I went to General Santos City in South Cotabato last week and one of the places I was able to visit was DOLEFIL aka Dole Philippines, Inc. in Polomolok.
And what do you do inside the biggest pineapple plantation in the country? Drink pineapple juice of course or in my case, have some fresh pineapple shake.
The people of Dolefil was kind enough to welcome me and my blogger friends to their Kalsangi Clubhouse.
The place is actually closed for the public and is for the exclusive use of Dolefil employees and guests – that’s why I felt privileged to be there.
While having some snacks, we were shown a presentation which highlights some of the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) projects of Dolefil to the local community.
Afterward, we were give some free time to roam around. I spent most of my time just taking photos of the wonderful landscape of their golf course.
Did you know that only 5% of the products of Dolefil is being sold locally? The rest is being exported all over the world.
And lastly, did you know that it takes 20 to 22 months for a pineapple to be ready for harvest? That’s almost two years!
And that’s why in Dolefil, their pineapple field is as big as 24,000 acres. So they can harvest around 2,000 acres of pineapples every month – it’s really a good thing that pineapples are not seasonal.
Update: Congratulations to Dolefil for winning the Gawad Kapatid Awards 2011