Lanter Distributing part of food donation project to local St. Louis Catholic Charities Agencies

On April 22, 2020 a Lanter Distributing refrigerated truck filled with more than a ton of donated fruit, vegetables, meat, dairy products, and other food essentials arrived at Marygrove in Florissant MO, one of four Catholic Charities agencies that benefited from the large donation. Representatives from Good Shepherd Children & Family Services, Queen of Peace Center, and St. Patrick Center were on hand at Marygrove to receive portions of the donated items.

The large donation was organized by top chef and restaurant consultant Rex Hale in cooperation with STL Foodworks; Jack Whisnant of Rain Crow Ranch in Doniphan, Mo. and Lanter Distributing.

“Pulling together a donation of this magnitude was a labor of love and an exercise in generosity,” said Catholic Charities of St. Louis President Theresa Ruzicka, who helped load donations at STL Food Works. “All of our agencies are busy finding ways to safely meet growing needs due to the COVID-19 crisis. Having strong community partners like these helps us serve even more people, including those who are finding themselves needing assistance for the first time in their lives.”

The food will be used to prepare meals for residential clients at the four recipient agencies, as well as walk-in clients at St. Patrick Center. Hundreds will benefit from this generosity.

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President Trump: “Thank God for Truckers” 4.16.20

That was the message from the President of the United States, broadcasted globally from the world’s biggest stage.

The ATA joined President Trump on the South Lawn of the White House for an event honoring America’s truckers for their heroism, patriotism and service throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.

“At a time of widespread shutdowns, truck drivers form the lifeblood of our economy — and the absolute lifeblood. For days, and sometimes weeks on end, truck drivers leave their homes and deliver supplies that American families need and count on during this national crisis and at all other times. They’re always there. Their routes connect every farm, hospital, manufacturer, business, and community in the country.

“In the war against the virus, American truckers are the foot soldiers who are really carrying us to victory….

“To every trucker listening over the radio or behind the wheel, I know I speak for the 330 million-plus Americans that we say: Thank God for truckers. That’ll be our theme: Thank God for truckers.”

– President Trump

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Food Grade Warehouse Space Available

Lanter Distributing has the following food grade warehouse space available for 2020:

Bolingbrook, IL   1,000 temp control 65 deg F  5-high rack
Memphis, TN   500 temp control 65 deg F  4-high rack
Nashville, TN   1,700 temp control 65 deg F  4-high rack
Nashville, TN   150 cooler 35 deg F  4-high rack
Nashville, TN   400 dry Ambient  Bulk storage
Knoxville, TN   250 temp control 65 deg F  Floor space
Knoxville, TN   50 cooler 35 deg F  Floor space
Dallas, TX   150 dry Ambient  Bulk storage

Order fulfillment with case, each or full pallet pick available!
Short and long term storage welcome!

Please contact us at for further details.

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Warehouse space available in 2018

Lanter Distributing currently has the following food grade warehouse space available for 2018:

Atlanta, GA 1,000 racked/bulk spots Ambient
Nashville, TN 2,000 racked spots 65 deg F
Memphis, TN 500 racked spots 65 deg F
Dallas, TX 200 racked spots 65 deg F
Dallas, TX 400 floor spots Ambient

Order fulfillment with case or full pallet pick available!
Short and long term storage welcome!

Please contact us at 888-861-9662 for further details.


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Lanter Distributing now operating in Dallas, TX

As of July 2017, Lanter Distributing has added an 8th pool distribution location in Dallas, TX to it’s already established group of cross-dock/warehouse locations in the Midwest and South to better serve all of its long-standing customers.  This new facility will service all of TX, OK and northwest AR for various refrigerated, temperature control and dry LTL shipments.

Lanter’s warehouse in Dallas TX is located off I-20 in the southwest city area of Dallas. Our space is roughly 50,000 square feet and provides both ambient and temperature controlled conditions.  The Dallas team is experienced in handling a variety of different food grade products thru LTL pool distribution and cross docking services.  We look forward to providing additional transportation and warehousing services in this new market for both current and new prospective customers!


