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SCARBOROUGH, Maine -- Hannaford Bros. Co. here has selected Atlanta-based KES Science and Technology to be its sole vendor of produce-misting equipment to over 150 Hannaford supermarkets.
"Though KES has been supplying Hannaford Bros. with produce-misting equipment for over 15 years, our sole-vendor status was initiated in September of this year," KES spokeswoman Kris Morlan Casariego told Progressive Grocer. "That is when the first systems under the new contract where shipped."
Casariego added: "The equipment [at Hannaford stores] is our Flat Bar delivery system, which is part of the AVA series of produce-misting equipment. The AVA Flat Bar system features a micro-mist nozzle that gives the most consistent coverage to produce, has the lowest profile of any misting system, and can be equipped to cover every level of multishelf cases, adding up to five times more shrink savings than other misting systems."
KES offers a complete product line, including service case humidity systems, produce-misting and sound design, reverse osmosis, and a photocatalytic air purification system, all for post-harvest preservation applications.
Hannaford has store locations in Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, and New York.