Dole signs new contract with Chep for its pallet pooling services to transport bananas from processing facilities in Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras to markets in U.S., Canada

WESTLAKE, California , May 18, 2011 (press release) – Dole Fresh Fruit Company, a subsidiary of Dole Food Company Inc., the world’s largest producer and marketer of fresh produce, today announced the signing of a new contract for pallet pooling services with CHEP, an industry leader in pallet and container pooling solutions.

“CHEP is delighted to be expanding our activities with Dole, and we look forward to advancing the relationship with new and better solutions for their product handling challenges. We continue to be committed to providing Dole and all of our customers with the highest level of service and product quality.”

Dole is now transporting bananas on CHEP pallets from processing facilities in Costa Rica, Guatemala and Honduras to supermarkets, wholesale clubs and distributors in the USA and Canada. Dole has used CHEP pallets for its USA-based fresh vegetable business since 2006.

All of the CHEP pallets Dole uses to transport its bananas from Central America to the USA and Canada are in full compliance with ISPM-15 phytosanitary regulations.

CHEP USA Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing Karen Hempel said: “CHEP is delighted to be expanding our activities with Dole, and we look forward to advancing the relationship with new and better solutions for their product handling challenges. We continue to be committed to providing Dole and all of our customers with the highest level of service and product quality.”

About Dole Food Company

Dole, with 2010 net revenues of $6.9 billion, is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit and fresh vegetables, and is the leading producer of organic bananas. Dole markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit and is a produce industry leader in nutrition education and research. For more information, please visit www.dole.com.

About CHEP

CHEP is a global leader in managed, returnable and reusable packaging solutions, serving many of the world's largest companies in sectors such as consumer goods, fresh produce, beverage and automotive. CHEP’s service is environmentally sustainable and increases efficiency for customers while reducing operating risk and product damage. CHEP’s 7,500-plus employees and 300 million pallets and containers offer unbeatable coverage and exceptional value, supporting more than 500,000 customer touch-points in 45 countries. Our customer portfolio includes global companies and brands such as Procter & Gamble, Sysco, Kellogg's, Kraft, Nestlé, Ford and GM. CHEP is part of Brambles Limited. For more information, visit www.chep.com.

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