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Del Monte Fresh Produce Co., San Francisco, has just acquired two melon operations in Guatemala. The two acquired operations will provide approximately 5 million boxes of cantaloupes and honeydews for Del Monte during the upcoming offshore melon season, which starts in late November and runs until Mid May. The move ensures enough supply to help Del Monte meet increasing customer needs in North America.

C&S Wholesale Grocers, San Carlos, CA, has subscribed to DemandTec's Deal Management software service in order to help automate its vendor deal management process, enhance its relationships with suppliers, and improve service levels to the retailers it supplies. It will use the service to improve vender compliance on trade deals.

Chiquita Brands International, Inc., Cincinnati, has entered into a joint venture with Haitong Food Group Co., Ltd. for the processing, sale and marketing of value-added fresh produce in China. Chiquita will provide limited capital investment and have majority ownership of the jointventure company. The company will market and sell fresh packaged salads, fresh cut fruits and vegetables and fresh chilled beverages.

Système U, France, has selected the Aldata G.O.L.D. Vocal PDA. Système U has begun operating Vocal PDA with voice-order picking on 50 PDA units.
Système U already uses G.O.L.D. Stock to manage its warehouses and has deployed Aldata G.O.L.D. Vocal in a proprietary environment to manage its fresh, dry and perishable products, plus seafood and fresh fish within its warehouses.

Lond-based Tesco plc will implement RedPrarie's Workforce Management application at its stores. The solution will enable it to deliver greater customer service by aligning cusotmer traffice with employee scheduling. The company says having more employees on hand to service customers will increase store productivity.

Ralcorp Holdings, St. Louis, has just completed its acquisition of the Post cereal business. It purchased the cereal business from Kraft Foods for $2.6 billion. As part of the deal, it has taken over the Post cereal manufacturing plants in Battle Creek, MI; Jonesboro, AR; Modesto, CA; and Niagara Falls, Ont. and retained the employees at these facilities.

DCI Cheese CO., Mayville, WI, a manufacturer and supplier of cheese products, has implemented the RIMS Warehouse Management System from Robocom Systems International in its Green Bay, WI facility. RIMS will manage DCI's finished goods and raw material inventory. The company produces 120 million pounds and 1,500 different SKU's of cheese each year.

Naturipe Berry Growers, Salinas, CA, announced it is seeing significant benefits from using the CHEP pallet pool and will continue to ship on platforms from the company. The company transports Naturipe-branded strawberries, blueberries, raspberries and blackberries from growing and distribution facilities in Irvine, Oxnard, Salinas, Watsonville and Santa Maria, CA.

Menlo Worldwide Logistics, San Mateo, CA, will manage a 105 thousand-square-foot warehouse in Beloit, WI for natural snack foods company Kettle Foods...

Weber Distribution, Santa Fe Springs, CA, has opened a new 12,500-square-foot facility in Portland, OR. It will provide solutions including warehousing, distribution, transportation and cross-docking....

Dot Foods, Sterling, IL, has finished construction of a 138,000-square-foot distribution facility in Burley, IA. The warehouse includes a minus-10-degree freezer, a 35-degree cooler and 35-degree truck loading docks....

German discount grocer ALDI is opening a $40 million, 500,000-square-foot depot in Haines City, FL. It will coincide with 25 new grocery stores in Florida.

Schneider National Is Wal-Mart's Intermodal Carrier Of The Year

Schneider National, Green Bay, WI, has been selected as the 2007 Intermodal Carrier of the Year by Wal-Mart Stores Inc. Since the award's inception in 1997, the provider of transportation, logistics and intermodal services has held this title in three other years: 2002, 2003 and 2004.

"We consider many factors when determining the winner, including dedication to customer service, operational excellence and the ability to offer creative solutions to our complex supply chain opportunities," says Chris Sultemeier, senior vice president of transportation for Wal-Mart.