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  Ecolab Closes on Purchase of Latin America Food & Beverage Business

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- January 2, 2013

Ecolab Inc. announced it has closed on its previously announced purchase of
Quimiproductos S.A. de C.V., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fomento Económico
Mexicano, S.A.B. de C.V. (“FEMSA”) (NYSE: FMX), a Mexico-based multi-national
company. With estimated 2012 revenue of $43.4 million, Quimiproductos is a
leading manufacturer and provider of cleaning and sanitizing and water
treatment products and services to beverage and brewery customers in Mexico;
it also operates in several Central and South American countries. No further
details were disclosed.

With 2011 pro forma sales of $11 billion and more than 40,000 employees,
Ecolab Inc. (NYSE: ECL) is the global leader in water, hygiene and energy
technologies and services that provide and protect clean water, safe food,
abundant energy and healthy environments. Ecolab delivers comprehensive
programs and services tothe food, energy, healthcare, industrial and
hospitality markets in more than 160 countries. More Ecolab news and
information is available at



Ecolab Inc.
Michael J. Monahan, 651-293-2809
Lisa L. Curran, 651-293-2185
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