Darling International Inc. Concludes Review of Strategic Alternatives

Darling International Inc. announced that the review of strategic alternatives to enhance shareholder value and liquidity initiated on May 28, 2003 has been concluded. The review involved consideration of a number of alternatives, including the possible sale of the Company. A broad universe of entities were contacted in the process which resulted in several preliminary indications of interest for the purchase of the Company. The Board deemed the indications of interest inadequate in several respects including their relationship to the market price for the Company's common stock. Darling is committed to following a strategy of preserving and enhancing shareholder value.

{This media release contains forward-looking statements regarding the business operations of Darling. These statements are identified by words such as "may," "will," "expect," "believe," "intend," "anticipate," "should," "estimate," continue," and other words referring to events to occur in the future. These statements reflect Darling's current view of future events and are based on its assessment of, and are subject to, a variety of risks and uncertainties, including business and economic conditions in its existing markets and its ability to negotiate satisfactory ongoing arrangements with its senior lenders. Other risks and uncertainties regarding Darling, the industry in which it operates and the implementation of its business strategy are described in Darling's Form 10-Qs, the most recent filed August 12, 2003; Form 10-K filed March 26, 2003; and Darling's Proxy Statement filed April 17, 2003. Darling undertakes no obligation to update any forward- looking statements made in this media release.}

   Randall C. Stuewe, Chairman and CEO, or
   John O. Muse, Executive Vice President of
   Finance and Administration

   251 O'Connor Ridge Blvd., Suite 300
   Irving, Texas 75038
   Phone:  972-717-0300

SOURCE: Darling International Inc.

CONTACT: Randall C. Stuewe, Chairman and CEO, or John O. Muse, Executive
Vice President of Finance and Administration, both of Darling International
Inc., +1-972-717-0300