Dean Foods Introduces Eco-Friendly Technology for its Refrigerated Transportation Fleets
June 23, 2010
In a press release statement, dairy processor and owner of one of the largest refrigerated direct-store delivery distribution networks in the food and beverage industry, Dean Foods, unveiled a delivery vehicle equipped with a new prototype truck refrigeration system developed by Thermo King, a leader in temperature and climate control products for the transportation industry. The diesel-free, hybrid electric-powered refrigeration technology will help Dean Foods reduce its carbon footprint while creating operational efficiencies and cost savings. The electric-powered refrigeration units replace traditional mechanical models that rely on a separate diesel-powered engine to facilitate cooling while en route, and require oil, filters and anti-freeze as part of their routine maintenance. The new unit reduces emissions and waste by operating on electricity both while parked and while driving, eliminating the need for an independent engine in the refrigeration unit. Additionally, the new unit emits significantly less noise than conventional mechanical refrigeration units, an important consideration for local communities.