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Chiquita Relocates IT Infrastructure to Peak 10 Charlotte Data Center for Global Operations Support

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April 18, 2013
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CHARLOTTE, N.C. (April 18, 2013) – National IT infrastructure and cloud solutions provider Peak 10 Inc. has signed Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB), a leading international marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and value-added food products.

After relocating its corporate headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte, N.C., Chiquita has chosen to house its business-critical information, including shipping, accounts payable and receivable, production, and distribution data for its global operations, within Peak 10’s new 14,000-square-foot-facility in North Charlotte.

“Chiquita is thrilled to partner with Peak 10,” said Kevin Ledford, vice president, information technology and chief information officer for Chiquita Brands. “We fully expect that their new state of the art facility and supporting services will meet our business needs well into the future.”

Peak 10’s around-the-clock data center management provides Chiquita with the security and support it needs to maintain the integrity of its data. Peak 10 also delivers a redundant network and high availability, allowing Chiquita to focus on delivering quality, service and innovation in its core businesses of bananas and salads.

“We are excited to have Chiquita as one of our newest customers,” said Pat O’Brien, vice president and general manager of Peak 10 Charlotte. “The nature of Chiquita’s business required their mission critical infrastructure to have a reliable, full-service IT partner that has the breadth and depth to support its global operations. Our new, best-in-class data center facility, geographic diversity, and 24/7 support from our IT experts supply Chiquita with the multiple levels of redundancy it needs to serve customers worldwide.”

The recent opening of Peak 10’s newest Charlotte data center completes the first phase of its plans for a 64,000-square-foot technology campus. It is located in the University Research Park area near UNC-Charlotte and within the David Taylor Corporate Center. It brings Peak 10’s entire Charlotte footprint to more than 129,000 square feet. Peak 10’s enterprise-class facilities are the backbone for its robust cloud offerings. In addition to its Enterprise and Private Cloud services, Peak 10 offers a HIPAA-compliant Cloud service, a PCI-compliant Cloud service and a Recovery Cloud service.

About Chiquita Brands International, Inc.

Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB) is a leading international marketer and distributor of nutritious, high-quality fresh and value-added food products – from energy-rich bananas, blends of convenient green salads, other fruits to healthy snacking products. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita® and Fresh Express® premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs approximately 20,000 people and has operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide.  For more information, please visit http://www.chiquita.com/ .

 About Peak 10 Inc.

Peak 10 provides reliable, tailored cloud computing, data center and other information technology (IT) infrastructure solutions and managed services, primarily for mid-market businesses.  Customer-centric, responsive and cost-effective, Peak 10 solutions are designed to scale and adapt to customers’ changing business needs, enabling them to increase agility, lower costs, improve performance and focus internal resources on their core competencies. Peak 10 holds the Cisco® Cloud Provider Certification with a Cisco Powered Cloud Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) designation. Peak 10 is SSAE 16 audited and helps companies meet the requirements of various regulatory compliance acts such as Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX), HIPAA/HITECH, PCI DSS and Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLBA). For more information, visit www.peak10.com .

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"Our values are the foundation for everything we do at Peak 10, and are ultimately what enable us to earn our customers' business and their trust."
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