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Bernard Matthews switches to Schmitz Cargobull

Norwich, Norfolk:  Turkey farming company Bernard Matthews Farms, is completing its transition to an all-Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated fleet with eight new trailers from the manufacturer, four of which feature a new ‘Lean on Turkey’ livery.

Bernard Matthews Farms has converted its fleet to Schmitz Cargobull over the last seven years due to competitive pricing and an ability for the trailers to stand-up to the rigours of its demanding transport operations.

“Our fleet is really put through its paces on a daily basis,” said Jeffrey Helmore, transport manager at Bernard Matthews. “This requires equipment which not only copes with our gruelling schedules, but that has the longevity to perform as well on day one as it does two, three or even seven years down the line.

“Regularly maintaining and servicing a fleet is all well and good, but if the initial product isn’t up to scratch in the first place, it means very little. With Schmitz Cargobull we get a good solid trailer and that’s why we keep coming back for more,” he say.

The eight new trailers, with Carrier Transicold Vector 1550 mono-temperature fridges are part of a 33- reefer fleet and will be deployed between its production facilities in Norfolk and Suffolk, and its distribution centres to transport fresh meat as well as frozen and chilled finished products.

“A big gain for us is the Ferroplast panelling unique to Schmitz Cargobull equipment. We’ve had experiences before with competitor products where the outer skin of a trailer has been pierced and water has seeped in. This has resulted in water soaking into the insulation and reducing the efficiency of the trailer – also leading to an increase in the trailer’s unladen weight,”  Helmore says.

“We don’t get this problem with Schmitz Cargobull equipment and that is a big advantage to us as the integrity of the products we carry is critical.”

The new ‘Lean on Turkey’ livery promotes Bernard Matthews Farms’ campaign aimed at increasing consumption of fresh turkey.