Fish and chip supplier adds three Carrier cooled MANs

Gateshead, UK: Fish and chip shop supplier Henry Colbeck has taken delivery of three new 26-tonne MAN rigids, each with a Carrier Transicold Supra 750 fridge on a Gray & Adams body.

The new trucks, which join Henry Colbeck’s Coatbridge operation to replace older vehicles.
The Gray & Adams bodies have separate access points to individual storage sections.

The additional Carrier units mean Henry Colbeck is almost an all-Carrier fleet. “When I joined the company, my main focus was to review and improve efficiencies across the business,” said Hugh O’Brien, operations director, Henry Colbeck.

“We were running fridges from a range of manufacturers, which made keeping them all operational complicated and expensive. We took our first Carrier unit in 2013 and haven’t looked back – their impressive reliability has allowed us to consolidate our fleet in Scotland; 12 of the 13 rigids operating out of Coatbridge are now Carrier-cooled, and we’ll be making it 13 as soon as we can.”

The Supra 750 units provide constant airflow to the compartments in the body, independent of engine speed, with rapid pull-down and accurate set point control. The new vehicles also have Carrier’s DataCold 600 temperature recorder, which provides access to information on the performance of the units.

“What makes the Supra stand out from the crowd is the level of control it gives us, particularly when it comes to maintaining the integrity of the cold chain. This is something our customers have to prove when they face any health and safety inspections, so having the ability to print the relevant data directly from the unit thanks to the DataCold system is superb,” O’Brien said.

The new vehicles join Henry Colbeck’s 33 refrigerated 26-tonne MAN rigids, split between the company’s Coatbridge site and its main base in Gateshead.

The new rigids will be usedf for five years, working five days per week and are expected to clock up around 70,000 miles per year. The Supra units are backed by Carrier Transicold’s Everold fixed cost maintenance package.

Henry Colbeck was founded in 1893 and is the oldest fish and chip shop supplier in the UK. The company’s Coatbridge site opened in 1998, allowing it supply more than 2,000 customers in northern England and Scotland.


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