Well-known for its high-quality dairy produce brands – Honeydew and Stonelees – Dairy Day has acquired a brand new, 50-strong Isuzu truck fleet. Modern Isuzu trucking technology with the latest refrigeration equipment ensures the new fleet preserves Dairy Day’s cold chain for products into consumer homes.
“The dairy industry is a very competitive business with seasonal fluctuations, tight health standards and products bound to expiry dates – not to mention the threat of drought. Dairy Day’s investment in this new Isuzu truck fleet will not only reduce and ring-fence our distribution costs but also create huge brand awareness for our branded products such as Honeydew,” says Paul Marshall, Dairy Day CEO. “Dairy Day is a service orientated business where every effort is made to improve service levels – this is why we chose to invest in this new Isuzu Truck fleet.”
45 various makes of old trucks were traded in against 50 new Isuzu trucks in a very complex deal with underwriting of residual values. The cargo bodies have been designed to last two economic cycles of four years each with the original body being transferred to a new Isuzu truck chassis after four years. Negotiations were initiated in February 2016 with Wesbank supporting the transaction.
Over 90% of the fleet also uses Isuzu automated manual transmissions (AMT) which is suited to stop-n-drop deliveries into the consumer market. Three body builders were contracted to supply the refrigerated cargo bodies to match the deadline. All of this to meet a detailed spec laid down by Dairy Day’s general transport manager Craig Warr. Specially designed one-to-two-third split and sealing rear doors are fitted with plastic curtaining to preserve the cold chain for consumers. The refrigerated cargo bodies are equipped with new Thermo King cooling units that can be coupled into electrical power for night time refrigeration.