RP Meats goes green with slipstream lorries

Brighton-based wholesaler RP Meats has introduced environmentally-friendly slipstream lorries with meat hanging rails. 

The Slipstream Aerodynamic, designed by Solomon Commercials, means vehicles are 10% more fuel-efficient, reducing the fleet’s carbon footprint.

The introduction wasn’t without challenge as the ‘curved’ design of the 12- and 18-tonne vehicles does not lend itself to the flat roof structure needed for ceiling-mounted hanging rails, which was a challenge that needed to be overcome.

“We have had to compromise significantly on load capacity,” said Adrian Burr, director of RP Meats. “However, we did consider this worthwhile as a contribution to the company’s green credentials and carbon footprint strategy. Our commitment to lowering food miles remains unwavering.”

Gregory Thatcher, co-director at RP Meats, added, “Furthermore, we are introducing logistics planning software to limit our environmental impact. Coupled with recent investment into the latest insulation and cooling techniques in our refrigerated warehousing, RP Meats now has one of the greenest solutions in the business for storage and transport.”

The new fleet is also equipped with trackers, Bluetooth and FORS 360-degree cameras, aiding driver visibility.

RP Meats has been involved in the wholesale and distribution of poultry, meat and game products since 1977 and serves the Sussex, Surrey, Kent and Hampshire area.

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