISANT desire to amend and restate the Prior
Agreement, all on the terms and conditions set forth herein, it being understood
that this Agreement is an amendment and restatement of the Prior Agreement,
which shall remain in full force and effect, as amended and restated hereby.

          NOW, THEREFORE, in consideration of the promises and the mutual
covenants and agreements hereinafter set forth, the parties agree as follows:


1.1  DEFINITIONS. Wherever used in this Agreement, unless specifically provided
otherwise, the following terms shall have the meaning set forth below:

     (a)  "EFFECTIVE DATE" means June 1, 2001.

     (b)  "PRODUCT" means the Merisant brands of high intensity sweetener in
tablet and bulk powder form, manufactured by KRUGER in accordance with the
Specifications, and packaged into dispensers and glass jars, respectively,
having the SKU's listed in Exhibit 1 .l(b), which may be amended from time to
time by MERISANT. The parties acknowledge and agree that the term "Product"
shall not include the bulk form of "Glucidex 17 FDS" until after the effective
date of


the termination of that certain Agreement between Roquette Freres, S.A.
and MERISANT (the assignee of Monsanto France, S.A.). MERISANT shall notify
KRUGER of the date it anticipates adding such product to Exhibit 1 .l(b).

     (c)  "Product Manual" means the compilation of formulations. Specifications
and procedures (including but not limited to recall procedures), quality
controls, packaging and handling for the Product, developed by MERISANT as set
forth in the attached Exhibit l.l(c), which may be amended from time to time by

     (d)  "Production Schedule" means a document, whether executed or not,
identifying a schedule (against the Purchase Order) for the production of
Product by KRUGER.

     (e)  "Purchase Order" means a document, whether executed or not, in the
form of Exhibit 1.1(e), identified as a Purchase Order for Product.

     (f)  "Raw Materials" means those ingredients, intermediates and packaging
materials which are listed in Exhibits 1.1 (f) and are necessary for the
production or packaging of Product in compliance with Specifications and the
terms of this Agreement.

     (g)  "Specifications" means the procedures, requirements, standards and
other matters set forth in the Product Manual (including any amendments made by
MERISANT from time to time thereto) regarding the manufacture of Product.

     (h)  "Term" means the duration of this Agreement, such duration to commence
on the Effective Date and to end on the day this Agreement terminates according
to Article 8 or expires according to Article 7.


     (a)  This Agreement which shall become effective on the Effective Date
amends and restates in its entirety the Prior Agreement and, upon the Effective
Date, the terms and provisions of the Prior Agreement shall, subject to SECTIONS
1.2(b), be superseded hereby. Until the Effective Date, however, the Prior
Agreement shall remain in place.

     (b)  Notwithstanding the amendment and restatement of the Prior Agreement
by this Agreement, each party shall continue to be liable to the other party
with respect to all indebtedness, liabilities and obligations owing to the other
party under the Prior Agreement which remain outstanding as of the date hereof,
including (without limitation) the obligation on the part of MERISANT under
Section 4.3 of the Prior Agreement to purchase at least the Minimum Quantity (as
that term is defined in the Prior Agreement), subject to the conditions set
forth in the Prior Agreement, and the maximum allowable loss factor permuted
under Section 2.7 of the Prior Agreement. This Agreement is given in partial
substitution for the Prior Agreement, and is in no way intended to constitute a
novation of the Prior Agreement.

     (c)  Upon the Effective Date, each reference to the Prior Agreement in any
other document, instrument or agreement executed and/or delivered in connection
therewith shall mean and be a reference to this Agreement.



2.1  KRUGER'S SERVICES. During the Term of this Agreement, KRUGER shall perform
the following services (the "Services"): (I) order, schedule, receive and
inspect Raw Materials; (II) manufacture, fill, seal, code, package, palletize,
store, handle and ship to MERISANT or its customer(s) or designee(s) Product in
accordance with the monthly firm commitment provided by MERISANT under Section
2.2 hereof, Production Schedule in conformity with the Specifications, the
Product Manual, and all warranties hereunder; (III) schedule manufacturing time;
(IV) follow all quality and inventory control (Raw Materials and Product)
instructions of MERISANT; (V) consult with MERISANT on the manufacture of
Product hereunder; and (VI) provide any and all other services necessary to
fulfill its manufacturing responsibilities required hereunder. Services with
respect to Product in the form of tablets shall be performed at the Bergisch
Plant, and Services with respect to Product in the form of bulk powder shall be
performed at the Stendal Plant.

