National wholesaler JJ Food Service has expanded its fleet with 20 new 7.5-tonne trucks mounted with insulated bodies and Carrier Transicold Xarios™ 600 mono-temperature refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold, which operates in the UK as Carrier Transicold (UK) Limited, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
The company, which fits Carrier Transicold units across 100 per cent of its fleet of 160 predominantly rigid trucks, describes Carrier Transicold’s refrigeration units as the “reliable workhorse” of its operations, and ideal for the company’s continued expansion into new regions of the UK.
"We're opening a number of new sites this year, including facilities in Dagenham, Leicester and Newcastle,” said Mickey Montague, chief transport officer, JJ Food Service. "Carrier Transicold will remain our preferred supplier as the fleet grows to match this increased workload, thanks in no small part to our long and productive working relationship with the company. We've operated nothing but Carrier for many years now – the company’s systems are the reliable workhorse of our fleet. They’re easy to operate, dependable, and ideally suited to the urban multi-drop nature of our work."
The new arrivals will be used intensively, delivering predominantly frozen goods to JJ Food Service’s customers, which include restaurants, pubs, hotels, schools, universities and local authorities. The company expects to keep the Isuzu ‘Forward’ N75.190 trucks – which feature Paneltex bodies – in service for up to five years, and will utilise Carrier Transicold’s network service partners for its maintenance requirements. Each network service partner is an independent company that provides support to customers operating Carrier Transicold equipment.
Capable of maintaining a set point of between -20 and +30 degrees Celsius in vehicles with box volumes from 8-40m3, the Carrier Transicold Xarios range is well suited to JJ Food Service’s intensive operations. The unit’s advanced electronic controller and brushless fans help to ensure high reliability and a long product lifetime, while the system’s ultra-slim evaporators increase available load space, allowing JJ Food Service to maximise each delivery run.
Founded in 1988 by restaurateur Mustafa Kiamil at a 3,000 square foot warehouse in Hornsey, JJ Food Service now operates a growing nationwide network of delivery hubs in Basingstoke, Birmingham, Bristol, Doncaster, Leeds, Manchester and Sidcup. The firm also operates a number of own-label brands launched to meet changing consumer buying habits.
About Carrier Transicold
Carrier Transicold helps improve transport and shipping of temperature controlled cargoes with a complete line of equipment and services for refrigerated transport and cold chain visibility. For more than 45 years, Carrier Transicold has been an industry leader, providing customers around the world with advanced, energy-efficient and environmentally sustainable container refrigeration systems and generator sets, direct-drive and diesel truck units, and trailer refrigeration systems. Carrier Transicold is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp., a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit www.carriertransicold.co.uk. Follow Carrier on Twitter: @SmartColdChain.