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Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees, worldwide.

PHILIPPINE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR AND EMPLOYMENT ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL RESULTS OF DOLEFIL TRADE UNION CERTIFICATION ELECTION

POLOMOLOK, South Cotabato, Philippines - March 08, 2011

Dole Food Company, Inc. (NYSE: DOLE) today announced that the Department of Labor and Employment of the Philippines has proclaimed the results of the February 22, 2011 trade union Certification Election held at Dolefil, a Dole operating subsidiary in the Philippines.

Over 97% of Dolefil’s 3,876 registered voters participated in the secret ballot election.  Of these voters, 75% decided to elect LEAD.PH, as the new union, while AK-NAFLU-KMU, which had represented Dolefil’s workers since 2001, received less than 25% of the votes. On the basis of the election results, LEAD.PH was certified by the Department of Labor and Employment as the sole and exclusive bargaining agent.

“Dolefil maintained a tradition of working with unions since the beginning of our operations in 1963.  This culture is embedded in the Company’s union-shop clause.  As Dolefil has always done in the past, we will recognize and engage in negotiations with the new democratically elected union leadership towards the signing of a new Collective Bargaining Agreement”, said Simon Denye, Vice President and Managing Director at Dolefil. “We would like to thank the Department of Labor and Employment for ensuring the conduct of a clean, orderly, and peaceful election reflective of the true sentiments of the workers,” he added.

The February 22, 2011 Certification Election confirms the results of a Union General Assembly held on February 13, 2010.  At that time, over 70% of Dolefil’s workers had voted to replace the leadership of AK-NAFLU-KMU and elected a new set of officers.

The conduct of last year’s General Assembly was then challenged and created an intra-union dispute regarding legitimacy for workers’ representation, to which the February 22, 2011 Certification Election gives a clear answer.  

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Dole 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.