(July 1) Intermarche, a leading French retailer with annual revenues of 27 billion Euros, has signed a long-term agreement naming IFCO Systems NA Inc., Houston, as its reusable plastic container service provider for fruits and vegetables.

IFCO Systems has more than 180 locations worldwide and operates a pool of some 84 million RPCs, according to a news release on the agreement.

"This agreement is a further milestone in developing our French operation to become the market leading RPC service provider in France," Karl Pohler, IFCO’s chief executive officer, said in the release.