Dr Oetker renews with Reed Boardall

Boroughbridge, Yorkshire: Food company Dr Oetker has renewed for three year its contract with Reed Boardall for UK cold storage and distribution.

Reed Boardall began working with the company group 15 years ago. The contract was renewed following a competitive tender.

Reed Boardall will collect all frozen product from Dr Oetker Leyland factory and handle distribution from Reed Boardall’s Boroughbridge site in Yorkshire.

“We have enjoyed a close and constructive relationship with Dr Oetker and are extremely pleased to have once again have been chosen by the company,” said Andrew Baldwin, managing director, Reed Boardall cold storage division.

“Over the years, we have got to know the team well, we understand their business and genuinely care about providing the best service we can.  Like Dr Oetker, we are a long-established family business which prides itself on quality and being customer-focussed.

“To have retained the business is testimony to the fact that what we do for Dr Oetker is great for them and they know they can rely on us to continue to deliver on our promises.”

Jonathan Stokoe, executive head of supply chain at Dr Oetker UK, said: “Reed Boardall have proved to be a reliable partner, consistently providing an integrated cold storage and distribution service and able to respond swiftly to our needs, so ensuring supply to our customers.

“Having reviewed our logistics needs and looked at other suppliers, we felt that Reed Boardall was the right partner for us.”

Dearman welcomes Clean Air Strategy action

London, UK:  Dearman, which is developing a nitrogen-powered fridge engine, has welcomed the government’s draft Clean Air Strategy launched today.

Environment Secretary Michael Gove has proposed devolving powers to local government to further regulate non-road mobile machinery, which includes diesel frigdges. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has particularly asked for these powers.

Truck fridges are powered by weakly regulated secondary engines that are disproportionately polluting because they use cheaper red diesel. They can emit up to 29 times as much particulate matter and six times as much nitrogen oxide as Euro 6 truck engines.

Today’s tougher action on diesel machinery comes after last week’s call by Treasury minister Robert Jenrick to “level the playing field” for clean technologies undercut by the urban use of red diesel in such machinery.

Dearman estimates that the UK has 26,000 refrigerated trucks that have a weakly regulated second diesel engine. Encouraging all of these to switch to zero emission secondary engines could reduce Britain’s particulate matter emissions by the equivalent of 3.2 million diesel cars, Dearman says.

David Rivington, director of special projects, Dearman, said: “We welcome the government’s draft Clean Air Strategy, which sets out vital actions to tackle a range of emissions including nitrogen oxide and particulate matter. We particularly welcome the new powers being handed to local government, including for the regulation of diesel-powered machinery, as this will allow local communities to tackle emissions which are significant but often overlooked.

“Government has invested in many zero emission technologies developed by British small businesses, such as Dearman, and this strategy has the potential to support the uptake of innovative technologies while helping to save lives.”

M20 to become a lorry park post Brexit

Dover, UK: The government has plans to park trucks on the M20 in event of post-Brexit customs delays at Dover.
The Department for Transport says it has plans to park trucks on one lane of the M20 in the event of there being “serious disruption to cross-Channel transport”.

The ministerial statement, which issued by transport minister Jesse Norman, said: “In his November announcement, the secretary of State [Chris Grayling] also asked Highways England to develop an improved interim arrangement for holding lorries on the M20, whilst allowing traffic to continue to flow in both directions and keeping junctions open.

“The Department has now agreed with Highways England that this arrangement should take the form of a contraflow system which would see lorries for the Port of Dover and Eurotunnel held on the coast-bound carriageway between junctions 8-9 of the M20, while other traffic will use a contraflow to continue their journey on the other side of the motorway. Highways England are starting the preparatory works for the scheme now and it will be available from early 2019.

The department has not specified what “serious disruption” might be but it does say the new system will be available from early 2019 which is when the UK will leave the EU and a no deal Brexit would cause customs chaos at the Channel ports.

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