Dole Harvesters Running on Biodiesel

John Davis

dole.jpgFresh food giant Dole has a fresh idea about how it is fueling its fresh vegetable harvesters in the western United States: use biodiesel.

This company press release says the fresh vegetable division has switched its harvesters in Salinas, California and in Yuma, Arizona over to B20:

Kevin Fiori, Dole’s Senior Vice President Agriculture Operations said “being good stewards of the environment is very important to Dole and this includes reducing emissions and using alternative sources of energy.” Dole has been testing B20 Bio Diesel since August in farm equipment and off road vehicles with very positive results.

Mr. Fiori also commented that “those of us in agriculture, who depend on the environment, land, water, and air quality to grow foods, are keenly aware of the importance of applying sustainable agricultural practices.”

Dole is the world’s largest producer and marketer of high-quality fresh fruit, fresh vegetables, and fresh-cut flowers, selling $6.2 billion a year.