Warburtons toasts its 38 new rigid box vans

Warburtons Tiger Trailers

Warburtons, Britain’s largest bakery brand, has added 38 rigid box vans from Tiger Trailers to its nationwide fleet of vehicles delivering fresh bread to 18,500 stores across the country every day.

Approaching Tiger in the winter of 2022, Warburtons needed the vehicles to be designed to meet its unique requirements. Set to join a highly active store delivery fleet, a bespoke, intelligent and ergonomic design was required – with durability and accessibility as cornerstones of the build.

“It has been reassuring to have been involved throughout the design and manufacturing process,” said Steve Gray, head of transport at Warburtons. “We have taken delivery of 10 of the vans already and are very impressed with the final product. We are looking forward to a further 28 due joining our fleet in spring this year.” 

Built on 14-tonne DAF chassis from local firm Lancashire DAF, each rigid is fitted with Warburtons-specification racking along its sides, along with adjustable centre aisle load bars to suit Warburton’s loading requirements.

The rigids also boast crew doors on each side of the body’s rear to ease the loading process, access to which is covered with a hinged alloy floor section, maximising load capacity.

Dhollandia tail lifts aids drivers with large loads, and the two Labcraft B3 Banksman reversing lights help in low-light conditions.

They are finished in Warburtons’ trademark orange, painted in-house at Tiger.

Ten of Warburtons’ new Tiger rigids, delivered in late 2023, can already be seen out on the roads, operating out of several of the baking firm’s 22 nationwide depots.

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