Gilbert Thompson acquires Sharrocks Fresh Produce

Leeds, UK: Fresh produce wholesaler Gilbert Thompson has bought Sharrocks Fresh Produce based in Preston, Lancashire.

Sharrocks employs 47 people and turns over around £10m.

“Along with the additional investment being made in a new, improved cold store at GT Produce in Leeds, this purchase will allow us to continue growing the business,” said Gilbert Thompson director Richard Thompson.

Channel Tunnel disruption could hit rail freight confidence, says FTA

Dover, UK: Disruption caused by continuing unrest in Calais could seriously dent confidence in rail freight services through the Channel Tunnel, according to the Freight Transport Association (FTA).

Incursions by migrants and track blockades by striking staff have repeatedly interrupted freight train services over the past few weeks. The FTA’s Manager of Rail Freight Policy Chris MacRae says it has serious implications for international rail freight.

“What is likely to happen as a consequence is that confidence in rail freight as a viable alternative to road will be undermined. We saw this happen a decade ago when migrants were trying to board freight trains to reach the UK – it was a serious set-back for Channel Tunnel rail freight. The long-term effect on international rail freight traffic could be devastating.”

MacRae said he had spoken to one business in Scotland that regularly used the tunnel and had managed only five out of a planned 25 train services in the past five weeks at a loss of around £150,000. And another rail freight operator said the situation was “the worst since 2001/2”.

Ryder adds 100 reefers

Devizes, UK: Ryder is refreshing its trailer rental fleet with 350 new trailer, including 100 reefers.

The company’s latest investment includes 200 EN12642XL rated pillarless curtainside trailers, 50 box trailers and 100 single compartment fridge trailers sourced from Cartwright and Schmitz Cargobull.

David Hunt, managing director Ryder Europe, said: “Our latest investment in new trailers will ensure that Ryder maintains its leadership position in trailer rental with an extensive range of options for customers including numerous Tri axle dry freight configurations, plus single and twin compartment fridge options supplied with Carrier Vector units.”

As one of the largest trailer operators in the UK with 7,500 assets, Ryder’s dedicated trailer team provides a comprehensive support service to assist customers in their choice of trailer specification and rental options.

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