MARSTON'S PLC CHOSE NEW RENAULT TRUCKS RANGE T FOR ITS FIRST EURO 6 FLEET ADDITIONS
"they have proved a success compared to our other brands."
Leading independent brewing and pub retailing business, Marston’s PLC, has taken delivery of two of the UK’s first Euro 6 Renault trucks. Supplied by Allports Truck Centre, the two Range T 440.26 6x2 TML E6 tractor units are additions to the Marston’s 23-strong primary fleet based in Burton-on-Trent, reflecting growth in the brewery’s off-trade business.
The Range Ts, which went on the road in early December, operate 24/7, transporting Marston’s full range of premium cask and bottled ales to its depots and to supermarkets across the UK, pulling one of the company’s five bulk tankers, five double deck trailers or 60 curtainside trailers. As well as Marston’s own unrivalled portfolio of beer brands, the Burton-on-Trent brewery also undertakes contract packaging and distribution for other breweries and the primary fleet carries out consolidated deliveries to supermarkets.
For Chris Evans, Head of Group Logistics, Marston’s, productivity and reliability are key criteria for vehicle selection. He says: “Historically we have run Scania and Volvo, but took the decision to purchase a couple of Renault Premiums in 2011, and they have proved a success compared to our other brands, not just in terms of mpg, but crucially, for our round the clock operation, they are reliable on the road with very little downtime. The consistent performance of the Premiums gave us the confidence to make our first Euro 6 purchases the Renault Range Ts.”
Driver acceptance is an important factor for Marston’s and the Range T trucks are equipped with the latest features to give drivers the highest level of comfort, safety and wellbeing on board. Chris Evans continues: “Positive feedback from our driver who attended the Renault ride & drive event in October 2013, plus the good relationship we have with our local dealer, Allports, also helped our purchase decision.”
Gino Costa, Managing Director, Renault Trucks UK, says: “This is an exciting moment for Renault Trucks and we are delighted to see some of the UK’s first Range Ts in Marston’s striking livery. Our new Euro 6 trucks are designed to be a profit centre that should never let you down, delivering efficiency, reliability and performance and I am sure that the Range Ts will meet Marston’s highest expectations.”
Commenting on the significance of the deal for Allports Group, Managing Director, Mark Sanders says: “We are proud to have supplied the UK’s first Range Ts to such a prestigious fleet as Marston’s. For Allports Group, the new Renault Trucks range offers a really exciting opportunity for us to develop our business with existing and new customers in Staffordshire. We have recently purchased the freehold at our Stoke site in Fenton and are currently making a significant investment in redeveloping the site and facilities to meet growing demand.”
Established in 1834, Marston’s PLC is an independent brewing and pub retailing business operating a vertically integrated business model. The company operates around 2,100 pubs and bars situated across Great Britain, comprising of Tenanted, Leased, Franchise and Managed pubs. From pubs passionate about cask beers, to family restaurants and town centre venues - Marston’s has all types of establishments set at the heart of thriving local communities.
As the UK’s market leading brewer of premium cask and bottled ales, Marston’s has an unrivalled portfolio of beer brands, producing over 60 permanent and guest ales from five regional breweries across the UK.