Del Monte Pacific, US firm in joint ventures

Del Monte products in a Manila supermarket. Del Monte Pacific, in collaboration with US-based Fresh Del Monte Produce, will initially focus on the US market, with potential for expansion into other territories.
Del Monte products in a Manila supermarket. Del Monte Pacific, in collaboration with US-based Fresh Del Monte Produce, will initially focus on the US market, with potential for expansion into other territories.PHOTO: BLOOMBERG

Partnership comes as litigation between the two has been settled

Del Monte Pacific is mounting new joint ventures in retail outlets and refrigerated grocery products with United States-based Fresh Del Monte Produce, now that litigation between the two has been settled.

The longstanding litigation had centred on licensing rights and product distribution in various territories around the world.

"We are pleased that we have resolved our differences and put to rest the financial uncertainty that can arise from prolonged litigation," said Mr Rolando Gapud, Del Monte Pacific chairman.

The joint ventures will result in expanded refrigerated offerings sold across all distribution and sales channels, and a new food and beverage retail concept modelled after an already successful Fresh Del Monte Produce business in the Middle East, said the Singapore firm.

These joint ventures will initially focus on the US market, with potential for expansion into other territories where the companies' businesses complement each other.

A major joint initiative is the introduction of Del Monte-branded retail outlets, featuring an assortment of nutritious foods and beverages to meet the increasing demands of consumers for healthier food options.

The firms also said they are collaborating on several product innovations, including a line of chilled juices, new varieties of prepared refrigerated fruit snacks, and guacamole and avocado products.

The collaboration allows the two partners to share expertise and optimise economies of scale in product development, operations, sourcing, supply chain, marketing and distribution, they said.

In addition to retail and new product ventures, the companies have also agreed to a long-term mutual supply agreement to accelerate the expansion of Del Monte product sales in various markets around the world.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2017, with the headline 'Del Monte Pacific, US firm in joint ventures'. Print Edition | Subscribe