Hello, your pineapple was grown on the El Muelle plantation in Costa Rica.

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El Muelle

Learn fascinating facts about the country, the people, the climate and the region where our farms are located.

Dole certifications

Dole’s certifications reflect our commitment to protect both people and the planet. They apply to all social and environmental issues from cultivation to transportation. The many measures Dole is involved in benefit local communities.

GlobalGAP sets voluntary standards in agricultural production around the world. It was set up to reassure consumers about how food is produced on the farm by minimising detrimental environmental impacts of farming operations, reducing the use of chemical inputs and ensuring a responsible approach to worker health and safety.

Dole chose ISO 14001 as its environmental management standard. This area also includes programmes for independent suppliers.

First established in 1997, the standard is globally recognised for its effectiveness in the achievement of environmental objectives, for example relating to waste management and air, water and soil contamination.

The non-profit organisation Fair Trade USA certifies fairly traded products in North America. Transactions between suppliers and distributors guarantee fair prices and wages for farmers and workers, safe and eco-friendly practices and funds for community development.

Costa Rica

This small country in Central America is home to over 100 volcanoes – five of which are still active. Thanks to the very fertile soil, 10 000 different plant species can be found here. Costa Rica is famous for its high-quality coffee, sweet pineapples and of course, its delicious bananas.

The environmentalist

Max León Pérez is responsible for sustainability projects at Dole. He shows schoolchildren and local people how the community can help the whole world by treating their own environment with respect. Spend a day with him and find out how Dole puts sustainability into practice.

Facts

Quality fruit needs space. The plantation covers more than 9.6 square kilometres or 1,346 football fields.

516 people work at this plantation.

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Climate

The humid, tropical climate is perfect for growing bananas. There is frequent rainfall and the temperature is always warm. The average temperature in summer (December to April) is 27°C. Even during the rainy season from May to November, the temperature rarely falls below 17°C.

  • Local Time: 17:49 (GMT -06:00)
  • fog
  • Humidity 94%
21.31°

degrees celsius

San Carlos, Alajuela

This popular holiday destination is in the north, near the border with Nicaragua. It's a humid region with lots of national parks, reserves and hot thermal springs. It is also home to Arenal, one of Costa Rica's main active volcanoes.

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