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A study was initiated at the University of Maine to investigate various transportation alternatives available to marketers of fresh blueberries and similar fresh-market enterprises to determine economies of size in shipping. Several methods of economic analysis, including partial budgeting and break-even analysis, were used to assess the feasibility of several transportation alternatives. The alternatives analyzed were (1) contract shipping services, while using various percentages of truck capacity, (2) purchase of a truck and large trailer (20,000 Ibs capacity), and (3) purchase of a truck and smaller trailer (10,000 Ibs capacity).

Document Type

Report

ISSN

0734-9548

Volume

823

Publication Date

3-1989

Publisher

Maine Agricultural Experiment Station

City

Orono

Keywords

blueberries, marketing

Disciplines

Agricultural Economics

B823: Transporting Fresh Blueberries from Maine to the Boston Market: A Look at the Economic Alternatives

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