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Dole Food company, formed in 1851 by an English merchant named James Doulton is based out of Westlake Village, California, United States. Dole food products are sold in over 90 countries worldwide. The company believes that they ship more bananas than anybody else globally. They also believe to grow the most variety of fruit and vegetables of any other company across the globe.
Dole Food Company was originally called J.M. Doulton & Company Ltd., but was later renamed for its founder Henry Nicholas Dole who emigrated from England to Hawaii to work at a sugar plantation where he received financial backing from Samuel Garner Wilder to buy out his partner William Harrison Dailey's half of their plantation business on Oahu island in 1851.
Dole Food Company expanded its business into producing and packaging of fruits and vegetables in the 1950s. In that same decade, it began to sell processed fruit, beginning with pineapple juice. It was also the first company where pineapples were canned on site rather than shipped elsewhere to be canned.
Over time, Dole has owned various food manufacturing subsidiaries such as: Minute Maid (purchased 1966), National brands (purchased 1968), S&W quality meats (purchased 1972) and Fresh Samantha (purchased 1987).
Today Dole Food Company is headquartered in Westlake Village, California, United States and employs approximately 30 000 people globally throughout all branches and subsidiaries in countries all over the world. They also have a large percentage of their products being exported to over 90 countries worldwide.