Leading supplier of food to the health and social care sectors, apetito, has turned to Volvo trucks for the first time, purchasing six new FH tractor units for their main distribution centre in Portbury, Bristol, as part of its three-year fleet replacement policy for trunking operations.
Each apetito vehicle clocks up 200,000km a year and the company requires reliability from its trucks in order to ensure a constant supply of meals to hospitals, care homes and community services across the UK.
Jon Jackson, Training, Safety and Logistics Manager at apetito reports, “All our vehicles operate out of Bristol, but they will go as far as Motherwell and many points in between. As such we undertook extensive research, including a three-week loan of an FH-500 for fuel benchmarking, before settling on Volvo.”
Supplied by Wayne Bryant, Transport Solutions Executive at Truck and Bus Wales and West, the 6x2 fixed pusher axle, medium height tractors units are equipped with front steel, rear air suspension systems. Powered by Volvo D13K Euro-6 engine producing a maximum of 500hp, the 3,900mm wheelbase units also feature 12-speed I-Shift automated transmission systems and Globetrotter XL Cabs.
Inside the top option Volvo cabs, apetito’s drivers benefit from leather trims, electrically-controlled air conditioning systems and height adjustable, foldable top bunks.
The six FHs were also supplied with three-year Volvo Gold Service Contracts, which guarantee 100 per cent uptime. “The Gold Service Contracts give us peace of mind. We supply food to some of the most vulnerable people in society; therefore the uptime promise gives us and our customers’ security with supply chains.”
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Notes for Editors :
- Based in Trowbridge, Wiltshire, apetito specialises in producing nutritious, great-tasting meals for hospitals, care homes and community services across the UK and in Germany, Spain, the Netherlands and Canada.
- apetito is also the parent company of Wiltshire Farm Foods, the UK’s premier home-delivery service for ready-made meals.
- The company has twice won The Queen’s Award for Enterprise, most recently for its range of texture-modified meals for people with swallowing difficulties.