Jiffy Trucks celebrates 200th Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet truck with latest order from Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery

In the four years since the Cold Chain Federation member Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet model was first introduced into the Jiffy Trucks product range, the West Yorkshire company has supplied over 200 of its Banquet trucks to customers nationwide. The 200th truck was part of an order for three Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet trucks recently delivered to long standing customer, north-west bakery Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery Ltd.

Jiffy Trucks launched the Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquet back in 2018, and it was the first ever Isuzu truck to be supplied by the iconic Yorkshire business, as part of a new partnership between the two companies.

Commenting on the milestone, John Briggs, managing director, Jiffy Trucks said, “Historically, the 3.5 tonne truck was always the most popular selling vehicle in our product range as it enabled customers to have the opportunity for a much larger body for display. We were really excited when we first teamed up with Isuzu Truck and we have not looked back since the very first sale. Greenhalgh’s received our 200th Banquet truck and we have orders in the pipeline now well into 2023 that will take total sales of this particular model to over 220, which is a phenomenal achievement in such a short time, bearing in mind that this time period covered the global pandemic with all its difficulties.”

John continues, “Without doubt, the Isuzu Grafter is the best chassis we’ve ever built on and Isuzu Truck UK has been by far the best truck manufacturer that we have ever worked with. They have a very hands-on approach to dealing with us whether it be sales, after-sales homologation or deliveries. From the Managing Director to all staff members, Isuzu are a breath of fresh air and this is also the feedback that I’m getting from our customers too. They have confirmed to me that they think Isuzu are a great company to deal with and that the product is ever so reliable and practical, all supported by a commercially driven dealer network, available wherever they are trading in the UK.”

The three latest Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquets to join the eight-strong Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery outdoor catering truck fleet are now working on daily delivery routes around the Bolton, Wigan, Blackburn and Chorley areas of West Lancashire, providing hot and cold food for a range of retail customers as well as attending weddings, old peoples homes, schools, Christmas light switch-on’s and other outdoor events.

All of Greenhalgh’s Jiffy Banquet N35.125 trucks feature Isuzu’s popular Easyshift 6-speed fully automatic gearbox. The Jiffy catering body has an Eberspacher-powered keeping oven, and a deep soup urn, alongside a GAH powered refrigeration system, all of which enables Greenhalgh’s to display and sell hot and cold foods.

For two of the latest Jiffy Banquets, Greenhalgh’s specified a new option which enables them to sell fresh coffee and hot chocolate from the trucks. These Grafters incorporate a Rijo 42 ‘bean to cup’ machine for the first time.

Although Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery has been a Jiffy customer for many years, this latest order features the first Isuzus in their fleet.

According to Sarah Goulding from Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, “The new Isuzu Grafter Jiffy Banquets have made a tremendous impression with our customers. Not only does the stylish head-turning modern appearance of the trucks create a favourable impression when they arrive on location, but the wider range of products being displayed has also led to a significant increase in business levels on each route. At the same time, the drivers really enjoy the manoeuvrability of the Grafter as well as the ease of driving with the automatic transmission.”

Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery is a long-established family Craft Bakery which was founded in 1957. With two manufacturing sites in Bolton, the Company currently employs approximately 550 staff and operates a thriving chain of 50 retail shops.

It launched its sandwich delivery route business during the global COVID pandemic in 2020, starting with just three vehicles that provided a local service enabling people to get food delivered directly to their homes during lockdown. Such has been the success of this outdoor catering operation that the Bolton-based bakery now runs a fleet of eight catering vans in total, including these latest Isuzu additions.

“The partnership between Isuzu Truck UK and Jiffy Trucks has been a tremendous success story from day one, and long may it continue. The combination of the Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne chassis with the Jiffy catering body has now become the ‘go-to’ vehicle for hot and cold food catering and delivery companies such as Greenhalgh’s Craft Bakery, providing them with a proven reliable long-term delivery truck,” said Jon Corcoran, senior fleet sales manager, Isuzu Truck (UK) Ltd.

Further information about the full range of Isuzu Grafter 3.5 tonne rigids can be obtained by viewing the company’s website on:  https://www.isuzutruck.co.uk/products/?size=3-5-tonne

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