Dole Food Company, Inc., is one of the world’s leading producers and marketers of fresh fruit and vegetables.
The company was founded by Samuel Northrup Castle and Amos Starr Cooke in Hawaii, in 1851, under the name “Castle & Cooke”.
It was one of the largest companies in Hawaii involved in sugar production, shipping, and seafood packaging.
In 1932 Castle & Cooke acquired a stake in the Hawaiian Pineapple Company (founded by James Dole in 1901).
The company bought out the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1991 and changed its name to “The Dole Food Company, Inc”.
Dole now has operations in over 90 countries with a team of 36,000 full time and 23,000 part-time employees.
According to Dole Food Company, Inc, it “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’s products include: fresh plant foods (whole fruits, whole vegetables, berries), packaged products (fruit bowls, canned fruits, dried fruits), frozen products, juices, and salad products.
Dole Food Company, Inc. is a private company.
Dole Food Company, Inc. – Company Overview
- Chairman and CEO: David H. Murdock
- Industry: Agribusiness
- Type: Private
- Revenue: $4,247 million USD (2012)
- Operating income: $17 million USD (2012)
- EBITDA: $146 million USD (2012)
- Founded: 1851
- Founders: Samuel Northrup Castle and Amos Starr Cooke
- Headquarters: Westlake Village, California,USA
- Employees: 59,000
- Website: http://www.dole.com/