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C.H. Robinson acquires Timco Worldwide Inc.

C.H. Robinson Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Eden Prairie, MN-based C.H. Robinson Worldwide Inc., one of the larger produce sourcing and third-party logistics companies in the world, announced Sept. 27 its acquisition of melon category leader Timco Worldwide Inc. The acquisition makes C.H. Robinson one of the dominant providers in the North American and Latin American melon category.

Founded in 1985 by Tim Colin, Timco markets conventional and organic melons under the “Melon Up!” and “Irish Eyes” labels. Timco has dedicated itself to providing retail and club store customers with a year-round supply of regular and mini-sized watermelons, and it provides cantaloupes, honeydews and mixed melons on a seasonal basis.

Timco, headquartered in Davis, CA, has an established growing network that operates in 10 states and five countries: Honduras, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Mexico and Panama. In addition to enhancing C.H. Robinson's existing melon category programs, Timco offers growers unique and proprietary technology in advanced planning, sorting and distribution services, and the ability, through proprietary seed arrangements, to garner the best yield and tonnage from their crops.

"This acquisition supports our strategy to develop innovative products and grower relationships that are uniquely aligned with the needs in the marketplace," Jim Lemke, senior vice president at C.H. Robinson, said in a Sept. 27 press release. "Timco's approach to seed development, technology and customer account management is a synergistic fit with C.H. Robinson's existing grower network and customer programs. We are pleased to be able to add Timco's skill set to this strategic produce category."

Timco's technological advances allow them to keep pace with customer demands for reliable production year-round. Its patented TX-5 sorting system weighs each melon to guarantee uniform size and weight. Additionally, Timco's exclusive relationship with Origene Seeds Ltd. enables the development and introduction of innovative new products with a goal of meeting and exceeding the expectation of retailers, growers and consumers.

C.H. Robinson's strategic acquisitions in the produce arena have included FoodSource, a prominent California-based produce company, in 2005; and Rosemont Farms Corp. Inc., a produce marketing company with well established grower relationships, in 2009.

The Timco acquisition, combined with the acquisitions of FoodSource and Rosemont Farms, strengthens its market position and focus on providing fresh, innovative solutions that are market driven and supply and demand chain efficient.

"We are excited to be able to add our melon category expertise in grower services and customer programs to C.H. Robinson's logistics expertise and diverse grower network," Mr. Colin added in the press release. "Collectively, we are in a strong position to provide the marketplace a unique value from seed to shelf.”