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Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., is the world's largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen foods, and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. The Company does business in more than 90 countries and employs, on average, 36,000 full-time, regular employees and 23,000 full-time seasonal or temporary employees, worldwide.

Dole Food Company, Inc. and Castle & Cooke, Inc. are privately held companies owned by David H. Murdock, who has also served as chairman and chief executive officer of both companies since 1985. Formerly listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Dole Food Company and Castle & Cooke were acquired by Mr. Murdock in 2003 and 2000, respectively. The food, floral and health-related businesses operate as Dole Food Company, and all other businesses operate as Castle & Cooke.

Mr. Murdock's combined companies make up one of the largest privately held companies in America.