» Sturm Foods has implemented solutions within the SCOPE supply chain portfolio from Manhattan Associates to optimize supply chain processes in five of its distribution centers, all located in Manawa, WI. The company quickly realized improved inventory capabilities, including an accuracy level of 98.5 percent, while reducing the cost of labor by more than 50 percent. In addition, Sturm cut damage costs by 20 percent and eliminated the need for a year-end physical inventory.

» Hostess Brands, Irving, TX, has implemented the Sterling Business Integration Suite, from Sterling Commerce, to improve customer service by optimizing interactions with its more than 50,000 partners, including suppliers, bakeries, distribution centers, depots and retailers.

» Sysco Corp., Houston, has acquired Lincoln Poultry & Egg Co., a broadline foodservice distributor based in Lincoln, NE. The management team and employees of Lincoln will become employees of Sysco.

» Midwest grocer Meijer, which has been selling locally produced foods from area farmers for the past five years, is substantially expanding its commitment to home grown fruits and vegetables by 20 percent this year. In total, the Grand Rapids, MI-based company expects to pump more than $60 million into local economies through its program of partnering with farms throughout Michigan, Ohio, Illinois, Indiana and Kentucky, up from $50 million last year.

» El Segundo, CA-based Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market is expanding its popular “Farm to Store in 24” program, bringing more produce from California farms to its stores in less than 24 hours. The grocer is working with local growers to bring additional fruit such as peaches and nectarines, as well as vegetables into the program as summer turns to fall.

» Henningsen Cold Storage Co. has installed a Solar Nation 200kW solar-electric system at its Portland, OR, location to reduce and stabilize energy costs and follow through on its long-standing commitment to protecting the environment. The installation includes 1,386 thin-film solar panels, manufactured in the United States by UNI-SOLAR, covering 32,479 square feet of pre-existing roof space. This system will supply approximately 20 percent of the electrical energy needs for the 145,000-square-foot facility.

» Clement & Pappas & Co. Inc., a NJ-based private brand beverage manufacturer, has selected Transplace as its third-party logistics provider to efficiently manage shipments throughout North America. Transplace will employ its Transportation Management System (TMS) to provide enhance shipment lifecycle visibility, transportation stability and improve overall supply chain operational efficiencies for Clement Pappas.

» Schreiber Foods, Green Bay, WI, has selected Swisslog to build a state-of-the-art distribution facility. Schreiber is the world’s largest employee-owned dairy company with annual sales of more than $3 billion. The new facility will provide the company with the capacity to grow its business while insuring all customers continue to receive high service levels.

» Dot Foods’ Forklift Rodeo Winners Win Vacations

Three Dot Foods Inc. warehouse employees lassoed vacations by maneuvering through an obstacle course on a sit-down forklift, mule or narrow-aisle reach truck at the company’s Forklift Rodeo Grand Nationals held last month at its Mt. Sterling, IL, headquarters.

Dot crowned winners on each piece of equipment during the event, which encourages safe and efficient operation of material handling equipment.

Tony Grimes from the Williamsport, MD, warehouse and Mike Chilbert from the Liverpool, NY, distribution center won on mule and narrow-aisle, respectively. Michael Rose, representing the Ardmore, OK, facility was the forklift champion. The Oklahoma warehouse accumulated the best overall score to earn bragging rights as the all-around DC champion.

“This event is fun and exciting for our warehouse employees and their families. Our judges score the participants on speed and safety, taking into account any bumping into or upsetting the pallets that outline the course,” says John Long, vice president of warehousing.

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Sielsa, the largest produce distribution warehouse in Costa Rica, has opened a facility containing more than 59,000 cubic feet of refrigerated storage and 12 shipping docks, near Limon, Costa Rica. The company has integrated three Purefresh Cold Storage systems as a key component of the DC, which assure a high level of food safety and quality for refrigerated storage environments by controlling temperature and humidity and by providing real-time alerts. Most of the fresh produce will be shipped to the U.S. and Europe.