Dole Packaged Foods’ 2020 Rose Parade float, “Sunshine for All,” took home the Queen Award, which is given to the float with the most outstanding presentation of roses.
Dole said the float, which featured a large golden sun with tropical waterfalls, celebrated the company’s belief that everyone has the right to nutritious foods, and its long-standing mission to provide healthy, non-GMO foods to communities around the globe. The sun rays featured Dole’s four pillars of sustainability—water management, carbon footprint, soil conservation and waste reduction.
“It has been an honor to participate in the Rose Parade for the 10th year in a row, and we are proud to receive the Queen award for our ‘Sunshine for All’ float,” said David Spare, VP of marketing for Dole Packaged Foods. “This beautiful float represents Dole’s belief that everyone, no matter who you are, has the right to nutritious foods—and it’s our core mission to deliver accessible nutrition every day.”
Dole has won a prestigious Rose Parade float award every year it has participated for the past decade, and continues to hold the record for the most Sweepstakes Trophy wins. Created by Fiesta Parade Floats, “Sunshine for All” was 55 ft. long, 18 ft. wide and 24 ft. high. Fiesta Parade Floats and Dole employees also designed and built previous award-winning entries for the floats: 2019 “Rhythm of Paradise” (Wrigley Legacy Award), 2018 “Sharing Nature’s Bounty” (Grand Marshal Trophy), 2017 “Spirit of Hawaii” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2016 “Soaring Over Paradise” (Directors’ Trophy), 2015 “Rhythm of Hawaii” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2014 “Sunrise at the Oasis” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2013 “Dreaming of Paradise” (Sweepstakes Trophy), 2012 “Preserving Paradise” (Sweepstakes Trophy) and 2011 “Living Well in Paradise” (Sweepstakes Trophy).
Dole, which is based in Westlake Village, California, participates in ongoing hunger relief initiatives, donating millions of pounds of healthy food each year through school drives and fruit for lunch programs, product donations and employee volunteerism.