Food group targets emissions savings


05 March 2024

Hunt’s Food Group has taken delivery of its first tractor fitted with the Carrier Transicold Eco-Drive system, alongside three new specialist 15.5m variable deck longer semi-trailers (LST), each mounted with a Carrier Transicold Vector HE 19 MT unit.

The addition of the new trailers, which were supplied by Gray & Adams, means that 12 of the company’s 13-strong trailer fleet are now Carrier-cooled. By opting for the 15.5m LST design, Hunt’s Food Group will benefit from the ability to carry more payload per trip, reducing the number of overall delivery journeys required and therefore helping to cut its carbon footprint – savings that increase further when combined with its new Eco-Drive unit.  

“Having exclusively opted for Carrier Transicold products since 2015, we’ve grown accustomed to both top-notch service and unrivalled performance,” said Phil Hopkins, Transport Director, Hunt’s Food Group. “The addition of the new Eco-Drive technology to the fleet is very exciting, especially when combined with the Vectors on the larger trailers. We are especially grateful to how closely Carrier worked alongside Gray & Adams on the design of the new LSTs, the team went above and beyond to make sure we received the ideal solution for our needs.”

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Combining Carrier Transicold’s E-Drive all-electric technology with a multi-speed engine design, the Vector HE 19 MT can deliver up to 30% fuel savings when compared to the previous generation Vector 1950. The presence of a fully hermetic scroll compressor and economiser also provides a 40% increase in refrigeration capacity during pull-down, all while being 3 db(A) quieter than the legacy unit, helping to minimise sound pollution. The hermetic scroll compressor further boosts the Vector HE 19 MT’s sustainability credentials by providing unparalleled levels of refrigerant gas containment, which plays a significant part in reducing overall carbon emissions.