Gregory Distribution serves more than 400 customers based regionally, nationally and internationally with its 2,000-strong fleet of commercial vehicle assets.

Operating from depots around the country, the company will celebrate 100 years of trading in 2019.


Having secured a contract with Mondelez International to deliver Cadbury’s chocolate, Gregory Distribution selected 10 trailers fitted with Carrier Transicold Vector™ 1550 systems to help keep Britain’s sweet tooth satisfied.

The 10 mono-temperature Vector 1550 units, which are mounted to 15.6 metre Gray & Adams tri-axle longer semi-trailers (LSTs), are based in Birmingham, transporting Cadbury’s chocolate around the nation.

The company can maximise its payload potential on the LSTs as a result of the Vector 1550 units’ cooling capacity of 14,995 Watts, with optimised fuel efficiency. This is achieved using a patented combination of a hermetic compressor with an economiser, enabling the use of a highly efficient 1.5 litre diesel engine.

The economiser supplies up to a 40 per cent increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, before automatically reducing during the temperature regulation phase to save fuel – all while ensuring excellent cold chain protection.

“Our new Vector 1550 units, combined with the LSTs, are providing the ideal mix of capacity, fuel efficiency, low maintenance and reliability.”

The results

“Gregory Distribution has enjoyed a long working relationship with Carrier Transicold UK, and we’re pleased to report our new Vector 1550 units, combined with the LSTs, are providing the ideal mix of capacity, fuel efficiency, low maintenance and reliability for the Cadbury’s contract,” said Andy Price, technical support manager, Gregory Distribution.

The Vector 1550 systems are built around Carrier Transicold’s patented E-Drive™ all-electric technology, which can reduce refrigerant leak rates by as much as 55 per cent versus conventional systems using standard technology, thereby significantly cutting CO2 emissions.

The E-Drive technology also removes a number of serviceable parts from the unit, substantially reducing maintenance and downtime and helping to deliver precise temperature control of +/- 0.8 degrees Celsius.

The 10 Vector 1550 units were provided with a Carrier Transicold everCOLD™ repair and maintenance contract, ensuring that a nationwide network of service providers and mobile engineers will help keep Gregory Distribution’s units operating at maximum efficiency.