We would like to say a special word of thanks to Dole Ireland, who are the match sponsors for the UEFA Europa Conference League tie with KA Akureyri.

Formerly McCann Fruit – and later Total Produce – Dole plc, which was born two years ago this week, has long and enduring links to both Dundalk town and Dundalk FC.

Dole is an Irish and a Dundalk success story. After starting as a modest wholesale business here in the North East, it has grown into the world’s largest fresh produce company, employing nearly 40,000 people and operating out of 30 countries.

Though new to Ireland, the Dole brand is a household name across much of Europe and the Americas. Here at home, Dole Ireland operates 13 facilities across the island of Ireland – supported by a wide network of the most accomplished local growers.

Its industry-leading vertically integrated supply chain extends across the globe. Growing, sourcing, importing, packaging, marketing and distributing over 300 lines of fresh produce, Dole Ireland’s range of local and global produce extends from the more familiar to the truly exotic and includes extensive organic and value-added fresh-cut ranges.

Serving the retail, wholesale and food service sectors, Dole Ireland is a complete fresh produce solution provider – offering a comprehensive menu of services to its customers, ranging from simple service provision to complete category management.

Given the important role both play in contributing to good health and well-being, fruit and sport are inextricably linked and this is one of the many reasons that Dole is so proud of its ongoing association with its hometown club and its current sponsorship of the Dundalk FC MU17 and MU19 academy sides.

To find out more about Dole, visit www.doleireland.com