Lightweight Volvos for Ralph Davies International

Worcester based RDI Logistics has taken delivery of 6 x new FH4 500BHP lightweight Volvo tractor units to complement recently won food ingredient tanker contracts.

Operations Director Toby Love commented:
“These latest new lightweight Volvo FH4’s weigh less than 7,500 kgs and with the new lightweight VanHool tanks means we can carry payloads of in excess of 30,000kgs, which reduces food miles by up to 20% and provides our customers with the best possible payloads, and with less drag, we will achieve double digit MPG.

Our concerns around driver acceptance of the lower roofed cabs proved unfounded, as the high specification and resourceful use of space more than makes up for less overall space.

Careful procurement, where one size doesn’t always fit, means that we are able to tailor solutions to specific customers and work type, which supports the continuing growth of our business in the food ingredients sector”

Ralph Davies International Gains Refresco Tanker Juice Contract

The tanker division of Ralph Davies, RDI Liquid Logistics, was recently appointed as joint supplier on a 2 year contract of fruit juice tanker work from Europe to the Bridgewater packing plant of Refresco. This follows RDI’s investment in a new fleet of light weight VanHool tankers with greater payload capacity.

Commented Simon Seyb, UK Logistics & Customer Services Manager of Refresco:
“We are building a close working relationship with RDI because we appreciate their innovative approach – these new tankers will give us payloads of over 30 tonnes, and thus fewer trips from our suppliers in Europe, which not only saves us money, but also reduces food miles and carbon footprint, which is important to Refresco.

We have already had RDI’s successful input on a number of other transformative logistics projects which we fully intend to exploit moving ahead to the benefit of our customers and Refresco, in terms of quality, predictability, speed and cost.”

10 New VanHool Tankers For RDI Logistics

On the back of a new contract with Refresco, the Worcester based Ralph Davies’s tanker division, RDI, recently started taking delivery of 10 specially lightweight designed tankers from the Belgium factory of VanHool which will be put to work moving fruit juice from Europe to the Bridgewater factory of Refresco.

VanHool chose to display one of the tankers at the Commercial Vehicle Show in April.

Pictured showing off the new RDI lightweight design tanker at the Commercial Vehicle Show: VanHool’s Stefan Dhont (Director) and Bert de Bontridder (Sales Manager)

Commented RDI MD Mike Phillips:
“ Working closely with VanHool, we are now able to offer our customers the greatest payload per movement reducing cost per tonne and reducing food miles…we are hopeful that we can take up an option on a further 10 units as our business grows”

BRC Accreditation For Ralph Davies International Ltd.

Ralph Davies International, [RDI] in new ownership since January 2017, is making its way into the food ingredients sector, and in support of that has recently gained a big boost by gaining BRC A grade accreditation.

The long established Worcester based firm is also repositioning itself in terms of fleet with investment in new environmentally friendly Euro 6 vehicles and a more adaptable trailer fleet that can accommodate the differing requirements of food ingredients distribution.

Adam Cooper – RDI Director commented
“This accreditation is a major step forward for us in being recognised as a leader in the food ingredients logistics sector – we are striving to ensure that we are something more than just a transport business and that we understand our customers’ needs, particularly about food safety and the requirement to have strong HACCP procedures in place”.

Ralph Davies International Moves to New Worcester Site

Ralph Davies International, the pioneering transport business founded in 1969, has made a move from its Cheltenham base to a modern warehousing facility just off junction 6 of the M5 in Worcester. RDI joins household names such as Worcester Bosch, Sainsburys, CEVA Logistics and Plumb Centre on the centrally located Warndon site which has great motorway links and provides national coverage.

RDI, taken over by the former management team of Atchison Topeka, have chosen the site due to the proximity to the motorway network that will support the Food Ingredients and Bulk Tanker networks that the business is developing.

CEO Mike Phillips commented
“The Warndon site offers an ideal location right on the motorway network and investment in the new Hub will significantly increase our capacity to distribute safely food ingredients to manufacturers across the UK.”

The Worcester site includes a modern food grade warehouse, but also the capability to offer a food tanker wash facility.