WASHINGTON, DC — February 18, 1999 — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and the North American Perishable Agriculture Receivers (NAPAR) announced today a unique alliance that will benefit produce retailers, receivers and consumers.

"This new arrangement will allow a free exchange of information between NAPAR and FMI," said Gary Lee, NAPAR President. "NAPAR participation on FMI committees will increase understanding of issues surrounding produce distribution and enhance the array of products and their quality at retail."

"Over the years consumers have consistently indicated that high quality fruits and vegetables are very important and drive the decision where they shop for food," said Tim Hammonds, FMI President and CEO. "This alliance between food retailers and produce wholesalers holds great promise for continuing to expand the fresh fruit and vegetable category so popular with today's consumers."

Each organization will maintain its identity and separate form of governance. NAPAR’s administrative operations will be re-located within FMI’s headquarters. Joseph Procacci, CEO, Procacci Brothers Sales Corporation, will continue to serve as NAPAR's chairman. Patrick Davis, FMI Director of Membership, will oversee NAPAR’s administrative function within FMI.
Members of each organization will have the opportunity to share member benefits.

NAPAR’s next general meeting will be held Saturday, May 1, in Chicago in conjunction with the 1999 FMI Convention and Educational Exposition.