HISTORY

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.

1901

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

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

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.

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 organized under the name Dolefil.

1964

Dole entering the banana business.

1972

Started operation at Hua Hin as Dole Thailand Ltd.

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.

1986

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

1992

Started pineapple cannery at Chumphon.

1999

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

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.

2014

Acquired Thaico. (Current, Dole Rayong)

2017

Acquired 49% share of Master Fruits . (Main business : Processing and sale of frozen fruit such as raspberries, Headquarter : Serbia).

2020

Started pineapple cannery at Rayong

2022

Started pineapple cannery at Bangsaphan