Exhibit 99.1

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AMERICAN ITALIAN PASTA COMPANY                                          |NEWS
                                                                        |RELEASE

Contact:

Paul Geist
EVP & Chief Financial Officer
816-584-5611
For Immediate Release




                  AMERICAN ITALIAN PASTA COMPANY REPORTS SECOND
           QUARTER AND FIRST HALF OF FISCAL YEAR 2008 FINANCIAL DATA

KANSAS CITY, MO, May 16, 2008 - American  Italian Pasta Company  (AITP.PK),  the
largest  producer  of  dry  pasta  in  North  America,  today  reported  certain
preliminary,  unaudited  financial  information for the second quarter and first
half of the fiscal year ended March 28, 2008.

SECOND QUARTER FISCAL YEAR 2008 Operating results Net revenue for the period ended March 28, 2008 was $139.6 million. Revenues were up 44.2% as compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2007. Revenues were significantly impacted by general price increases implemented in the period and were partially offset by a volume decline of 1.3%, as compared to the second quarter of fiscal year 2007. Gross profit for the period was $32.3 million, reflecting $107.3 million cost of goods sold. Cost of goods sold included $5.2 million of depreciation and also reflected increased durum costs. Selling and marketing expenses totaled $6.2 million, general and administrative expenses totaled $9.3 million, and loss on disposition of long-lived assets totaled $0.2 million, for an operating profit of $16.6 million. Selling and marketing expenses included $0.3 million of package design amortization. General and administrative expenses included professional fees related to the Company's restatement (legal, accounting and management consulting) of $3.2 million, and $0.6 million of depreciation and amortization. Results preliminary The Company noted that all of the above financial data are unaudited and subject to adjustment, and that its final financial statements could differ materially from this preliminary data. Possible adjustments relate to promotional expenses, accounting period cutoff procedures, equity-based compensation accounting, and other issues resulting from the previously announced Audit Committee investigation.


American Italian Pasta Company
May 16, 2008
Page 2

FIRST HALF FISCAL YEAR 2008

Operating results

Net revenue for the period  ended March 28, 2008 was $251.3  million,  including
$4.6 million of payments  received pursuant to the Continued Dumping and Subsidy
Offset Act of 2000 (CDSOA). Revenues were up 31.6% as compared to the first half
of fiscal year 2007.  Revenues  were  significantly  impacted  by general  price
increases  implemented  in the  period  and were  partially  offset  by a volume
decline of 0.2%, as compared to the first half of fiscal year 2007.

Gross profit for the period was $56.6 million, reflecting $194.7 million cost of
goods sold. Cost of goods sold included $10.3 million of  depreciation  and also
reflected increased durum costs.

Selling and marketing expenses totaled $12.3 million, general and administrative
expenses totaled $19.5 million,  and a loss on disposition of long-lived  assets
totaled $0.2  million,  for an operating  profit of $24.6  million.  Selling and
marketing expenses included $0.7 million of package design amortization. General
and administrative  expenses included professional fees related to the Company's
restatement (legal,  accounting and management  consulting) of $7.2 million, and
$1.2 million of depreciation and amortization.

Results preliminary

The Company noted that all of the above financial data are unaudited and subject
to adjustment,  and that its final financial  statements could differ materially
from this preliminary data. Possible adjustments relate to promotional expenses,
accounting period cutoff procedures,  equity-based compensation accounting,  and
other  issues   resulting  from  the  previously   announced   Audit   Committee
investigation.

ABOUT AIPC

Founded  in 1988 and based in Kansas  City,  Missouri,  American  Italian  Pasta
Company is the largest  producer of dry pasta in North America.  The Company has
four plants that are located in Excelsior  Springs,  Missouri;  Columbia,  South
Carolina;   Tolleson,   Arizona  and   Verolanuova,   Italy.   The  Company  has
approximately 600 employees located in the United States and Italy.

When used in this release,  the words "anticipate,"  "believe,"  "estimate," and
"expect"  and similar  expressions  are  intended  to  identify  forward-looking
statements, but are not the exclusive means of identifying these statements. The
statements by the Company regarding operating results for the second quarter and
first half of its fiscal year 2008 are forward-looking. Actual results or events
could differ materially. The differences could be caused by a number of factors,
including,   but  not   limited  to,  the   findings  of  the  Audit   Committee
investigation, the Company's review of its financial statements, a review and/or
audit of the Company's financial statements by its independent registered public
accounting  firm, the SEC staff review,  and the conclusions  reached  regarding
financial reporting. The Company will not update any forward-looking  statements
in this press release to reflect future events.

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The following information was filed by American Italian Pasta Co on Monday, May 19, 2008 as an 8K 2.02 statement, which is an earnings press release pertaining to results of operations and financial condition. It may be helpful to assess the quality of management by comparing the information in the press release to the information in the accompanying 10-K Annual Report statement of earnings and operation as management may choose to highlight particular information in the press release.

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