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Farmer Bros. Co. Appoints Thomas J. Mattei, Jr. as General Counsel and Executive Officer

TORRANCE, Calif., Dec. 17, 2014 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmer Bros. Co. (Nasdaq:FARM) today announced that effective December 4, 2014, Thomas J. Mattei, Jr. was appointed to the position of General Counsel, reporting to Michael H. Keown, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, and was named an Executive Officer of the Company.

Mr. Mattei, 44, joined Farmer Bros. Co. in January 2013 as Vice President and Corporate Counsel and leads the Company's corporate, strategic and tactical legal initiatives. His key areas of responsibility include, among others, corporate governance, SEC compliance, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation management; in addition, Mr. Mattei oversees the Company's Risk Management and Real Estate departments.

Prior to joining Farmer Bros. Co., Mr. Mattei was in private practice with Weintraub Tobin Chediak Coleman Grodin Law Corporation and Weissmann Wolff Bergman Coleman Grodin & Evall LLP in Beverly Hills, CA, from July 2004 to December 2012, with primary responsibilities in corporate, finance and real estate transactional matters. From October 1999 to July 2004 Mr. Mattei was a Corporate Associate at Latham & Watkins LLP in Los Angeles, CA, with primary responsibilities in securities, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate matters.

Mr. Mattei earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in Charlottesville, VA, and his undergraduate degree in Public Policy Studies from Duke University in Durham, NC.

"Tom has done a tremendous job in many areas across the Company from both the legal and business point of view," said Mr. Keown. He went on to say "Both the senior leaders of the Company and the Board of Directors have acknowledged his sizable contributions to the turnaround at Farmer Brothers, and this promotion is another indication of our collective belief in Tom's potential to make even larger future contributions."

About Farmer Bros. Co.

Founded in 1912, Farmer Bros. Co. is a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products. The Company is a direct distributor of coffee to restaurants, hotels, casinos, offices, quick service restaurants ("QSR's"), convenience stores, healthcare facilities and other foodservice providers, as well as private brand retailers in the QSR, grocery, drugstore, restaurant, convenience store, and independent coffee house channels. The Company's product line includes roasted coffee, liquid coffee, coffee-related products such as coffee filters, sugar and creamers, assorted iced and hot teas, cappuccino, cocoa, spices, gelatins and puddings, soup bases, dressings, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and jellies and preserves.

Headquartered in Torrance, Calif., Farmer Bros. Co. generated net sales of over $500 million in fiscal 2014 and has approximately 1,800 employees nationwide. The Company's primary brands include Farmer Brothers, Artisan Collection by Farmer Brothers, Superior®, Metropolitan, Cain'sand McGarvey. For more information, visit: www.farmerbros.com.

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CONTACT: Farmer Bros. Co. Mark Nelson (310) 787-5241

Source:Farmer Brothers Company