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July 22, 2010 - Quirch Foods Partners with PakSense

MIAMI, Florida—(July 22, 2010)—Quirch Foods has announced the implementation of a quality and safety monitoring program in conjunction with PakSense of Boise, Idaho. Under the program, all containers of frozen and refrigerated seafood, meats and perishables imported from around the world by Quirch Foods will include PakSense temperature recording labels to ensure optimal temperature is maintained throughout the supply chain. PakSense Ultra Labels will measure temperature on inbound shipments, including Quirch Foods' private label seafood, meats and vegetables, as well as packer label products from Asia, Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America.

Quirch Foods has also announced it will offer the PakSense service at cost to domestic and international customers' outbound shipments.

PakSense has been honored as a runner-up in the Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Awards and for its export achievements by the U.S. Department of Commerce.

"We want to make sure we're doing everything possible to protect the quality of food we sell to our customers and their consumers," said Howard Tenen, Quality Assurance and Regulatory Compliance Manager at Quirch Foods. "This is just another part of our internal safe food initiative to maintain our commitment to meeting the higher standards in the industry."

PakSense Ultra Labels are different from other temperature monitoring devices because they take a surface reading of the cases to which they are attached, providing a much closer approximation of actual product temperatures than traditional temperature recorders, which supply general ambient temperature readings. PakSense Ultra Labels are highly accurate, are optimized for long haul oceanic shipments, and don't require ongoing calibration to maintain accuracy. Each label is programmed with preferred temperature ranges. Flashing lights will immediately indicate if temperature excursions have occurred during shipment.

"At the time of receiving the product, we have the software to download all the information to make sure the product maintained temperature and quality during transit," Tenen added. "We also get a summary report which notifies us if at any time during the transit the product had gone over the critical set limit and the amount of time it spent out of compliance."

Quirch Foods was established in 1967 as a distributor and exporter of meat and seafood in South Florida and the Caribbean. At the time we serviced a handful of independent retailers and restaurants. The company has since become one of the largest suppliers of fresh and frozen foods in the Southeastern U.S. and the Americas.

Our account list includes thousands of retail and foodservice customers, including:
• Independent Grocers
• Chain Supermarkets
• Foodservice Distributors
• Cruise Lines
• Restaurants
• Food Processors & Manufacturers

With over 100 customer service, sales, and retail merchandising specialists on our teams, Quirch Foods maintains one of the highest levels of personalized service in the industry.