The 26-tonne 6x2 rigids are mounted on three-axle chassis with day cabs and Don-Bur bodies. They have been customised with the cargo floor at drivers’ waist height rather than at chest height.
“We chose Ryder because they are able to deliver the bespoke specification necessary to meet our operations. The lower cargo floor significantly reduces manual handling risks for our dray drivers when offloading kegs at pubs, restaurants and hotels,” says Rob Carter, distribution centre manager at Greene King’s Bury St Edmunds site.
Some of the trucks have a new livery to promote Greene King’s latest brewery-conditioned beer East Coast IPA (pictured).
Ryder has also stepped in to help the operator recently, quickly agreeing a purchase and leaseback contract when one of its truck suppliers failed.
Carter explains: “Ryder was the only party to step up to the mark when another of our suppliers collapsed. We had enough approaches from suppliers, we gave them all the same information – others dragged their feet, but Ryder did a fantastic job in helping us to find the right solution.”