Bernard Matthews increases refrigerated trailer fleet

Poultry producer Bernard Matthews has taken on six new Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated trailers to join the 35 others that make up the fleet as Christmas approaches. 

The dual-temperature refrigerated trailers are tasked with transporting temperature-controlled poultry products from the company’s production sites in Great Witchingham, Norfolk and Holton, Suffolk to stockers across the UK.

“When it came to replacing the trailers, Schmitz Cargobull was at the top of our list,” said Jeff Hellmore, Bernard Matthews’ transport operations manager.

“We’ve always been very happy with our previous purchases and know from our extensive experience that a Schmitz Cargobull trailer is a high-quality, cost-effective trailer.”

Hellmore added that it was vital for the company to have reliable refrigerated transportation as the festive seasons entered full swing.

“The purchasing process was very straightforward and the new reefers arrived when promised. We have a new brand identity we wished to start communicating on our livery, and given it’s our busiest season of the year, it was crucial that we received our trailers on time.

“We knew we could trust Schmitz Cargobull to keep a promise and, thanks to that, we can ensure families across the country will be able to tuck into a traditional turkey dinner this Christmas.”

The trailers, from Germany-based Schmitz Cargobull, feature the manufacturer’s Ferroplast panels, which provide a high standard of insulation and are easy to repair if damaged. Furthermore, they don’t absorb moisture, subsequently increasing the tare weight of the refrigerator over time. Bernard Matthews recognises this as an important factor as it expects to get maximum payload from its trailers, leading to a reduction in the number of trips and decreasing costs.

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