2020 Top Agriculture & Food Processing Carriers

2020 Essential Management and Operating Information for the 100 Largest Private Carriers in North America
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Top Agriculture & Food Processing Carriers

Rank Company Tractors
1 Tyson Foods 2,642
2 CHS Inc. 1,655
3 Dean Foods 865
4 Mondelez International 808
5 Darling Ingredients 805
6 JBS Carriers 739
7 Prairie Farms Dairy 710
8 Nestle Transportation Co. 597
9 Sanderson Farms 542
10 ADM Logistics 535
11 Foster Farms 501
12 Valley Proteins 458
13 McKee Foods Corp. 372
14 Wilbur-Ellis Co. 370
15 Bimbo Bakeries USA 338
16 Gilster-Mary Lee Corp. 303
17 Borden Dairy 296
18 Goya Foods 275
19 Dairy Farmers of America 255
20 Cargill Meat Solutions 216
21 J.R. Simplot Co. 213
22 America's Service Line 194
23 International Paper Co. 177
24 BCT Inc. 110
25 G&C Foods 107
25 Co-Alliance 107
27 Sunrise Transport 94
28 Upstate Niagara Cooperative 91
29 MFPS Transport 67
30 Umpqua Dairy Products Co. 64
31 Castellini Group 57
32 Perdue Farms Inc. 41
33 Golden Flake Snack Foods 35
34 National Food Corp. 33
35 Giorgio Foods 28
36 RWI Transportation 24
36 Mennel Milling 24
38 ConAgra Foods 23
39 Hillyard Inc. 22
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Golden State Foods (382 tractors), is food service company.
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Extras
Many private fleets are adjusting their freight networks as the pandemic accelerates online ordering.
The oilfield service firm has cut staffing to 11-year low amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Americans have turned to cooking at home and buying in bulk, with restaurants closing across the country causing a shift in food demand.
Top 100 News
Business, Top 100

Heartland Express Posts Mixed Results in 1Q

Heartland Express Truck

Heartland Express reported first-quarter net income of $13.4 million, or 16 cents earnings per share. In comparison, first-quarter 2017 net income was $14 million, or 17 cents per share. Analysts had predicted earnings per share of 11 cents.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 25, 2018
Business, Top 100

Covenant Reports Solid First-Quarter Revenue, Income

Covenant truck on the road

Covenant Transportation Group reported first-quarter net income of $4.4 million, or 24 cents per share, compared with a net loss of $39,000 in the same period of 2017.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 24, 2018
Business, Logistics, TCA, Top 100

Change-of-Address Scam Moved UPS Corporate Headquarters to Tiny Chicago Apartment, Feds Say

The timeworn apartment building in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood hardly looks like the corporate headquarters of one of the world’s largest shipping companies. But for a few recent months, that’s essentially what it became — at least as far as the U.S. Postal Service was concerned.

April 23, 2018
Business, Technology, Logistics, Top 100

XPO Logistics Announces May Launch of Google Home, Amazon Echo for Last-Mile Delivery

Amazon Echo

XPO Logistics announced beginning in May customers will be able to track deliveries using Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant personal assistant technologies.

April 20, 2018
Top 100

Werner Transportation Announces First Quarter Earnings Beating Expectations

Werner Enterprises

Werner Enterprises Inc. on April 19 reported improved year-over-year revenue and earnings for its fiscal first quarter.

Dan Ronan | Associate News Editor
April 20, 2018
Business, Technology, Safety, Top 100

Cyber Defenders: How Fleets Are Preventing Hackers From Disrupting IT Systems, Stealing Data

Hacker

Cybersecurity threats are growing in both number and sophis­tication, forcing transportation companies to take additional steps to prevent these attacks from crippling their information technology systems, compromising proprietary data or potentially even disrupting trucks’ electronic controls.

Gary Frantz | Special to Transport Topics
April 20, 2018
Business, Top 100

Marten Reports Higher Profits, Revenue in 1Q

Marten trucks

Marten Transport Ltd. reported higher profits and revenue in the first quarter of 2018 as the Mondovi, Wis.-based truckload carrier benefited from lower taxes and stronger demand for freight hauling.

Daniel P. Bearth | Staff Writer
April 19, 2018
Business, Safety, Logistics, Top 100

Carriers Keep Rolling Out Driver Pay Raises

Driver in Peterbilt truck

The need for truck drivers has spurred a number of carriers recently to raise compensation and entice qualified drivers to stick around.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 19, 2018
Business, Top 100

Daseke Buys Canadian Energy Services Firm Aveda

Moore Freight Services

Daseke Inc. on April 16 continued its acquisition activity, announcing it will purchase Aveda Transportation and Energy Services, a large North American oil rig moving company based in Calgary, Alberta. The deal is expected to close in June.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 18, 2018
Business, Logistics, Top 100, Top 50

Mike Ducker to Step Down as FedEx Freight CEO on Aug. 15

Mike Ducker

Mike Ducker will retire Aug. 15 as president and CEO of FedEx Freight after leading the group for four years, FedEx Corp. announced April 16. His successor will be named later.

Burney Simpson | Staff Reporter
April 16, 2018

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