CanGro Foods Makes Right Outsourcing Move



    Tompkins Associates Allows Company to Focus on Core Business

    RALEIGH, N.C., January 31 /CNW/ - After implementing a new outsourcing
solution, CanGro Foods Inc.'s annual savings are estimated to exceed $1
million. Tompkins Associates provided the leading Canadian grower, processor
and canner with the right solution to reduce labor requirements and costs
while increasing flexibility and productivity for their newly acquired grocery
brands from Kraft Canada.

    CanGro Foods, a new company in need of a more coherent supply chain,
recently acquired five grocery brands from Kraft Canada and sought to
establish warehouse and transportation operations, either by outsourcing or
bringing the functions in house. Tompkins Associates was asked to help make
this key business decision.

    In a three-phase process, which included researching the best methods,
responding to Requests for Proposals and analyzing the data, a single 3PL
provider was selected for the entire operation. Tompkins acted as project
manager for the implementation and coordinated communication between the
selected 3PL provider and CanGro.

    "With the distribution activities successfully outsourced, we are now
focusing on further reducing our supply chain costs and becoming our
customers' 'best in category' supply chain partner," said Geoff Scholes, Vice
President of CanGro Foods.

    "CanGro has already begun to reduce distribution costs," noted Joe
Sullivan, Project Manager at Tompkins. "With the right outsourcing agreement
in place, they can now stabilize the company in the market and begin to grow."

    Scholes added that the company can now put an even greater emphasis on
customer service. "By outsourcing our warehousing and transportation to a 3PL
expert, we have freed up our internal resources to focus on providing flexible
solutions to our customers that not only reduce costs, but also provide
business growth opportunities through better service and customer-friendly
deliveries," he said.

    Products of CanGro Foods include Aylmer tomatoes, vegetables, fruits,
soups and beans, Primo Soup/a, and Ideal Vegetables. CanGro also holds the
licensing rights for a number of Del Monte products, including canned and
jarred fruits and vegetables.

    /a: Primo is a registered trade-mark of Primo Foods Limited and CanGro
Foods Inc. is a licensed user of the mark.

    About the Company

    Tompkins Associates, an affiliate of Sun Capital Partners, Inc., is the
leading operations-focused consulting and integration firm, specializing in
end-to-end supply chain solutions. Customers look to Tompkins' expertise to
develop and implement strategies for intelligent solutions in distribution
center design, warehouse strategic planning, distribution network
configuration, transportation system planning, system integration and
implementation, benchmarking and best practices, logistics and manufacturing
outsourcing, and supply chain optimization. As consultants and integrators for
more than 30 years, Tompkins offers a proven track record and deep industry
expertise for solutions that reduce costs and improve overall supply chain
performance. The company is headquartered in Raleigh, NC. For more
information, visit www.tompkinsinc.com.




For further information:

For further information: Tompkins Associates Myra Schwartz, 919-855-5533
mschwartz@tompkinsinc.com

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