Vernon Catering joins Dole Ireland to create national fresh foodservice provider

John Cunningham, managing director, Dole Foodservice (left) with Ronan O’Sullivan of Vernon Catering

Vernon Catering’s operations will be integrated into Dole’s dedicated foodservice hub in Balbriggan with immediate effect



7 September 2023

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Dole Ireland has acquired Vernon Catering Ltd, a marketer and distributor of fresh fruits, vegetables and dry goods to foodservice outlets across Dublin for over 40 years.

Vernon Catering’s operations will be integrated into Dole’s dedicated foodservice hub located in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin with immediate effect. Ronan Sullivan, managing director of Vernon is assuming the new position of commercial director in Dole Foodservice.

In a press statement, the two businesses said their new partnership “represents an important moment in the evolution of both businesses. Both Dole and Vernon Catering share a passion for produce and a ‘can-do’, customer-centric culture dedicated to delivering best-in-class customer service.”

In combining Dole’s national distribution network, global and local sourcing reach and in-house supply chain expertise with Vernon’s strengths in forging enduring customer relationships and the breadth and variety of their portfolio of products, a new business is being created, one which they believe is “uniquely positioned to meet the needs of the modern foodservice operator”.

“Dole is pleased to welcome Ronan and his talented team into our family,” said John Cunningham, managing director of Dole Foodservice. “Vernon Catering is known and trusted by foodservice operators across Dublin. We very much look forward to integrating our businesses and Vernon’s distinctive and extensive value added range in to our own.”

“Dole is an extraordinary Irish success story and we are delighted to be joining forces as we take the next step forward as a business,” added Ronan O’Sullivan of Vernon Catering. “I can assure our customers that they will stay at the heart of all that we do and we look forward to sharing with them the opportunities arising.”



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