The coronavirus (Covid-19) continues to impact each and every one of us – whether it be in our homes, at our schools or in the workplace.
The message from President Cyril Ramaphosa is quite clear: this is a matter of grave urgency and an appeal has been made to all South Africans to observe that we are in a state of disaster and to be vigilant and adhere to the protocols which have been implemented by Government.
Dole Food Company is committed to mitigating the spread of the virus across all its entities and communities. In our office in Bellville, Cape Town, we have appointed a Covid-19 Task Team who meets every day to assess the needs and safety of our employees and observe this very fluid situation closely. Both here and at Corporate level, the health and wellness of our employees remains our top priority.
Dole is in a unique position during this crisis. As many businesses temporarily close non-essential operations, as an exporter and supplier of fresh produce, it is imperative that we keep the supply chains open and continue with our core function of exporting – serving growers and consumers through our scale, trusted brand, and enormous sales network. We are recognised as an essential service and believe that we are in the best position to cope with challenges as they arise.
Dole Food Company is a well known brand with leading market positions and scale. We invite you to visit our worldwide network here: http://www.dole.com/AboutDole
Dole South Africa is a leading exporter and producer of Grapes, Citrus and Stone fruit. Our success is largely due to a multi-talented team (staff and growers) who work around the clock to meet the demands of our customers. We remain committed to delivering quality service so that we are the exporter of choice in the South African fruit industry.
Dole Food Company dates back to 1851, and is one of the world’s leading producers, marketers and distributors of fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Through our worldwide network, we provide retail, wholesale and food service customers with a diverse portfolio of fresh products bearing the Dole brand. Our significant product range holds leading market share positions in their respective markets – e.g. bananas, pineapples, value-added and fresh-packed vegetables and berries. We sell and distribute our fruit and vegetable products throughout our network in North America, Europe, Latin America, South Africa and Dubai. For the 12 months ended October 2017, Dole generated revenue of US$4.455 million.
In February 2018 Total Produce (whose headquarters are in Dublin, and listed on the Irish and London Stock Exchanges) announced that it had entered into an agreement to acquire a 45% equity stake in Dole Food Company from its owner Mr David H Murdoch. This transaction was concluded in July 2018 and is expected to realise combined sales of over US$9 billion.
What we stand for – our vision, business goals and values
Dole South Africa’s vision is to be the producer and exporter of choice – providing superior service to our customers through growing an exceptional talent pool. We measure ourselves against achieving sustainable EBITDA goals and growing shareholders value.
We embrace a core set of values: integrity, teamwork, performance excellence, respect for people and community, pride, creative and entrepreneurial spirit, courage, tenacity, and respect for sustainable and ethical production practices. We are confident that with these values in our pocket we will continue to grow our business and be a reliable business partner to our growers and customers. Furthermore, Dole SA is committed to lawfully processing personal information as stated in the Dole SA POPI policy. POPI Update
As part of our commitment to ensuring customer satisfaction and continual improvement to meeting customer and legal requirements, our management team is accountable for the effectiveness of the Quality Management System (QMS) by ensuring that the appropriate resources are made available for implementation. Furthermore, we are committed to following a process approach for the systematic planning, executing and checking of the QMS by adhering to a set of guidelines. Read the full version of our Quality Policy Statement: Quality Policy Statement:
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