Intermodal shipments can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent compared to truck-only moves.

Hormel Foods sells products worldwide and relies on transportation via truck, train and ship to deliver our products to customers. To minimize our impact on air quality, we transport our products as efficiently as possible by structuring pallet loads, reviewing product mixes and improving route planning. Load factors averaged 36,966 pounds (or 88 percent) of vehicle weight capacity in 2012.

We continue to use intermodal shipments, which combine the best attributes of both truck and rail shipping. For long distances, this method of transportation can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent compared to truck-only moves.1 In fiscal year 2012, we had 6,600 intermodal shipments. These shipments accounted for 9 million miles and saved more than 940,000 gallons of diesel fuel versus shipping solely by truck.

1 According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Transportation and Air Quality