Creed’s Gray & Adams double-deck trailer

Staverton, Gloucestershire, UK: Family-owned wholesaler Creed Foodservice has cut CO2 emissions by more than 300 tonnes per year after turning to Gray & Adams for its first doible-deck trailer.

Gray & Adams began doing business with Creed in 2015, but since then it has supplied Creed with a clutch of single-deck, 13.6m trailers, as well as insulated and refrigerated bodywork for a number of 18-tonne rigid vehicles. Creed Foodservice was previously sending two articulated tractors units, each pulling a single-deck trailer, down to High Wycombe from Derbyshire five nights a week. This had a significant environmental impact, not to mention internal logistics and resource costs.

The brief was to design a trailer with the same carrying capacity as the two articulated trailers to enable Creed Foodservice to deliver the same amount of product but slash its carbon emissions at the same time. Creed’s new lifting-deck trailer featured a sloping roof and Gray & Adams’ latest, aerodynamically profiled panel cappings, both of which contribute to fuel efficiency. It is equipped with a Carrier Vector 1950 multi-temperature refrigeration system.

The trailer offers a market-leading 44-pallet carrying capacity. However, as Creed is using the latest addition to its growing fleet to transport product in cages, it can accommodate 36 on each deck, as well as a further 15 in the neck.

Richard Frost, operations controller, Creed Foodservice, said: “This new trailer has enabled us significantly to improve our environmental profile through the very substantial reductions we’re achieving in CO2 and other emissions.

“The manufacturer provided us initially with a lifting-deck trailer for trial, so we could make sure it was going to suit our operation. It has also delivered a programme of training for our operational personnel which was exceptionally well received.”

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