Dole Food acquires SunnyRidge Farm

by Eric Schroeder
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE, CALIF. — Dole Food Co. has acquired all of the capital stock of the parent of SunnyRidge Farm, Inc., which sources and sells blueberries, blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.

“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 chief executive officer of Dole Food Co. “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 and also amongst the most nutritious fruits. The SunnyRidge acquisition lets us advance our commitment to providing the consumer with an ever growing array of healthful, nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

Keith D. Mixon, president of SunnyRidge Farm, Inc., said the company is “proud and delighted” to join Dole.

“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,” he said.

Sunnyridge was founded in 1993 by Gerald and Viki Mixon on a 7-acre family blueberry farm in Haines City, Fla.
Dole, with 2010 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas.

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