2.2  DEMAND FORECASTING SYSTEM. The parties acknowledge and agree that MERISANT
is moving to KRUGER production of Product which is currently being produced for
MERISANT in Morpeth, England (the "Morpeth Production") and Evreux, France (the
"Evreux Production") and that the parties intend to transition the Morpeth
Production to KRUGER on or about the Effective Date and the Evreux Production to
KRUGER on or before the first anniversary of the Effective Date. The parties
will cooperate in good faith to insure, to the best of their respective
abilities, a timely and efficient transition. Based upon the assumed transition
plan set forth in the first sentence of this Section 2.2, MERISANT has supplied
KRUGER a non-binding forecast of its demand of the Product over the initial Term
of this Agreement (the "Non-Binding Estimate"), a copy of which is attached
hereto as Exhibit 2.2. In addition, during the term of this Agreement, MERISANT
will supply KRUGER with country-specific non-binding forecasts of its demand of
the Product on an annual basis, together with a blanket Purchase Order covering
such estimated demand. Such forecasts and Purchase Order shall be advisory only
for planning purposes. On a monthly basis, MERISANT shall confirm with KRUGER
and make a firm commitment for the volume of Product to be purchased during the
next month, and KRUGER shall manufacture and supply such Product to MERISANT in
compliance with MERISANT's requirements. Representatives of the parties shall
meet as appropriate to discuss the forecasts and any changes thereto. The
parties acknowledge and agree that KRUGER is in the process of developing of a
spoonful Product that meets MERISANT's Specifications and requirements and the
Non-Binding Estimate includes such spoonful Product. In the event that KRUGER is
not able to supply to MERISANT a spoonful Product that meets MERISANT's
Specifications and requirements (as determined by MERISANT), then, the
Non-Binding Estimate shall be reduced by the amount estimated for such spoonful
Product. Anything to the contrary contained herein notwithstanding, subject to
Article 14 hereof, MERISANT shall purchase from KRUGER during the Term at least
75% of the volume of Product set forth in the Non-Binding Estimate; provided,
however, that (i) if Kruger is not able to supply to MERISANT a spoonful Product
that meets MERISANT's Specifications and requirements (as determined by
MERISANT) and the Non-Binding Estimate is reduced by the amount estimated for
such spoonful Product, MERISANT shall purchase from KRUGER during the Term at
least 90% of the volume of Product (excluding the spoonful Product) set forth in
the Non-Binding Estimate and at least 200 metric tons of the spoonful Product
and (ii) if this Agreement is terminated pursuant to Sections 8.2 or 14.1, such
minimum purchase obligation shall be rendered null and void and of no further
force or effect.


2.3  INSPECTIONS. MERISANT shall have the right to inspect the Plants and
warehouses at any reasonable time to verify that the Plants and warehouses are
being operated in accordance with (a) current good manufacturing practices
("CGMP's") in accordance with FDA Guideline CFR 21 part 110 CGMP, a copy of
which will be supplied to KRUGER (b) all applicable laws, rules and regulations
and (c) any other requirements of this Agreement. MERISANT shall have the rights
to take samples of the Raw Material and Product for inspection. Subject to
Article 8, in the event MERISANT discovers that KRUGER is not complying with
this Agreement, MERISANT may direct that KRUGER immediately cease operation of
Product production, and direct that KRUGER immediately remedy such
non-conformity. Notwithstanding the foregoing, MERISANTs inspections and
observations shall not relieve KRUGER of its obligations or excuse it from any
performance required hereunder.

2.4  PRODUCTION RECORDS. KRUGER shall prepare and keep, in a form satisfactory
to MERISANT, records (which are standard within the industry) relating to the
receipt, storage and use of Product and Raw Materials, inventory of Product and
Raw Materials, and packaging of Product, batch control records, quality control
records, the shipment of Product, and rejected Product. KRUGER shall prepare,
maintain and, as applicable, forward to MERISANT complete production
manufacturing code accountability records, including Product shipments to
MERISANT or MERISANT's customers. MERISANT shall have the right upon 24 hours
advance notice during KRUGER's regular business hours to examine such records.
KRUGER shall not destroy or otherwise remove such records from its premises
until one (1) year after termination of this Agreement without the prior written
consent of MERISANT. After such one (1) year period, KRUGER shall notify
MERISANT that it wishes to dispose of such records. Upon the request of
MERISANT, KRUGER shall send such records to MERISANT's Quality Assurance
Department or as otherwise directed by MERISANT.


     (a)  MERISANT shall supply, or cause to be supplied, to KRUGER, but shall
retain title to, certain manufacturing equipment used in converting Raw
Materials into Product, as listed on Exhibit 2.5 (the "Merisant Equipment").
Additional manufacturing equipment deemed necessary or desirable by MERISANT and
to be supplied by MERISANT shall be identified jointly by the parties after the
date hereof and shall be added to Exhibit 2.5 from time to time. MERISANT
represents and warrants that, as of the date of its supply to KRUGER, the
Merisant Equipment is in reasonable working order. KRUGER shall install the
Merisant Equipment as designated in Exhibit 2.5 separated from other areas of
each Plant by walls. Further, each item of MERISANT Equipment supplied by
MERISANT shall be tagged or labeled with appropriate markings to identify it as
being the property of MERISANT. The engineering, disassembly, crating, shipment
and installation of the MERISANT Equipment shall either be performed by KRUGER
on the basis of a separate agreement to be entered into between the parties, or,
at MERISANT's sole option, by a third party. KRUGER and MERISANT shall share
equally in the cost of installing any such walls or renovating any building(s)
necessary to house the MERISANT Equipment so long as such work and costs are
approved in advance by MERISANT; provided, however, that in no event shall
MERISANT be responsible for payments in excess of 220,000 Euros related to such
installation and/or renovation. KRUGER shall be responsible for and shall
perform all preventative and corrective maintenance of the MERISANT Equipment to
keep it in reasonable working order in compliance with specific instruction
manuals, if any, or otherwise in compliance with regular


