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Coca-Cola Enterprises Inc., Atlanta, has deployed several applications in JDA Software's Space and Category Management solution suite to streamline productivity and leverage retail shopper insights, to drive positive business results. The solutions provide Coca-Cola with a platform for planogram creation and analysis with integration to retailer point-of-sale (POS) data.

Kellogg Co., Battle Creek, MI, is implementing I.D. Systems' Wireless Asset Net industrial vehicle management system for its fleet of material handling equipment at its manufacturing and distribution facility in Battle Creek. The system establishes accountability for use of equipment and improves workplace safety and security by restricting vehicle access to trained, authorized operators. In other news, Kellogg has acquired Specialty Cereals Pty Ltd., a privately-owned manufacturer of natural, ready-to-eat cereals based in Frenchs Forest, Sydney, Australia.

Kraft Foods Inc., Northfield, IL, has announced it will begin implementing a data synchronization program with Unified Grocers in three divisions. The program, Fast Start, from the St. Charles, IL-based Epic Group, facilitates the adoption of data synchronization for retailers who require rapid synchronization with large numbers of vendor items.

SmithField Foods Inc., Milwaukee, has completed the sale of its beef business to JBS SA, a Brazilian company that is the nation's third largest producer of beef. A spokesman says the deal, worth $565 million, will improve the company's liquidity and allow it to instead concentrate on its pork business--it is the nation's largest pork producer.

Bepensa, a producer and distributor for Coca Cola beverages in Merida, Mexico, is achieving higher accuracy rates in its distribution center since implementing topSpeech-Lydia, a speaker-independent voice solution from TopVOX Corp., Barrington, IL. Productivity has already showed an increase of over 30 percent and the hands-free, eyes-free operation has also increased accuracy, efficiency and safety.

River Ranch Fresh Foods LLC, Salinas, CA, a premium produce grower/shipper and fresh cut processor, is exclusively using pallets from CHEP, Orlando, FL. The company will transport all of its private label River Ranch brand and Popeye Fresh! brand salad kits, spinach and other vegetables on CHEP plastic pallets.

Tree Top Inc., Selah, WA, has purchased Sabroso Co., a Medford, OR-based maker of fruit purees. The move is designed to expand product lines and outlets for fruit grown by its members.
International Foodservice Distributors Association (IFDA), McLean, VA, has released the 2008 IFDA Distributor Productivity Report, delivering financial and operations benchmarks that foodservice distributors can use to compare their operating results against others in the industry. The study examines profitability, expense management and return on investment data.

Krispy Kreme Doughnuts Inc., Winston-Salem, NC, has entered into an agreement with KKD Lotte Holdings Co. Ltd. which will allow Krispy Kreme to build 35 retail locations over the next four to five years in Shanghai, Beijing and Tianjin.

Quantum Foods, Bolingbrook, IL, has implemented RedPrairie's Warehouse Management (WMS) solution at its headquarters. Quantum Foods is one of the world's largest frozen meat providers.

Ocean Spray Dubs C.H. Robinson 'Supplier Of The Year'

Ocean Spray, the leading producer of canned and bottled juice drinks in North America, based in Lakeville-Middleboro, MA, has named C.H. Robinson's Transportation Management Center (TMC), its “Third-Party Logistics Provider Supplier of the Year.” TMC, a Chicago-based division of C.H. Robinson, provides a transparent and neutral approach to transportation management and was recognized for its outstanding support in supply chain management.

“TMC has become an extension of Ocean Spray's transportation and logistics teams. They are focused on continuous improvement and are committed to our success and sharing our vision of a premier supply chain leader,” notes June Youngs, director of supply chain for Ocean Spray.

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Stellar, Jacksonville, FL, is building Keystone Foods LLC's chicken processing plant in Gadsden, AL. The 185,000-square-foot facility will feature processing lines to cook, cool and package product....

Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. is constructing a headquarters/manufacturing facility in Florida Business Park, FL. It will cover 11 acres....

General Mills, Minneapolis, will invest $100 million in an expansion of its Albuquerque, NM, plant, The addition will add 160,000 square feet....

Nestle Prepared Foods Co. Glendale, CA, is building a distribution center in Mt. Sterling, KY.