(Feb. 11) CORAL GABLES, Fla. — Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. reported Feb. 11 that it had posted sharply higher fourth-quarter profit as growth increased across all of its product lines.

The earnings report came about two weeks after the Coral Gables-based fruit and vegetable supplier announced it had purchased Dallas-based wholesaler Standard Fruit and Vegetable Co. Inc. for $100 million in cash.

Fresh Del Monte, which markets bananas, pineapples, melons and other items, reported net income of $35.2 million, or 62 cents a share, compared with $5.3 million, or 10 cents a share, during the same period a year earlier.

The earnings included a 7-cent-per-share gain on the sale of the company’s interest in its Northern European distributor.