Food producer in huge contract hire deal

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Premier Foods, which makes Hovis, Mr Kipling, Branston, Ambrosia and Bachelors products, has signed a contract hire deal with Ryder to provide 187 vehicles.

This is a multi-million pound contract with significant investment from Ryder has invested £9.5 million in the contract – which it reckons is one of the largest contract hire deals to be signed this year.

The 187 vehicles include 15-tonne dry freight box bodied trucks, 38-tonne and 28-tonne tractor units from DAF and Mercedes. These will be incorporated into the Hovis fleet.

The vehicles will be maintained through Ryder’s network of dedicated maintenance depots and its 349 strong FleetCare dealer network.

David Hunt, vice president and managing director Fleet Management Solutions, Ryder Europe, said: “Effectively we are providing Premier with a tailor-made solution which includes vehicle flexibility, a dedicated senior account team, a proven technology platform and a comprehensive network of maintenance locations.”

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