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Mike Knowles



Friday 2nd December 2016, 15:43 London

Dole to employ VR in new campaign

Company preparing to step up marketing with virtual reality plantation experience at Fruit Logistica in Berlin.

Dole to employ VR in new campaign

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Multinational fresh fruit and vegetables company Dole is planning to underline its pioneering abilities as a major produce supplier with the development of a specially created virtual reality app.

Users of the app, which will be available to try at Fruit Logistica 2017 this coming February, will be able to enjoy a 360° tour of one of the group’s banana farms and watch as its employees go about their work.

“This state-of-the-art technology will not only captivate visitors, it will also convey relevant brand values in a way that inspires an emotional response,” explains Sonja Schulze, marketing manager at Dole Europe.

It’s not the first time Dole has sought to blaze a trail in terms of its communications and brand strategy. Five years ago, the group used its Dole Earth campaign to allow consumers and partners to form their own impressions of banana cultivation and, by means of an elaborately produced video, to find plenty of background information relating to plantations and the people working there.

Now, Dole hopes to retain its cutting-edge position by offering a fully immersive marketing experience.

“To understand the Dole standard, people really need to witness it in action first-hand,” Schulze insists. “Unfortunately, it isn't possible to take all of our employees and trading partners to our farms so that they can watch our processes and appreciate the natural beauty of our products' countries of origin in person. But it is possible to bring a part of our plantations to them.”

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