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Dole and Standard Fruit Company Recognized by Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce for Excellence in Labor Relations

WESTLAKE VILLAGE, Calif., Dec 07, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --

Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE:DOLE) today announced that the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce has recognized Standard Fruit Company de Costa Rica S.A., a Dole division in Costa Rica, for Excellence in Labor Relations for the company's contribution to the community through its workforce relations programs.

The award was presented to Raúl Martinez, Managing Director of Standard Fruit Company de Costa Rica S.A. recently by Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica Luis Liberman. The prize distinguishes Dole and Standard Fruit's outstanding records of providing state-of-the-art Health and Safety programs for employees, preventing workplace discrimination, ensuring equal opportunities and promoting diversity. In particular, the Vice President noted Dole and Standard Fruit's efforts to improve the standard of living for employees and their families.

"This award encourages us to continue our efforts and commitment to corporate responsibility and employee relations. We know that our success is measured not only through our financial returns, but also through the well-being of our workers and the improvement of the standard of living in the communities," said Martinez.

ABOUT DOLE FOOD COMPANY

Dole, with 2010 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 and producer/shipper of organic pineapples. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. For more information, please visit www.dole.com.

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Dole Food Company, Inc.
Marty Ordman, 818-874-4834
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