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Dole Adds New Service at Port Tampa Bay

11.6.2021

Dole Fresh Fruit, a subsidiary of Dole Food Co., is adding a weekly direct call at Port Tampa Bay from Honduras and Guatemala in July.

In addition to Dole Fresh Fruit discharging bananas and pineapples, Dole's commercial cargo division, Dole Ocean Cargo Express, will offer fixed weekly full container load containerized cargo services. The route, called the Gulf Express Service, also includes stops in Gulfport, Mississippi and Freeport, Texas.

"This marks a major milestone in our strategic efforts to continue to diversify our cargo mix and expand our container volume. It is now our fastest growing line of business," said Paul Anderson, Port Tampa Bay president and CEO, in a release.

Port Logistics Refrigerated Services will provide terminal and stevedoring for the service. PLRS includes a new, 135,000-square-foot cold storage facility, 148 reefer plugs and fumigation services.

"It provides another competitive avenue for refrigerated cargo, automobiles, general cargo and other like commodities to get to their markets faster and more competitively," said John Trummel, vice president and general manager of Dole Ocean Cargo Express, in a release.

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