Edible Arrangements has selected Thermo King to supply refrigeration units for Edible Arrangements' growing fleet of new, high-efficiency delivery vehicles.
Edible Arrangements creates high-quality, artistically designed fresh fruit arrangements that make practical and healthy gifts. Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Wallingford, Conn., the company has more than 940 locations operating or opening soon worldwide. Because freshness is essential to product quality, drivers make frequent trips back and forth to the store throughout the day to pick up new arrangements, averaging a minimum of 200 miles daily. Edible Arrangements' fleet currently operates 1,300 vehicles throughout the United States.
The company's franchisees currently use traditional cargo vehicles to deliver arrangements, and the chance to upgrade to more efficient trucks and refrigeration units brings with it the opportunity for substantial cost savings and a lower environmental impact.
This possibility prompted leaders at Edible Arrangements to look at the Ford Transit Connect van, which they say they fell in love with when they first saw the vehicle in England a couple of years back. Since then, they've been waiting for it to come to the United States. For Edible Arrangements, the size of the Transit Connect and the fuel efficiency it provides fits the companyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s needs perfectly.
Many of the company's franchisees are beginning to replace older, larger cargo vans with Transit Connects through the company's fleet program. So far, Edible Arrangements has purchased 20 Transit Connects, and plans are under way to buy 15 to 20 more vehicles each month as more and more franchisees replace the older delivery vans.
Because each van needs a refrigeration system, the goal was to choose systems that kept the arrangements fresh and crisp while minimizing fuel use and emissions. The company worked closely with Ford and Thermo King and chose Thermo King's B-100 all-electric units to cool the new Transit Connects. The B-100s have no diesel engines, so they use less fuel, produce fewer emissions and run quieter, all while delivering reliable temperature control.
"We worked closely with Edible Arrangements and Subzero Technologies to design a reliable refrigerated environment for the high-quality products Edible Arrangements delivers seven days a week," said Bryan Gayman, general manager for Thermo King of Hartford. "Edible Arrangements selected the Thermo King B-100 all-electric refrigeration solution as a 'green' option for the fuel-efficient Ford Transit Connect."
"The biggest 'green' imprint we can make as a company is to save fuel and reduce emissions with our delivery vehicles. The Thermo King-equipped Ford Transit Connect is not only more fuel-efficient, but it is easier to drive than larger cargo vans and much more stylish," said Kamran Farid, chief operating officer for Edible Arrangements.
The Ford Transit Connect earned the Truck of the Year award at the 2010 North American International Auto Show in Detroit.
Customers can learn more about Edible Arrangements at www.ediblearrangements.com and more about Thermo King's electric units at www.thermoking.com.
Thermo King Corporation, a business unit of diversified industrial firm Ingersoll Rand Company Limited, was founded in 1938 and manufactures transport temperature control systems for a variety of mobile applications, including trailers, truck bodies, buses, shipboard containers and railway cars. The company operates 10 manufacturing facilities and 17 parts distribution centers worldwide. Sales and service is provided by a global dealer network of 865 independently owned companies in 75 countries.
Mike O'Brien, Thermo King Corporation