Dole Company

Our History

1851
1863
1899
1901
1907
1911
1913
1915
1932

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

1933
1950
1961

Dole merges with Castle & Cooke. The Dole brand is retained.

1963

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

1964
1972
1973
1975

Philipp Astheimer & Sohn is acquired by Castle & Cooke.

1978
1982

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

1986
1988

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

1990
1991
1995

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

1998

Dole’s banana operations in Costa Rica become the world’s first agricultural producer in the world to become certified to the environmental management system requirements of ISO 14001. Dole’s other divisions in Latin America and Asia follow in 1999.

1999
2001

Dole introduces organic bananas.

2002
2003
2004
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
2012

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

2013
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.

1851
1863

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

1863
1899

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

1899
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”.

1901
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.

1907
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.

1911
1913

Ph. Astheimer & Sohn celebrates is golden jubilee. Ferdinand Wilhelm Eugen Astheimer and his father help to establish Hamburg as the hub of Germany’s fruit trade.

1913
1915

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

1915
1933

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

1933
1950

Der Zweite Weltkrieg hatte die Geschäfte Ph. Astheimer & Sohn zum Erliegen gebracht. Nun läuft der Frucht-Import wieder auf Hochtouren.

1950
1964

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

1964
1972

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

1972
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.

1973
1978

Dole bananas are launched in Europe.

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

1978
1986

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

1986
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 vegetables and salad section – offering nutrition, good taste and convenience to consumers.

1990
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.

Castle & Cooke is renamed Dole Food Company, Inc.

1991
1999

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

1999
2002

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

2002
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.

2003
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).

2004
2011

The headquarters of Dole Fresh Fruit Europe moves from Paris to Hamburg.

Dole acquires berry grower and marketer Sunny Ridge.

2011
2013

Dole Food Company Inc. sells Packaged Foods and Dole Asia to the ITOCHU Corporation.

Dole Fresh Fruit Europe celebrates its 150th anniversary.

2013

»Quality, Quality, Quality«

This was the principle on which James Drummond Dole founded the Hawaiian Pineapple Company in 1901.  Today pineapples – together with bananas – are still part of Dole’s global core business today as it always was.

Over the years generations of employees have taken inspiration from James Dole’s high standards and Philipp Astheimer’s business acumen. And James Dole’s philosophy is as valid today as it always was.

“The Dole label is a promise to consumers all over the world. It is a guarantee that our products not only meet but far exceed the highest international standards.”

David H. Murdock, Dole Food Company

One world, one standard

Our commitment to quality is backed by a wide range of measures to ensure product safety, strict quality control systems, state-of-the-art production and transportation technologies, continuous improvement through research and innovation, scientific crop protection procedures, and a genuine concern for employees, communities and the environment.

Corporate responsibility is a Dole Company value that drives us to do business with integrity and to respect not only our employees, but also their communities and the environment in which they work and live.

In 1998, Dole was the first agricultural company to have one of its divisions certified to ISO 14001, the internationally recognised environmental standard.

In 2000, Dole was also the first agricultural company in the world to adopt and have one of its divisions certified to SA 8000, the social accountability standard developed by Social Accountability International. Dole production operations can guarantee quality controls keyed to the most stringent standards. The world over! The same principles apply on hundreds of farms, ensuring that Dole products always taste good – no matter where they originate.

Social activities: Dale Foundation

Dole has developed a comprehensive Corporate Social Responsibility programme – from employee healthcare to rural education programmes – and achieved many more certifications in the process.

To learn more about how we help the communities and environment in which we operate, we invite you to explore our Corporate Social Responsibility website www.dolecrs.com or take a look at our new booklet.

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