Fruits and Vegetables

Highlights

Marketing

Dole Inducts First Three Members of Banana Hall of Fame

March 5, 2024
New Dole Banana Hall of Fame continues 125th anniversary celebration, honoring Bananas Foster and Banana Split creators as well as Dole’s banana mascot.
Careers

Del Monte Foods to Shutter Central Wisconsin Facility

Feb. 28, 2024
Closure of the facility will result in the layoff of 90 employees.
Mergers & Acquisitions

Driscoll’s Takes Ownership of Australia’s Costa Group

Feb. 26, 2024
PE parent company and an investment management corporation partner with Driscoll’s to purchase Australian grower, packer and marketer of fruit and vegetables.
Mergers & Acquisitions

Twin City Foods, Smith Frozen Foods Sign Merger Agreement

Feb. 26, 2024
Pacific Northwest frozen vegetable processors expect to complete merger in second quarter of this year.
Fruits and Vegetables

Sonoma County, California’s ‘Last Apple Plant’ Will Relocate to Sunnyside, Washington

Feb. 15, 2024
Manzana Products has processed apples into sauce, vinegar, cider and juice in Graton, Calif., for more than 100 years, but the cost to ship apples there will force the company...
Beverage Products

Coca-Cola Finalizes Shutdown of Dunedin, Florida, Orange Juice Plant

Feb. 15, 2024
The plant’s closure was first announced in 2020, but Coca-Cola had kept it operating since then and will shut it down at the end of May.
Courtesy of Rind Snacks
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Rind Snacks Acquires Vermont Granola Manufacturer Small Batch Organics

Feb. 13, 2024
Deal marries Rind’s sales, distribution and brand expertise with Small Batch’s manufacturing and product innovation skills.
Marketing

Jif Aims to Save Chicken Wings’ ‘Forgotten’ Side Partner in Super Bowl Promo

Feb. 6, 2024
Peanut butter brand on a mission to “Save the Celery” from being forgotten, neglected and wasted on the side of gameday platters.
Courtesy of Dole plc
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Marketing

Dole’s Big Milestone is Bananas, B-A-N-A-N-A-S

Feb. 2, 2024
Produce company begins its “125th Banana-versary” celebration with tips, history and promotions all year long.
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People on the Move

U.S. Sugar Names New President and CEO

Oct. 27, 2023
Kenneth W. McDuffie takes the reins of the Florida-based sugar cane, citrus and sweet corn producer.
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Mergers & Acquisitions

TreeHouse Foods to Purchase Pickled Condiment Brands from The J.M. Smucker Co.

Oct. 18, 2023
TreeHouse acquiring Canadian brands Bick’s, Habitant, Woodman’s and McLarens for $20 million.
Courtesy of Nature's Touch
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Mergers & Acquisitions

Nature’s Touch Acquires Frozen Fruit Operations From SunOpta

Oct. 13, 2023
Transaction includes Sunrise Growers frozen fruit operations in Edwardsville, Kan., and Jacona, Mexico.
Courtesy of Mastronardi Produce Ltd.
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Capital Spending

Mastronardi Produce Opens Two New Greenhouses in Kentucky

Oct. 6, 2023
High-tech greenhouses will add 120 acres of growing capacity for tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and berries for the company’s Sunset brand.