Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Dole Alleging Environmental Misrepresentations Resolved

  Class Action Lawsuit Filed against Dole Alleging Environmental
  Misrepresentations Resolved

Business Wire

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif. -- January 25, 2013

Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE:DOLE) announced today that the parties have
amicably resolved the class action lawsuit alleging Dole misrepresented its
commitment to the environment. The lawsuit, Clayton Laderer v. Dole Food
Company, Inc., was filed in November 2012 in the United States District Court
for the Central District of California.

In coordination with social programs already undertaken by Dole’s independent
grower in Guatemala, Dole and the non-profit organization Water and Sanitation
Health, Inc. will collaborate together on a water filter project to assist the
local communities in Guatemala. While Dole denies the allegations made against
it and its grower in the lawsuit, Dole has reached this resolution because it
believes continued outreach and education regarding water sanitation
techniques will benefit the local communities.

“Dole is proud to contribute to these efforts to assist local communities in
Guatemala. Our grower, who is fully certified by numerous independent
certifying agencies, is already a long-standing champion for the local
communities and has made significant charitable contributions to enhance
social welfare, health, and well-being. Dole joins in this outreach to
emphasize our continuing commitment to developing world-class environmental
and sustainable programs for Dole’s owned farms, as well as Dole’s commitment
to seek to partner with growers with similar goals,” said Jonathan Bass,
President for Dole Latin America.

About Dole Food Company

Dole, with 2011 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer
and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the
leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing line of packaged
and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and
research.

Contact:

Dole Food Company, Inc.
Marty Ordman
Phone: (818) 874-4834
 
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