Papa John's broke the world record for the largest pizza delivery June 8 when it delivered13,500 sausage, pepperoni and cheese pizzas to the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard in San Diego. To meet the 11 a.m. delivery time, Papa John's used the resources of 15 San Diego area restaurants., more than 100 Papa John's team members and 20 delivery vans.
Third-party logistics provider CaseStack, Santa Monica, CA, is offering a rebate to truck drivers who fill up with biodiesel fuel while carrying a load for CaseStack.
ConAgra Foods, Omaha, NE, will roll the Multistage Inventory Planning & Optimization (MIPO) software solution from SmartOps Corp., Pittsburgh, into its operations to provide a clearer, more accurate view of its complete supply chain.
PETCO Animal Supplies, San Diego, is using McDATA storage networking solutions to consolidate retail systems and optimize its inventory and restocking processes. The pet specialty retailer collects sales numbers from 800 stores around the country to automatically update inventory replenishment requirements. Distribution centers and suppliers receive orders based on the previous day's sales before the stores open the next morning.
New York-based Stella D'oro is ending its agreement with Kraft/Nabisco to handle direct store delivery of its cookie and breadstick lines throughout much of the Northeast. Beginning in the fall, it will turn over its DSD deliveries to Snyder's of Hanover. Stella D'oro will continue to operate its one-step DSD system in the metro New York market.
Cole's Quality Foods, Grand Rapids, MI, awarded a multi-year contract to Hanson Logistics, St. Joseph, MI, to manage a customized transportation program for procurement, optimization, visibility and compliance.
Natural and organic foods retailer Wild Oats Markets chose Harvest Meats Co. and Sherwood Food Distributors to manage its nationwide protein distribution needs.
Hispanic grocer Pro's Ranch Markets, Ontario, CA, chose the Retail BOSS suite of applications from BRdata, Melville, NY, as its back-office solution. The retailer will add the DSD and warehouse modules soon.
Houston-based IFCO Systems opened a pallet services facility in Milwaukee, bringing its total number of pallet management service facilities to 54. The new location is centrally located to bring pallet recycling, pallet retrieval and other pallet management services to customers throughout Wisconsin, Illinois, and Michigan.
Reinhart Foodservice, LaCrosse, WI, will acquire Burlington Foodservice Co., Burlington, VT, a $75 million broadline foodservice distributor to restaurants throughout northern New England. Reinhart has also, in the last three months, acquired Kings Provisions, with locations in Atlanta and Jacksonville, FL, and Frank Catanzaro Sons and Daughters, based in Cincinnati.
Through a long-term strategic alliance just reached, Pepsi-Cola North America will market, bottle and distribute single-serve Ocean Spray cranberry juice products in the United States. and Canada.
Cooperative food distributor Associated Wholesalers Inc., Robesonia, PA, and White Rose Food, Carteret, NJ, reportedly will merge in the fall, bringing together two major grocery distributors in the Northeast.
More than 700 warehouse workers, bottlers, production employees, engineers, mechanics and in-house clerical staffs at five 7-Up locations in southern California voted to join the Teamsters union.