Investment in new lorry fleet by Woodward

Woodward Foodservice is investing in a pound;9m fleet of 150 purpose-built Mercedes-Benz vehicles.

The move to upgrade the existing fleet is the first major expenditure by the pound;180m turnover Features > Business, following its recent management buyout.

It is designed to help Woodward secure a larger share of the UK’s booming foodservice sector.

Unlike the current vehicles, all of the new Mercedes-Benz Ategos will be capable of carrying a mix of Woodward’s full range of ambient, chilled and frozen products, improving efficiency by allowing the company to make more customer deliveries each day.

The first 20 vehicles will be delivered to the business in February.

Ed Hyslop, managing director of Woodward Foodservice, said: “As a company that makes more than one million customer deliveries a year, the quality of our vehicles is increasingly important as the business grows.

“Investing in a new fleet ensures that our customers get the most efficient service, as all deliveries can now be made to a single establishment in one visit. It will also significantly increase the number of deliveries we can make across the business in one day.”

Woodward Foodservice delivers fresh, frozen, chilled and ambient food to more than 20,000 customers in the UK.

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