industry standards.KRUGER shall bear the cost of all preventative and corrective
maintenance. All maintenance other than routine preventative and corrective
maintenance shall be performed by KRUGER only in consultation with MERISANT. In
connection with the performance of any such non-routine maintenance by KRUGER,
MERISANT agrees to reimburse KRUGER for the cost of any individual replacement
part or component which exceeds 1,000 Euros. KRUGER shall provide, and bear the
cost of, adequate and customary insurance for the MERISANT Equipment, but in no
event less than replacement cost therefor.

     (b)  KRUGER shall have title to each Plant and to all equipment (other than
the MERISANT Equipment) used in packaging Product hereunder, and shall pay all
real estate and personal property taxes, assessments, levies, fees, water and
sewer charges and all other governmental charges attributable to the use,
possession or occupancy of each Plant levied with respect to such Plant or any
equipment (other than the MERISANT Equipment) located therein during the Term.
All equipment (other than the MERISANT Equipment) necessary for the safe and
efficient operation of each Plant, and the responsibilities related thereto,
shall be provided and maintained by KRUGER. KRUGER shall be responsible for all
safety matters related to each Plant and its operation, and shall have a safety
program instituted.

     (c)  All equipment (including the MERISANT Equipment) used by KRUGER to
manufacture Product will be used only for the production of Product. KRUGER will
manufacture Product in a separate area of each Plant that is separated by walls
from other areas of such Plant. Access to the separate area will be restricted
to employees of KRUGER, to MERISANT as provided in Section 2.3 above, to any
representatives of governmental authorities who arc required to he provided
access under applicable law, rule or regulation, and to third parties upon the
express advance approval of MERISANT. Any change in the location of the
production facilities for the Product shall require the approval of MERISANT.

2.6  PERMITS, LICENSES, ETC. KRUGER represents and warrants that it has obtained
and will maintain in effect through the Term, at its sole cost and expense, all
necessary licenses, permits, certifications and approvals legally required by
relevant governmental authorities to operate the Plant and provide the Services
as required hereunder. KRUGER further represents that it will comply with any
and all applicable laws, rules, and regulations applicable to providing the
Services hereunder, and operating and maintaining the Plants.

Specifically, but not to limit the above, KRUGER represents and warrants that it
will comply with all regulations and laws related to environmental safety and
responsibility in the manufacture of Product.

2.7  DELIVERY. All production runs and delivery shall be pursuant to the
Production Schedule issued against the Purchase Order. Product will be stored
and shipped in accordance with the standards and procedures set forth in the
Product Manuals. Delivery shall occur when Product reaches the location
designated by MERISANT. Risk of Loss shall pass from KRUGER to MERISANT upon
such delivery. KRUGER shall be responsible for freight scheduling and forwarding
and shall maintain sufficient insurance that will adequately protect it against
the risk of loss of Product during transport. KRUGER shall prepare all
export/import documentation and shall use the MERISANT name on all shipping

2.8  RAW MATERIALS. KRUGER shall obtain, at its own cost, all Raw Materials
listed in


Exhibit l.l(f). KRUGER shall order and maintain an inventory of all of
the Raw Materials in such quantities as to ensure efficient production of the
Product. MERISANT shall have the right to designate vendors for the supply of
Raw Materials and KRUGER shall purchase its requirement for such Raw Materials
from such vendors.

2.9  QUALITY OF RAW MATERIALS. KRUGER shall assure that all Raw Materials
supplied by KRUGER shall meet the standards and Specifications set out in the
Product Manuals, and shall conform with all applicable laws or regulations.
KRUGER shall examine all Raw Materials when received and shall reject any Raw
Materials which do not meet the standards and Specifications in the Product
Manuals or conform with the applicable laws or regulations. KRUGER acknowledges
that, in addition to any other non-conformance with the terms of this Agreement
as set forth in Section 3.4, MERISANT or its customer(s) or designee(s) may
reject Product made with or containing non-conforming Raw Materials. No changes
in Specifications for Raw Materials or vendors of Raw Materials to be supplied
by KRUGER shall be made without the prior written approval of MERISANT 's
authorized representative. Any changes made without such prior written approval
may result in Product being rejected. KRUGER shall, upon MERISANT 's request,
provide MERISANT with representative samples of all Raw Materials to be supplied
by KRUGER upon receipt thereof by KRUGER from its vendors.

