Fresh Express and Brent Redmond Transportation Team Up for Sustainability

Thermo King's SmartPower™ Electric Standby Saves Fuel and Reduces Emissions

Fresh Express, Inc., of Salinas, Calif., and Brent Redmond Transportation of Hollister, Calif., have joined together in an effort to reduce emissions at the Fresh Express facility in Salinas.

Fresh Express, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiquita Brands, is the number one maker of fresh salads in the United States and sold the first ready-to-eat packaged salad in grocery stores nationwide in 1989. Founded in 1987, Brent Redmond Transportation, Inc., is one of the leading refrigerated transportation companies in the western United States.

As part of their deep commitment to environmental sustainability, Fresh Express began the emission-reduction project by installing electric power hookups at the loading docks of its Salinas facility.

Next, Fresh Express brought in Brent Redmond Transportation, which utilizes Thermo King SB-210+ trailer units with SmartPower™ electric standby. The units run without using diesel engines at the loading dock. While the trailers are being pre-cooled and loaded, the units operate from the electric power hookups. Brent Redmond Transportation has purchased six of the units so far, and has plans to purchase more as additional hookups are installed.

SmartPower electric standby, available on the Thermo King SB-210+ trailer units that Brent Redmond is using as well as other Thermo King trailer units, delivers many environmental and cost-saving benefits beyond reducing emissions. Those benefits include less noise, reduced maintenance costs, a reduced life cycle cost and a longer lifespan for the unit.

Since starting the program in January, Fresh Express has prevented the release of at least 77 pounds of carbon from entering the atmosphere each day, according to Tom Shepherd, vice president of transportation for Fresh Express. Shepherd noted that the savings they are realizing could drive expansion, since it costs 25 to 30 percent less to pre-cool the trailer with electricity than with diesel power.

"This program is a continuation of Chiquita's commitment to environmental sustainability," Shepherd said. Michael Johanson, who handles transportation, co-manufacturing, warehousing and logistics for Chiquita Brands International, said the estimated annual emissions reduction from this project could be as much as 30,000 pounds of CO2.

The two companies worked closely with Thermo King of Salinas, Inc., to get the program set up. "Brent Redmond Transportation has been a leader in technology and equipment since the company was founded," said Alvin Trentelman, chief executive officer at Thermo King of Salinas, Inc. "It was the first California- based carrier to install Qualcomm and one of the first to use Thermo King's OptiSetTM and Pocket Wintrac™ products as well as OptiSet™ Plus, which they used to create named temperature profiles specifically for Fresh Express loads. The company’s use of the new SB-210+ units with Smart Power offers another plus for customers!"

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
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