1947 & 1956 Carloads and Tons Statistics for Fresh Fruit and Vegetables as per the ICC's Freight Commodity Stats


Tim Gilbert <tgilbert@...>
 

To get a handle of the Carloads and Tons Fresh Fruit and Vegetables which were originated, the 1947 and 1956 Freight Commodity Statistics data is shown in the table below - 1947 and 1956 selected because I have the carload data:

Commodity 1947 C/L's 1947 Tons 1956 C/L's 1956 Tons
Apples 47,471 943,661 14,563 284,511
Bananas 100,650 1,248,682 76,015 838,137
Berries (not frozen) 530 8,537 35 963
Cantelopes & Melons 26,029 323,658 20,593 356,846
Fresh Grapes 28,860 506,800 20,646 335,123
Lemons, Limes, etc. 13,712 282,400 10,981 213,996
Oranges/Grapefruit 139,231 3,181,863 40,065 825,855
Fresh Peaches 26,598 317,585 7,659 117,981
Fresh Pears 17,809 344,447 7,822 156,895
Watermelons 30,360 400,677 6,995 99,614
Other Fresh Fruit 16,892 245,885 6,621 105,111
Dried Fruit 10,462 372,751 3,920 131,875
Froz. Fruit&Berries 4,952 135,228 3,947 136,584
Total Fresh Fruit 463,556 8,312,174 291,120 4,671,242

Cabbage 25,810 343,570 9,252 143,064
Celery 23,562 292,205 20,649 327,951
Lettuce 78,191 950,105 61,024 853,221
Onions, Dry 35,985 557,865 13,499 258,809
Potatoes ex Yams 276,936 5,924,908 151,748 3,399,939
Tomatoes 26,027 331,878 11,345 197,544
Fr. Veg. nos 99,406 1,297,444 46,862 702,019
Dried Peas & Beans 31,902 1,310,004 22,100 911,591
Dried Veg. nos 1,246 36,349 1,926 57,152
Froz. Vegetables 5,331 148,342 11,171 369,619
Total Vegetables 604,396 11,192,670 440,077 7,729,333

Canned Food Prod. 415,693 12,029,231 444,836 12,459,790
Frozen Food Prod. 7,101 163,991 17,633 589,944


The total of all commodities (ex LCL) originated in the US in 1947 were 36,966,971 carloads and 1,514,984,779 tons. In 1956, the equivalent amounts were 27,886,948 carloads and 1,237,575,305 tons. Below is a table showing each categories' share of these totals:

Commodities 1947 C/L's 1947 Tons 1956 C/L's 1956 Tons
Total Fruit 1.3% 0.5% 1.0% 0.4%
Total Vegetables 1.6% 0.7% 1.6% 0.6%
Canned Food Prod. 1.1% 0.8% 1.6% 1.0%
Frozen Food Prod. 0.0% 0.0% 0.1% 0.0%

Tim Gilbert