2.10 STORAGE AND HANDLING OF INVENTORY. The storage and handling of all Raw
Materials, work in process and Product by KRUGER shall meet the standards set
out in the Product Manual, and in the absence of a standard in any respect, will
meet applicable recognized standards, including CGMP's, for warehousing and food
plant sanitation.

2.11 MANUFACTURING CODE.  KRUGER shall print a specific production manufacturing
code, as supplied by MERISANT, and the batch number specified by KRUGER, on each
Product and case in the manner specified in the Product Manual.

2.12 ADDITIONAL SERVICES. If MERISANT so requests, KRUGER shall perform, at
cost, graphic and package size changes, marketing promotions, line trials and
engineering development work. Costs for such services shall be based solely on
external items required by KRUGER, shall be invoiced separate from the fees
invoiced pursuant to Article 6, and shall be invoiced to the MERISANT entity
designated by MER1SANT on a case by case basis. In addition, KRUGER agrees to
make available to MERISANT at the Bergisch Plant appropriate personnel to meet
with MERISANT personnel no more than once per calendar quarter to discuss the
time line and status of each project.


3.1  PRODUCT WARRANTIES. KRUGER warrants that all production, packaging, storage
and handling of Product and the Raw Materials shall be in conformity with
Specifications, standards and procedures set out in the Product Manual, CGMP's,
and with all applicable laws, rules and regulations, and in the absence of a
standard in any respect, will meet applicable recognized standards for
warehousing and food plant sanitation, including CGMP's, prevailing in the
industry. KRUGER further warrants that it will provide the Services in a good
and workmanlike manner.

3.2  PROCESS CHANGES. KRUGER shall implement any changes made by MERISANT from
time to


time to the Product Manual. In the event any process change reduces the
cost of production hereunder, including, but not limited to, savings on labor,
Raw Material and storage costs, KRUGER shall pass such savings through to
MERISANT by reducing the fees. Notwithstanding anything else to the contrary
contained herein, KRUGER shall not make any process change without the prior,
written consent of MERISANT.

3.3  TESTING. KRUGER shall perform testing of Product samples and finished
Product to determine compliance with Product standards and Specifications in
accordance with testing methods, procedures and standards as set forth in the
Product Manual, and, upon request, shall furnish the results of such tests to
MERISANT when requested.

3.4  REMEDY FOR NONCONFORMING PRODUCT. KRUGER agrees that any Product produced
and delivered by it which fails to meet the Product standards or Specifications
set out in the Product Manual, or otherwise fails to comply with the terms and
conditions of this Agreement, may be rejected by MERISANT or its customer(s) or
designee(s). MERISANT 's right of rejection of non-conforming Product includes,
but is not limited to the following:

     (a)  MERISANT may reject and refuse to pay for Product which has been
produced and packaged during a particular production run if samples from that
production run do not conform to the Specifications, formulas and standards set
forth in the Product Manual or are otherwise not in compliance with the terms
and conditions of this Agreement.

     (b)  Packaged Product which (I) has been damaged during storage or
handling; (II) does not fully comply with the Specifications and standards set
forth or referenced herein; (III) is not in compliance with the other terms and
condition of this Agreement; or (IV) is otherwise not salable in the ordinary
course of business, may be rejected by MERISANT or its customer(s) or
designee(s), as provided above, and MERISANT shall not be obligated to pay
KRUGER for any Product so rejected;

     (c)  Any work-in-process or Product which is determined by KRUGER or
MERISANT to be unfit for human consumption shall be disposed of by KRUGER at
KRUGER's cost and expense, in a manner which shall absolutely preclude re-use
for human consumption.

     KRUGER shall be responsible for, at its cost and expense, picking-up and
returning to the applicable Plant nonconforming Product which is later rejected
by MERISANT or its customer(s) or designee(s) after receipt of shipment. If
MERISANT has previously paid KRUGER for Product which is later rejected by
MERISANT, as provided above, MERISANT shall be entitled to invoice KRUGER for or
offset against outstanding or future invoices of KRUGER the cost of such
rejected or nonconforming Product and any freight, handling or other costs or
expenses which may have been paid or incurred by MERISANT. KRUGER shall dispose
of all rightfully rejected Product only with the written consent of MERISANT (or
if such consent is oral, then confirmed in writing) and within one month of
notification. KRUGER shall offer MERISANT the option to witness, and shall
provide MERISANT with documentation of, any destruction of bulk Product,
work-in-process or Product pursuant to this Section 3.4.

