On the back of a new contract with Refresco, the Worcester-based Ralph Davies’ tanker division, RDI Liquid Logistics, recently started taking delivery of ten specially lightweight designed tankers from the Belgium factory of VanHool, which will be put to work moving fruit juice from Europe to the Bridgewater factory of Refresco.
VanHool chose to display one of the tankers at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.
Mike Phillips, RDI Managing Director, commented: “Working closely with VanHool, we are now able to offer our customers the greatest payload per movement reducing cost per tonne and reducing food miles…we are hopeful that we can take up an option on a further ten units as our business grows.
“The tankers have a heating ability that enable them to also carry cargoes such as chocolate and jams.”
Following its investment in a new fleet of lightweight VanHool tankers, in other news RDI was recently appointed as joint supplier on a two-year contract of fruit juice tanker work from Europe to the Bridgewater packing plant of Refresco.
Simon Seyb, UK Logistics & Customer Services Manager of Refresco, commented: “We are building a close working relationship with RDI because we appreciate their innovative approach – these new tankers will give us payloads of over 30 tonnes, and thus fewer trips from our suppliers in Europe, which not only saves us money, but also reduces food miles and carbon footprint, which is important to Refresco. We have already had RDI’s successful input on a number of other transformative logistics projects which we fully intend to exploit moving ahead to the benefit of our customers and Refresco, in terms of quality, predictability, speed and cost.”