Temperature Control For Freshness

How Edible Arrangements converted its delivery fleet to improve thermal insulation, save fuel and reduce emissions


The compressor in the V-200 provides increased capacity - 60 percent at peak - over the B-100 at a 35-degree F box temperature, he notes. The truck engine drives the compressor in the V-200 unit, which has the same horsepower requirements as the upgraded alternator on the B-100 unit.

The increased capacity provided by the V-200 offers Edible Arrangements more versatility than the B-100, adds Lenz. Edible Arrangements can place the V-200 in any ambient condition and be assured that it will perform.

The V-200 refrigeration unit is also available with optional shore power for pre-cooling and storage, and with hot water heat, designed for extremely low ambient conditions.

All new vehicles purchased for Edible Arrangements are ordered from their Ford Partner, Crowley Ford, and processed through Sub Zero for insulation, Thermo King Northeast for the refrigeration package and Sign Pro for vehicle wraps.

Currently, Edible Arrangements utilizes DATTCO, a transportation solutions provider, which serves as their fleet manager.

MORE EFFICIENT OPERATION

Using customized vans with refrigeration units equipped with shore power, Edible Arrangements officials report that the company has achieved fuel savings of 27 percent over traditional vans.

Edible Arrangements now has more than 200 Transit Connect vans equipped with Thermo King units, with electric standby.

As more and more franchisees replace their older delivery vans, Edible Arrangements anticipates that its total fleet of more than 1,300 vehicles will be upgraded to Ford Transits Connects using Thermo King refrigeration units with electric standby.

ENVIRONMENTAL AWARDS

In September 2010, leaders at Edible Arrangements were recognized for their commitment to environmental responsibility when they received the first-ever Thermo King Energy Efficiency Leader Award for the operational efficiency of its Ford vans.

Edible Arrangements was also the recipient of Connecticut’s Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Green Circle Award for its contribution to reducing emissions with the upgraded Ford Transits.

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