Dole Food Co., Inc. has acquired all of the capital stock of the parent of SunnyRidge Farm, Inc., one of the top fresh blueberry companies in the U.S. SunnyRidge also sources and sells blackberries, strawberries and raspberries.
David A. DeLorenzo, president and chief executive officer of Dole Food Co., said in a prepared statement: "We are very pleased with our acquisition of SunnyRidge Farm and welcome their management team, employees and growers into the Dole family. 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., stated: "We at SunnyRidge Farm, including the Mixon family, are proud and delighted to be joining one of the world's great food companies. 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."
Dole, with 2010 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research.