Isuzu and Jiffy serve up a Banquet

Liverpool, UK: The latest vehicle from Jiffy Trucks is an Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet, the first Isuzu truck to be supplied as part of a new partnership between the companies.

As the UK’s largest and best-known supplier of ‘food to the workplace’ snack vehicles, Jiffy Trucks, which makes food to the workplace snack vehicles, added the Isuzu Grafter to its product range.

“Following the shut down in production of the Nissan Cabstar, we were looking for a replacement 3.5 tonne model. The Isuzu Grafter Green launch was perfect timing for us, as it gives us a short wheelbase, single axle, reliable 3.5t vehicle backed by excellent national, award-winning service support,” said John Briggs, managing director, Jiffy Trucks.

“Historically, the 3.5tonne truck is the most popular selling vehicle in our product range as it enables customers to have the opportunity for a much larger body for display. Initial customer reaction to the addition of the Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet has been extremely good, and we estimate that we should be selling well over 40 of these trucks in the first year alone,” he said.

The first three Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquets have been delivered to Merseyside company 2U Food, as part of an order for six of these vehicles for its 31 truck northwest fleet.

James Massey from 2U Food said: “So far this year, we’ve taken delivery of the first batch of new Isuzu trucks into our fleet which, put simply, have been a fantastic addition to 2U Food. Not only do they look terrific, but most importantly they perform well too and are helping us outshine competitors in the mobile food marketplace. Notable improvements in the economy and reliability of the vehicles – two hugely critical factors to any business – have meant that in the first two months since we got the Isuzus, we’ve experienced no faults or breakdowns. The Isuzu Jiffy combination is a first-class vehicle and as a result we’ve now ordered another three of these trucks for delivery later this year.”

The Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet is based on the Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5t SWB 4×2 rigid chassis cab, which has a 1.9litre diesel engine producing 125bhp. The Jiffy body has all the usual features, including heated areas, as well as chilled and ambient, all of which are designed for maximum retail impact, whilst keeping the produce as fresh as possible. On the storage side, there are areas for top up stock, as well as delivery stacking trays, which allow customers to deliver buffets and cover event catering.

Typical customer applications for this 3.5 tonne Isuzu truck involves calling at between 35 and 40 businesses a day operating from 8.00am until 1.30pm, catering for both breakfast and lunch times.

“Customers’ requirements have changed considerably over the last 10 years and our customer profiles have changed with it. Today, in the main, they are made up of professional catering companies and high street brands, which demand high quality workplace deliveries,” Briggs said.
“We believe that the Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet is the perfect addition to our product range, providing us with a reliable base vehicle that can carry the required weight easily. It’s Euro VI, environmentally friendly and extremely fuel-efficient, with no need for AdBlue.”

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