But Champion is still happy to have Railex as an option.
“It’s definitely a nice avenue to have in November and December when there are truck shortages,” Wong said.
Some Treasure Valley grower-shippers, however, are less optimistic on rail.
Grant Kitamura, president of Ontario-based Murakami Produce Co., said rail shipments tend to end at terminal markets. Murakami, however, likes to ship straight to its end users.
“We ship a few by rail, but the vast majority are by truck,” he said.
“It’s the makeup of our customer base.”