Wonderful Citrus, a division of produce powerhouse The Wonderful Company, has purchased Ft. Pierce, FL-based DNE World Fruit, the largest citrus marketer in Florida, DNE International, the largest citrus exporter in Florida, and the assets of World Pack Cold Storage, a division of DNE Imports.
DNE operates as the sales arm of Bernard Egan & Co., which owns, farms, and harvests more than 12,000 acres of citrus groves in the Sunshine State.
Assets of the acquisition include DNE’s citrus marketing and import business, along with World Pack’s cold storage, bagging, repack, and distribution center in New Jersey.
This acquisition, combined with existing operations, makes Wonderful Citrus the No. 1 importer of counter-seasonal citrus products in the U.S., while doubling the company’s grapefruit position.
According to Wonderful Citrus, DNE’s sales employees will be offered positions with Wonderful, and Greg Nelson, President of DNE World Fruit, will stay on with the company as an advisor.