Downton is helping one of Lidl’s suppliers during the run up to Halloween by making daily deliveries of pumpkins to two of the supermarket’s biggest distribution centres in the South East. Up to 28 full loads of around 22 tonnes each will be delivered under a short-term contract during an intensive two-week period in the second half of October. In line with the ever-popular Halloween tradition, the pumpkins will likely be turned into lanterns or used for soups and other recipes by Lidl customers during the annual festival.
Downton is collecting full loads of pumpkins each day from a site in Essex on behalf of leading fruit and vegetable supplier Proctor and Associates. The pumpkins are then delivered the following morning to Lidl’s distribution centres in Belvedere, South London and Enfield, North London. Deliveries started on Tuesday 17 October and will continue until Halloween at the end of the month.
Downton secured the contract following an enquiry from the customer and is managing the operation from its facility in Rochester, Kent. This is the first time the companies have worked together on a project of this type.
Andy Downton, Managing Director at CM Downton, says: “We were able to configure and implement a short-term transport solution that met the customer’s requirement during a busy time of the year. This demonstrates the flexibility and scalability of our transport operations.”