Smoothie and juice producer innocent deploys 50-tonne electric trucks

BREYTNER and H.N. Post & Zonen provide zero-emission transport of building materials, supermarket distribution and container transport with fully electric 50-tonne trucks.

Innocent wants all logistics in and around its new – and first – factory to be zero-emission. An important part of the logistics chain is the supply of orange juice, which will henceforth be transported from the port by battery electric 50-tonne trucks. Partly as a result, the blender will become one of the first fully CO2-neutral beverage factories in the world, according to the producer. To supply the battery electric 50-tonne trucks, innocent has partnered with zero-emission transport company Breytner and joint venture partner H.N. Post & Zonen.

Innocent: CO2 neutral in 2025

With the deployment of the electric 50-tonne trucks, innocent says it is the first company to deploy an entire fleet of electric 50-tonne trucks. The smoothie and juice producer wants to be CO2 neutral by 2025, so it was important to organise its logistics and transport in a CO2 neutral way wherever possible.

"With our logistics partners, we searched for an optimal mix between battery pack, fast charging during orange juice unloading and payload capacity. This development is an important step for us in making our overall supply chain more sustainable." -Andy Joynson, site director of BREYTNER-

The transport takes place with converted DAFs CFs from Emoss of Oosterhout. The lightweight tanker trailers were built by French company Magyar and the fast chargers were supplied by Ecotap. Innocent is carrying out this logistics and sustainability development within the framework of the ‘Empowering Zero Emission Supply Chains’ project co-funded by the Demonstration of Climate Technologies and Innovations 3 in Transport grant. The findings with the fleet of electric heavy trucks will be actively shared with the market.

20 per cent shorter supply chain

The central location of the blender at the Food Hub in the Port of Rotterdam also ensures that the distances for delivery of raw materials and distribution of the smoothies and juices are much shorter. This shortens the supply chain by 20 percent. For now, orange juice is the first major stream to be transported by the electric 50-tonne trucks.



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