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If you Drupelet, Pick it up!

Quite like the Strawberry, the Blackberry is not considered a “real berry,” it’s actually an aggregate fruit! That means the Blackberry is composed of a bunch of different tiny fruits, which combine to make one delicious flavor!

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What's in a Name?

The true meaning of the name “Strawberry,” is somewhat contested by historians. Popular folklore relates that children used sell their berries at the market, and to make trading easier, they would string them together with threads of straw, hence Straw-Berry!

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Brilliant Berries

When you are walking through the fresh produce aisle at your local grocery store, it might be helpful to have a few tried-and-true tips up your sleeve to ensure that the delicious DOLE® Berries you bring home to your family (or keep all to yourself!) are as fresh and mouthwatering as possible!

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About Us

Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. 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 Worldwide

North America

Dole distributes and markets DOLE® fresh fruits and vegetables, and packaged food products, including processed pineapple, canned pineapple juices and pineapple juice blend beverages, raisins, prunes and dates in North America.

Dole markets, in North America, bananas and pineapples grown in Latin America, table grapes and apricots grown in the United States, table grapes, stone fruit and pears grown in Chile and South Africa and citrus fruit grown in Latin America, South Africa and Spain, as well as other deciduous and tropical fruit grown in Latin America and Mexico. Dole markets fresh pineapple grown in Hawaii, Costa Rica, Honduras and Ecuador. These products are sold primarily to retail chains and wholesalers, which in turn resell or distribute them to retail food stores.

Fresh vegetables, as well as fresh-cut salads and other value-added products marketed by Dole, are generally grown under joint growing arrangements with independent growers in California, Arizona and northern and central Mexico. The vegetables are generally field packed and transported to Dole's central cooling and distribution facilities. The products are sold to customers in North America and, to a lesser extent, Asia and Western Europe.

Latin America and Caribbean

Dole grows and sources from independent growers and transports bananas grown primarily in Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala and Honduras for markets principally in North America, Europe, the Mediterranean and selected Asian markets.

Fresh pineapples destined for the North American and Western European markets are grown by Dole Latin America on Dole-owned plantations in Costa Rica, Ecuador and Honduras and sourced from independent producers, primarily in Costa Rica.

Dole produces value-added vegetable products, such as iceberg lettuce-based salad mixes, specialty lettuce salads, complete Caesar salads, broccoli florets, cauliflower florets and other products for markets in Latin America.

Dole owns and operates 11 packing and cold storage facilities in Chile. The Company also operates a fresh-cut salad plant and a small local fruit distribution company in Chile.

Dole also owns and operates a value-added vegetable facility in Costa Rica.


Dole sources bananas, fresh pineapples, asparagus, mangoes, papaya and other fruits and vegetables from the Philippines, Thailand and Ecuador, and transports them to markets principally in Asia, New Zealand and the Middle East. It also sources citrus fruit, deciduous fruit and vegetables, such as asparagus, broccoli, tomatoes, cabbage and lettuce from North America, Australia, New Zealand, China, Korea, South Africa, Chile and other parts of the world to distribute in Asian markets, primarily Japan. In Japan, Dole also distributes domestically-sourced fruits, vegetables and value-added products such as pre-cut fruits, vegetables and salads.

"Dole sources bananas, fresh pineapples, asparagus, mangoes, papaya and other fruits and vegetables from the Philippines, Thailand and Ecuador, and transports them to markets principally in Asia, New Zealand and the Middle East."

Dole owns a cannery, freezer, juice concentrate plant, a box forming plant, a can manufacturing plant and a fresh fruit packing plant, which are located at or near the pineapple plantations.

The Company owns and operates a multi-fruit cannery, can manufacturing plant and juice concentrate plant located in central Thailand and a second multi-fruit cannery in southern Thailand near where Dole grows pineapples.

Dole operates 18 fresh-cut fruit and vegetable distribution centers in Japan through joint ventures with local distributors. Dole also owns processing and distribution centers in Shanghai, China and in Qingdao, China.

Dole's Worldwide Packaged Food Division operates three canneries in Asia: two in Thailand and one in the Philippines. These canneries supply North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and the Middle East. These canneries have significantly expanded their operations into diversified products, including plastic cups, jars and pouches. The pineapples used at these canneries are sourced from a large Dole-operated plantation and independent growers in the Philippines and primarily from independent growers in Thailand.

Europe, Africa and Middle East

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Dole is a major marketer and importer of bananas and other fresh fruits and canned fruits in Europe and the Near East. Dole sources bananas from Latin America, Cameroon, the Ivory Coast, Guadalupe, Martinique, Jamaica and the Canary Islands. We operate nine banana ripening, produce and flower distribution centers in Sweden, nine in France, five in Spain, four in Italy, one in Belgium, one in Austria and three in Germany; with the exception of two owned facilities in Sweden, six owned facilities in France, three owned facilities in Spain, three owned facilities in Germany and one owned facility in Italy, these facilities are leased. We have a minority interest in a French company that owns a majority interest in banana and pineapple plantations in Cameroon and the Ivory Coast. We own a minority interest in a banana ripening and fruit distribution company with four facilities in the United Kingdom. We are the majority owner in a company operating a port terminal and distribution facility in Livorno, Italy. We own a banana ripening and fruit distribution facility near Istanbul, Turkey.

We have a majority interest in Saba Trading AB, which owns and operates a state-of-the-art, ready-to-eat salad and vegetable plant in Helsingborg, Sweden.