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Transportation Costs Hound Minnesota Fresh Produce Industry

Posted on the 18 May 2012 by Easytracgps @EasyTracGPS

The cost of fuel has added significantly to the price buyers and consumers pay for produce.

While people may not have gotten used to it, “we know what to expect from it,” said Kevin Hannigan, executive vice president for J&J Distributing Co., St. Paul, Minn.

For G.O. Fresh Inc., Minneapolis, fuel costs are about the same as they were last year, said Marylou Owen, owner and chief operating officer.

Since then, priced have stayed relatively high but not have not spiked to that extent.

“We have not seen (surcharges) since then,” she said.

Russ Davis Wholesale Inc., Wadena, Minn., has its own fleet of tractor trailers and box trucks for smaller deliveries, said Jeff Nagel, sales manager, East.

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