WESTLAKE VILLAGE, California — March 8, 2007 — Dole Food Company, Inc. today unveiled a Corporate Social Responsibility web site, www.dole.com. The new website is a one-stop resource for consumers and other interested parties who are seeking information about Dole’s industry-leading environmental, educational, medical and socioeconomic programs. It also features information on Dole’s corporate policies and practices regarding employees, the environment and charitable giving.
“The launch of this web site represents an important step forward for Dole,” said Richard Dahl, president and chief operating officer of Dole Food Company. “It further underscores the company’s commitment to transparency and open communication.”
In addition to containing valuable background information on Dole’s global agricultural operations, the new web site also highlights a number of company initiatives and third-party reports on efforts to ensure the highest level of compliance and beyond with domestic and international regulations and standards.
“As the world’s largest producer of fresh fruits and vegetables, Dole takes very seriously its mission to advance global nutrition and promote healthy lifestyles among its employees, consumers, and in the communities in which the company operates. We are excited to use www.dole.come as a tool through which the company can highlight its achievements,” added Dahl.
Dole Food Company, Inc, with 2005 revenues of $5.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut flowers. Dole markets a growing line of packaged foods and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.
This release contains “forward-looking statements,” within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. Forward looking statements, which are based on management’s current expectations, are generally identifiable by the use of terms such as “may,” “will,” “expects,” “believes,” “intends” and similar expressions. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from those ex pressed or implied herein include weather-related phenomena; market responses to industry volume pressures; product and raw materials supplies and pricing; changes in interest and currency exchange rates; economic crises and security risks in developing countries; international conflict; and quotas, tariffs and other governmental actions. Further information on the factors that could affect Dole’s financial results is included in its SEC filings, including its Annual Report on Form 10-K.