Press – PML invests in refrigerated vehicles featuring pioneering technology

Fresh Talk Daily run the story on PML’s investment in refrigerated trucks with pioneering technology.

“FPC Fresh Awards sponsor, Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the no1 player in the transfer of perishable goods market, is investing circa £500,000 in six new state-of-the-art trucks, which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system.”

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PML Invests In Refrigerated Vehicles Featuring Pioneering Technology

December 2019: Perishable Movements Ltd (PML), the no1 player in the transfer of perishable goods market, is investing circa £500,000 in six new state-of-the-art trucks, which represent the UK’s first refrigerated trailers to feature a powered roller bed floor system.

The trailers commissioned by PML are being built and designed by Gray & Adams, a family run business that specialises in the delivery of bespoke premium vehicles customised to meet the discerning needs of the client.
Demonstrating PML’s commitment to supporting UK business, the new fleet will be built at Gray & Adams’ Fraserburgh site, while the revolutionary Joloda power roller bed floor system will be manufactured in Anglesey, Wales.

The innovative power roller bed floor system was first developed 10 years ago and enables the automated loading/unloading of containers via a series of drive rollers that are built into the floor surface of the trailer. The benefits of this system are that cargo can be loaded/unloaded without
the input of personnel, making it easier to accurately control the speed of the discharge and therefore offering heightened safety. Although they have been previously used in factories, the new PML trailers denote the first time this technology has been applied to a refrigerated trailer. In addition, the new trucks include electronic / pneumatic controls to complement the refrigerated environment and the very latest fridge unit
system which produces less carbon emissions.

It is estimated that the actual build of the six vehicles will take four weeks, with an estimated completion date of end of January 2020. The trailers will be used by PML to carry air freight containers under strict temperature-controlled conditions. The contents of the containers will range from fresh produce, dairy, meat & fish, flowers & plants and pharmaceutical goods.

Commenting on the investment in the new vehicles, Robert Haynes, Business Development Manager for PML said, “As the leading force in the transfer of perishable goods sector, PML is committed to introducing pioneering new technologies to further enhance the standard of service to its customers. Our relationship with Gray & Adams dates back to five years ago when they were first identified as the preferred supplier to fulfil our requirement for air freight trailer manual loading equipment. Their reputation for innovation and the delivery of ground-breaking technological advances in their field made them the first choice for this project. PML has a busy year ahead with a number of exciting initiatives planned, the investment in new trucks is just the start so watch this space!”.
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Note to editors
• PML is a family business established in 2003.
• The company is dedicated to managing the supply chain of temperature-sensitive goods and operates as an extension of its clients’ activities through a network of overseas and UK accredited agents.
• PML’s operations work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week year-round, offering a full cold chain service, ensuring that product is kept at the temperature required to avoid spoilage.
• The company operates from a 64,000 sq. ft temperature-controlled facility, making PML the largest perishable agent.
ERTS (Enhanced Remote Transit Shed) Bonded warehouse, HMRC approved – meaning that PML can hold uncleared freight in their customs bond.
• Frozen and fresh warehousing facility; real-time tracking; packing and distribution.

Supporting Agricultural Innovation In Colombia

Innovate UK, through the Colombian Prosperity Fund Programme, is to invest up to £3 million in collaborative business projects that address agricultural challenges in regions affected by conflict in Colombia.

A focus on female farmers
The aim of this competition is to help farmers in Colombia, particularly female smallholders, to improve their farming methods and adopt innovations faster.

It should help the country meet its international development objectives in agriculture. This includes to:

  • improve the health and welfare of farmers, particularly women
  • create more sustainable intensification
  • promote diversity in diet and nutrition
  • improve rural income and food security
  • make it easier to trade agricultural products
  • UK businesses can apply with early or late-stage innovation projects that support the uptake of new technologies and innovations. These should have the potential to advance sustainable intensification in Colombia and deliver economic impact across the agri-tech industry.

Projects may take ideas from any sector or discipline. They will need to meet the Official Development Assistance criteria and the International Development (Gender Equality) Act.