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Lanter Logistics—Our Brokerage Business

LTL refrigerated freight is our claim-to-fame. But we know you still need truckload service, and who better than Lanter to provide it?

To further enhance service to our customers we’ve built Lanter Logistics, a full service brokerage business offering truckload services—frozen, refrigerated, and dry along with volume LTL shipments of four pallets or more.

At Lanter Logistics we know that more than just freight is loaded in the trucks we arrange for you. The reputation of your company and the dedicated people who work there (from sales to shipping to the boss upstairs) is along for the ride too.

We make sure Your Brand along with your Product is delivered with the care and concern it deserves.

At Lanter Logistics we arrange transportation of freight by authorized motor carriers–truckload and less than truckload.

We know logistics—we’ve been doing it for four decades

  • We value hard work and commitment to customers and carriers.
  • We value respect for the dignity of our co-workers, customers, and community.
  • We value honesty in all interactions.
  • We value clear and frequent communication with each other, our customers, and our service providers.

Meet our staff:
Doug Schuette,  Director of Logistics, Ext. 3054
Jeff Thompson, Logistics Manager, Ext.  3001
Clay Lewis, Logistics Coordinator, Ext.  3471


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WOW! So That’s What You Do?

So often I hear manufacturers and logistics companies tell me, “Wow! Your company actually does LTL refrigerated and frozen distribution? I really need your services; Where have you been?!”

I’ll admit, we’re our own worst enemy when it comes to advertising our services. With our asset-based fleet, Lanter Distributing has been warehousing and delivering refrigerated and frozen products for over 40 years. We’re so fortunate to have such loyal customers and even more fortunate for so many word of mouth referrals. If you’re business is looking for cost efficient ways to service LTL refrigerated deliveries to the greater Midwest, South & Southeast, please look me up!

Protect from freezing, keep it frozen, keep it chilled, keep it from melting. That’s what we do!

LTL refrigerated freight is our claim-to-fame. Excellent customer-service is how we earned our name.

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Food-Grade Multi Temp Warehouse Space For All Your Storage Needs

To compliment to our LTL refrigerated distribution network, Lanter Distributing has food-grade storage space in a variety of temperatures:
A/C, refrigerated, chilled, dry and ambient

Have you taken advantage of Lanter Distributing’s warehouse space?

  • Are your warehouses overflowing with excess inventory and not enough room?
    We offer short-term storage contracts to help you deal with overflow and seasonal demands.
  • Do you need a warehouse near your production plant?
    We have multi-temp storage facilities in key cities in the Midwest and southern states.
  • Are you struggling with only coastal warehouse storage?
    We have regional, multi-temperature storage options available throughout the Midwest and southern states giving you an easier way to service your customers, especially those with high demands and short lead times.
  • Do you import food grade products?
    Our Midwestern storage locations are perfect for storing container loads of finished goods or raw goods. No more waiting on that “slow boat from China” to get your customer their order! Store it with us and then let us deliver it to your customer!

Space available in a variety of temperatures
A/C, refrigerated, chilled, dry, ambient

CHICAGO 1000 pallets
NASHVILLE 1500 pallets
MEMPHIS 500 pallets
SAINT LOUIS 600 pallets
ATLANTA 800 pallets
Knoxville 500 pallets

Contact Lanter Distributing today and learn more about our food-grade temperature-controlled warehousing.


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2 Important Ways that Warehousing Relates to Day-to-Day Living

In many ways, your business can relate to day-to-day tasks at your home. Even simple things like putting away your groceries or showing up to a birthday party can seem pretty relevant from the right perspective…

Unpacking the Groceries

Imagine yourself coming home from the grocery store.

You bring the grocery bags in from the trunk of the car, walk around to the back of the house, and throw everything in the shed out back. Perfect, right?


You store your groceries in the places they will keep fresh the longest. Cereal and pasta goes in the pantry. Milk and veggies go in the fridge. Popsicles and chicken breasts go in the freezer. You’ve just kept your shopping trip from being a total waste of time and money.

