With an ageing fleet of nine Transit vans, New Forest Ice Cream Ltd, based in Hampshire, contacted CoolKit about freezer van options – and they have been delighted with the results.
Malcolm Richardson, Transport Manager, said: “We were looking for alternative vehicles and CoolKit offered us an ideal solution.”
Deep freeze conversion to guarantee the required freezing temperature for the ice-cream
Insulated lining kit at 75mm throughout the conversion to suit freezer application requirements
Powerful refrigeration unit to reach deep freezing temperature of -25°C
“We were looking for alternative vehicles and CoolKit offered us an ideal solution. We have been dealing with Alex and he is very good at his job. He provided details, prices and specs for a range of different vehicles. Nothing was too much trouble. He listened to what we wanted and came back with relevant suggestions. We will go back to CoolKit again and buy more vehicles from them over the next few years as we replace and upgrade the fleet.”Malcolm Richardson, New Forest Ice Cream
Malcolm, who has been at the company for 20 years, placed an order with CoolKit in October 2016 for a Renault Master freezer van with a temperature range of -25. A further two long wheel base models of the same vehicle have since been purchased earlier this year.
Malcolm said: “We have been dealing with Alex and he is very good at his job. He provided details, prices and specs for a range of different vehicles. Nothing was too much trouble. He listened to what we wanted and came back with relevant suggestions.”
Malcolm said he was impressed by the payload of CoolKit’s vehicles compared to other conversion companies.
He said: “As soon as we started looking around we realised how much more weight we could carry with CoolKit vehicles. The payload was the deciding factor for us.”
Family run New Forest Ice Cream Ltd was founded in 1983 by Lawrie and Sue Jenman and produces consistently top quality, great tasting ice cream in over 30 flavours.
Their latest vans – nicknamed Heather and Sunshine – are used to help transport up to 11 tonnes of ice cream per day to wholesalers, bars, restaurants, hotels, shops, parks, and attractions across the south coast.
New Forest Ice Cream has a turnover of around £5million and produce around 1.2 million litres of ice cream each year.
One of the main considerations for the company when purchasing new vehicles was the integrity of their product.
Malcolm explained: “We are a BRC accredited company and have to be able to prove that our ice cream has been kept at a certain temperature.”
To achieve this, a road and single phase standby option was fitted to the vehicle, allowing the vehicle to be plugged in without having the engine running, and a reputable Hubbard refrigeration unit.
The vehicles were also fitted with high-intensity LED lighting within the load space, PVC strip curtains, and a non-slip gel-coated floor.
Malcolm added: “We will go back to CoolKit again and buy more vehicles from them over the next few years as we replace and upgrade the fleet.”