A team of 20 riders, including five employees of temperature controlled distribution company & FSDF member Reed Boardall in Boroughbridge, took part in the inaugural ‘Tour de Taproom’ bike ride on 1 September. Starting from The Oddfellows Arms in Sherburn-in-Elmet, the team undertook the 62 mile ride to Bridlington in aid of Yorkshire Air Ambulance and have already succeeded in raising over £4,000 for the charity with hopes that this may reach £5,000. The Reed Boardall colleagues comprised: Graeme Richardson, […]

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The introduction of the new Isuzu Grafter Green 3.5tonne rigid truck range earlier this year has prompted Southwest catering wholesaler J&R Food Service (subscribers to the FSDF climate change agreement) to order 12 new Grafter Greens for inclusion in its 45 strong all-refrigerated distribution fleet. Already an operator of Isuzu trucks at 5.5 tonne and 7.5 tonne, the specification of the new Isuzu Grafter Green rigids ideally fitted the bill when J&R Food Service were looking at replacement trucks for […]

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Regulators have the power to take action against vocational licences.  Dealing with driver conduct issues is a key part of the traffic commissioners’ work.  Every day they receive reports about drivers who’ve done something that affects their conduct. This covers those who apply for new vocational licences as well as existing licence holders.  Many of the cases involve an offence that’s resulted in action by the police, such as using a hand held mobile phone whilst driving or drink driving.  […]

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With a month to go to the Budget, the Chancellor is being urged not to add at least £100 million to the cost of getting food into restaurants and supermarkets across the country. The Food Storage and Distribution Federation (FSDF) is urging the Chancellor not to remove the ability of food distributors to use red diesel in the on-vehicle units that keep food cold and safe as it travels through the supply chain. FSDF Chief Executive, Shane Brennan said: “Our […]

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Food distribution and storage companies involved in road haulage have an opportunity to win significant financial compensation by joining a collective claim which the Road Haulage Association (RHA) launched before the Competition Appeal Tribunal in July 2018.  The collective claim is being brought against European truck manufacturers who were fined £3 billion for operating a 14-year price-fixing cartel from January 1997 to January 2011. The RHA already has almost 4,000 truck operators signed up to the claim but operators can still […]

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FSDF member McCulla Ireland was crowned Chilled Operator of the Year at the annual Export & Freight Transport & Logistics Awards 2018. McCulla has won a raft of awards in the last 18 months, including being named Northern Ireland’s best mid-size family business of the year. SOURCE: http://www.globalcoldchainnews.com/mcculla-ireland-wins-chilled-operator-award/

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Natasha Hickmans has recently been appointed Business Development Manager, South West for FSDF member EFAFLEX UK Limited. EFAFLEX has a 40+ year heritage of manufacturing high- speed doors for industrial and commercial applications and entered the UK market 20 years ago. Natasha was selected to join the team due to her proven track record specifically within the industry having previously worked for an American loading dock equipment manufacturer. Natasha stated, ‘I am delighted to have been given this opportunity to […]

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Smithfield Foods Ltd. is part of Smithfield Foods, Inc., the largest pork processor in the world. With a group turnover of $15 billion, the Smithfield Foods group provides market-leading brands and private-label solutions in numerous countries across the globe. https://www.smithfieldfoods.co.uk/home/

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With the number of Driver CPC Periodic Training attendees lagging compared to the previous 5-year training cycle, FSDF member RTITB, the UK’s largest Driver CPC Consortium, questions why. Results from the DVSA show in the 6-month period from January to June, the Driver CPC Periodic Training market is reported to have had 20% fewer attendees than the previous cycle, equating to more than 100,000 drivers. Up until February 2018, there were only slightly fewer attendees compared to the previous cycle, […]

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The 100th Aisle Master articulated forklift to be delivered to Eddie Stobart was recently handed over to representatives of the company at Combilift’s manufacturing facility in Monaghan, Ireland, where the FSDF member Aisle Masters are manufactured. Eddie Stobart acquired its first Aisle Masters for its Contract Logistics and Warehousing Division which operates over six million square feet of high quality state-of-the-art storage facilities, strategically located around major transport hubs across the UK. In the subsequent six years it has consistently […]

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