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Louisville, KY, February 3, 2005 — A coalition of Kentucky distillers said that Governor Ernie Fletcher’s proposal to increase the tax burden on Kentucky Bourbon and other distilled spirits amounts to misguided “friendly fire on a job-creating home state product and industry.” The Governor proposed imposing a six percent sales tax on top of the…

Hopland, CA, December 3, 2004 — Brown-Forman Corporation announced today that it is closing its Mendocino Cooperage in Hopland, California. Mendocino Cooperage, which makes and sells wine barrels to California wineries, will stop taking orders December 31 but will continue to operate until all existing orders are filled. It is anticipated that the facility will…

Louisville, KY, November 22, 2004 — Brown-Forman Corporation announced today that it has reached agreement with the Altia Corporation of Finland (Altia) to acquire the remaining 20% of the capital stock of Finlandia Vodka Worldwide Ltd. (FVW) for €46.8 million. Brown-Forman and Altia have jointly owned FVW since 2000. Finlandia Vodka is a premium vodka…

Louisville, KY, November 18, 2004 — Brown-Forman announced today that its Board of Directors increased the quarterly cash dividend 15.3% from 21.25 cents to 24.50 cents per share on Class A and Class B Common Stock. As a result, the indicated annual cash dividend will rise from $0.85 per share to $0.98 per share. Stockholders…