Fuso rises to meet Authentic Bread Company expectations

The Authentic Bread Company has taken delivery of its first 7.5-tonne truck to help meet increased demand wholesale customers.

The award-winning Gloucestershire-based craft baker has seen a significant growth in its home delivery businesses through the lockdowns and has now taken on a Fuso Canter 7C15 from Rygor Commercials to support its two largest customer deliveries.

Family-owned The Authentic Bread Company has also just relocated to new premises at Longhope, which are three times the size of its previous home, having previously grown from a converted garage alongside founder and MD Alan Davis’ family home in 1995.

The Authentic Bread Company had previously ordered two curtainside-bodied 3.5-tonne Mercedes-Benz Sprinter chassis cabs from Rygor, with the latest of these was retired to make way for the Canter.

Alex Davis said: “We’d been expanding steadily and having long since outgrown our previous base had already resolved to move to new, bigger premises. However, the Covid pandemic prompted a further spike in demand.

“At one point last year our sales were 400% up on the corresponding period 12 months earlier. The good news is that our major customers appear to have retained much of the new home delivery business they took on during lockdowns – once people have tasted our delicious, wholesome products, they invariably come back for more,” Davis added.

“The Canter’s impressive carrying capacity has been instrumental in enabling us to meet all of this increased demand. We work the vehicle hard – it’s contracted to cover a quarter of a million kilometres over three years, and runs constantly between our bakery and customer locations in Andover and Devon.”

Continental tyre check systems improve G Webb operations

Bulk haulier G Webb has seen an improvement in its fleets tyres after rolling out ContiPressureCheck and the ContiConnect yard reader.

After a successful trial, Continental’s tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS) has been fitted to the majority of G Webb’s fleet, with all new vehicles receiving the equipment upon delivery.

Fleet engineering director, Paul Broker, has immediately noticed both financial and time savings as a result with the data collected allowing his team to more efficiently plan and prioritise vehicle maintenance.

“We were experiencing low tyre pressures and punctures on a relatively frequent basis but weren’t always aware of where, when or how they were happening,” Broker explains. “Sometimes, we didn’t know that there was a problem brewing until we did our weekly tyre checks on a Saturday. The ContiPressureCheck system has eliminated that doubt. The risk to our tyres is arguably higher than other areas of the haulage industry. We can be on quarries, landfill sites, fields – all places where sharp, abrasive materials can damage the rubber. Even out on the road the risk is still there. On one occasion, before we had the TPMS installed, we put a new tyre on one of our trucks for it to then blow out 100 miles down the road. A bolt had gone through it and the driver didn’t know until it was too late. I’m pretty sure that we would not have been in that position had we had a system in place. That acted as the catalyst really to begin the trial with Continental,” he added.

The company’s tippers and arctics are fitted with ContiConnect telematics which feeds back to head office in real-time, while inside the cab the ContiPressureCheck in-cab display gives real-time tyre pressures and alerts the drivers to a problem immediately as it occurs.

Continental has also installed a ContiConnect yard reader for the day trucks, which takes a reading every time a vehicle passes by it.

“Every week ContiPressureCheck is making us aware of issues that the drivers weren’t noticing or weren’t actioning,” Broker said.

“It means that, where we can, it’ll be a workshop repair rather than a call out to the roadside. Each call out costs us something in the region of £100, so it does start to add up. That’s on top of a disgruntled customer, the risk of having the load cancelled and a truck not in service earning revenue.”