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Penta Foods Van Case Study


Penta Foods

Nature of business:

Specialists in the world’s finest foods, focusing, more than anything, on the spice industry.


This family run company, which was established 25 years ago, prides itself on exceptional service and commitment to customer requirements. Penta Foods is based in Farnborough, Hampshire and Eccles, Manchester. The company’s multi-drop operation serves the London market-place for top restaurants and UK wide to support its national contracts. Deliveries are made 24 hours per day, six days per week in London, operating from a 35,000 ft2 warehouse, with 45 multi-temperature vehicles.

Problems faced by the client:

Penta Foods was experiencing a sharp increase in demand for its products, and as a consequence it needed to expand its operation going into London on a daily basis. It was necessary for Penta to look at ways of increasing vehicle capacity and payload – either by changing up the size of vans being used or facing the challenge of getting more on its existing vans.


Penta, overall, considered that it would be preferable to remain on 3.5 tonne vehicles, therefore achieving the best possible payload was absolutely critical.


Coolertech excels at designing lightweight vehicle solutions and has vast experience in reducing vehicle weight in order to benefit both payload and fuel consumption.

By looking at every aspect of the build – from the operation and maintenance of the refrigeration equipment, through to the materials used within the conversion – Coolertech was able to design a 3.5 tonne insulated panel van without compromising on quality or performance.

This new lightweight solution provided Penta Foods with everything it needed in a vehicle to serve its multi-temperature, multi-drop operation.

What challenges, if any, did we have to overcome?

Coolertech was tasked with increasing payload by 250 kg.

Results observed:

All these new vans are now in operation and were successfully upgraded to this carrying capacity.