(May 11) Dole Food Co. Inc., Westlake Village, Calif., experienced a 12% increase in revenues over 2006 that amounted to $1.6 billion.

Dole’s first-quarter filing with the Securities Exchange Commission states that higher revenues were reported in the company’s fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and packaged foods operating segments. The company earned operating income of $31 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared to $23 million during the same period in 2006. Dole reported a net loss of $10.2 million for the first quarter of 2007, compared to a net loss of $5.9 million for the first quarter of 2006.

The increased revenues, according to the SEC filing were driven by strong banana and pineapple sales worldwide and higher volumes and pricing in the company’s packaged foods business.

The company also saw increases in European ripening and distribution operations due primarily to the October 2006 acquisition of the remaining 65% ownership in JP Fruit Distributors Limited (renamed JP Fresh). JP Fresh generated revenues of $73 million during the first quarter of this year, which was driven by higher sales of its Fruit Bowl.

Lower operating income was reported by its fresh vegetables operations due to lower volumes and higher product costs in the packaged salads business.