Cornish wholesale butcher M&W Meats has bought four new Mercedes-Benz Sprinters – its first from the German marque, and also the first in the company’s new livery.
M&W Meats, which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary, recently moved to a new production facility in St Stephen. Established by Dean Myatt and his son, also called Dean, the company supplies a range of premium meat products to butchers and other customers throughout Cornwall and Devon.
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St Austell-based van supplier Driveline GB acquired the new-generation Sprinters on behalf of M&W Meats from Mercedes-Benz Van Centre Exeter. All the Sprinters are 314 CDI H2 L3 models with high roofs and long bodies and have been insulated and fitted with GAH refrigeration units by conversion specialist GRP Group.
“What we need, above all else, is a sturdy, dependable workhorse, but we’d had a few mechanical issues with our previous vans,” Dean Myatt junior explained. “Having sat down with Driveline and considered the alternatives, we decided that with its unrivalled reputation for reliability and durability the Mercedes-Benz Sprinter represented the best way forward.”
Launched last year, the latest Sprinter range incorporates 4G internet connectivity. Mercedes PRO connect provides operators with access to fast, efficient and cost-effective vehicle management services, and the Mercedes MBUX infotainment system incorporates a voice control function.
The new Sprinter also has a range of safety fetures, including the autonomous Active Brake Assist system, pedestrian recognition technology, and ATTENTION ASSIST, which detects drowsiness in the driver and encourages them to take breaks when tired.
“Driveline arranged for me to try a Sprinter and it was a real pleasure to drive,” Myatt continued. “The steering was light and beautifully balanced, and in terms of quality and comfort the cab interior was a world apart from any van I’d ever been in before – I really liked the MBUX system’s touch screen, which was very easy to use.
“Our drivers couldn’t wait to get the keys to their new Sprinters, while given our duty of care to colleagues its reassuring to know that we’re sending them out in the safest vans on the road. What’s more, the manufacturer’s premium brand values can only complement our own company’s image.”
Myatt also praises Driveline, noting that: “We’re butchers, not a transport business, so I value their expertise and support very highly indeed.”
Driveline GB’s co-founder Richard Jacobs said that the company bought more than 60 Sprinters over the years, both for long-term rentals and its our ‘spot hire’ fleet. “For demanding applications involving high mileages, or, as in M&W Meats’ case, where ancillaries such as fridges put extra strain on engines, there’s simply no beating a Sprinter – where others wouldn’t stand up to the punishment, they just keep on running,” he said.