Cornish clotted cream producer Rodda’s has updated its fleet with four new 7.5-tonne Isuzu ‘Forward’ N75.190 trucks mounted with insulated bodies and Carrier Transicold Xarios™ 500 refrigeration units. Carrier Transicold, which operates in the UK as Carrier Transicold UK, is a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).
Key to securing the order from the family-run business was the proven performance of an existing Carrier Transicold-equipped vehicle that joined the company’s fleet last year. The four new trucks and their Xarios 500 systems join Rodda’s 18-strong refrigerated fleet, including a mix of 15 7.5-tonne Isuzu, Iveco, Mitsubishi Fuso and Volkswagen vehicles, plus three 18-tonne MAN rigid trucks.
The new vehicles will be used intensively six days a week, to help transport up to 220 million portions of clotted cream produced at Rodda’s creamery each year to hotels, restaurants and supermarket regional distribution centres throughout South West England. The four new arrivals are expected to remain in service for five years and cover 90,000 miles annually. Servicing and maintenance for Rodda’s refrigerated fleet is carried out by local network service partner Carrier Transicold Cornwall.
“We purchased a truck mounted with a Carrier Transicold Supra™ 1050 unit and were so impressed with its performance that we’ve never looked back,” said Barry Wilkinson, transport logistics manager, Rodda’s. “Since then we’ve entrusted our refrigeration requirements to Carrier Transicold UK, and had no hesitation in giving the company 100 per cent of our latest order.”
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 ideally suited to Rodda’s application. The units’ ultra slim evaporators increase the available load space, while the advanced electronic controller and brushless fans reduce the chance of vehicle downtime, helping to ensure high reliability and a long product lifetime.
Founded in 1890 by Eliza Jane Rodda, Cornish clotted cream production has been at the heart of the Rodda family for more than 125 years. Dedicated to its Cornish heritage, Rodda’s sources all of its milk from within a 30-mile radius of its creamery in Redruth, Cornwall.