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Montreal-based wholesaler Jolifruit Import Export Inc.'s membership with the Fruit & Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corp. was automatically terminated Feb. 2 as a result of the firm's failure to pay an arbitration award.

A press release issued by the DRC said the action was taken for "failing to comply with an arbitration award in the amount of U.S. $98,255.80, which is a violation of the DRC by-laws and the mediation and arbitration rules."

Fred Webber, vice president of trading assistance for the DRC, told The Produce News that Jolifruit Import Export had been a DRC member since June 2008. Because it is fully licensed with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, he noted that it was still able to buy product from outside the province of Quebec and, to the best of his knowledge, it is still in operation.

According to the firm's website, Jolifruit Import Export was founded in 1983 by brothers Satar and Ali Kadar and is "one of the biggest wholesale companies in Montreal supplying restaurants, hotels, institutions and supermarket chains."