Westlake Village, California-based Dole Food Company, the world's largest producer and marketer of fruit, vegetables and flowers, has posted a 100% increase in its Q2 2002 net income from continuing operations to US$66.8m (US$1.18/share), up from US$33.3m (59 cents/share) year on year. Year-to-date net income from continuing operations was up 94% to US$123.1m (US$2.17/share) up from US$62.7m (US$1.12/share) for the same period of 2001. Including a post-tax charge of US$119.9m from the write-off of goodwill associated with Dole's flower business, however, year-to-date 2002 net income fell to US$3.2m from US$71.7m year on year.