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Dole Food Company

Dole Food Company's worldwide team of growers, packers, processors, shippers and employees is committed to consistently providing safe, high-quality fresh fruit, vegetables, and food products, while protecting the environment in which its products are grown and processed. Dole's dedication to quality is a commitment solidly backed by: comprehensive programs for food safety, scientific crop protection programs, stringent quality control measures, state-of-the-art production and transportation technologies, continuous improvement through research and innovation, and dedication to the safety of our employees, communities and the environment. Dole is committed to nutrition education to communicate to the public the health benefits of eating a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Dole is a founding member of the National 5 A Day for Better Health Program and is a leader in developing technology-based nutrition education programs for children.


Dole Food Company, Inc. is committed to supplying the consumer and our customers with the finest, high-quality products and to leading the industry in nutrition research and education.

Dole supports these goals with a corporate philosophy of adhering to the highest ethical conduct in all its business dealings, treatment of its employees, and social and environmental policies.

Our Philosophy

The DOLE brand means the finest, high-quality products. Dole will continue to meet customers' expectations by consistently providing products that meet the highest standard — the Dole standard. For Dole, anything less is unacceptable. Dole's dedication to quality is a worldwide commitment solidly backed by:

  • Comprehensive programs for food safety.
  • Scientific pest management programs.
  • Stringent quality control measures.
  • State-of-the-art production and transportation technologies.
  • Nutrition education to help the public understand the benefits of eating 5-13 servings of fruits and vegetables a day. Dole is a founding member of the National 5 A Day For – Better Health Program and is the produce industry leader in developing technology-based nutrition education programs for children.
  • Continuous improvement through research and innovation.
  • Dedication to the safety of our workers, communities and the environment.

Dole Timeline

  • 1851

    The foundations of Dole Food Company, Inc. are laid as Samuel Castle and Amos Cooke, originally from Boston, set up their trading company in Hawaii.

  • 1863

    Philipp Astheimer & Sohn is established in Hamburg, Germany. This company is now the basis for Dole’s European business.

  • 1899

    James Drummond Dole comes to Hawaii, fresh out of Harvard's School of Horticulture & Agriculture.

  • 1901

    James Dole begins growing pineapples in Wahiawa on the island of Oahu. He establishes the Hawaiian Pineapple Company. Hawaii becomes synonymous with pineapples.

  • Dole makes his famous quality pledge: “We have built this company on quality, and quality, and quality”.

  • 1907

    Dole moves his pineapple cannery to Honolulu and places advertisements in U.S. magazines to promote pineapple – one of the first nationwide consumer advertising campaigns in America.

  • 1911

    A Dole engineer, Henry Ginaca, invents a machine that peels, cores and cuts pineapple at the speed of up to 100 pineapples per minute. The Ginaca is now an industry standard.

  • 1915

    The Hawaiian Pineapple Company becomes Hawaii’s second largest industry.

  • 1932

    Castle & Cooke acquires ownership of 21% of the Hawaiian Pineapple Company.

  • 1933

    Recognizing the popularity and quality associated with James Dole's name, the company first stamps "DOLE" on cans of pineapple and pineapple juice.

  • 1961

    Dole merges with Castle and Cooke and keeps the DOLE brand.

  • 1963

    Dole Philippines, the pineapple-growing operation in the Philippines, is organised under the name Dolefil.

  • 1964

    Castle & Cooke purchases a 55% interest in the Standard Fruit & Steamship Company, New Orleans, entering the banana business. It later acquires 100%.

  • 1972

    Standard Fruit bananas adopt the DOLE® label, replacing the existing Cabana® label.

  • 1973

    Castle & Cooke develops two large banana plantations on the coasts of Costa Rica and Nicaragua. Castle & Cooke banana operations become the leader in the North American market.

  • 1975

    Philipp Astheimer & Sohn is acquired by Castle & Cooke.

  • 1978

    Dole bananas are launched in Europe.

  • Castle & Cooke purchases Bud Antle, Inc., a vegetable company, and begins marketing vegetables from Dole.

  • 1982

    The Dole product range in Europe is extended to include citrus and deciduous fruits.

  • 1986

    The Dole logo is redesigned. The bright yellow sunburst is chosen, signifying freshness, quality, wholesomeness and good-tasting products.

  • 1988

    Philipp Astheimer & Sohn marks its 125th anniversary. The company is renamed Dole Fresh Fruit Europe OHG.

  • 1990

    Dole Fresh Vegetables division introduces a line of value-added packaged fresh vegetable products, which include pre-cut vegetables and salads. This soon becomes the fastest growing segment in supermarkets – the refrigerated, pre-cut vegetable and salad section – offering nutrition, good taste and convenience to consumers.

  • 1991

    Dole launches the "Dole 5 A Day Programme" to encourage young children and their families to eat five or more daily servings of fruits and vegetables.

  • 1995

    Dole's global reach extends to more than 90 countries with a product line of over 170 fresh and packaged food products.

  • 1998

    In July of 1998, Dole's banana operations in Costa Rica become the first banana exporter and the first agricultural producer in the world to become certified to the environmental management system requirements of ISO 14001. Dole's other divisions in Latin American and Asia follow in 1999.

  • 1999

    Dole introduces Fruit Bowls®, the first all-natural fruit snack in a plastic cup. In mainland Europe they are known as Fruit Snacks.

  • 2001

    Dole introduces organic bananas.

  • 2002

    Dole's two newest container ships – the DOLE CHILE and the DOLE COLOMBIA – are named the "Winner for Innovation in Shipbuilding Containership" at the Lloyds List Awards.

  • 2003

    Dole is taken private by Mr. D. H. Murdock.

  • Foundation of the Dole Nutrition Institute to "Feed the World with Knowledge" through research and education.

  • 2004

    Foundations laid for California WellBeing Institute.

  • Dole acquires JR Woods (frozen fruits) in the US.

  • Acquisition of Coastal Berry Company LLC (leading producer of fresh California coastal strawberries and bushberries).

  • 2005

    Completion of the acquisition of SABA Trading AB (Sweden).

  • 2007

    Dole Food Company, Inc. is named to "World's Most Ethical Companies" list by Ethisphere Magazine.

  • 2010

    Dole France, UK, Spain and Portugal are sold to Compagnie Fruitière, in which Dole has a 40% interest.

  • 2011

    Dole acquires berry grower and marketer Sunny Ridge.

  • 2012

    Dole acquires a 100% interest in Mrs. May’s Naturals.

  • 2013

    Dole completes sale of Worldwide Packaged Foods and Asia Fresh Businesses to Itochu.