Dole Food supplier Huelquen Farms, in Paine, Chile, achieved the Rainforest Alliance certification, the company announced July 26.
The farm grows 100 hectares, or around 247 acres, of table grapes under the Westlake Village-based Dole Food label and was successfully audited to the Sustainable Agriculture Network Standard.
The Rainforest Alliance is an international nonprofit organization that promotes sustainability standards in agriculture, including the conservation of biodiversity and natural resources, as well as supporting the well-being of workers, their families and their communities.
“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 a news release. “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.”
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