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Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh-cut flowers. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees, worldwide.
Dole offers a variety of more than 200 products, including fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, fresh-cut flowers, packaged foods and value-added products.
You can find Dole products in supermarkets including bananas, pineapples, strawberries, canned fruit, snack foods, and pre-washed bagged vegetables.
Dole owns or leases approximately 120,000 acres of land worldwide, over 50 processing, ripening and distribution centers, and the largest dedicated refrigerated containerized shipping fleet in the world, comprising 22 ships and approximately 11,500 refrigerated containers. The company has operations in 90 countries.
Dole became a privately held company in 2003. It reported revenues of $5.3 billion in 2004.
Founded in Hawaii in 1851, the Company built its reputation on its commitment to "quality, and quality, and quality." These were the words of James Drummond Dole's "Statement of Principles," upon which he founded and operated the Company. James Dole came to Hawaii with an initial investment of $1,000, degrees in business and horticulture and a love of farming. With these, he began the first successful pineapple growing and canning operation, then called the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Dole developed and grew the pineapple business into Hawaii's second largest industry. In achieving his goal of making pineapple available in every grocery store in the country, James Dole made the name "Hawaiian" almost synonymous with "pineapple." Considered an exotic fruit, the pineapple is the symbol of hospitality, and is often depicted on fine furniture. After Dole began an innovative campaign of advertising with recipes in ladies magazines, the popularity of the fruit increased and was sought by households throughout the U.S.
James Dole made the name 'Hawaiian' almost synonymous with 'pineapple'.
The Company later merged with Castle & Cooke, Inc. (now a separate, privately held real estate and resorts concern) to include bananas and nearly every fresh fruit and vegetable grown in the world. The DOLE brand name easily translated quality and nutrition to every fruit and vegetable the Company grew and sold.
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Updated September 16, 2005