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Dean Foods, Thermo King Unveil Green Delivery Truck
D ean Foods, the nation’s largest dairy processor and owner
of one of the largest refrigerated direct-store delivery
distribution networks in the industry, has unveiled a delivery
vehicle equipped with a prototype truck refrigeration system
developed by Thermo King.
The cost-efficient and environmentally-sustainable truck
refrigeration system reduces the emissions associated with
traditional diesel-powered transport refrigeration.
The diesel-free, hybrid electric-powered refrigeration technol-
ogy will help El Paso, TX-based Dean Foods reduce its carbon
footprint while creating operational efficiencies and cost sav-
ings. The technology also represents a step towards achieving CLEAN COOL: From left, Dallas Mayor Tom Leppert, Con-
gresswoman Eddie Bernice Johnson, Dave Regnery, presi-
Dean Foods’ commitment to remove 50,000 metric tons of
dent of Thermo King, and Dean Foods’ Kroeker celebrate
carbon from its transportation system by 2013, the equivalent
the unveiling of the new refrigeration technology.
of removing 9,500 cars from the road.
“Our highest priority is reducing the cost and improving the percent savings in diesel fuel usage as compared to traditional
efficiency of our operations,” says Harrald Kroeker, president of refrigerated vehicles by adopting the new technology over the
Dean Foods’ Fresh Dairy Direct business unit. “Innovations that longer-term.
eliminate the use of diesel fuel, which is a major expenditure Eliminating the diesel used in the refrigeration units of tra-
and our second largest source of emissions, drive cost savings ditional vehicles would remove 21,000 pounds of carbon per
to our business that benefit the environment.” vehicle per year. Because Dean Foods typically replaces about
The electric-powered refrigeration units replace traditional 200 delivery trucks each year, innovation such as this is an
mechanical models that rely on a separate diesel-powered en- important step toward substantially decreasing fuel usage and
gine to facilitate cooling while en route, and require oil, filters related carbon emissions.
and anti-freeze as part of their routine maintenance. The unit The adoption of new transport refrigeration technology is
reduces emissions and waste by operating on electricity both part of Dean Foods’ Smart Fleet initiative—an enterprise-
while parked and while driving, eliminating the need for an wide effort to “green the fleet”