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Mercedes-Benz Sprinter’s a King among vans

19th November 2014 Print
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With a business built on supplying customers across North-East Scotland with the freshest of fish, landed every morning on the dock at Peterhead, Aberdeen-based King Foods needs vans that will not let it down.

For two decades the family-owned company has put its trust in Mercedes-Benz. The company runs 18 vans, every one of which bears a three-pointed star. The latest additions to the fleet were supplied, like their predecessors, by Mercedes-Benz Commercial Vehicles Aberdeen.

One is a 5.0-tonne Sprinter 513 CDI Medium chassis, which is fitted with an insulated and refrigerated box body by the Cold Consortium, of York. It has three compartments, allowing the vehicle to carry frozen, chilled and ambient foods at the same time. The other is a 3.5-tonne 313 CDI panel van which was converted by the same bodybuilder.

As well as fresh fish, King Foods supplies a wide variety of fresh and frozen foods to hotels, restaurants and other outlets, from its Aberdeen harbour base – the range of products has recently been extended to include fresh meat, eggs and dairy.

Distribution Director Ricky King said: “The first vans we bought were by Mercedes-Benz, because they had a reputation as the most dependable on the road. They’ve certainly lived up to that promise over the years, so we have remained loyal to the brand. We also enjoy an excellent working relationship with the dealer’s Van Sales Manager Ross Duthie, and its workshop team – every aspect of their service is first class.

“When you’re delivering fish to exclusive hotels in remote glens you need to be sure your vehicles will get there when they’re expected. Mercedes-Benz gives us that assurance.”

King Foods was established in 1994 and has grown steadily, now employing a staff of 50. Its locally-sourced fresh fish is caught by Peterhead-based trawlers Ocean Harvest and Harvester. Both boats are signed up to the Responsible Fishing Scheme, accredited by the Marine Stewardship Council to land North Sea Haddock, and covered by the Fully Documented Fish scheme – this means they are fitted with cameras which monitor all catches and they have a ‘no discard’ policy on North Sea Cod.

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