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“TIMELY DELIVERY IS VERY SENSITIVE WHEN YOU’RE


HAULING PRODUCE. …IF YOU’RE LATE WITH PRODUCE,


THEY DON’T NEED YOU ANYMORE


BECAUSE THEY’LL FIND SOMEONE ELSE.”


FROM FARM TO TABLE How far has your dinner traveled? Food miles are the distance food travels from where it is grown to where it is


ultimately purchased or consumed by the end user. • The average Weighted Average Source Distance (WASD), which is used to calculate food miles, for locally grown produce to reach institutional markets in the continental U.S. is 56 miles, while the conventional WASD for the produce to reach those same institutional points of sale is 1,494 miles, nearly 27 times further.


• Between 1968 and 1998, world food production increased by 84 percent, population by 91 percent, while food trade increased 184 percent.


• An increasing proportion of what Americans eat is produced in other countries, including an estimated 39 percent of fruits, 12 percent of vegetables, and 78 percent of fish and shellfish in 2001.


favorably on the company. “They give you an image with your customers especially since a lot of them will never see the boss.” Dedication to his employees is what’s kept


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Eastlick in the business well past retirement age. “I refuse to act my age, but it gets to be more work every year,” Eastlick who will be 80 in September said. “I appreciate my employees a lot. Without them, we can’t do anything.” Although he sold his land ten years ago, Eastlick is avoiding retirement until he can find


CLAIMS


a buyer who will keep all of his employees working. While he is able to spend some time with one daughter at the office, Eastlick looks forward to the extra time he can be with his other two daughters and seven grandkids. Now, with retirement on the horizon


Eastlick is content with the family and business he’s grown. “At my age, I’m not looking for growth too much. Some things have receded in the last few years, but the future will get better—it always has, and it will again.”


One of our trucks hit a deer, causing extensive front end damage. The Northland examinermet with us on the very day we filed the claimto inspect the truck, complete the damage estimate and arrange for repairs. The loss was settled in a couple days withminimal impact to our daily business, and we’re back on the road!


—Fleet manager 12


St. Paul,MN • Hartford, CT www.truckinsurance.com


ROADWISE | JUNE 2010 | www.mttrucking.org


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