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Fisher Ranch is now transporting Kingfisher and Fisher brand cantaloupes, honeydew melons, lettuce and broccoli from its facilities in California and Arizona to supermarkets, club stores and foodservice distributors throughout North America on CHEP pallets.

Fisher Ranch moved to the CHEP pallet pooling program in 2004. The produce marketer has experienced improvements in shipping platform quality and consistency as a result. It is also realizing a series of financial benefits from the switch, including productivity improvements and a reduction in product damage.

“We view the CHEP relationship as a real partnership that benefits the entire produce supply chain,” says Bart Fisher, president of Fisher Ranch.

Fisher says the CHEP program is more environmentally sustainable than the alternatives. Based on third-party lifecycle inventory analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to white wood pallets, each year Fisher Ranch is reducing solid waste generation by more than 100,000 pounds, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by about 75,000 pounds and saving enough energy to power 55 homes with electricity.

» Diageo Honors Exel AsCarrier Of The Year

Exel Transportation, an operating unit of Exel, the North American leader in supply chain management and a Deutsche Post DHL company, has earned the Johnnie Walker Blue Award for Best Overall Carrier from Diageo, the world’s leading premium drinks company with brands including Crown Royal, Johnnie Walker, Captain Morgan and Guinness.

Exel Transportation’s Mesquite, TX, office provides intermodal services for Diageo, and has been recognized as a core carrier partner since 2005. Exel earned the award as a result of the highest cumulative score across Diageo’s four primary key performance indicators including on-time pick-up, on-time delivery, tender acceptance and shipment status compliance.

“Exel Transportation earned our Overall Carrier of the Year award for its exceptional service during our 2010 fiscal year,” says Simon Wootton, logistics director, Diageo. “This carrier partner has consistently executed at a high level while maintaining in excess of 99 percent tender acceptance throughout the year.”

The Exel Transportation team was also noted for going above and beyond in meeting the needs of both Diageo and its customers.

» Genesee Brewery Targets C-Stores With 24-Ounce Cans

The first of millions of 24-ounce beer cans rolled off a new $3.5 million production line at The Genesee Brewery in Rochester, NY, last month.

The line, which took more than five months to install, has the capacity to package as many as 360,000 cans a day over three shifts. The 24-ounce cans of Genesee, Genny Light, Genesee Cream Ale, Genesee Ice and The Original Honey Brown Lager are arriving at convenience stores and retailers throughout the country.

“We recognize the growing consumer trend in single-serve cans. And we’re confident beer drinkers will choose Genny when given a choice at retail,” says James Pendegraft, vice president of sales for North American Breweries.

In order to make the product available, the Brewery had to undergo extensive construction. Crews demolished a 20-foot exterior wall in order to move the equipment into the second story location and installed an epoxy floor across a 10,000-square-foot area creating a space for the 150,000 pounds of equipment.

“This production line was built into the existing floor plan to take advantage of unused space. Our new line upholds the best energy, quality and safety practices industry-wide,” says Kenn Yartz, chief operating officer, North American Breweries. “We recently received AIB certification throughout the brewery in Rochester, which is the ‘quality’ gold standard in the food and beverage industry.”

About a dozen new employees will manage the 24-ounce beer can line’s daily operations.

“There’s room to grow as we continue our success,” says Pendegraft. “Our sales team has been focused on securing distribution. To date, many national and regional chains have agreed to slot our 24-ounce beers.”

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