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Capespan International Plc, one of the top five fruit marketing companies in the world, has awarded a £147,000 three-year contract to midrange outsourcing specialist Digica.

Digica is providing support for Capespan's AS/400 which has been moved to Digica's Nottingham data centre. The machine is supported on a 24 x 7 basis by technical and operations
departments.

Trevor Hanna, IT Manager at Capespan commented: "Outsourcing to Digica will allow us to minimise our total IT expenditure whilst maintaining a high level of service. At the same time, access to Digica’s expertise will help us position our IT so that we’re able to seize new market opportunities quickly and effectively."

Andy Bower, Digica’s sales & marketing director, commented: "This contract win further strengthens our position as one of the leading outsourcing suppliers to the food and beverage industry. We already provide outsourcing services to a number of organisations in this sector including Northern Foods, Express Dairies, Dairy Crest, Freshbake Foods, Jacobs Bakery, Fisher Foods and Whitworths."


Note to editors

Capespan International Plc is a joint venture between Capespan Pty and Fyffes plc. Through
marketing world famous brands such as Cape, Outspan and Bella Nova, Capespan is the premier importer and distributor of fresh produce throughout Europe. By the year 2002 they expect to be handling some 1,000,000 tonnes of fresh fruit.

Digica is a leading specialist in midrange and desktop outsourcing, providing a range of services tailored to meet its customers’ demands. These services include Midrange Operations, Desktop Outsourcing, Applications Management and Web Hosting. Digica also offers ASP Hosting services to software vendors who want to provide their own applications and services to their own customers on a price per user or other subscription basis. Digica is accredited as an ASP Partner with UUNET, an MCI Worldcom company, which provides VPN connectivity between customers’ locations and Digica’s datacentres.

Digica employs more than 300 people at locations in the UK, USA and Belgium, and supports 63,000 end users at more than 500 customers, 24 hours-a-day, every day of the year.

Digica is a member of the DCS Group PLC, a leading international supplier of computer systems and services with a turnover in excess of £164 million.

Digica’s customers include Bradford & Bingley Building Society, Capespan, Carat, ChiRex Inc, Cray Valley, Crazy George’s, Dairy Crest, Dow Jones & Company, DTS Logistics, Express Dairies, Fisher Foods, Freshbake Foods, Hexcel Corp, Hodgson Chemicals, International Supply Chain (ISC), The Jacobs Bakery, Johnson & Johnson, Logtek, the New York Times, Northern Foods, Phillips-Van Heusen, Poly-Lina, Sanden International, SKF, Tibbett & Britten, Tinsley Wire, Tradeteam and Yorkshire Electricity.

For further information contact:

Katherine Tomkinson,

Marketing Executive,

Digica,

Phoenix House,

Colliers Way,

Nottingham

NG8 6AT

Telephone: 0115 977 1177

Direct Dial: 0115 992 5010

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