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Union Pacific Railroad Awarded Carrier of the Year Honor by Heinz North America

Omaha, Neb., August 09, 2011 – Heinz North America honored Union Pacific as its 2011 Carrier of the Year award winner for the railroad's outstanding performance in transporting refrigerated and canned products.

Union Pacific's efforts surpassed those of motor carriers — who historically have won the award — primarily as a result of its work shipping Ore-Ida® frozen potatoes from Ontario, Ore., to markets in the eastern United States.

"Union Pacific is honored to be recognized with this award by Heinz North America," said John Philp, Union Pacific assistant vice president-Food and Refrigerated Products. "We value our relationship with Heinz and strive to provide superior service and quality to all our customers."

By switching from highway transportation to Union Pacific, Heinz saved 600,000 gallons of diesel fuel, cut CO2 emissions by 44 percent, and took approximately 2,000 trucks off America's congested highways in the past year.

About Union Pacific

Union Pacific Corporation owns one of America's leading transportation companies. Its principal operating company, Union Pacific Railroad, links 23 states in the western two-thirds of the country. Union Pacific serves many of the fastest-growing U.S. population centers and provides Americans with a fuel-efficient, environmentally friendly and safe mode of freight transportation. Union Pacific's diversified business mix includes Agricultural Products, Automotive, Chemicals, Energy, Industrial Products and Intermodal. The railroad emphasizes excellent customer service and offers competitive routes from all major West Coast and Gulf Coast ports to eastern gateways. Union Pacific connects with Canada's rail systems and is the only railroad serving all six major gateways to Mexico.

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