(April 30) SHAW’S SUPERMARKETS is testing equipment that maximizes the usage of fresh produce.

The West Bridgewater, Mass.-based retailer is utilizing new machinery called produce extractors that squeeze the liquid from unsold produce and then shred the dehydrated fruits and vegetables into a pulp-like substance, according to an article in the Boston Herald.

The German-made extractors, which are operating in 30 Shaw’s stores, perform like a garbage disposal, and the end product can be used as free compost or animal food, which will reduce the need for landfill space, the article said.

The top 10 stores using the extractor to its potential have cut waste by 22% over four months, the article said.

Extractors are scheduled to be installed at 30 additional locations, and after a year, Shaw’s plans to assess whether the equipment, which costs $15,000 to $20,000, is cost-effective.

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EDEN PRAIRIE, MINN.-based C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc. has announced its financial results for the first quarter, ending March 31.

C.H. Robinson witnessed several revenue increases since the first quarter in 2006, including gross profits that rose 16%; total transportation gross profits that climbed 18%; operating income that jumped 25% and net income that spiked 26%, according to a news release.

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NORWOOD MARKING SYSTEMS/Allen Coding Systems, Downers Grove, Ill., plans to strengthen its Latin American sales organization by adding three new distributors and agents.

Because 10 distributors and agents now are dispersed throughout Latin America, more Norwood/Allen customers have access to local machine sales, service, spare parts and training, according to a news release.

In the past few months, Santiago, Chile-based Abitek; Bogota, Colombia-based Alogin Ltda.; and Caguas, Puerto Rico-based EM Packaging Inc. have joined the Norwood/Allen distributor coalition, the release said.