Del Monte has signed a letter of intent with Tri Valley Growers, the Californian grower co-operative which accounts for over half the canned fruit sold in the US. If all goes according to the plan outlined, Tri Valley would pack and ship canned fruit and vegetables to Del Monte. In return, Del Monte would market Tri Valley's S&W brand products in Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Africa. In its present form, the project is a joint venture to give both companies greater access to raw product and foreign markets.{{MARKETS}}