2020 Top Beverage Carriers

2020 Essential Management and Operating Information for the 100 Largest Private Carriers in North America
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Top Beverage Carriers

Ranksort descending Company Tractors
1 PepsiCo North America Beverages 9,100
2 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. United 1,437
3 Reyes Beer Division 1,340
4 Reyes Coca Cola Bottling 931
5 Swire Coca-Cola USA 838
6 Great Lakes Coca-Cola Distribution 795
7 Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits 721
8 Anheuser-Busch Cos. 687
9 Coca-Cola Beverages Northeast 677
10 Liberty Coca-Cola Beverages 611
11 Coca-Cola Beverages Florida 598
12 Columbia Distributing 452
13 Pepsi Bottling Ventures 355
14 Heartland Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 287
15 JJ Taylor Distributing 205
16 Breakthru Beverage Group 183
17 Nestle Waters North America 182
18 Coca-Cola Bottling Co. High Country 155
19 Ozarks Coca-Cola/Dr Pepper Bottling Co. 150
20 Odom Corp. 141
21 Chesterman Co. 137
22 Clark Beverage Group 125
23 Atlantic Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 118
24 Virginia Eagle Distributing 100
25 Upstate Niagara Cooperative 91
26 North Florida Sales 89
27 Republic National Distributing Co. 84
28 Sacramento Coca-Cola Bottling Co. 75
29 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of Hickory, N.C. 71
30 Gulf Distributing 64
31 Pepsi MidAmerica 61
32 Pepsi Cola Newburgh Bottling Co. 60
33 Canada Dry Potomac Corp. 53
34 Pepsi-Cola Bottling Co. of New York 52
35 Brown Bottling Group 48
35 Long Beverage 48
37 Western Wyoming Beverages 47
38 Anheuser-Busch Sales of Washington 45
39 Quality Beverage 40
40 Birrell Bottling Co 34
41 Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. of Corbin 33
41 Anheuser-Busch Distribution of New York 33
43 Pepsi Cola Bottling Company of New Haven 30
44 Shore Point Distributing 28
45 Lane Sales 27
46 Corwin Beverage Co. 26
47 Anheuser-Busch Sales of Hawaii 23
47 House of Schwan 23
49 Pepsi Cola Bottling Co. (Virginia) 22
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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
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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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