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Yes, we sent 20 tons of butter cross-country (mostly) without a driver

How, a Silicon Valley startup, helped Land O’Lakes address peak demand

Yes, we sent 20 tons of butter cross-country (mostly) without a driver


Land O’Lakes needs to deliver *a lot* of butter this time of year—and an innovative startup helped us achieve exactly that with a 2,800-mile, coast-to-coast delivery of 40,000 pounds of butter.
Did we mention the truck drove itself?
“We are thrilled to collaborate with technology leaders like to pilot autonomous trucks for our shipping needs,” says Yone Dewberry, chief supply chain officer for Land O’Lakes.
It’s the first coast-to-coast commercial freight trip made by a self-driving truck, traveling from Tulare, California, to Quakertown, Pennsylvania in less than three days. While there was a safety driver on board at all times, the truck ran autonomously through all kinds of weather and road conditions.
It’s critical that Land O’Lakes reliably and efficiently delivers butter this holiday season -- many cooking and baking traditions depend on it.
The driving system uses a bunch of tech to do this safely, including cutting-edge sensors, deep learning algorithms and simultaneous location and mapping (SLAM) technologies.
Widespread use of self-driving trucks is still a few years out, but the potential is clear.
“This cross-country freight run with Land O’Lakes shows the safety, efficiency and maturity of our autonomous trucks,” said Shawn Kerrigan, COO and co-founder of in a release.
This is part of how Land O’Lakes is growing with innovative partners to give us an edge—including using digital suppliers (like Uber Freight) and automation to improve the customer experience.


About Land O'Lakes, Inc. 
Land O'Lakes, Inc., one of America's premier agribusiness and food companies, is a member-owned cooperative with industry-leading operations that span the spectrum from agricultural production to consumer foods. With 2018 annual sales of $15 billion, Land O'Lakes is one of the nation's largest cooperatives, ranking 212 on the Fortune 500. Building on a legacy of more than 98 years of operation, Land O'Lakes today operates some of the most respected brands and businesses in agriculture and food production including Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Purina Animal Nutrition, WinField United and Land O’Lakes SUSTAIN. The company does business in all 50 states and more than 60 countries. Land O'Lakes, Inc. corporate headquarters are located in Arden Hills, Minn.

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