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Long-standing Isuzu customer Reynolds Catering Supplies Ltd has recently undergone a significant fleet replacement programme, with the addition of 37 new Isuzu trucks within its existing 264-strong UK distribution fleet.

As part of this latest vehicle order, Reynolds has now become one of the first operators in the UK to run Isuzu Truck’s newly launched F135.240(E) 13.5 tonne rigid trucks. The Hertfordshire-based catering company has placed an order for twelve Isuzu Forward 13.5tonners as well as adding a further 25 Isuzu N75.190 7.5 tonne rigids to its distribution fleet.

Out of the initial order for 13 tonners, the first two Isuzu Truck F135.240(E) rigids have already gone into service with Reynolds and these both feature 4990mm Isuzu Hexapod day cabs with the Easyshift automatic transmission. The trucks have also been specified with G&A refrigerated bodies and Carrier Supra 750 refrigeration systems.

The 25 Isuzu N75.190 7.5tonners also feature the popular Easyshift automatic gearbox and G&A refrigerated bodies, however these trucks have Carrier Xarios refrigeration systems.

“Isuzu trucks now account for a significant proportion of our distribution fleet, especially at 7.5 tonnes, as we have found that their on-the-road reliability is fantastic. The recent introduction of Isuzu’s new model at 13 tonnes coincided with our need to replace some incumbent older trucks from our fleet. On the back of our experience of the Isuzu 7.5 tonne performance over many years, we decided to move up the GVW category with Isuzu this time,” said Steve White, head of fleet, Reynolds.

Reynolds is one of the leading fresh fruit and veg suppliers and wholesalers to the UK foodservice industry and catering industry. As a family owned business, Reynolds provides more than 3,000 different types of fresh produce and chilled foods from around the world, including more than 1,000 different varieties of fruit and vegetables.