(March 13, 4:02 p.m., PACKER WEB EXCLUSIVE) Dole Food Co. earned record revenues in 2007, according to the Form 10-K the Westlake, Calif.-based company filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Dole reported revenues of $6.9 billion, a 13% increase from 2006. The company, however, had a net loss of $58 million, compared to a net loss of $90 million in the previous year.

Fresh fruit revenues increased 19% to $4.7 billion. The company said that higher volumes and increased pricing of bananas and pineapples accounted for about $222 million, or 28%, of the increased revenue. Dole’s European ripening and distribution operations increased sales by $528 million, in part because the company completed its acquisition of JP Fresh late in 2006.

Revenues from fresh vegetables decreased 2% to $1.06 billion due to lower volumes in North America and Asia. Dole reported that all its business segments were affected by increased costs related to products, distribution and shipping.

In the packaged salads business, improved pricing was offset by low volume during the first half of the year. However, the company said volumes increased later in the year, and the category is recovering from the 2006 E. coli outbreak linked to fresh spinach.