Established in 1995, the privately owned independent food supplier based in Gateshead supplies over 4,000 product lines to customers in the leisure, education, health care and public sector, making 4,800 deliveries a week.
The business operates a ‘think green and act green’ programme focused on minimising the impact on the environment through various initiatives, including using fuel-efficient vehicles.
The new 3.5 tonnes Mercedes use Solomon Commercials’ Slipstream bodies, designed to JR Holland’s requirements. They not only increase aerodynamic properties, but these vehicles include an innovation, an undermounted GAH fridge, increasing the vehicle’s payload.
The four 7.2 tonne IVECO were designed to accommodate a 4.9m body with triple doors with a Thermoking V500. The new fleet also incorporates full road safety features.
John Holland, director, commented on the additions to the company’s 42-strong fleet. “We are incredibly pleased with the new vehicles as the way the team at Solomon designed the bodies help us reduce fuel usage and has over a tonne payload.
“It results in us being able to carry more while reducing the number of deliveries but increasing efficiencies. It’s a win-win solution for us.”
Matthew Jones, sales manager at Solomon Commercials, added: “JR Holland is a well-established business in the North East and has built a reputation for providing the best fresh produce in the area.
“To deliver the best food produce for their customers, they need vehicles that will ensure the products get to where they should be in perfect condition. The new additions to the fleet will certainly do that as our team has designed them to meet our client’s objectives, and it was a pleasure to work with the team at JR Holland on this project.”
The Mercedes vehicles were supplied by Gary Stephenson at Bell Truck and Van, based in Newcastle. Ivecos were supplied by Ian Hopkins at North East Truck and Van.