History

2018

  • Acquisition of the Valentina plantation in Ecuador: 550 ha of useful surface area, comprising 150 ha of bananas already in production. The plantation is located in the Santa Elena region, 60 km from Guayaquil, in an area conducive to organic agriculture.
  • Acquisition of a majority shareholding in the United Fresh Services ripening facility in the Netherlands: UFS is located in the north of the Netherlands and covers 3,200 m2, has 32 rooms with a capacity of 41,472 packages/week, 7 days a week. A 17-room extension is under construction.

2017

  • Purchase of the ripening facility in Stradella, Italy
  • Acquisition of the Valentina organic banana plantation in Ecuador
  • Establishment of first site in Latin America

2016

  • Purchase of the Gyal ripening facility in Hungary and launch of the improvement plan for the Spanish and Portuguese network

2015

  • Inauguration of the new Rennes site, the most efficient in France

2014

  • Inauguration of the Wigan ripening facility in the United Kingdom
  • Compagnie Fruitière’s founders buy back the 40% of the share capital held by Dole since 1992
  • Increase in minority capital, participation in the share capital of Unigrains, Idia-Sofipaca, and Société Générale Capital Partners

2012

  • Fairtrade and Max Havelaar GEL and PHP fair trade certification
  • Acquisition of Massilia Fruits Distribution (Marseilles), specialized in the potato trade

2011

  • Acquisition of Dole Spain and Portugal, a commercial subsidiary

2008

  • Acquisition of the Dole Fresh UK and Dole France networks, enabling, in particular, the development of the activities of carrier, ripener and distributor. Compagnie Fruitière has sites in Lille, Rungis, Strasbourg, Rennes, Lyons, Bordeaux, Toulouse, Chateaurenard, Marseilles and Perpignan

2003

  • Establishment of Golden Exotics Limited (GEL), the first large-scale banana and pineapple plantation in Ghana

2001

  • Establishment of the shipping company AEL (Africa Express Line), a carrier and logistics operator. 9 ships, 2 shipping lines
  • Establishment of Grands Domaines du Sénégal (GDS), the country’s leading market gardening company

1997

  • Acquisition of SCB, Côte d’Ivoire’s leading banana and pineapple plantation

1992

  • Dole takes a 40% stake in the company

1987-91

  • Expansion of production activities with the acquisition of 3,400 ha in Cameroon (PHP) consisting of a privately-owned plantation and a state-owned banana and pineapple plantation, and the development of other plantations in Africa.

1938

  • Establishment of Compagnie Fruitière in Marseilles, a family business, importer and wholesaler of fruit and vegetables from Africa