Dole Food Co. has acquired US berry producer SunnyRidge Farm.

The produce giant announced the deal yesterday (11 October) and said SunnyRidge’s blueberry and blackberry operations are a “strategic complement” to its existing fresh and frozen berry operations.

David DeLorenzo, president and CEO of Dole Food Co said: “Blueberries and blackberries are some of the fastest growing items in the produce category and also amongst the most nutritious fruits. The SunnyRidge acquisition lets us advance our commitment to providing the consumer with an ever growing array of healthful, nutritious fruits and vegetables.”

Dole, which markets a growing line of packaged and frozen fruit, posted net revenues of US$6.9bn in 2010.

SunnyRidge Farm sources and sells blackberries, strawberries and raspberries. It has operating centres in Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, Arkansas, Michigan, British Columbia, Mexico, Argentina and Chile.