3.5  REPORTS/AUDITS. KRUGER shall make available to MERISANT the result of all
relevant governmental inspection reports and sanitation audits relating to or
affecting the Plant, or relating to or affecting equipment, Raw Materials,
work-in-process, and Product located therein,


including but not limited to environmental reports or audits and microbiological
monitoring, from thirty (30) days before to thirty (30) days after the Term.
KRUGER shall promptly communicate to MERISANT any Product on "hold" beyond
normal periods of time to reach a mutual agreement on disposition of same. In
addition, KRUGER will supply all applicable information in Exhibit 3.5 on a
monthly basis prior to the tenth (10th) day of the following month.

3.6  RETENTION OF SAMPLES/BATCH RECORDS. In addition to the Production Records
to be maintained pursuant to Section 2.4, KRUGER will retain for at least one
(1) year after the termination of this Agreement samples from each lot or batch
of Product manufactured or packaged hereunder in sufficient quantities to
perform each quality control test specified in the Specifications at least
twice. KRUGER shall store all samples retained under this section in accordance
with the Specifications. MERISANT may direct KRUGER to deliver the file samples
and batch records to a location designated by MERISANT. After such one (1) year
period, KRUGER will send such samples/batch records to MERISANT's Quality
Assurance department.

3.7  REWORK PRODUCT. Product manufactured by KRUGER which does not meet the
Specifications may be reworked at KRUGER's cost for certain defects upon written
instruction from MERISANT addressing rework procedures and controls.


4.1  FEES.

     (a)  MERISANT shall pay KRUGER for the Product, subject to invoicing
pursuant to Article 6, a per unit fee (the "Unit Fee"), which fee will include
payment for the manufacture and packaging of Product, including the cost of Raw
Materials. Exhibit 4.1 sets forth the per unit conversion cost for each Product.
On or before the Effective Date, the parties will agree on a per unit Raw
Material cost for each Product. The sum of the per unit conversion fee and the
per unit Raw Material cost shall be the Unit Fee for each respective Product.
The conversion Unit Fee(s) will he fixed for the Term of this Agreement.
Freight, duties and VAT taxes shall be invoiced separately by KRUGER and
MERISANT shall reimburse KRUGER for such costs. Anything to the contrary
contained herein or in any Exhibit notwithstanding, in the event MERISANT shares
in the costs of any installation of walls or renovation of building(s) as set
forth in Section 2.5(a), during the Term, MERISANT shall receive a reduction in
fees otherwise due hereunder equal to the amount paid by MERISANT pursuant to
Section 2.5(a).

     (b)  One year after Products are first delivered to MERISANT hereunder, and
every twelve months thereafter, the parties shall discuss adjustments to the Raw
Material and packaging component of the Unit Fees. If KRUGER's costs for any of
these categories for the tablet or bulk powder SKU's vary by more than +/- 3%,
cost adjustments will be made to the individual components in the category. The
adjustment will be made, provided KRUGER establishes written documentation
identifying the component cost changes.

4.2  PAYMENT.  Payment of any amounts due hereunder will be made in Euros.


5.1  KRUGER shall not provide MERISANT Services through an affiliate or any



6.1  ADDRESS. KRUGER shall invoice MERISANT on a monthly basis upon release of
Product ("release" is defined as Product accepted by (a) MERlSANT's Quality
Assurance Department, or (b) at MERISANT's option, KRUGER's Quality Assurance
Department utilizing Standards provided by MERISANT). Invoices are to be batched
and mailed to:

                          MERISANT COMPANY
                          800 North Lindbergh Boulevard (F2EG)
                          St. Louis, Missouri 63167

                          With copy to:
                          MERISANT US, INC.
                          Merchandise Mart, Suite 900
                          200 World Trade Center
                          Chicago, Illinois 60654
                          Attn.: Director of Finance for Manufacturing

     The terms of payment shall be net forty-five (45) days (except with respect
to Product in the form of tablets packaged in slim dispensers at the Bergisch
Plant for which payment shall be sixty (60) days from the date of receipt of
invoice. MERISANT shall have the right to offset and withhold from amounts due
and owing to KRUGER hereunder, any sums which are due and owing to MERISANT from
KRUGER under the terms of this Agreement.

6.2  COMPONENTS. The invoices shall contain, next to the finished goods price, a
breakdown showing costs of freight and duties, if any. KRUGER's invoices shall
include VAT which is to be paid and recovered by MERISANT. Invoicing and payment
will be in EUROS.


7.1  The initial term of this Agreement shall commence as of the Effective Date
and shall continue for a period of four years from the date on which the Evreux
Production is transferred to KRUGER. Thereafter, the Agreement shall extend
beyond such initial four-year term for successive two-year renewal terms unless
either party gives notice of its intent not to renew this Agreement at the end
of the then current term at least twelve months prior to the end of the then
current term.


8.1  SURVIVAL. The expiration or termination of this Agreement for any reason
shall not release either party from any liability which at the expiration or
termination has already accrued to the other party or which may accrue in
respect of any act or omission prior to such termination. The representations,
warranties and guarantees and obligations of the parties contained in this
Agreement, and the obligations of KRUGER under Articles 9 and 10, shall survive
the termination or cancellation of this Agreement.

