TRANSPORTATION COSTS UP; RETAIL COOPERATION NEEDED: PANEL

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Due to a range of pressures, transportation costs will likely continue to rise. However, cooperation with produce buyers may help mitigate a steep increase, a panel of experts concluded at Produce Marketing Association's International Convention & Exposition here.Transportation costs have been slashed from 17% to 8.5% of the cost per dollar for food items since 1980, according to

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Due to a range of pressures, transportation costs will likely continue to rise. However, cooperation with produce buyers may help mitigate a steep increase, a panel of experts concluded at Produce Marketing Association's International Convention & Exposition here.

Transportation costs have been slashed from 17% to 8.5% of the cost per dollar for food items since 1980, according to Cass Information Systems, St. Louis. Citing this statistic, Mark Walker, vice pres

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