Hunt’s Foodservice Ltd, a catering wholesaler of frozen, chilled and ambient goods operating across the South-West, updated its delivery fleet with 12 Carrier Transicold Supra® units. Carrier Transicold, which operates in the UK as Carrier Transicold UK, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Hunt’s selected the Supra units due to the range’s flexibility, specifying eight Supra 1250 MT (multi-temperature) units for its new 18-tonne DAF LF250 rigids, and the Supra 850 MT system for four DAF LF220 12-tonne trucks.
Central to the order is the Supra MT range’s suitability for intensive distribution environments with multiple door openings.
“The Supra system’s quick pull-down time and ease of operation makes it ideal for our intense delivery schedule,” said William Harvey, operations manager, Hunt’s Foodservice. “Our fleet operates around the clock, keeping our customers throughout the South-West stocked with chilled and frozen goods. We required cooling systems that work fast, maintain temperatures at the desired set point reliably, and can handle the frequent, stop-start nature of our delivery cycle.”
The Supra systems are mounted to twin-compartment Jackson Coachworks bodies, and the 12 vehicles will be used intensively at Hunt’s Foodservice, working up to six days a week in peak season.
Harvey added: “The Supra system’s fuel economy has helped us keep our overheads down, and we’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the drivers, who find the systems easy to operate and consistently reliable.”
Hunt’s Foodservice operates a fleet of 110 trucks and 25 vans from five depots across the South-West, and plans to keep its new DAFs in the fleet for 10-12 years. Hunt Foodservice’s local network service partner, Carrier Transicold Southern, will provide service and maintenance of the refrigeration units. Each service partner is an independent company that provides support to customers operating Carrier Transicold equipment.
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