Competition Information

  • the competition opens on 26 March 2018, and the deadline for registration is at midday on 18 July 2018
  • you can work in collaboration with other businesses, academic organisations, charities, public sector organisations and research organisations. You must work with a Colombian partner
  • you must carry out your project work in the UK, Colombia or both
  • we expect early-stage awards to have costs between £150,000 and £500,000 and last up to 18 months. Late-stage awards can have costs between £200,000 and £800,000 and last up to 18 months
  • businesses can attract up to 70% of their project costs
  • there will be briefing and brokerage events on 5 April 2018
  • Find out more about this competition and apply.

New Seafish Chair Announced For UK Seafood Industry

A new Chair has been appointed to the organisation that promotes the work of the UK’s seafood industry.

Brian Young will now officially take the position at the Sea Fish Industry Authority (Seafish) with a three-year appointment. He brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the role as he has been acting Chair of Seafish since January 2016, stepping up from his deputy Chair position. He was also previously Chair of Seafish’s Importers and Processors Panel.

Seafish is an industry-levy funded body which carries out a wide range of activities that advocate and support all sections of the fishing industry, from fishermen and processors through to importers, retailers and food service providers.

This is a Ministerial appointment supported by the four fisheries administrations, who jointly sponsor Seafish.

Brian Young, Chair of the Seafish, said:

I am delighted to be appointed Chair of Seafish at such a pivotal time for our industry. The next three years will provide many new opportunities and challenges and Seafish will work hard to help and support our industry to be profitable, sustainable and socially responsible.

It is a great privilege to be able to carry on working with the Seafish Board, the executive team, the Devolved Administrations and the incredibly diverse range of people who serve our industry with such great passion, commitment and expertise.

I am very much looking forward to the challenge.

The recruitment was carried out in accordance with the Ministerial Code of Practice for Appointments to Public Bodies. All appointments are made on merit and political activity plays no part in the selection process. However, there is a requirement for the political activities of appointees to be made public. Brian Young has not declared any significant activity.

Biographical details:

Brian was Chief Executive of the British Frozen Food Federation until his retirement in March 2017. His career has spanned 35 years in the food business sector, including roles at RHM Foods, Sara Lee, Tryton Foods and Sundora Foods.

Brian is a qualified chartered management accountant. He is currently Chair of the Beverley Building Society and a non-executive director of Ripon Select Foods Limited. He is also a trustee of Thera Trust, a charity that has been supporting people with a learning disability since 1998.

Successful Workshop On Allergen Detection In Spices

A joint Defra, FSA, FSS and Government Chemist workshop was held at LGC on 28 February 2018. The event focused on the detection of allergens in spices and herbs using a multi-discipline approach. The workshop was attended by over 20 delegates from Public Analyst laboratories, industry and regulating bodies.

The event was organised by the Government Chemist team as part of a cross government (BEIS, FSA, FSS and Defra) knowledge transfer project that will deliver knowledge from government programmes to stakeholders to help enforce current regulations and prevent future disputes. By pooling funds from each of the four government departments, knowledge transfer events can be planned and coordinated according to priorities received directly from the stakeholder community delivering greater impact.

The workshop was opened with a talk by Dr Chun-Han Chan from the FSA’s Allergen team and followed by Greg Corbishley from Barts Spices, who gave the industry perspective into the challenges posed for manufactures by cross contamination. There were also three sessions covering the complementary techniques developed in response to the cumin and paprika cases in 2015. Malvinder Singh (LGC) talked about the immunoassay tests which initially detected allergenic contamination (initially believed to be almond) in cumin and the subsequent preparation of reference materials needed for further investigation. Chistopher Hopley (LGC) gave an overview of mass spectrometry and expanded on methods developed for the detection of close species. Timothy Wilkes (LGC) talked about the real-time PCR and melting curve approaches used for these cases. These sessions provided practical information required to enable participants to carry out or commission similar analytical tests . Michael Walker, from the GC team, provided a final overview on result interpretation and reporting on allergen cases.