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Creed first in the UK to try ultra cool technology

Gloucestershire business Creed Foodservice has gone the extra mile with its new fleet.

The national foodservice wholesaler has invested in three 12-tonne rigid trucks fitted with the latest cooling technology by Carrier Transicold.

It is the first business in the UK to utilise the new Xarios 8 multi-temperature direct drive unit- the most powerful Carrier has ever built.

The lightweight system offers 55 per cent more cooling capacity and 20 per cent more heating capacity than previous models as well as reduced fuel costs and lower emissions.

Founded in 1972,  Creed Foodservice is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

The family-owned business has grown to become the leading independent, foodservice retailer in the UK- delivering ambient, fresh and frozen produce and non-food catering products nationwide, to customers across the care, education, destination leisure and hospitality sectors.

Headquartered in Staverton, it employs 380 staff and has depots in Ilkeston in Derbyshire and High Wycombe.

Its new vehicles will operate five days a week, completing between eight to 15 deliveries a day and covering around 20,000km annually.

Patrick Nayler, general manager of Creed Foodservice, said the new technology will help the business reduce its carbon footprint.

"In the years we have been working with Carrier the team has developed a deep understanding of both our operational requirements and importantly our sustainability goals.

"We're confident the powerful solution provided by the new Xarios 8 MT units will unlock long-term efficiency and sustainability gains, helping to futureproof against potential emissions regulations while also cutting fuel costs today."

Carrier said the innovative new units remove the need for a standalone diesel engine and provide a 40 per cent decrease in Global Warming Potential related to refrigerant usage.

It has been designed to support Carrier's goal to reduce its customers' carbon footprint by more than one gigaton by 2030.

Tony Biggs, key account manager for Carrier Transicold UK, said: "Sustainability should be top of every company's agenda, and in Carrier's time working alongside Creed we've seen that our environmental aims are closely aligned.

"The slim, lightweight design of the Xarios 8 MT system will help Creed yield vital fuel and payload capacity gains. Boasting a host of innovative technology, from long-life evaporators to a brushless condenser fan, operators will also benefit from increased durability, improved maintenance time and reduced costs."

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