Dole Food Company Inc. is the largest producer of fruits and vegetables in the world. They grow and produce over 300 products in 90 countries while employing over 74,000 people.
The history of Dole can be traced back to 1851 with the establishment of Castle & Cooke. Castle & Cooke quickly became the largest company in Hawaii with interests in shipping, railroad construction, sugar production and seafood packing. Dole also has important roots with the Hawaiian Pineapple Company, which was founded in 1901 by James Dole. Dole opened his first pineapple plantation on Oahu that year.