Hunt’s Food Group have started taking delivery of the 52 new vehicles to help support business growth and replace the older, less efficient vehicles in the fleet. Hunt’s has purchased their 40 HGVs through the DAF dealership, Adams Morey and the lorries will operate out of their Sherborne, Bridgwater, Redruth and Fareham distribution centres.
All vehicles are dual temperature with moveable bulkheads and are fitted with air suspension enabling them to be loaded with powered pallet trucks on loading docks creating efficiency. The vehicles are fitted with cameras at the front and rear improving drivers’ visibility, a driver safety camera and cameras in the body give drivers visibility of their load when in transit. The vehicles also have remote temperature monitoring, remote tacho download as well as being compatible with HVO fuel, the biodiesel Hunt’s is using ahead of its aim to be Carbon Neutral by 2025.
The fleet is fitted with Matrix telematics provided by longstanding Somerset-based transport partner, Transolva. Phil Hopkins (Transport Director) mentions “Our team is targeted on driver behaviour to improve safety, carbon emissions and the condition of our fleet. Matrix also enables us to track mileage so we can look at optimising routes ensuring our customers receive earlier deliveries, drivers finish quicker, and we reduce carbon emissions. We have also fitted the new vehicles with air-conditioning for the first time, following our team first key focus.”
The business has also purchased 12 new automatic Mercedes Sprinter vans and along with the 40 HGVs will all have Solomons bodies and Carrier refrigeration units. The amended livery highlights the businesses re-brand to Hunt’s Food Group and lists the six own brands exclusively distributed by Hunt’s Food Group.
Managing Director Thomas Hunt states “Re-investing back into the business has always been a priority, our drivers are the face of the company and having good quality vehicles they are proud to drive that improve performance, safety and our environmental impact is very important to us.”