Scott Danner, chief operating officer for Liberty Fruit Co. in Kansas City, Kan., said his company had moved to make their transportation system more efficient before the price hikes hit.
“We’d already done things to reduce routes,” Danner said. “We have GPS tracking, cut down on idle time, monitor speeds.”
Perhaps the best news to come out of the settling back of fuel costs is that consumers are paying less for produce at retail.
“Sure, (lower fuel prices have) helped,” said Doug Riley, assistant vice president of produce operations for West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee. “Whenever you’re paying higher prices, you’re going to pass that along by charging more for produce. I think that might be why some companies haven’t made it.”