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Pumpkins, candy corn and apples - courtesy of logistics

Posted by Harriet Mills on Sep 20, 2018 10:02:05 AM

Although the changing of the seasons is gradual, some years it seems to happen in an instant. This year in particular, the corn in the fields went from green one day with a few rust-colored patches, to completely brown and withered, seemingly overnight. The bright green leaves in the woods and along driveways are suddenly crumpling up before our eyes and dropping like a quiet summer rain.

The angle of the light too has changed as the days shorten and the primary colors of the landscape transform into rich yellows, golds and oranges. Pumpkins, those copious orange orbs that show up everywhere from your local WalMart to every grocery in America, are one of the first signs that fall officially has arrived.

Do pumpkins just magically appear in retail stores, like the GREAT PUMPKIN in Charlie Brown’s pumpkin patch, or how do they get to market? Companies like Choptank Transport ship thousands of pumpkins each year. We are experts in food logistics, including all types of produce like pumpkins, apples, gourds, and other perishable and non-perishable  products.Sign Up for Choptank's Blog


Pumpkins: The top producing pumpkin states are Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Pennsylvania and California. *Pumpkins can be broken down into four usage and size categories: giant, Jack O' Lantern, pie and ornamental. 

  • Giant pumpkins range from 25 to as large as 1,000 pounds.
  • Jack O’ Lanterns are usually ribbed fruits with smooth to bumpy orange skin ranging from about 10 - 25 pounds. These are used typically for carving during Halloween; they also are used to make pies and other dishes, for stock feed and for their edible seeds.
  • Pie pumpkins—named for their most common use—are generally smaller and sweeter with smooth, firm, bright flesh ranging from about 5 - 10 pounds.
  • Ornamental pumpkins are miniature, usually weighing less than a pound, and used primarily for decoration. While pumpkins are typically thought of as being orange with smooth skin, varieties range from white or orange to green with either a bumpy or smooth texture, and from solid colored to striped.
    *Agricultural Marketing Resource Center, University of Florida/IFAS Extension, Universityof Georgia Extension

Candy Corn: You either love it or you hate it. There’s no middle ground when it comes to candy corn. This commodity, usually associated with fall, dates back to its invention in the late 1880s. Can you believe that 35 million pounds of candy corn are produced each year? That means about 9 billion individual pieces! That’s enough to rot your jaw. For those of you concerned about your waistline, each kernel is about seven calories.

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The candy originally was called “chicken feed” since corn was, indeed chicken feed. The company now known as Jelly Belly (formerly Goelitz) invented the amazing technology that created the tri-colored sweet.

Choptank's truckload and LTL divisions ship candy, pastries and frozen

confections throughout the year.

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Apples: Bushels of golden, red, and yellow apples are prominently displayed this time of year at roadside stands and in the local supermarkets. “During colonial times, the fruit was often called ‘melt-in-the-mouth’ or ‘winter banana’ for its texture and flavor,” according to BlueBook Services.  The *USDA estimates the 2017 U.S. apple crop at 255.57 million cartons (cartons varying between 40 – 42 pounds each). * http://haulproduce.com/2017/mi-apples-national-400/

Shipping produce like apples and pumpkins is a specialized service and onlNew Call-to-actiony experienced 3PLs should be trusted with this kind of freight. If the shipment arrives damaged, too cold or too hot, the whole truckload can be refused, requiring a claim and loss of time and money. Visibility into each and every shipment should be a requirement of your 3PL, especially with perishable goods. Make sure your transportation provider is up to speed and offering the latest supply chain technology.


Whether you’re interested in shipping truckloads of pumpkins and apples or pallets of LTL confections, Choptank Transport has the logistics solution for you. Choptank is on Food Logistics Magazine’s “2018 Top 3PL and Cold Storage Providers” list for its seventh consecutive year. Check out our website to review all of our award-winning transportation services.

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Growing start-ups, are you ready for next-level logistics?

Posted by Harriet Mills on Sep 11, 2018 9:42:19 AM

Entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses: when it's time for next-level logistics, here's what you need to know

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The Meg of Logistics, the driver shortage

Posted by Harriet Mills on Aug 18, 2018 10:30:00 AM

So I just saw the blockbuster hit The Meg this weekend. If you aren’t familiar with the movie, this nail biter is based on a fantastic discovery about the Marianas Trench, the deepest part of the ocean floor. The truth is (in the movie), it isn’t a floor at all, but a layer of dense hydrogen sulfide protecting an undiscovered and unspoiled ecosystem below. Guess who lives there? You got it – Megalodon, a 75-foot prehistoric shark, as well as some other unsettlingly large ocean creatures. It was great fun!

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Good grief, man! This isn't the Stone Age

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jul 12, 2018 11:35:19 AM

So, where’s my shipment?

The four most common words a freight broker heard back in the day were, “Where is my shipment?”

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When 'less-than' means 'more' savings

Posted by Harriet Mills on Jun 11, 2018 12:48:20 PM

Ever thought about breaking up your dry truckloads into multiple LTLs?

Here’s a riddle for you. Forward I am heavy, but backward, I am not. What am I?

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Ready or not, here it comes - CVSA Road Check 2018

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 30, 2018 2:10:00 PM

Everyone is in favor of safety checks, especially when you are talking about 80,000 pounds of truck and cargo driving down the road, right? The obvious answer is yes, but the actual answer may be a bit more complicated.

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Up to bat! Nursery freight

Posted by Harriet Mills on May 3, 2018 11:36:57 AM

Quick fact: Did you know that 75% of nursery freight is shipped between March 1 and June 1, directly competing with capacity from the produce market which is ramping up at the same time? That can mean fewer available trucks (especially temperature-controlled ones) and higher freight rates.

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Tips and tricks to shipping produce during peak season

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 23, 2018 2:25:08 PM

The challenges…

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Are You a Shipper of Choice? 

Posted by Harriet Mills on Apr 4, 2018 9:46:29 AM

What can you do as a shipper to level the playing field, lessen the impact, and mitigate the high cost of getting your goods to market, while having a positive impact across the full spectrum of the supply chain? It may be as simple as becoming a shipper of choice.

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ELDs versus HOS - the debate goes on

Posted by Harriet Mills on Mar 16, 2018 11:20:00 AM

Depending on who you ask, the new era of required ELDs is having an impact on drivers.  Some say it's not the ELDs that are the issue, but the hours of service that make it difficult, especially when delays are inevitable.  Others we interviewed said the abolishment of paper logs is a good thing, and if you schedule your time properly, there aren't any more problems than there were before ELDs. It's an on-going debate.

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Choptank Transport Market ReportMarket Report Jul/Aug 2018

LOGISTICS MOVES PRETTY FAST

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris.  The iconic picture of these two looking at the Ferrari careening down the hill might describe the shock you are feeling as the market pivoted sharply this past month.  Of course, it depends on which side you are on as to whether you have a smile or a frown!  Just as “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” enjoys a resurgence after 30 years we are reminded, once again, of how things are cyclical and we should be anything but shocked by the market’s volatility.  

Here is a brief market overview and report on all the factors driving the current market, our expectations for where it’s headed, and most importantly, how to manage this market and come out on top!   

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