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Sprouts Farmers Market Selects InterStore

July 22, 2009

July 22, 2009 – Tampa, Florida – ADC, a leading provider of fresh-item, recipe-management, and scales software to the grocery-retail and food-service industries, announced that Sprouts Farmers Market has selected ADC as its supplier of recipe management and scales management systems.

Sprouts’ selection of ADC’s InterStore Fresh Item Management (FIM) suite was predicated on ADC’s leadership in recipe management – which is fully integrated with scales management – to promote excellence in fresh-food safety. The unique store format and programs to encourage a healthy lifestyle at Sprouts required the chain to upgrade scales management systems to implement the flexible InterStore FIM solution from ADC. Sprouts’ concerns in fresh-food safety and desire to provide a wide variety of perishable choices led to an investigation into new ways to better handle the details of perishable-department production.

“Their absolute requirement to protect the shopper led them to us,” said Jan Dragotta, vice president of sales and marketing for ADC. “ADC offered to visit Sprouts and openly discuss with them FIM best practices and found that those practices match their business needs perfectly. Sprouts’ attention to production details at the store requires rigorous execution of those production processes. They needed solutions that would not only help them manage those details, but facilitate their new store growth.”

“At Sprouts, it is all about our shoppers. We strive to have the best standards in perishable food safety,” said Doug Sanders, president of Sprouts Farmers Market. “Our value message is the core of our business because our customers are very health-conscious with a desire for the freshest foods for their family. We found that ADC was highly in tune with our passion for excellence in executing our business practices.”

ADC’s InterStore system automates the processes for properly labeling fresh products based on recipes; more specifically it has the particular capability to manage all fresh-item recipes via NutriGen and drive the food-safety facts to the scale via InterScale. And, it does much more than that. Those same recipes are made available to the store personnel with the exact steps, ingredient amounts, processes, instructions and even pictures or multimedia to produce those products. The recipe handling at the store is delivered by the P-Cubed (perishable production planning) module. P-Cubed ensures that the recipe used to generate the scale label is the exact same recipe used by the store.

“This is no small distinction,” said Vince Dreshner, director of perishables at Sprouts Farmers Market. “A significant part of our business is centered on changing our product needs and quick execution of new ideas, products and programs for our customers’ benefit. With ADC, we learned that the technology is available today to automate many of the tedious tasks we do manually, saving us a lot of time and cost.”

InterStore accomplishes this enterprise synergy by isolating the details for the fresh departments at headquarters in a web-centric application. This frees the store personnel to pay attention to producing the absolute freshest products at the lowest possible costs and allows them to give more attention to their shoppers. The stores use scales, browser-based-mobility handheld scanners, kiosks or workstations to access the system’s central application – requiring no distributed infrastructure to implement.

“We leverage the client’s already-installed Intranet or public-secured Internet to manage the store’s fresh-item inventories,” said Steve Loveridge, president at ADC. “There is nothing to install or maintain from a systems standpoint for in-store browsers to access the system – all you do is point, scan and touch to capture the results of retail operations. We’ve found that systems that are easy to learn and inexpensive to use and maintain are things our clients covet – especially in this economy. We are fulfilling this need with InterStore.Net”

About Applied Data Corporation (ADC)

Since 1989, Applied Data Corporation (ADC) has specialized in the development of data-management solutions for the supermarket, grocery, convenience and fresh-food industries. ADC’s InterStore Suite and database represent a fresh-foods focused Master Data Management (MDM) and Product Information Management (PIM) suite comprising distinct but integrated systems such as InterScale, a global technology leader for host management of supermarket barcode-printing scales and printers, NutriGen recipe management and P-Cubed shrink/waste management, fresh inventory management, perishable production planning and demand-driven ordering. InterStore provides efficiencies and optimizes production in fresh-food departments with implementations in over 130 supermarket chains and over 11,000 stores in 11 countries. For more information visit www.AppliedDataCorp.com.