Food Chain Digest, the official magazine of Food Shippers of America (FSA), announces recipients of the 2023 “Top Food Chain Provider.”

The Top Food Chain Provider program highlights third-party logistics companies (3PLs), freight brokers, motor carriers, rail/intermodal, and maritime companies (ocean carriers and port authorities) that excel in capabilities and service to food transportation, logistics, distribution, and supply chain management, according to Brian Everett, group publisher and editorial director of Food Chain Digest.

“Food shippers rely upon their logistics partners and carriers to help manage a productive, efficient, and seamless food chain,” said Everett. “A common theme for the companies on the 2023 list is that they have been providing significant value to food shippers at a time when demand in all modes has been surging while the people and assets needed to move and store goods and materials remain scarce. This program highlights providers that are helping shippers successfully navigate through their food chain challenges and accomplish their business goals.”

According to Everett, this is the second year that Food Chain Digest has deployed this recognition program to serve as a resource to food shippers as they secure partners and capabilities in managing their supply chain strategy and execution.

Here’s how the program works: First, nominations were made by food chain providers and reviewed by the staff of Food Chain Digest. Requirements of all candidates are that they are a 3PL, freight broker, motor carrier, rail/intermodal provider, or maritime company that generate at least U.S. $5 million in gross global sales. These nominations were evaluated based upon value provided to food shippers, achievements accomplished in the last 12-18 months, and solutions that have helped to solve a business problem of food shippers.

Next, nearly 6,700 participants in the food industry voted for nominated companies that had the strongest reputation and value in the food chain technology segment. As part of the process, companies earning an adequate volume of votes are validated, which helped to identify the companies named to the list.

Recipients named to the list are:

Allen Lund Company, LLC
Arrive Logistics
Bay & Bay Transportation
Covenant Logistics
Cowan Systems, LLC
Echo Global Logistics
FST Logistics
GLT Logistics
Koch Companies
Leonard’s Express
MODE Transportation
MoLo Solutions
Old Dominion Freight Line, Inc.
Penske Logistics
Plains Dedicated, LLC
PLS Logistics Services
Pride Group Logistics
Radiant Road & Rail
RLS Logistics
Stokes Trucking
The Shippers Group
Werner Enterprises
XTL Transport Inc