Aloha Air Cargo and Hawaii Farm Bureau Partner for Island Sustainability
New collaboration offers local farmers discounted shipping rates and enhanced membership benefits
HONOLULU (November 9, 2009) – Aloha Air Cargo and Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation (HFBF) have cultivated an unprecedented new partnership that champions local farmers and fosters enhanced sustainability in the Hawaiian Islands. Starting today, associates of HFBF now have access to a members-only webpage and exclusive discount program, including up to 35 percent-off air freight from Aloha Air Cargo for locally grown and “Made in Hawaii” packaged products.
“Agriculture is an exemplary part of Hawaii’s economy and a key to preserving our cultural heritage and a green environment,” said HFBF president Dean Okimoto. “This is the first time that a discount-program of this magnitude has been provided to our entire member base and we thank Aloha Air Cargo for its deep commitment to the betterment of Hawaii.”
Aloha Air Cargo’s Information Technology department helped HFBF create a unique members-only section on its website that provides information on all member benefits, deals and specials. From this member portal, constituents can access an online estimator that easily calculates freight shipping quotes with the HFBF discount applied. In turn, this allows members to accurately quote shipping costs to customers when selling their produce and packaged goods.
“We realize that Aloha Air Cargo has the ability to play a significant role in furthering a more sustainable Hawaii,” said Mike Malik, president of Aloha Air Cargo. “By making it easier and cheaper for Hawaii residents to market their goods statewide, it’s a win-win situation for both consumers and the environment.”
Additionally, Aloha Air Cargo is extending a 20 percent-off discount to HFBF members for General Freight shipments such as supplies and non-perishable products. The program rates are effective from November 9, 2009 through December 31, 2010.
About Aloha Air Cargo
Headquartered in Honolulu, Aloha Air Cargo delivers fast, economical and reliable transport of goods between the Hawaiian Islands of Oahu, Maui, Kauai and the Island of Hawaii. It became an independent cargo operator after the closure of Aloha Airlines passenger services in May 2008. Aloha Air Cargo is owned by Seattle-based Saltchuk Resources, which has been doing business in Hawaii since 2000 when it acquired Young Brothers/Hawaiian Tug & Barge. Committed to the welfare of Hawaii and strengthening the local economy, the company also acquired Hawaii Fuel Network, Maui Petroleum and Minit Stop Stores in 2006.
For more information on Aloha Air Cargo, please call 808-836-4191 or visit www.AlohaAirCargo.com.
About Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation
The Hawaii Farm Bureau Federation (“HFBF”) is non-profit, independent, non-governmental, voluntary organization governed by and representing 1,600 farm and ranch families throughout the State united for the purpose of analyzing their problems and formulating action to achieve educational improvement, economic opportunity and social advancement and, thereby, to promote the State’s well-being. It is affiliated with the American Farm Bureau Federation, which has a membership of over four million families in 2,800 counties across America. HFBF and its affiliates are local, county, state, national and international in its scope and influence and are non-partisan, non-sectarian and non-secret in character. HFBF is the voice of agricultural producers at all levels.