Cargill is poised to begin distributing Del Monte juice in Venezuela, according to press reports.

El Universal newspaper said yesterday that Cargill will distribute Del Monte products to wholesalers, supermarkets and bakeries throughout the country as part of a strategy to sell products from third parties.

"The distribution of products from third parties is a particular business, which we treat in a special way," the paper quoted Cargill's general manager, Marcial Mendoza, as saying.

"Each alliance is like a franchise for us," he added.

According to the report, Cargill will distribute Del Monte juice in cartons, glass containers and cans under the arrangement.