Each and every Dole fruit and vegetable can trace its roots back to the brilliant rays of sunshine that took it from a seedling in the ground to the beautiful products you enjoy from us today. Those fruits and vegetables contain that powerful light and it’s why we pride ourselves on one thing — bringing you more sunshine more of the time.
More sunshine means more smiles, more energy, and more of the bright, healthy life you work so hard to achieve. And so bringing more sunshine into all of our lives is the goal of everything we do: from the care we take in our sustainable farming practices to the “white glove” treatment we give to every fruit and vegetable we touch. It’s the unwavering commitment of every Dole associate, from our farms to our factories.
We are committed to sourcing the highest quality, non GMO fruits and vegetables born from vibrant sunshine. By meticulously packing them to be healthier, we’ve found a role that few can fill. We steward every ray of sunshine so we can be the light in your kitchen to brighten your state of being. Stewarding sunshine every moment of every day.
James Dole arrived on the island of Oahu in 1901 with his agriculture and business degree. This is the origin of our goal to bring people delicious and tropical flavors to add to their meals. James was proud of putting the Dole name on the world’s sweetest and juiciest pineapples and shipping them to the mainland USA. He also developed a technique for canning them to make it easy for everyone to enjoy any time of year. He started our tradition of bringing the sunshine into your kitchen, and we continue to innovate new ways to make it easy and fun to eat more fruit.
In order to provide you with the freshest tasting fruit 365 days a year, we at Dole follow the sun across the globe to source fruit at its peak seasonality. See where we find the best fruit for each season below.
Sunshine For All
At Dole, we're dedicated to bringing more sunshine to every day. And that goes beyond the warmth and smiles you get with each bite of our vibrant fruits and vegetables. It goes back to the uncompromising care and nurturing we put into our products each step of the way from seedling to shelf to kitchen.
Whether it's our commitment to sourcing the highest quality, non GMO produce, our sustainable farming practices, our innovative ways of packing our foods, or our devotion to support the communities and associates that make our business possible, we promise to share the sunshine all around.
Because the more we can add light into everyone's day, the more we can brighten up the world.
Letting Goodness Grow > Workers
We proudly employ tens of thousands of individuals as growers, harvesters, scientists, packers, sales people and more across the globe. And it's important to us that they are each given the opportunities to shine brightly for themselves, their families and their homes. So we are committed to offering our associates the education, protection and tools necessary for personal growth and development in their communities.
Letting Goodness Grow > Communities
In many of the rural communities where we operate, residents often face political and economic uncertainties. We help reduce the impact of these issues and improve the quality of life for residents by providing a stable source of employment with wages and benefits often exceeding legal standards. And many Dole operations offer health, sports, social and educational activities to help the entire community thrive.
Letting Goodness Grow > Environment
We have a deep connection to the land. And we realize the importance of supporting the well-being of the bountiful earth that grows our fruits and vegetables. That's why we have a strict Code of Conduct that all employees must sign and follow. It requires all employees to comply with Dole's environmental policy to ensure we always adhere to sustainable practices that protect the ecosystem.
Letting Goodness Grow > Hunger Relief
Our mission is to make more healthy fruits available to more people. And that’s particularly true when it comes to fighting hunger. For decades, we’ve worked with food banks and other organizations to alleviate hunger, donating over 1 million pounds of healthy fruits every year. Even more than food donations, this call to service extends to our employees through acts of volunteerism at local food banks.
A Bright and Healthy Future
We are inspired by sunshine and the goodness that surrounds it. And we're devoted to looking after everything it shines upon. That includes preserving the ecosystems we grow our fruits and vegetables in. Not just for our company, but so that future generations can enjoy a bright world like we do. We have built a sustainable strategy on four pillars: water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction.
Letting Goodness Grow > Waste Reduction
We strive to produce minimal waste from the beginning of the growing process to the time our products are ready for purchase. We avoid overusing materials. We seek out and introduce more sustainable, biodegradable and eco-friendly resources. And we follow a “Reuse or Recycle” policy when possible.
- Concentrate efforts not only on the amount of packaging used in marketing and selling products to consumers, but also on many of the materials employed throughout the supply chain.
- Use several forms of packaging and packing materials, some of which are made of plastics, carton, wood or steel, and introduce more environmentally-friendly resources as they become available.
- Follow a “Reuse or Recycle” approach in every building, facility and manufacturing plant to help conserve material, reduce waste and maximize efficiency.
A Bright and Healthy Future > Water Management
We have implemented initiatives aimed at recycling water and reducing its consumption so that we use water responsibly and efficiently.
- Employ high-technology devices to measure water balance and soil moisture to help avoid under- or over-irrigation, ensure even water distribution, and conserve energy.
- Leverage several types of water recycling systems in our packing houses to optimize water consumption, including a partial recirculation system, and have created miniature versions of standard packing plants in remote areas.
- Use metering conveyor spraying on/off systems to limit water usage, recycle condensate water from evaporators, and constantly explore new agricultural techniques and processes that use less water.
- Measure and evaluate water management practices based on ISO 14001 standards and follow Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) guidelines for optimizing crop yields, while protecting the environment.
A Bright and Healthy Future > Carbon Footprint
We work actively to measure and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions which, in turn, will diminish their contribution to global warming.
- Re-lamp production facilities to use energy-efficient lights and less power electricity, insulate pipe lines and cookers to reduce energy loss in processing, and upgrade equipment and controls for more efficient freezer operations.
- Contract ocean carriers that use low-sulfur fuel and plug into electricity at port, and transport containers via rail instead of road whenever possible.
- Use propane, a cleaner burning fuel than gasoline, for 60% of the tractors in Dole’s Atwater, CA operation, and utilize durable CHEP pallets instead of one-way wooden pallets, which lowers energy consumption and cuts GHG (greenhouse gas) emissions.
- Support the Chairs-for-Trees Program, which has resulted in over 1,700,000+ trees being planted, and were recognized by the Philippines Ministry of Energy as the best operation in the industry.
A Bright and Healthy Future > Soil Conservation
Healthy soils are a necessary ingredient for growing healthy products. We have been active in protecting soils through practices that aim to prevent and limit soil degradation by erosion and other risks.
- Develop a soil management plan that includes fertility analyses, landscape assessments, determination of soil classes for the specific crop, and contour technique appraisal to maximize the soil’s productivity and minimize erosion.
- Identify soil conservation alternatives and implement programs to protect soils, including the practice of minimum tillage, use of crop rotation, growing of cover crops, use of mulch with plastic or pasture, stabilization of drainage ditches, installation of mechanical barriers, creation of soil maps, and analyses of top-soil thickness.
- Implement organic amendments, such as compost, to improve the soil’s physical properties, including water retention, permeability, water infiltration, drainage, aeration, and structure.
- Incorporate more plant material (crop residue) after harvesting crops to preserve soils and increase organic matter content.