Parmalat Canada Sees Cost Reductions with CHEP

    ETOBICOKE, ON, April 3 /CNW/ - Parmalat Canada, one of the country's most
respected food companies, announced that yogurt, cheese, table spreads, and
other items from its Dairy Food Group (DFG) are now being transported on
pallets from CHEP, the global leader in equipment pooling solutions. Parmalat
is shipping its Black Diamond(R), Beatrice(R), Astro(R), and Lactantia(R)
brands on CHEP pallets from the company's network of 18 processing plants and
distribution centres in Quebec, Ontario, Manitoba, and Alberta to
supermarkets, grocery stores, club stores, and foodservice operators. Select
exports and imports are also being transported on CHEP pallets.
    Parmalat Cheese and Table Spreads division launched on CHEP in 2005 and
has experienced no pallet losses to date. Parmalat's Refrigerated Products
division (RPG), which includes fluid milk and yogurt, launched on CHEP in
January 2007 based on the success of the cheese and table spreads division.
    With its previous pallet exchange system, Parmalat experienced annual
increases in the cost of pallet management due to higher transportation rates,
and had frequent quality assurance issues. Sorting costs and handling of
broken pallets continued to increase and managers at the company's major
plants and distribution centres expressed interest in converting to CHEP.
    "There are many advantages to the CHEP program, including cash flow
improvements, improved carrier and customer relationships, reduced product
damage, lower risk of losses at the carrier and customer levels, easier
administration, and enhanced quality and safety. In addition, CHEP's web-based
Portfolio application enables us to be proactive in weekly invoice retrieval
to avoid any delays or non-invoicing," said Rob Bridges, Manager DFG
Transportation at Parmalat Canada.
    Bridges added that the company has already seen a substantial reduction
in dock congestion at its distribution centres because they no longer need to
inspect and sort the inbound pallets, and Parmalat has reduced palletizer down
time by 80%. He also expects additional benefits as more of the company's
suppliers convert to the CHEP program.
    "Parmalat is leading the charge toward a fully integrated supply chain
with both its suppliers and customers, and CHEP is pleased to play a role in
this process. We will continue to develop solutions that will help Parmalat
and its partners become even more productive," said Jason Adlam, Director,
Sales and Customer Service, CHEP Canada.

    About Parmalat CANADA

    With over 120 years of brand heritage in the Canadian dairy industry,
Parmalat Canada is committed to the health and wellness of Canadians and
markets a variety of high-quality food products that help them keep balance in
their lives. Parmalat Canada produces milk and dairy products, fruit juices,
cultured products, cheese products and table spreads with such respected
brands as Beatrice(R), Lactantia(R), Astro(R), Black Diamond(R) and
Balderson(R). Our employees' continued commitment to quality and innovation
has helped Parmalat Canada become one of the largest, most-dynamic food group
companies in Canada, employing more than 2,900 people with 18 operating
facilities across the country. Parmalat Canada has operated in Canada as a
subsidiary of Parmalat Finanziaria S.p.A, of Italy since 1997.

    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 7,700
employees and operates in 44 countries. Combining superior technology and an
asset base of more than 280 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

For further information:

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

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