Idaho's potato, onion and sweet potato grower Wada Farms expands its relationship with CHEP for pallet pooling services

IDAHO FALLS, Idaho , January 21, 2010 (press release) – Wada Farms, one of Idaho’s leading potato, onion and sweet potato grower/shippers, today announced the expansion of its relationship with CHEP for pallet pooling services. The company transports Dole and Wada Farms brand potatoes and onions on CHEP pallets from the company’s facilities to supermarkets, mass market retailers and club stores across the USA.

Wada Farms previously used limited-use whitewood pallets to ship product, but experienced productivity and quality issues. In addition, the company’s customers requested the use of the CHEP pallet program to improve supply chain efficiencies.

"By using the CHEP program, Wada Farms is seeing significant improvements in our operating efficiencies, from our packing operation to our customers’ facilities around the country. It is also important that CHEP helps us meet our sustainability goals,” said Kip Yeates, Vice President of Operations at Wada Farms.

Based on third-party Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis findings, through its use of the CHEP pooling system as opposed to limited-use whitewood pallets, Wada Farms is reducing solid waste generation by nearly 400 tons each year, decreasing greenhouse gas emissions by 58 percent and saving enough energy to power more than 65 homes with electricity for a year.*

“We appreciate the opportunity to work with Wada Farms by providing high quality pallets that help drive productivity and sustainability improvements at the company. CHEP is committed to ensuring that value is delivered to Wada Farms and all of our partners everyday, 365 days a year,” said Tim Smith, Vice President of Business Development, CHEP USA.

*Savings based on Life-Cycle Inventory Analysis of CHEP USA pallet pooling program conducted by Franklin Associates. The calculation is based on Franklin Associates, "Solid Waste Analysis And Life Cycle Inventory Of Pallet Systems", 2006 Update.

About Wada Farms

Established in 1943, Wada Farms operates in six diversified farming locations in three counties, totaling 30,000 irrigated acres. This includes a fresh potato, onion and sweet potato marketing group, a 140,000 sq. ft. fresh potato packing warehouse and trucking company. Growing more than a billion potatoes annually, Wada Farms is among the largest growers and packers in the industry. Wada Farms Marketing Group, LLC holds the exclusive marketing agreement for all potatoes, onions and sweet potatoes sold under the Dole label. Our relationship with Dole started approximately 15 years ago based on a mutual commitment to provide the highest quality products and service to every customer. The Dole brand has been around for over a century and means the finest, high-quality products. Through Wada Farms Marketing Group, Dole will continue to meet customers’ expectations by consistently providing potatoes, onions, and sweet potatoes that meet the highest standard. More information is available at www.wadafarms.com.

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 7,500 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, Nestlé, 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.

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