Fruit giants Dole Fresh Fruit and Del Monte Fresh Produce have announced that litigation concerning the marketing of an extra-sweet pineapple has been settled out of court. Dole president and CEO Lawrence Kern said in a conference call to investment analysts that the feud was at an end. The dispute had been running since March 2000, when South Africa-owned Del Monte sued Dole over its Premium Select pineapple, alleging that Dole had stolen its variety from Del Monte Gold.