CoolKit meets the kneads of Rink Bakery

Bacup, Lancashire: Rink Bakery has bought in its own freezer van from CoolKit after years using a courier to deliver speciality breads.

“Our freezer van from CoolKit is paying for itself – and more,” says Justin Hardman, bakery manager, Rink Bakery. The Mercedes Sprinter Euro 6 Chassis Cab with an insulated box body caters for four pallets at a time – which holds approximately 8,400 buns.

Previously Rink Bakery spent several thousand pounds  a month on distribution by a third party. Justin said: “We have been thinking about it for several years. The third party was reliable, but price was a factor. We put the investment into a CoolKit van and it’s paying for itself.”

“When we thought of getting a freezer van we went on the CoolKit website and noticed that they’ve started doing the box van design,” Hardman said.

“We approached them to see if they could create a box body that fits four pallets in the back. CoolKit are known for their excellent payload as well so we wanted to stay under the 3.5 tonne weight limit. They came back with different chassis and design options and then built it.”

Hardman said the new van not only offered them more flexibility, it is also saving the bakery substantial amounts of money. “We used to spend thousands a month on third party couriers. Now we spend less than a quarter of what we used to on some of the longer distance trips. It’s paying for itself. We should have bought one years ago.

“All the pallets fit in it comfortably, it looks good and we haven’t had any issues. We can’t ask for any more from a van.”

The order was placed at the end of the December and the bespoke van was ready by the end of February. “CoolKit’s customer service and aftersales is excellent. They kept us up-to-date with the build progress, and even loaned us a freezer van until we could collect,” Hardman said.

“We are trying to grow but it is a very competitive market. If someone rings up and asks for a delivery last minute, now we don’t have to worry about getting in touch with a third party. We have the flexibility to do what we want and deliver when we want.”

Vehicle specification

  • Mercedes Sprinter Euro 6 chassis cab L1 H1 RWD
  • Hubbard Zero road and single phase standby fridge
  • Double rear door
  • A fold down rear step
  • Pallet protection pack – 3 x aluminium double bump floor strips
  • LED side and rear marker lights for the insulated body to meet current legislations
  • High-intensity LED interior lighting
  • Rear parking sensors
  • GRP grey textured anti-slip floor
  • Insulated body mounted to the vehicle chassis with aluminium subframe
  • 2 shoring poles to use as a load restrain method within the box body

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