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LTI, Inc. adds Rhubarb juice, oat milk hauls

Nov. 5, 2021
Washington state-based foodgrade carrier also grows its whiskey, canola oil services, leading to new tank trailer investments

Rhubarb juice and oat milk recently joined canola oil and whiskey in LTI, Inc.’s growing list of special commodity hauls.

Since March, LTI, Inc. Sunnyside drivers have picked up oat milk from Ogden, Utah, and delivered it to Delta, in British Columbia, Canada, for Oatly. “The Oatly brand is international, available at retail stores and is used at Starbucks locations across the U.S.,” said Marcos Bustamante, Sunnyside operations manager.

About 35 miles away, in Abbotsford, B.C., LTI, Inc. drivers are on the job picking up rhubarb juice for delivery to a winery in Hill City, S.D. “International projects like this require collaboration between Sunnyside and LTI, Inc.’s Mount Vernon group to deliver the products across the border,” said Greg Masset, Sunnyside dispatcher. Drivers Chad Haarsma and Jonathon Harshfield haul the juice from the plant in Canada to Sunnyside, where Jerome-based team drivers pick it up and deliver to the winery in South Dakota.

Drivers sometimes deal with unplanned same-day load add-ons, but “luckily, we have great drivers who always come through for us and understand how important it is to take care of our customers,” Bustamante said. “Our success wouldn’t be possible without the help of all the other service centers and our great drivers.

“I especially want to thank the Sunnyside dispatch team and special commodities team for the great job they have been doing.”

Bustamante said LTI, Inc. always is looking for other foodgrade products to carry. “Our canola oil business has grown with the addition of a new customer called Viterra that has led to Sunnyside investing in special trailers dedicated to hauling oil,” he said.

Drivers supporting the oat milk project include Guadalupe Bustamante, Brandon Call, Pablo Valdes-Medina, Jose Rivera, Mark Nickerson, Jose Gonzalez Vargas, and Scott Scherzinger.

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