Itochu to buy Dole Asia business
TOKYO - The Associated PressThe Japanese trading company Itochu Corp. says it has agreed to buy Dole Food Co.’s worldwide packaged foods and Asia fresh produce businesses for $1.7 billion.
Itochu said in a brief statement yesterday that it would provide further details of its planned purchase of Westlake Village, California-based Dole’s subsidiaries later.
Dole earlier said it was in “advanced negotiations” to sell those parts of its business to Itochu or another party following a strategic review of its operations.
Dole’s packaged foods business includes products ranging from canned and frozen fruit to bagged salads - product lines that fit with Itochu’s ambitions to become the biggest food distributor in the increasingly affluent Asian market.