Dole Asia Holdings launches Sunshine for All Fund in India
A $2 million annual fund will support global strategic partnerships and innovation in the crucial areas of sustainability, food access and reduction of food waste.
Dole Asia Holdings and its subsidiaries are focusing on both global awareness and immediate action with the launch of its Sunshine for All Fund, a $2 million annual fund that will support global strategic partnerships and innovation in the crucial areas of sustainability, food access and reduction of food waste. The fund is being launched in tandem with ‘The Growing Distance’, a short film that addresses the critical gaps the company sees as barriers to good nutrition for all.
By partnering with the talented innovators, promising start-ups, and progressive partners, the Fund will address these gaps of affordability and waste, as well accessibility and acceptability – all driving to fulfil Dole’s Promise for the benefit of the People, the Planet, and our collective Prosperity.
“As we scale up our presence in India, we have the unique opportunity to put the Dole Promise to work in one of the largest and important consumer markets of the world. Our goal is to build partnerships with innovators and to unlock opportunities for growth and tangible solutions,” added Aashim Malhotra, Vice President and Managing Director APAC Region at Dole Packaged Foods, LLC.
The company is seeking partners – from entrepreneurs, start-ups, strategic thinking to social impact enterprises, and NGOs – to bring their expertise in food production, nutritional science, compostable packaging, supply chain, logistics, sustainable agriculture and fast-moving consumer goods, to bear.
Barbara Guerpillon, Global Head of Ventures, Dole Packaged Foods and Asia Fresh, said, "The Fund is our signal to the world that we are open for business and that business is finding, feeling and fostering innovation, actions and change.”
Launched in India in November 2019, Dole Asia Holdings is a global multinational leader selling fresh and packaged fruits and fruit-based products worldwide. Dole is expanding its presence in India in partnership with Cantona Industries Private Ltd., as importer and PAN-India distributor.