Dole Acquires SunnyRidge Farm

Dole Acquires SunnyRidge Farm

Dole Food Company Inc. announced that it has acquired all of the capital stock of the parent of Winter Haven, FL-based SunnyRidge Farm Inc., one of the top fresh blueberry companies in the U.S. SunnyRidge also sources and sells blackberries, strawberries, and raspberries.

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“We are very pleased with our acquisition of SunnyRidge Farm and welcome their management team, employees, and growers into the Dole family, said David A. DeLorenzo, president and CEO of Dole Food Company. “Their premium blueberry and blackberry operations are an excellent strategic complement to our existing fresh and frozen berry operations, both of which have previously focused on strawberries. Blueberries and blackberries are some of the fastest growing items in the produce category. The SunnyRidge acquisition lets us advance our commitment to providing the consumer with an ever growing array of healthful, nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

Dole, with 2010 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables.

“We at SunnyRidge Farm, including the Mixon family, are proud and delighted to be joining one of the world’s great food companies,” said Keith D. Mixon, president of SunnyRidge.  “We share Dole’s passion for improving consumer health and nutrition, and look forward to building the business further, within the Dole family of companies.”

Source: Dole Food Co.