Chris Schreurs –Director of Business & Commercial Operations of Schreurs & Sons– takes pride in delivering high quality products to customers all year-round. The company is a third-generation farming business that is 100 per cent Australian family-owned and operated, specialising in celery, leek and baby leaf lines (including spinach, rocket and snow pea tendrils). With seven properties, spanning in total over 400 ha, it is one of the largest suppliers of celery in Australia and also serves international markets.
Scheur’s fleet transports fresh produce in Victoria, primarily between the business’ farm growing regions and the Melbourne wholesale market. Two of the biggest challenges for Schreurs & Sons are operational efficiency and load security.
“As we don’t have loading docks on any of our farms, we need an efficient and safe solution that not only maintains the integrity of the produce (particularly on warm days), but also achieves minimal turnaround time between locations,” Chris says – adding he was recommended to invest in MaxiTRANS’ refrigerated transport equipment. “Maxi-CUBE came highly recommended to us by our interstate freight partners, Consolidated Freight, and when we compared a Slide-a-Side to other equivalent options available, we believed Maxi-CUBE provided the best solution for our needs. MaxiTRANS’ willingness to work with us to ensure we obtained the most efficient set-up and best use of the Slide-a-Side design was a great contributing factor.”
Chris says the design process involved working through various door configurations that could deliver the most efficient results. “We believe the time spent on this task was well worthwhile as we are now benefiting from that final design,” he says. “Another special specification we added was a stainless steel floor. As our finished produce can come out of the fields quite wet, we went for a more durable floor to prevent rust settling in as we’ve experienced in the past with other trailers.”
As for productivity, the Maxi-CUBE Slide-a-Side certainly pays off Chris comments. After moving from curtains, where we would have to strap down the load, this process is now taking less than half the time with a Slide-a-Side,” he says. “In addition, we elected to purchase a B-double set which now takes our round trips from our main growing region in Tarwin to our production facility in Clyde from an average of three trips a day into two. So, the fuel and labour savings have been quite significant. Prior to investing in our new rig set-up, we were frequently using two drivers doing three-to-four round trips between these locations during our peak season.”