Established in 1968, Branston is Britain’s leading supplier of fresh potatoes and other high quality prepared vegetable products.
The company’s biggest customer is Tesco, and well over half of all potatoes sold by the retail giant – that’s 260,000 tonnes of potatoes a year – come from Branston.
Branston operates three sites – in Lincoln, Scotland and Somerset. The new Prepared foods factory at the Lincoln site recently won the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) East Midlands Award for Sustainability. The award was recognition of the way that the new factory had been designed to be as environmentally efficient as possible.
The company has well established environmental credentials and is the only potato company in the UK to hold ISO 14001 accreditation at all of its sites. ISO 14001 is only awarded to companies that demonstrate conformance with comprehensive environmental management systems and processes to ensure they reduce their impact on the environment wherever possible.
As part of its ongoing commitment to the environment Branston has recently upgraded the materials handling equipment at its Somerset factory and warehouse complex with a new fleet of counterbalanced and powered pallet trucks from Jungheinrich.
The counterbalanced trucks selected by Branston are a mix of 4, 3.5 and 3 ton capacity gas powered trucks from Jungheinrich’s hydrostatic range.
One of the key drivers behind Branston’s decision to specify the Jungheinrich gas trucks was the fact that the trucks’ engines – which are supplied by Volkswagen – are particularly fuel efficient.
Thanks to their hydrostatic engine, the trucks are particularly suited to Branston: the company’s operation involves a lot of ‘shuttling’ work – loading and unloading lorries within and around the busy warehouse and factory environment – the VW hydrostatic engine Is perfect for such intensive materials-handling operations.
Jungheinrich UK Ltd