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Torrance, Calif., March 02, 2009 (BUSINESS WIRE)

Farmer Bros. Completes Acquisition of Sara Lee’s Direct-Store Delivery Coffee Business

Farmer Bros. Co. (Nasdaq: FARM — News) has completed its previously announced acquisition from Sara Lee Corp. (NYSE: SLE — News) of its U.S. direct-store delivery (DSD) Foodservice coffee business.

The $45 million acquisition makes Farmer Bros. the nation’s largest direct-store delivery business for coffee and allied products, with service to all 48 mainland states.

“We are pleased to welcome more than 20,000 customers and 700 employees to Farmer Bros.,” said Rocky Laverty, President and Chief Executive Officer. “We are looking forward to successfully integrating our businesses and profitably capitalizing on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for market leadership.”

The acquisition is being financed with cash and a credit line from Wachovia Bank. Kerlin Capital Group, LLC of Los Angeles acted as financial advisor for Farmer Bros. in the transaction, and Anglin, Flewelling, Rasmussen, Campbell & Trytten LLP was legal advisor for Farmer Bros.

About Farmer Bros.

Farmer Bros. Co. is the nation’s largest direct-store delivery business for coffee and allied products such as cappuccino, cocoa mixes and spices. It roasts and packages coffee for more than 10 brands; it processes and packages allied products; it directly delivers its products and services to food service operators and retailers in all 48 mainland states. It also provides private-label coffee programs to retailers through Coffee Bean Intl., one of the nation’s leading specialty coffee roasters. Farmer Bros. has paid a dividend in every year since 1953, and its stock price has risen on a split-adjusted basis from $1.80 a share in 1980. For more information, go to: www.farmerbroscousa.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

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Source: Farmer Bros. Co.