Initiatives at Dole Fresh Vegetables

Dole Fresh Vegetables (DFV) has also implemented several initiatives in its agricultural operations and manufacturing plants as a way to reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. DFV’s agricultural operations have made the following changes:

  • Use of biodiesel-powered harvesting equipment.
  • Using GPS technology on tractors to reduce the number of tillage passes.
  • Upgrading the harvesting and hauling equipment to reduce pollution.
  • Applying new filter systems that reduce diesel emissions from farm vehicles.
  • Replacing older cooling equipment with energy-efficient units.
  • Optimizing cooling-tube cycle times for raw materials.
  • Installing energy-efficient motors and lighting in coolers.
  • Regionally sourcing products for the Eastern plants.
  • Composting vegetable waste.
  • Testing a solar-powered harvesting machine.

Actions taken in the manufacturing operations include:

  • Evaluating alternative energy sources, such as wind and solar energy.
  • Installing energy-efficient motors for the cooling systems.
  • Using new, more energy-efficient lamps in the Soledad Value-Added plant. This contributed to a reduction of over 300,000 KWH (approximately 100 metric tons) of CO2e per year.

Recently, DFV introduced freight optimization software that calculates the most efficient delivery route for trucks. This software alone has saved 3,500 road hours and US$ 220,000 per year, which in turn, helps maintain the health of our environment.