Life of the Party

Now, imagine that you’re going to a birthday party. You’ve been asked to bring the ice cream. You live in, say, St. Louis, and the party is just outside of Chicago. Do you pick up the ice cream at your local grocery store before you drive the 5 hours up to Chi-town?


Once you get to Barrington, you stop at a grocery store and pick up some Ice Cream. You arrive at the party a hero.

What Does Any of This Have to Do With Your Business?

Your company produces goods. Maybe you make one specific item to cater to one specific industry, and maybe you have a vast array of commodities available to the public at large. Whatever it is that you’re offering, there’s likely a perfect temperature range and a perfect location at which to store it.

Your Groceries – Your Goods

Just as you take care to keep your lettuce crisp and your pie crust frozen, your goods should be warehoused in a facility that ensures the highest quality and the longest shelf-life. Just as you wouldn’t throw your milk in the pantry, you don’t want your company’s candy bars getting stowed away in a corrugated metal storage sauna.

Whether it’s ambient/cool, refrigerated, frozen, or a mixture of them all for different offerings, make sure that whoever is providing your warehousing has adequate amenities for your product.

Get to the Party On Time and At Temperature

It’s important to have fulfillment hubs that meet your space and location needs. It’s easier to pick up the ice cream right before the party, and it makes sense to have warehousing close to your regional commerce hubs. Shorter LTL trips make sense for your products and for your bottom line.

Some other great ways that temporary or regional warehousing can benefit your company:

  • Take stress off of current warehouses due to Q4 sales. Look for 3-6 month contracts for warehousing to deal with overflow

  • If you’re opening a new plant, you’ll need short-term storage that’s in close proximity to the new plant or the current site

  • It makes sense to have regional warehousing for specific areas. It’s not always convenient to have only coastal storage.

  • If your products come in by shipping containers, you might benefit from a midwestern storage location while awaiting further shipments on the “slow boat from China.”

Don’t leave yourself with bags of bad food and a tub of melted ice cream. Your company is important. Your products are important. By ensuring that you’ve considered the ins and outs of different warehousing options, you’re doing a service to your company, to yourself, and to your customers.

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Cold Storage: St. Louis & KC regions, Memphis, Nashville, Knoxville TN and Atlanta GA

Storing cold items can be a balancing act.  For some items, you need to make sure they remain cold enough not to spoil but not too cold or they might freeze.  For other items they need to remain frozen at all times without thawing.  Some storage facilities offer one or the other, or charge a premium to do both.  At Lanter Distributing, because of our wide distribution network and numerous cold storage facilities, we can store products in multi-temperature storage conditions for a very reasonable price.

For items such as cheese, yogurt, dips & deli meats that need to stay chilled but not frozen, Lanter’s warehouses in the Kansas City and St. Louis region and in Nashville, Memphis, Knoxville and Atlanta can meet those needs.  Other items such as meat, frozen potatoes, frozen dinners, chicken nuggets etc that need to be in freezer storage, Lanter’s freezer space in the Kansas City, St. Louis and Atlanta regions can support those needs.

Lanter Distributing’s core competency is warehousing and distributing temperature sensitive products.  We don’t claim to be a mega-cold storage warehousing company, in fact, we’re far from it.  Our cold storage facilities are multi-temperature facilities which are also used for short term storage and cross-docking frozen or chilled freight.  If you have regional cold storage and LTL distribution needs in any of the above mentioned cities, we need to talk.   Our budget-friendly pricing is accompanied with top-notch customer service.  We can provide storage and order fulfillment warehousing services and then we can deliver products to your customers, like grocery warehouses, Club stores, drug store chains, locally owned stores and other businesses.

In the competitive retail world, shippers and manufacturers strive for the re-orders.  Get the first order, and then get the re-order.  Our on-time delivery to your customers is key in making sure your customer is happy.  Happy customers = Re-order.

We take great pride in representing the customers whose brands they entrust to us for storage, handling and distribution.

For information on our cold storage facilities, give us a call today!

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