Westlake Village, Calif.-based Dole Food Co.’s Huelquen Farm, Paine, Chile, is now Rainforest Alliance Certified.
Dole’s farm grows grape varieties including crimson seedless, flame seedless, Thompson seedless, red globe, Great Green, Moon Balls and Timcon under Dole’s label, according to a news release, as well as for private labels.
A company that meets the three pillars of sustainability set by the Sustainable Agriculture Network, a conservation group coalition, can receive the certification. The three pillars focus on social, economic and environmental sustainability, according to the Rainforest Alliance website.
“This certification that affirms how our farming practices and farm management have evolved is a great achievement for us,” Francisco Chacon, president of Dole Diversified, said in the release.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit that has 30 years of experience conserving biodiversity, natural resources and promoting healthy workers and communities, according to the release.
Dole owns 1,800 acres, 2,600 leased acres and 14,000 contracted acres in Chile, according to the release, and is the largest fruit exporter in Chile since 1982. The company also has 2,000 and 1,800 contracted acres in Argentina and Peru respectively.
“We want to do our part as a good farmer and employer to make the world a better place. That commitment resonates with our workers and our consumers, and is also important for our partner retail customers,” Chacon said in the release.