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Source: Dole Foods news release

Dole Food Company announced today succession planning in two of its operating divisions, with successful internal candidates moving up into greater leadership roles.

There are other organizational changes resulting from this succession planning and the related reorganization.

"We have implemented the following succession plan at two of our operating divisions," said Michael Carter, Dole's president and chief operating officer. "David Murdock and I are pleased to have the following internal successors at our Vegetables and North America Fresh Fruit divisions":

Howard Roeder has been promoted to president of Dole Fresh Vegetables, reporting to me and now replacing Ray De Riggi who is retiring;

Cynthia Nunes and Todd Camel have been promoted to vice president and co-General manager of Fresh Fruit North America, each reporting to me and who will be working closely together in now replacing Michael Cavallero who is retiring; and

John Trummel now reports to me in his role as vice president and general manager of Dole Ocean Cargo Express."

Dole indicated that Ray De Riggi and Michael Cavallero have the gratitude of the entire company for Dole's industry leading position in their respective divisions. "We wish them the best, as they will always be part of the Dole family," said Michael Carter.

The organization change and related reorganization are expected to better position the Company in addressing the continued volatility in some of Dole's businesses and the unpredictable nature of its commodity produce businesses in general.

This positioning also further reorganizes the Company's worldwide operations to improve operational effectiveness and efficiencies, including succession plan initiatives; and is part of the Company's long-term strategic focus on promoting the consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and proper nutrition as a basis for improved health and longevity, and on supporting research efforts into and leading nutrition education on the benefits of proper nutrition with respect to health, longevity and lifestyle.

About Dole Food Company, Inc.

Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2013 revenues from continuing operations of $4.5 billion, is one of the world's largest producers and marketers of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole is an industry leader in many of the products it sells, as well as in nutrition education and research. For more information, please visit

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