June 16, 2009 |
In the eyes of Swedish documentary filmmaker Fredrik Gertten, his documentary "Bananas!" is a balanced, nuanced depiction of a trial pitting Nicaraguan banana plantation workers and a prominent L.A. attorney against a powerful multinational agribusiness. "It is a classical David-Goliath story," the director said in a phone interview last week. In the eyes of Dole Food Co.
April 14, 2001 |
Dole Food Co., the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer, blasted a settlement between the U.S. and European Union over EU banana-import rules, saying the accord favors rival Chiquita Brands International Inc. The agreement, which allocates shares of the EU banana market to producers from various parts of the world before the quotas are scrapped in 2006, is anti-free trade, said Westlake Village-based Dole.
March 1, 2001 |
Tough times in the California fruit business have caused the world's largest fruit and vegetable producer to sell off a large piece of its farming operations in the state and focus instead on marketing imported fruit. Westlake Village-based Dole Foods Co. will stop growing table grapes, peaches, plums and nectarines on four Central Valley ranches that employ 1,200 seasonal workers. Dole hopes to sell the 5,000 acres by the end of the year and will use the proceeds to pay down debt.
January 5, 2001 |
Dole Foods Co., the world's largest producer of fresh fruit and vegetables, said it will begin selling organic bananas under the Dole name, tapping into the $6-billion organic products market. The bananas will be grown in Ecuador and Honduras on farms that have been certified as organic by U.S.-based agencies, Dole said. The company will begin selling organic bananas Feb. 1. Rival Chiquita Brands International Inc. has no current plans to sell organic bananas under its label, a spokeswoman said.
December 20, 2000 |
European Union farm ministers approved a plan to revise their banana import system, hoping it will resolve a lengthy dispute with U.S. and Latin American producers and lead to the lifting of trade sanctions. The plan calls for the 15-nation EU to keep a transitional system of tariffs and quotas to allocate the quotas on a first-come, first-served basis as of April 1, until a tariff-only system takes effect in 2006.
March 31, 1998 |
Dole Food Co. in Thousand Oaks has declared its regular quarterly dividend of 10 cents per share. The dividend is payable June 11 to shareholders of record May 21. Dole, with 1997 revenues of $4.3 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and vegetables and also markets packaged foods.