Significant environmental impacts of transporting products and other goods and materials used for the organization’s operations, and transporting members of the workforce.
With our worldwide presence, Hormel Foods relies on transportation via truck, train and ship to deliver our products to customers. We do so in a way that minimizes our impact on air quality through means of transporting our products as efficiently as possible by structuring pallet loads, reviewing product mixes and improving route planning. Load factors averaged approximately 89 percent of vehicle weight capacity in 2014.
We recognize that our methods of intermodal shipments need to be reassessed on a regular basis and thus we continue to evaluate best practices. 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 2014, we had over 6,200 intermodal shipments. These shipments accounted for 9.8 million miles and saved more than 872,000 gallons of diesel fuel versus shipping solely by truck.
1According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Office of Transportation and Air Quality, intermodal shipments can cut fuel use and greenhouse gas emissions by 65 percent compared to truck-only moves.