Ontario Tender Fruit Reports High Satisfaction with CHEP Pallet Pool

    Members see improved pallet administration and higher productivity with

    VINELAND STATION, ON, June 4 /CNW/ - The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers'
Marketing Board, a Canadian produce cooperative, today announced its members
are seeing significant benefits from the CHEP pallet pool and will continue to
ship on platforms from the world's largest equipment pooling company. The
group's members transport peaches, pears, plums, prunes, sweet cherries and
sour cherries on CHEP pallets to supermarkets, grocery wholesalers and club
stores across Eastern Canada.
    Members of the Ontario Tender Fruit Industry previously used a pallet
exchange system to transport their products to market, but reported challenges
with the supply of shipping platforms and productivity issues as well as
pallet recovery.
    "Our members are very pleased with the benefits they've experienced using
the CHEP program, including consistent pallet supply, improved customer
service and an overall lower financial burden," says Adrian Huisman, Manager,
Ontario Tender Fruit Producers Marketing Board."
    The Ontario Tender Fruit Board members are concentrated on the Niagara
Peninsula and operate in a relatively short growing period. As a result,
having an adequate supply of pallets when the fruit is picked is critical.
    "By working closely with the members of the Ontario Tender Fruit
Producers' Marketing Board, we developed a solution that provides an ample
supply of CHEP pallets during the peak harvesting season. This shows our
commitment to the members and the board, now and in the future," said Jason
Adlam, Director, Sales and Customer Service, CHEP Canada.

    About Ontario Tender Fruit Producers' Marketing Board

    The Ontario Tender Fruit Producers' Marketing Board operates under the
Farm Products Marketing Act, and represents all producers of tender fruit who
market to either the fresh or processing market. The Board has more than 600
grower-members. More than 90 per cent of all tender fruit crop production is
generated from the Niagara Peninsula. The remainder is located in Norfolk
County and in Southwestern Ontario.

    About CHEP

    CHEP is the global leader in pallet and container pooling services
serving many of the world's largest companies. The company has more than 7,000
employees and operates in 45 countries. Combining superior technology and an
asset base of more than 300 million pallets and containers, CHEP offers its
customers exceptional value, a platform that enables reduction in customer
product damage, and an environmentally sustainable logistical solution. Supply
chains served include consumer goods, produce, beverage, and the automotive
industry. With global partners that include Procter & Gamble, SYSCO,
Kellogg's, Kraft, Nestle, Ford and GM, CHEP is known for Handling the World's
Most Important Products. Everyday. For more information about CHEP, please
visit: www.chep.com.

For further information:

For further information: Jason Adlam, CHEP Canada, (905) 789-4213,
Jason.adlam@chep.com; Ronald Margulis, RAM Communications, (908) 272-3930,

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