8.2  TERMINATION "FOR CAUSE". Notwithstanding any provision of this Agreement to
the contrary, and in addition to those other rights set forth herein, either
party may, at any time during the Term, terminate this Agreement "For Cause" by
giving written notice to the


defaulting party. Termination shall be deemed effective immediately upon the
defaulting party's receipt of such notice, unless a later date is specified

8.3  "FOR CAUSE" DEFINED. For purposes hereof "For Cause" shall mean that a
party is in default hereunder because such party has (a) breached any material
covenant, obligation, representation or warranty hereunder or failed to meet its
material obligations hereunder and the party has not cured such default within
thirty (30) days after receipt of written notice; or (b) committed an act of
bankruptcy or filed a voluntary petition in bankruptcy, or was declared bankrupt
in a voluntary proceeding or filed a petition for reorganization or a petition
proposing a plan or arrangement under the Bankruptcy Act or any law having
similar purposes or placed its affairs in the hands of a receiver or entered
into an arrangement or composition for the benefit of creditors or ceased doing
business or been dissolved.

8.4  CESSATION OF PRODUCTION. Upon termination or expiration of this Agreement,
KRUGER shall immediately cease performing any and all Services hereunder, except
with respect to any unfilled, valid Schedule and any work-in-process which
MERISANT may request be completed.


     (a)  PURCHASE. Upon termination of this Agreement, KRUGER shall sell to
MERISANT and MERISANT shall purchase from KRUGER, provided that if this
Agreement is terminated by MERISANT pursuant to Section 8.2, MERISANT shall have
the right (but not the obligation) to purchase from KRUGER and to the extent
MERISANT exercises such right KRUGER shall be obligated to sell to MERISANT;

     (1)  at KRUGER's actual cost as shown in its records, such reasonable
          quantities of Raw Materials remaining in KRUGER's inventory which:

          (i)    were purchased for production of Product as provided hereunder;

          (ii)   are non-returnable and not usable by KRUGER for its own needs
                 or those of its other customers; and

                 PRODUCT MANUAL.

     (2)  at the fees set forth in Section 4.1, all finished Product then in
          KRUGER's possession which was ordered pursuant to any schedule and
          which meets the Specifications set out in the Product Manual.

     (b)  RETURN. Upon termination of this Agreement, KRUGER shall be
responsible for the deinstallation and transport to MERISANT, all MERISANT
Equipment supplied to KRUGER by MERISANT for production of Product, and MERISANT
shall reimburse KRUGER for the reasonable, out-of-pocket expenses it incurs in
so doing. All MERISANT Equipment shall be returned to MERISANT in good operating
condition, subject to normal wear and tear, without any liens, encumbrances or
other restrictions of any kind. In the event that the MERISANT Equipment is not


returned in such condition, KRUGER shall compensate MERISANT for the
refurbishment costs required to return such MERISANT Equipment to such
condition. Anything to the contrary contained herein notwithstanding in the
event this Agreement was terminated by KRUGER, or by MERISANT for reasons for
which KRUGER was responsible, KRUGER shall bear the costs of such deinstallation
and transport.

     (c)  Delivery of Inventory. Delivery of all inventory purchased by MERISANT
or returned to MERISANT shall be made within seven (7) days after termination.


9.1  KRUGER shall neither have nor derive as a result of the execution or
performance of this Agreement any right, title or interest in the trademarks or
other intellectual property rights which MERISANT shall designate for Product or
any other trademarks owned, licensed to or used by MERISANT. KRUGER shall not
adopt any trademark which is deceptively similar to or likely to cause confusion
with the trademarks for Product.


10.1 WORK PRODUCT. KRUGER understands and agrees that the formula,
Specifications and standards for manufacturing Product, including improvements
or modifications thereto by either party in the course of this Agreement and the
Product Manual, the packaging and the size, shape and weight of the tablets (but
excluding any of such information which fits the exceptions described in Section
10.3) (collectively, the "Work Product") constitute proprietary information of
MERISANT and are the sole and exclusive property of MERISANT. KRUGER agrees to
assign, transfer and set over to MERISANT all right, title and interest in all
Work Product developed in connection with this Agreement; specifically, but not
to limit the above, KRUGER agrees to assign to MERISANT the sole ownership of
all intellectual property rights to works created hereunder and will take all
steps necessary to protect such intellectual property rights for MERISANT.
KRUGER will also assign and require its personnel to assign all rights under
patentabie subject matter conceived or reduced to practice hereunder. KRUGER
agrees that nothing herein shall give it any interest in Product, formulas,
Specifications or other Work Product, or the goodwill of MERISANT or in any
label, design, advertisement, or promotional material used in connection

10.2 MERISANT CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION. Any and all information concerning
Product, including the Product Manuals, Product formulation, all Specifications,
and the production, distribution, marketing or sale of Product, and all Work
Product ("MERISANT Information"), disclosed to KRUGER, or to which KRUGER has
access, is confidential and proprietary information, and shall be maintained in
strict confidence by KRUGER and not disclosed to any third party. KRUGER agrees
that it (a) shall not use or disclose such information other than for the
production of Product for MERISANT; and (b) will restrict the disclosure of such
information within its own organization to those persons who are directly
concerned therewith and who have been informed of KRUGER's obligations
hereunder. Except as provided in Section 2.3, close observation, which includes
Product formulations, graphics or promotions, of packaging lines will not be
allowed by KRUGER nor will any visitor be permitted in the area.


