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SPSS Software Boosting All Operations of Monterey Mushrooms In U.S., Mexico & Canada


CHICAGO, 04/10/06 — SPSS Inc. (NASDAQ: SPSS), a leading worldwide provider of predictive analytics technology, today announced that its software is enabling Monterey Mushrooms Inc. to more effectively run all facets of its business from its facilities in the United States, Canada and Mexico.

Monterey Mushrooms is the largest grower/shipper and marketer of fresh mushrooms in the United States. Established in 1971 as a single-farm operation, it has grown to an international, multi-facility company. It currently operates 14 facilities around the world.

“If we uninstalled the SPSS product line that we have in place today, many areas of our operations would be impacted as our ability to deliver meaningful information would be greatly impaired. We rely on this software every day,” said Monterey Mushrooms’ Senior Programmer/Analyst Andrew Burnham, who is responsible for deploying SPSS’ software at his company.

Monterey Mushrooms has incorporated SPSS technology into many of their daily operations and it has had an immediate impact on the business. Areas of the company affected included sales reporting, payroll balancing, freight distribution, human resources and asset management/general ledger reporting, just to name a few. “With this software employees are spending a lot less time waiting for reports and gathering information, and more time analyzing the business and making the necessary changes to meet their business goals,” said Burnham.

Monterey Mushrooms President and Chief Executive Officer Shah Kazemi is so pleased with SPSS software that he has had it implemented for all senior-level personnel to help them better understand their revenues and margins. The software allows Monterey Mushrooms users to view and interact with customized reports, which are all based on the same information, to help the users make the right decisions quickly.

“Because of SPSS, we’re able to see our data as we’ve never seen it before,” added Burnham. “We’re able to view it from different angles and perspectives. That allows us to better analyze our margin of profitability and highlight exceptions quickly, which, in turn, allows us to make better business decisions.”

About Monterey Mushrooms Inc.

Monterey Mushrooms Inc. was initially established in 1971 as a single-farm operation in Royal Oaks, Calif. Today, this multi-site business is headquartered in Watsonville, Calif., and has production, sales and administrative offices internationally.Monterey is the country’s largest and only national marketer of fresh mushrooms, supplying products for sale to supermarkets, foodservice and ingredient manufacture operations, and for preparation of processed, canned and frozen mushroom products. In 1999, the company furthered its expansion into the Midwestern and Southeastern regions via the acquisition of mushroom farms in Princeton, Ill., and Orlando, Fla. Monterey also continued its expansion in the Pacific Northwest via contracted pounds from Canada ─ all pounds are packed and distributed under the Monterey Mushrooms label.

About SPSS Inc.

SPSS Inc. (NASDAQ: SPSS) is a leading worldwide provider of predictive analytics software and solutions. The company’s predictive analytics technology connects data to effective strategic action by drawing reliable conclusions about current conditions and critical future events. More than 250,000 commercial, academic, and public sector customers rely on SPSS technology to help increase revenue, reduce costs, improve important processes, and detect and prevent fraud. More than 95 percent of the Fortune 1000 companies are SPSS customers. Founded in 1968, SPSS is headquartered in Chicago, Illinois. For additional information, please visit


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