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Green Transportation and Shipping for Natural Products Market Niches

Niche markets such as natural food products and green manufacturing search for greener trucking solutions.

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Demand for 'green shippers' driving biodiesel markets grows

California-based "green" trucking companies are increasing their business by providing more sustainable transportation for LOHAS, organic and green companies such as CLIF Bar, which produces energy bars and drinks. Finding high-quality truck-accessible biodiesel supplies can be a challenge for West Coast drivers.

A lot of the customers in the natural goods arena are looking for warehouse and transport. Biodiesel use is the hip thing to do. More and more people ask questions about it, report logistics and trucking biz dev managers.

Wet-Hosing with Biodiesel

Some companies such as San Francisco Petroleum / Alliance Fleet Services, do "wet-hosing". They come on-site and fill trucks. Most trucking contractors use a 5 or 20 percent biodiesel blend, but companies are testing trucks on B99 (99 percent biodiesel), especially for green-oriented companies such as CLIF Bar.

Mixing Biodiesel with Petro-Diesel

Biodiesel can be used as a pure fuel or blended with petroleum in any percentage. B5, a blend of 5% Biodiesel and 95% by volume of petroleum diesel has shown improvements in performance, enhanced lubricity and some reduction in emissions. A blend of 20 percent by volume Biodiesel with 80 percent by volume petroleum diesel called B20, has demonstrated significant environmental benefits with a minimum increase in cost.

Under current engine warranties, most truckers won't run B99. But that is changing -- truckers are seeing few issues with B99 beyond isolated starting problems related to severe cold spells. Drivers report that biodiesel trucks are quieter and they don't smoke as much.

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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