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Dole strictly complies with food safety practices as mandated by local and international regulations. All our operations, partner manufacturers & growers share this responsibility of adhering to a series of both internal and third party quality and food safety procedures all through our supply chain and distribution operations.

We also ensure that our farm production is both safe and sustainable to the benefit of our farming communities, consumers, customers and the environment. These processes include a strong system of traceability right down to the farm level.

Our philosophy towards quality is one where the process of improvement should never stop. We strive to continuously make our processes better and safer so that we can keep delivering sunshine to our consumers, our people, and our environment.

HARVEST TIMELINE

Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.

Our pineapples are grown with the help of the precise knowledge of our scientists and the passionate hands of our farmers. The principle cultivation and harvesting of Dole Pineapples are done in the fertile soils of Mindanao, Philippines. With its perfect temperatures and plentiful sunshine all year round, it’s a great place to plant pineapples.

The entire harvest and packing process ensures that the pineapples arrive at their respective markets in their peak condition.

Pineapple Propagation

Pineapple seed comes largely from the same fields that recently produced fruit, in the form of crowns removed from fr...
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Growing and Harvest

It takes around 16 months for the pineapples to be ready for harvest. During that time the plants are carefully tende...
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Packing

After harvesting the pineapples, they are transported to a Dole packhouse in specially designed bins, unloaded with g...
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Shipping

At Dole’s cold storage facilities in Davao, the packed pineapples are stored in cool temperatures to maintain their...
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HARVEST TIMELINE

Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.

Dole bananas are primarily grown in the tropical climes of the island of Mindanao in the Philippines. In the Philippines, our bananas move on a journey from seedling propagation in Dole’s biotech laboratory and nurseries to farms at low-, mid- and high-elevation finally ending with our harvesters and pack houses at the precise moment needed, so as to be at shop shelves at the perfect stage of ripeness.

The entire process ensures a steady stream of high-quality bananas with a sweetness that’s uniquely Dole.

Banana Propagation

In Dole’s biotech laboratories, banana suckers are carefully sliced and grown under laboratory conditions for weeks...
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Nurseries

In the nurseries, each banana plant is replanted into a bag of specially prepared growing medium where it is nurtured...
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Land Preparation

Before transplanting the banana plants into the farms, the land is prepared according to the recommendations of our s...
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Planting and Cultivation

Each young banana plant is carefully planted by hand and looked after by our farmers and growers until they are ready...
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Harvesting

To ensure our bananas reach shop shelves and consumers in optimum condition, the fruit is always picked green. This e...
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Packing

In the packing sheds, the banana “hands” are removed from the stem and then washed thoroughly to ensure cleanline...
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Shipping

The packed bananas are loaded into refrigerated containers for land transportation from the packhouse to the port and...
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Ripening and Distribution

Upon arrival in the market, ships and containers are unloaded and must pass the Dole quality assurance inspections an...
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HARVEST TIMELINE

Growing sunshine takes knowledge, patience, and passion. Our fruits are cultivated and harvested with the utmost care and precision by the hands of our hardworking farmers.

Dole Papayas or pawpaws, as they are known in Australia and New Zealand, are grown in the sunny island of Mindanao in the Philippines. Our papayas boast a sweet taste and silky texture along with a powerhouse of antioxidants and vitamins A, E, and C.

Papayas need a lot of sun and rainfall to grow, which is why it flourishes in tropical climates. It takes around 6-11 months to grow a papaya. A single papaya tree can produce an average of 34 kgs of fruit per year.

Harvest

Harvesting papaya is carefully done by hand using a special picking device. Each fruit is covered with a shock protec...
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Packing

In the packing sheds, the papayas are washed, wrapped, labelled, and packed in carton boxes. They are transported in ...
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Shipping

From the cold storage, the fresh papayas are loaded onto ships to be distributed to various markets.
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