10.3 EXCEPTIONS TO THE ABOVE RESTRICTIONS. These obligations shall not apply to
MERISANT Information which (a) was known to KRUGER prior to any disclosure by
MERISANT; or (b) is or shall become public information through no fault of
KRUGER; or (c) is received by KRUGER from a third party having no secrecy
obligation regarding MERISANT Information; or (d) was independently developed by
KRUGER, as evidenced by written records of KRUGER.

10.4 NON-DISCLOSURE OF AGREEMENT. KRUGER shall not, without the prior written
approval of MERISANT, disclose the existence of this Agreement or use MERISANTs
name for any purpose.


11.1 KRUGER'S OBLIGATION. If a recall of Product is necessitated due to either
public health concerns or material Product quality problems, KRUGER shall
reimburse MERISANT for all reasonable or other unavoidable costs and expenses
(including but not limited to cost of Product) associated with any such recall
which are attributable to any act or omission by KRUGER in providing the
Services or breach of this Agreement. KRUGER shall fully cooperate with MERISANT
in MERISANTs implementation of any recall of Product.

11.2 INSPECTION OF PRODUCT. After delivery of Product from KRUGER, MERISANT
and/or it's agents shall have the right to conduct quality assurance inspections
according to MERISANT's standard inspection procedures as provided in the
Product Manuals, including but not limited to tests for Product quantity and
quality, microbiological testing, and satisfactory appearance and taste.


12.1 Except as otherwise set forth below, neither party shall be liable to the
other for indirect, incidental or consequential damages, whether or not
foreseen, arising as a result of any breach of obligations under this Agreement.
Liability hereunder shall extend only to a direct, out-of-pocket costs and
expenses, and other actual damages incurred by the injured party. By way of
amplification and not by way of limitation, alleged loss of profits, damage to
business reputation, loss of good will, and similar damages are not recoverable
by one party from the other. If either party willfully fails to substantially
perform its material obligations hereunder with the intent of harming the
business of the other party, the above limitation on recovery of lost profits
shall not apply; provided that such default is not cured within thirty (30) days
after receipt of written notice. Furthermore, KRUGER agrees to indemnify, defend
and save harmless, MERISANT from and against any and all KRUGER environmental
liability associated with KRUGER and/or any suits, actions, claims, damages or
costs for KRUGER's noncompliance with local, state and federal statutes and
regulations and/or for any injuries or death to persons or damage to property
(real or personal) arising out of KRUGER's negligent performance, breach or
strict liability under this Agreement.


13.1 During the performance of this Agreement, KRUGER agrees to obtain and
maintain insurance in coverage and limits as set forth in Exhibit 13.1. KRUGER
shall secure from the company carrying the Worker's Compensation Insurance a
waiver of subrogation in favor of MERISANT, its employees and agents, and the
required certificate of insurance shall indicate such waiver of subrogation.
KRUGER shall make such arrangements as are necessary to insure that no
reduction, cancellation or


expiration of any policy of insurance providing the coverage's agreed to shall
become effective until thirty (30) days from the date written notice is actually
mailed to the person designated in this agreement as the recipient of notices to
MERISANT. KRUGER shall not begin the Services until all required insurance has
been obtained and certificates confirming such coverage have been furnished to
and approved by MERISANT. KRUGER's general liability insurance shall (i) be
provided on an "occurrence" form of policy, (ii) name MERISANT as an additional
insured, and (iii) included coverage for all of MERISANT's contractual liability
under paragraph 7 herein with limits not less than those set forth above.
Additionally, the required certificate of insurance shall indicate that such
general liability insurance coverage will be primary to any other valid and
collectible insurance.


14.1 FORCE MAJEURE. The consequences, direct or indirect, of fire, war, flood,
strikes, lockouts, or other labor disputes, governmental action or any other
causes beyond the reasonable control of the party charged with performance,
shall excuse performance to the extent that such performance has been prevented
by such occurrence. Strikes, lockouts or other labor disputes shall not be
considered within the reasonable control of either party unless a party is in
breach of applicable labor laws. In the event that either party shall be unable
to perform any of its obligations as undertaken, it shall promptly advise the
other party of its inability to perform. In the event such inability of one
party to perform shall continue for a period of sixty (60) days after notice,
the other party shall have the right to terminate this Agreement on ten (10)
days written notice to the disabled party.

