The most recognised turkey farming company in the UK, Bernard Matthews Farms, is completing its transition to a 100% Schmitz Cargobull refrigerated fleet with the arrival of eight new trailers from the manufacturer, four of which feature the company’s striking new ‘Lean on Turkey’ livery.
The fully integrated turkey producer – which operates farms in Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire – says it has gradually converted its fleet to Schmitz Cargobull over the last seven years due to competitive pricing and an ability for the trailers to stand-up to the rigours of its demanding transport operations.
“Our fleet is really put through its paces on a daily basis,” said Jeffrey Helmore, Transport Manager at Bernard Matthews.
“This requires equipment which not only copes with our gruelling schedules, but that has the longevity to perform as well on day one as it does two, three or even seven years down the line.
“Regularly maintaining and servicing a fleet is all well and good, but if the initial product isn’t up to scratch in the first place, it means very little. With Schmitz Cargobull we get a good solid trailer and that’s why we keep coming back for more.”
The eight new trailers – each equipped with Vector™ 1550 mono-temperature refrigeration units from Carrier Transicold – join Bernard Matthews’ 33-strong reefer fleet and will be deployed between its production facilities in Norfolk and Suffolk, and its distribution centres to transport both fresh meat as well as frozen and chilled finished products.
“A big gain for us is the FERROPLAST panelling unique to Schmitz Cargobull equipment. We’ve had experiences before with competitor products where the outer skin of a trailer has been pierced and water has seeped in. This has resulted in water soaking into the insulation and reducing the efficiency of the trailer – also leading to an increase in the trailer’s unladen weight,” added Helmore.
“We don’t get this problem with Schmitz Cargobull equipment and that is a big advantage to us as the integrity of the products we carry is critical.”