Company sources claim that the sale of Dole's Vegetables division to Chiquita will help solve labor and inflation-related issues, increase innovation, and create even stronger food safety programs in salad kits and other categories.
Chiquita is acquiring the division for about $293 million in cash. In the financial year ended Dec. 31, 2021, the division reported revenue of $1.28 billion. The business has agricultural operations and four processing plants across the United States and employs more than 3,000 people.
"We are pleased to announce the sale of our Fresh Vegetables Division. Combining with Fresh Express will improve the offering and service to customers and consumers through increased investments in innovation, efficiencies, and food safety," said Carl McCann, Dole's executive chairman.
Jose Luis Cutrale Jr., Chiquita Holdings' chairman, said the deal combines best practices across food safety, the freshness of produce, mechanization, automation, and innovation to offer rapidly expanding choices of safer and healthier produce products to the consumer.