News digest: a round up of this month’s news

London, UK: Coronavirus dominated UK and global headlines but operators are still busy shifting essential food and buying new equipment…

Dartmouth Crab Company adds a Carrier cooled G&A

Dartmouth Crab Company has taken delivery of its first Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 fridge fitted to a 13.6m Gray & Adams built reefer.
The new trailer joins six others already in operation, modified to transport live shellfish in the UK and continent. The new trailer is fitted with tanks, air pumps and a myriad of pipe work to aerate the sea water and keep up to 11-tonnes of shellfish in prime condition. The trailers load shellfish from the company’s crabbing vessels in Devon and Caithness, Scotland.
Dylan Huxley, transport manager, Dartmouth Crab Company, said: “It’s vitally important that we maintain a consistent temperature in both the trailer and sea water. Because the shellfish are transported live, their natural body heat, coupled with friction created by the aeration process, means the load is constantly trying to warm up, which has to be countered by the fridge unit,” Huxley said. “When delivering into southern France and Spain we also have to factor in the temperature differential between the water where the product was caught and where it will be stored, meaning we allow the load to naturally warm up slightly prior to delivery. The refrigeration system has its work cut out on every journey.”

The new Vector HE 19 unit is mounted to a 13.6m Gray & Adams reefer trailer that has been specially modified for the transportation of live shellfish to customers across the UK and into Europe.

Fowler Welch clinches contract with Bradburys Cheese

Fowler Welch has won a three-year retail and foodservice distribution contract with Buxton-based Bradburys Cheese. Initially Fowler Welch managed the full supply of cheeses to Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons and Brakes from Bradburys’ headquarters in Buxton. Following a successful implementation period, the contract has expanded to cover deliveries to Waitrose, Aldi, Lidl and Bidfood.

The volume is being managed through Fowler Welch’s shared site in Nuneaton and will allow Bradburys to reduce its carbon footprint with a significant reduction in food miles. Bradburys was impressed by Fowler Welch’s partnership with Saputo Dairy UK (formerly Dairy Crest) and felt the expertise demonstrated would also benefit Bradburys, with dedicated account management and improved customer experience.

Nick Hay, chief executive at Fowler Welch, said: “This contract win is a great example of how we listen, respond and deliver for our customers, understanding their needs and providing solutions that match their requirements, demonstrating once again that Fowler Welch is #MoreThanFruitAndVeg.”

Brian Owens, operations director at Bradburys, said: “Since getting on board with Fowler Welch, the team have shown tremendous flexibility in responding to our specific needs. We have received excellent service levels which is vital to ensuring we continue to grow with our customers by providing full, reliable supply in to them.”

Bradburys supplies 400 different cheeses from around the world.

DFDS takes Carrier’s Vector refrigeration

DFDS has added three new Gray & Adams trailers with Carrier Transicold Vector HE19 fridges to its fleet. The new Vector HE19 units are on 13.6-metre Gray & Adams trailers and replace competitor systems. They become the latest Carrier-cooled assets to enter service in DFDS’s 122-unit refrigerated trailer fleet in the Shetland Isles, Scotland.

Jack Hodgson, fleet manager, DFDS, said: “Purchasing these units supports our CSR commitment, which aims to dramatically reduce the company’s carbon footprint. A cleaner, more efficient trailer fleet will play a very important role in that process.”

The Vector HE19 delivers up to 30% fuel savings compared to the previous generation Vector 1950 due to a combination of Carrier Transicold’s all-electric E-Drive technology and an all-new multi-speed engine design.

FreshLinc takes 20 new Volvos

FreshLinc has taken delivery of 20 new Volvo FH tractors. Four of the trucks will operate from FreshLinc’s Evesham depot, while the 16 FLX Logistics vehicles join an all-Volvo fleet at the business’s base in Carrington.

Combined, they replace 20 older models from another manufacturer.

Hartshorne Motor Services supplied the FH Globetrotter 6×2 tractors with pusher axles, rear air suspension and Volvo’s Euro 6, Step D, 460hp engine.

Andy Marchant, fleet engineer, FreshLinc, says: “The FH is a fantastic truck and we always receive positive driver feedback. That was one of the primary reasons we placed the order, as well as the great fuel economy they give us, strong residual values and the excellent support we receive from the Volvo dealer network.

“We take all of our vehicles with a full repair and maintenance package, which works well for us when budgeting our annual maintenance costs.”
All the new FHs have been specified with Volvo’s long haul fuel package: the I-Shift gearbox with long haul software.

Also part of the package is the steering-wheel controlled I-Cruise intelligent cruise control, together with I-Roll – a freewheel function that saves fuel when neither engine power nor engine braking is needed, such as when driving on flat roads.

The new trucks, part of a 400-vehicle fleet, will be on the road up to seven-days-a-week, each covering up to 180,000 km per annum.

Fraikin fits telematics for supermarket home delivery

Fraikin has installed around 3,000 telematics and camera systems to the home delivery fleet of an unnamed supermarket.

Fraikin also helped train around 8,000 drivers to use the new equipment that provides the supermarket with data. The project included Masternaut that provided the telematics system and SureCam the cameras.

The project was designed to improve safety and reduce the environmental impact of the 3.5-tonne van fleet, capturing operational data on vehicle performance, as well as monitoring driving habits to help driver training.
Fraikin worked with Diareyes to carry out the installations. Once installed, the supermarket’s regional managers needed training, as well as around 8,000 drivers.

XPO Logistics wins Waitrose distribution contract

Waitrose & Partners has awarded XPO Logistics a contract to operate two key UK distribution hubs on the supermarket chain’s Milton Keynes campus.

Under the arrangement, XPO will operate the Magna Park Waitrose & Partners national distribution centre and Brinklow regional distribution centre for Waitrose, part of the John Lewis Partnership. XPO will be responsible for warehouse operations and transport at these two sites.

Brinklow divides 320,000sq feet between chilled, frozen and ambient space for fast-moving SKUs while the Magna Park national distribution centre has approximately 950,000sq feet of ambient warehouse space. XPO will manage the picking and dispatch of an estimated 93 million cases per year at Magna Park and 50 million cases at Brinklow.


New joint venture Italian seafood logistics company

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EU truck and van sales plummet

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Bailón adds Schmitz Cargobull reefers

Zaragoza, Spain: Bailón group has added four new Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers to its fleet, taking the total to 27. The group is the largest …


Chereau appeals for hydrogen production at distribution sites

Avranches, Normandy, France: Chereau is encouraging companies to set up hydrogen plants at distribution sites to encourage hydrogen refrigeration in trucks. Chereau is testing hydrogen-based …



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