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If you Drupelet, Pick it up!

Quite like the Strawberry, the Blackberry is not considered a “real berry,” it’s actually an aggregate fruit! That means the Blackberry is composed of a bunch of different tiny fruits, which combine to make one delicious flavor!

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What's in a Name?

The true meaning of the name “Strawberry,” is somewhat contested by historians. Popular folklore relates that children used sell their berries at the market, and to make trading easier, they would string them together with threads of straw, hence Straw-Berry!

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Brilliant Berries

When you are walking through the fresh produce aisle at your local grocery store, it might be helpful to have a few tried-and-true tips up your sleeve to ensure that the delicious DOLE® Berries you bring home to your family (or keep all to yourself!) are as fresh and mouthwatering as possible!

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About Us

Founded in Hawaii in 1851, Dole Food Company, Inc., with 2010 revenues of $6.9 billion, 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.

Charitable Programs

Thank you for inquiring about Dole Food Company, Inc.'s U.S. Charitable Contribution Program. Dole Food Company's charitable program is dedicated to bringing about positive change in the area of nutrition education for children. By targeting one area for charitable giving, Dole is maximizing its limited resources to make the greatest progress in that area. Dole's goal is to help the next generation of adults prevent many diseases by teaching the value of good nutrition to children through improved and interactive teaching curriculum for schools nationwide. Dole donates a non-branded nutrition education CD-ROM program to schools. In addition, Dole has developed a nutrition education website available on the Internet at Dole Superkids. Dole is also a major donor to a nationwide food bank to help distribute more fresh fruit and vegetables to charitable organizations throughout the U.S. This program provides access to fresh produce that is normally not available in the diets of low-income individuals. In Dole's overseas operations, each division contributes generously to the communities in which Dole employees live and work with particular focus on reforestation and conservation; building housing, schools, hospitals, roads and infrastructure; and teaching local citizens proper care for the environment.

Dole Food Company's U.S. Charitable Contribution Program makes grants based on the following guidelines:

• The Program is restricted to funding 501(c)(3) charitable organizations only.
• Documentation from the I.R.S. confirming 501(c)(3) status must be provided.
• The organization should provide nutrition education programs that benefit schools on a nationwide basis as opposed to assisting an individual school.

Dole Food Company is restricted from making grants to the following:

• Individuals
• Religious, fraternal, sports or political groups
• Legislative or lobbying efforts or groups who have a primary focus of changing laws
• Sporting events and sponsorships

On behalf of Dole Food Company, we encourage and support the work you are doing in your community. We regret not being able to fund so many of the wonderful projects submitted to us and wish you the best in your fundraising efforts. We look forward to hearing from you if your program meets our guidelines.