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Refrigerated vans to ensure cold chain integrity on multi-drop routes

Hunt’s Foodservice has deployed 31 new vans and trucks fitted with Carrier Transicold refrigeration equipment.

The new vehicles include 20 3.5-tonne MAN vans featuring Carrier Transicold Pulsor 400 MT, multi-temperature units specified by the customer

The new vehicles join the customer’s 120-strong fleet and will be on the road up to six days a week, making deliveries of quality frozen and chilled goods, including fresh meats and ice cream, to customers across southern England.

They include 20 3.5-tonne MAN vans featuring Carrier Transicold Pulsor 400 MT, multi-temperature units specified by the customer to increase versatility by improving cold chain integrity on multi-drop delivery routes. These use patented E-Drive technology to transform the van’s engine power into electricity, providing rapid temperature pull-down and full refrigeration capacity at engine speeds as low as 1,000rpm – enabling their use in congested city centres.

Also part of the order are three 7.5-tonne, two 12-tonne and six 18-tonne MAN rigids, each fitted with Supra 550, Supra 850 MT and Supra 1250 MT units respectively and marking a mix of replacements and additions.

“Our priority is maintaining the integrity of the cold chain when the doors are constantly being opened on demanding multi-drop routes, where customers are often in close proximity to each other,” said Philip Hopkins, group transport manager, Hunt’s Foodservice. “Carrier’s systems effortlessly meet that challenge, which allows us to focus on providing the highest quality service to our customers.”

The company expects to operate the vans for three years, while the trucks will be in service for five years. Both the Pulsor and Supra units are backed by Carrier Transicold’s everCOLD fixed cost, full-service maintenance package, which includes annual temperature control testing and certification, full regulatory checks and access to Carrier Transicold’s oneCALL 24/7 incident management service.

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Written by Natalie Middleton

Natalie has nearly 20 years of fleet journalism experience, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day.

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