AGRILINK FOODS, INC.
KEY EXECUTIVE SEVERANCE PLAN - A
1. Preamble and Statement of Purpose. The purpose of this Plan is to assure Agrilink Foods, Inc. ("Agrilink") that
it will have the continued dedication and availability of the services of, and the objective advice and counsel from,
key executives of Agrilink notwithstanding the probability, threat or occurrence of a change of control of Agrilink.
In the event there is a probable change of control of Agrilink, the Board of Directors of Agrilink Foods, Inc. (the
"Board") believes it is imperative that Agrilink and the Board be able to rely upon key executives to continue in
their positions without concern that those individuals might be distracted by the personal uncertainties and risks
created by the possibility of a change of control. Should there be a proposed change of control of Agrilink, such
key executives may be called upon, in addition to their regular duties, to assist in the assessment of proposals,
advise the Board as to whether such proposals would be in the best interest of Agrilink and its owners, and to
take such other actions as the Board might determine to be appropriate.
2. Eligible Employees. Participants under this Plan shall consist of those key executives of Agrilink and its
Subsidiaries (as hereinafter defined) who are from time to time designated as key executives to be included within
this Plan by the Board. The Board shall designate key executives as Participants, and the key executives, under
circumstances described in this Plan, shall be entitled to severance under this Plan in lieu of any and all other
severance benefits as described in Section 8 herein. The Board's initial designation of key executives as a
Participant is set forth in Exhibit A.
An executive who the Board determines has ceased to be a key executive for purposes of the Plan shall cease to
be a Participant in the Plan when notified by the Board of such determination;
except that no such determination that an executive has cea