Hubbard helps ice cream producer Zero in


Hubbard Products Zero Z380SBA, with 240 volt standby, has been specifi ed by Marshfi eld Farm Ice Cream, one of the Southwest’s leading artisan Ice-cream producer, and its transport supplier, Vanfridge. The unit is fi tted to a Ford L3H3/130PS running at -23°C and is used exclusively for ice-cream delivery throughout the UK.

Mark Foster, managing director of Vanfridge and Polar Van Rental, explained why Hubbard’s performance and reliability were key factors in the specifi cation: “This is the fi fth van that we have supplied to Marshfi eld Ice Cream in twenty-four months, covering engineering support vehicles to this, their second fridge van. Because Marshfi eld Farm’s products have such a high reputation for taste and quality, it is essential that it is kept in optimum condition during the logistics phase. He continued: “We have specifi ed the Hubbard Zero 380 for other clients and know that it is highly reliable and easy to service and maintain, making it the perfect solution for ice cream delivery. Traditionally with this high-level of specifi cation, installation compatibility and reliability can be an issue with some refrigeration systems. The vehicle is also fi tted with air conditioning for the operator’s comfort on long

delivery routes, which is completely compatible with the refrigeration unit installation.” Marshfi eld Farm Ice Cream has grown from a kitchen table ‘hobby’ to a nearly 1,000-acre industry of organically farmed land, and this year celebrates 30 years of ice cream making. With outlets from as far north as Thurso to Guernsey in the South, Marshfi eld Farm Ice Cream is a favourite of holiday-makers and gourmands alike. Found in staff canteens at the BBC, on-board cruise ships in the Norwegian fjords, on beach resorts in Portugal and at tourist spots such as Hampton Court Palace, the Tower of London and Bristol Zoo, Marshfi eld Ice Cream is sold in over 5,500 independent outlets. 40 staff ensure the ice cream business runs smoothly. At full capacity, 5000 litres of ice cream are made every hour – in over 30 diff erent fl avours and all with fresh organic milk produced by the farm’s 250 cows. Founder of Marshfi eld Farm Ice Cream, Will Hawking said: “It is a long way from the hobby

my wife, and I started when I would deliver ice- cream to outlets throughout the City of London in an old farm truck with a freezer strapped onto the back. Now, because of the breadth and depth of our range, it is critical that we have refrigerated transport that we can rely on. The specifi cation of 240 volt standby means that in keeping with our sustainable outlook we can keep the vehicles at -23°C using off -peak electricity, helping to balance the grid, as well as ensuring stock can be moved quickly and effi ciently fi rst thing each morning”.

Mark Foster of Vanfridge concluded: “At our sister company. Pola Van Rental, we operate over 30 Hubbard Zero chilled and refrigerated units on medium and long-term rental contracts and our practical knowledge of their reliability, performance and ease of service gives us total confi dence in recommending them to customers who are looking to add value to their product and extend their logistics fl eets.”

54 July 2018

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