( Courtesy Black Gold Farms )

Black Gold Farms, Grand Forks, N.D., has formed Horizons Logistics LLC to overcome increasing challenges of finding reliable transportation.

Horizons Logistics, also in Grand Forks, will move Black Gold Farms potatoes, and service other companies. With the independent, full-service logistics company, Black Gold Farms becomes a vertically-integrated “farm to forklift” operation, according to a news release.

“In the last few years, we’ve seen the transportation deal be as up and down as ever, and that was affecting our customers,” Black Gold Farms CEO Eric Halverson said in the release. “Our number-one objective is to make sure we get our potatoes to our customers, when they want them and how they want them. Trucks have a major influence in that.”

The potato grower-shipper has an internal team focusing on transportation through a “brokerage-style” business, according to the release.

“Our current system has worked well in the past, and we know that our transportation team is the last line of defense in order to create the most value the farm can to our customers,” Matt Jahnke, director of transportation for Horizon Logistics, said in the release.

Black Gold Farms will be discussing Horizon Logistics at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit expo Oct. 18-19 in Anaheim, Calif., at booth No. 4642.

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