Farmer Brothers CFO to Step Down

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TORRANCE, Calif., Nov. 29, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Farmer Bros. Co. (Nasdaq:FARM) reported that Jeffrey Wahba, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of the Company, has tendered his resignation effective as of February 28, 2013.

"We appreciate the leadership role Jeff has taken in achieving substantial progress in our financial results over the last year and a half," stated CEO and President Mike Keown. Jeffrey Wahba added, "I am very pleased by the significant operating improvements we have been able to implement and believe that the Company is on track to continue the course that we have established. I look forward to assisting the Company over the next 90 days with the smooth transition of my duties to a new CFO."

About Farmer Bros. Co.

Founded in 1912 and currently celebrating its milestone centennial, Farmer Bros. Co. is a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products. We are a direct distributor of coffee to restaurants, hotels, casinos, hospitals and other foodservice providers, and a provider of private brand coffee programs to Quick Serve Restaurants, grocery retailers, national drugstore chains, restaurant chains, convenience stores, and independent coffee houses, nationwide. Its product lines include roasted coffee, liquid coffee, coffee related products such as coffee filters, sugar and creamers, assorted teas, cappuccino, cocoa, spices, gelatins and puddings, soup bases, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes, and jellies and preserves. National foodservice brands include The Artisan Collection by Farmer Brothers™, Farmer Brothers®, Superior®, Metropolitan®, Island Medley Iced Tea®, Farmer Brothers Spice Products™, Sierra Tea™ and Orchard Hills Estate™. Regional foodservice and retail brands include Cain's®, Ireland® and McGarvey®. For more information, visit:

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CONTACT: Jeffrey Wahba (310) 787-5241

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