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Carolinas HealthCare System, Chiquita Brands and Harris Teeter Collaborate to
                    Support Sustainable Healthcare Abroad

Carolinas HealthCare System, Chiquita Brands and Harris Teeter Collaborate to
                    Support Sustainable Healthcare Abroad

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - April 10, 2013 - Carolinas HealthCare System's International
Medical Outreach (IMO) Program, Chiquita Brands (NYSE: CQB), and Harris Teeter
Inc. are collaborating to promote sustainable, quality healthcare and
education in underserved communities globally.

The three Charlotte-based organizations have joined forces to facilitate the
transportation and delivery of medical and computer equipment donations
abroad. With support from Chiquita and Harris Teeter, Carolinas HealthCare
System's IMO Program-a partnership with the Heineman Foundation of
Charlotte-will distribute equipment and supplies more effectively to hospitals
and clinics in Honduras, Guatemala and Panama, and to public schools in

"Carolinas HealthCare System is proud to work with partners like Chiquita and
Harris Teeter on a project that has the potential to significantly change
lives," said Michael Tarwater, chief executive officer for Carolinas
HealthCare System.

Harris Teeter and Chiquita are collaborating to provide free land and sea
transportation of medical equipment from the IMO warehouse location in
Charlotte to facilities in need in Central America. The first set of
containers were loaded at an employee volunteer event on April 10 and will be
shipped to Guatemala, where the supplies will help equip adult and pediatric
Intensive Care Units at a regional hospital in the city of Quetzaltenango.

"Everyone at Chiquita is excited about this new partnership," said Ed
Lonergan, president and chief executive officer for Chiquita. "Improving,
supporting and giving back to the communities in which our employees work and
live is very important to Chiquita. This is a natural collaborative effort
between three Charlotte-based companies and a great avenue for all of us to
help others globally."

Carolinas HealthCare System's IMO Program has a 50-year history of assembling,
refurbishing and donating equipment and supplies in several countries,
establishing sustainable cardiology programs, intensive care units, and more.

"We are thrilled to embark on this meaningful partnership with Chiquita and
Harris Teeter, two strong community partners that, like IMO, are committed to
benefiting communities everywhere," said Francis Robicsek, MD, PhD, vice
president of IMO. "With their support, we can increase our involvement in
assistance projects abroad, benefiting children and adults in needy areas."

To date, IMO has helped thousands of patients in 28 countries, with a focus in
Central America. In 2012 alone, it donated 390 pieces of medical equipment,
worth $4.1 million if purchased new, to nearly a dozen countries.

"Harris Teeter has a proud history of working with the International Medical
Outreach Program," said Catherine Becker, Communication Manager for Harris
Teeter. "We are pleased to once again partner with two outstanding
Charlotte-based organizations to help IMO further its humanitarian missionto
promote better living standards and sustainable healthcare both here and

Tiffany Breaux, 980-636-5029,

Carolinas HealthCare System, one of the nation's leading and most innovative
healthcare organizations, provides a full spectrum of healthcare and wellness
programs throughout North and South Carolina. Its diverse network of care
locations includes academic medical centers, hospitals, freestanding emergency
departments, physician practices, surgical and rehabilitation centers, home
health agencies, nursing homes and behavioral health centers, as well as
hospice and palliative care services. CHS works to improve and enhance the
overall health and wellbeing of its communities through high quality patient
care, education and research programs, and numerous collaborative partnerships
and initiatives.

Since its establishment in 1943, the Heineman Foundation of Charlotte has
pursued a variety of local and international research and humanitarian
projects focused on providing medical assistance and education. Located on the
campus of Carolinas Medical Center in Charlotte, N.C., Heineman works closely
with CHS to provide medical training focused on cardiac care to health
providers overseas, as well as medical equipment and supplies to impoverished
countries. To date, it has helped thousands of patients in 28 countries, with
a focus in Central America.

Harris Teeter Inc., with headquarters in Matthews, N.C., is a wholly-owned
subsidiary of Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Inc. (NYSE: HTSI). Harris Teeter is
the 23rd largest supermarket in the U.S. with 2012 sales of $4.54 billion.
The regional grocery chain employs approximately 25,000 associates and
operates stores in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia,
Tennessee, Maryland, Delaware, Florida and the District of Columbia.

About Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. (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
and 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 nearly 70
countries worldwide. For more information, please visit the corporate web
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