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 approximately 36,930 pounds (or 88 percent) of vehicle weight capacity in 2013.
We will continue to assess our practices in the method of intermodal shipments and maximize use of them when possible. Intermodal shipments 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 2013, we had approximately 5,600 intermodal shipments. These shipments accounted for 7.4 million miles and saved more than 760,000 gallons of diesel fuel versus shipping solely by truck.