Farmer Brothers Promotes Company Vet to Head of Route Sales

Mortensen has 33 years of service with coffee, tea company

TORRANCE, Calif. -- Farmer Brothers Co., a leading manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products, has announced that the board of directors has promoted Thomas Mortensen to the executive position of senior vice president of route sales, where he will oversee the company's entire route-sales organization.

Mortensen has more than 33 years of service with Farmer Brothers, including his service in the past three years as the company's vice president of sales (West). In that capacity, he oversaw the sales operations of 74 sales branches in 16 states in the western United States. Prior to that, Mortensen served as the company's national sales manager for three years.

Mortensen will report directly to Michael Keown, president and chief executive officer.

"We are extremely pleased to promote Tom to oversee our national route sales organization. Tom is an extraordinary leader and embodies Farmer Brothers' passion for service and dedication to each of our customers. I am looking forward to his leadership of the route sales organization, which is the backbone of the company," said Keown.

The board also announced the appointment of Michael Keown as a Class I director.

Founded in 1912 and currently celebrating its milestone centennial, Farmer Brothers is a manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of coffee, tea and culinary products through direct and brokered sales to foodservice establishments including restaurants, hotels, casinos, hospitals and foodservice providers, as well as retailers such as convenience stores, coffee houses, general merchandisers, private-label retailers and grocery stores throughout the contiguous United States.

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, soups, gravy and sauce mixes, pancake and biscuit mixes and jellies and preserves. National foodservice brands include Farmer Brothers, Superior, Metropolitan, Island Medley Iced Tea, Farmer Brothers Spice Products, Sierra Brand and Orchard Hills Estate. Regional foodservice and retail brands include Cain's, Ireland and McGarvey.