Classic Catering estimates that it will save around £10,000 on annual fuel costs with the introduction of a new vehicle.

The Manchester-based specialist patisserie manufacturer and distributor is now using an Isuzu Forward 7.5-tonne truck, which will cover more than 2,400 miles a week, and is already showing savings of three miles per gallon (mpg) in fuel in its first month of use over the firm’s existing vehicles, according to the firm.

David Mincher, logistics and warehouse manager at Classic Catering, said: “We were aware of the Isuzu payload and impressive fuel economy before we bought the vehicle and everything we heard has materialised already with this first Isuzu. Almost immediately, we have been able to achieve a significant fuel saving and we are confident that the mpg figures will continue to impress us as the Isuzu beds in.”

Classic Catering has a daily trunking operation from Manchester to London, with a 19-truck fleet helping to deliver its products to breweries, blue-chip companies, sporting venues, football clubs, hotels, restaurants and independent catering outlets.