New Jersey port pursues slice of Dole Fruit business

3.4 billion bananas would annually pass through port, creating at least 100 jobs

Published: 1:10 PM EDT Aug 01, 2013
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A port being built on the Delaware River in southern New Jersey is looking to take a bite out of the business of North America's largest banana port.

The Dole Fresh Fruit Co. is considering relocating one ship a week, or 3.4 billion bananas a year, from the Port of Wilmington to the not-yet-finished Port of Paulsboro in Gloucester County.

A Dole vice president, Stuart Jablon, told The Philadelphia Inquirer that New Jersey has offered some "very financially appealing" tax-incentive credits.

Jablon said the developers of the Paulsboro port are also willing to build them what they want, with "all the bells and whistles."

The Paulsboro port is directly across from Philadelphia International Airport. Getting a piece of the Dole business would create 100 or more jobs in New Jersey.

Dole's lease in Wilmington, Del., is up in 2015, when the Paulsboro port is scheduled for completion.