IMPORTANT TAX INFORMATION REGARDING 2002 CASH DISTRIBUTIONS
DOLE FOOD COMPANY, INC.
In 2002, Dole Food Company, Inc. paid four quarterly cash distributions of $0.15
per share per quarter. In the Company’s estimation, all four cash distributions
paid to its shareholders in 2002 will be taxable as ordinary dividends. No foreign
were paid with respect to these distributions.
January 2, 2003