In April 2017, the first steps toward listing on the stock exchange were taken. It was estimated that this IPO would bring in about $400 million. On 31 March 2017, Dole reported a turnover of $4,5 billion for the previous 12 months.
After this initial announcement, things were quiet until December. It was then leaked that Dole was in talks with Greenyard over a possible takeover. Last week, Hein Deprez, Greenyard's majority shareholder, made it known that these negotiations had failed.