The milk float returns

Burnley, UK: CoolKit is converting over 300 van chassis for use as milk floats by the Modern Milkman.

The Modern Milkman is an “app-led” alternative to the traditional milkround, delivering groceries in return and reuse packaging, all plastic-free. Recent investment enabled the company to increase its reach for which new vehicles are needed to meet demand.

The Modern Milkman founder, Simon Mellin, chose the Fiat Doblo chassis and worked with CoolKit to developed the body using lightweight materials.

The new vehicles will start the rolled out as Modern Milkman begins operating at a nationwide with 325 newly converted Doblos.

Rupert Gatty, chief executive, CoolKit, said: “Each van offers a payload of 700kg, enabling the Modern Milkman to carry large quantities of its dairy and grocery products.

“The van’s compact size makes it the perfect solution for urbanised areas and its roller shutter doors ensure minimum disruption for residents sleeping while milkmen and women carry out their rounds during the early hours.

“The vans have a two-section layout with one of the zones providing the perfect insulation against outside ambient temperatures and are each fitted with LED lighting to ensure adequate lighting.

“We’re proud to be working with yet another innovative company and providing the highly specific solutions our clients need to become market leaders.

“The Modern Milkman does an incredible job in delivering high quality milk and groceries in an eco-friendly way and we’re delighted that we can now supply them with so many new vehicles as their business grows and their message of sustainability spreads.”

Mellin, said: “The prototype was tested on various routes around Greater Manchester over a few months and was a great success. We’re looking forward to hitting the road with a new fleet of CoolKit vehicles as we expand our range of return and reuse groceries and encourage even more customers to think and act in a sustainable way.”

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