14.2 KRUGER'S DECLARATION OF FORCE MAJEURE. In the event KRUGER declares a force
majeure, KRUGER agrees that it will use its best efforts to (a) allocate the
Plant capacity to give priority to its commitments hereunder; and (b) help
MERISANT locate alternative suppliers to provide Product and Packaged Product
during the period of force majeure.


15.1 Any notices or correspondence required to be delivered hereunder shall be
in writing and sent by certified or registered mail, postage prepaid, or by
facsimile transmission, and shall be addressed as follows:

If to KRUGER:          KRUGER GmbH & Co.
                       Bergisch Gladbach, Germany

                       800 North Lindbergh Boulevard (F2EG)
                       St. Louis, Missouri 63167
                       Attn.: General Counsel
                       Facsimile: 314-694-5926

                       With a copy to:

                       MERISANT US, INC.


                       Merchandise Mart
                       Suite 900
                       200 World Trade Center
                       Chicago, Illinois 60654
                       Attention: Vice President -- Manufacturing

     or to such other address as the parties may from time to time designate.
Such notices shall be deemed effective upon actual receipt thereof.


16.1 The parties hereto shall at all times be independent contractors, and
neither shall have the right to act as the agent of the other in any respect.
This Agreement shall in no way constitute or give rise to a partnership, agency
or joint venture between the parties. All personnel employed in connection with
the production of Product pursuant to this Agreement are to be employees,
whether permanent or temporary, of KRUGER, except personnel having concluded
written employment agreements with MERISANT.


17.1 The captions to this Agreement have been prepared and inserted for ease of
reference only and shall not be construed as limiting, defining or affecting the
substantive terms of this Agreement.


18.1 The failure of either party to exercise promptly any right granted
hereunder or to require strict performance of any obligation of such other party
hereunder, and any course of dealing, shall not be deemed to have waived such
right or have the right to demand subsequent performance of any and all such
obligations by the other party.


19.1 All remedies specified herein shall be cumulative in addition to all other
or further remedies provided in law or in equity.


20.1 KRUGER shall not be allowed to assign this Agreement, or any portion
thereof, except the right to receive payments, to any party for any reason
whatsoever without the prior written consent of MER1SANT. MERISANT shall have
the right to assign this Agreement to (i) any affiliate, (ii) in connection with
any business reorganization or combination or (iii) any entity acquiring all or
substantially all of the assets, stock or business of MERISANT, without
obtaining the consent of KRUGER.


21.1 The validity, interpretation and performance of this Agreement shall be
governed by the laws of Germany.



22.1 In the event of a dispute arising under this Agreement, a party may request
a meeting between designated senior officials of MERISANT and KRUGER in order to
resolve such dispute. In the case it is not settled amicably within two (2)
months from the date when a party shall have asked for the organization of such
meeting, the dispute shall be finally settled under the Rules of Arbitration of
the International Chamber of Commerce (the "ICC"). The Arbitration shall be held
in Paris. The arbitration proceedings shall be conducted, and the award shall be
rendered in the English language. However, documentary exhibits in the French
language shall be admissible without an English translation thereof. There shall
be three arbitrators of whom each Party shall select one in accordance with the
Rules. The two (2) arbitrators thus appointed shall select the third arbitrator
to act as Chair of the tribunal within thirty (30) days of the selection of the
second arbitrator. If any arbitrator is not appointed/has not been appointed
within the time limits specified herein or in the Rules, such appointment shall
be made by the ICC upon the written request of either party in accordance with
the Rules.


23.1 If any portion of this Agreement shall be deemed to be invalid or
unenforceable, the remainder shall be valid and enforceable to the maximum
extent permitted by law.


24.1 This Agreement, including the Exhibits attached hereto, embody the entire
agreement of the parties relating to the subject matter hereof. There are no
promises, terms, conditions or obligations other than those contained herein. No
modification of this Agreement or any of its terms shall be effective unless in
writing and executed by the duly authorized representatives of the parties
except that the Product Manual may be amended by MERISANT. All sales of Product
by KRUGER to MERISANT will be in accordance with the terms and conditions of
this Agreement. Any conflict between the terms and conditions in this instrument
and any MERISANT acknowledgments or order forms (including, but not limited to,
the Purchase Order and Production Schedule) if any, shall be controlled by this

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, the parties have executed this Amended and Restated
Manufacturing Agreement as of the day and year first above written.

 KRUGER GMBH & CO.                              MERISANT COMPANY

By:      /s/ Illegible                          By:      Carl Warschausky
       -----------------------------                   -------------------------
Title:   Managing Director                      Title:   Chief Financial Officer
       -----------------------------                   -------------------------


     The undersigned hereby consents to the foregoing Amendment and Restatement
of the Prior Agreement.

                                                MERISANT US, INC.

                                                By:      /s/ Illegible

                                                Title:   President