Time is right for Ketra to invest in its fleet

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Ketra Logistics in Thamesmead has invested £100,000 in four new vehicles in the livery of Meantime Brewing Company - one of its longest standing customers.

Ketra, part of Palletways, Europe's largest and fastest growing express palletised freight network, has worked with the award-winning craft brewery in Greenwich since its formation in 2000 and has invested in two 13.6m trailers and two 12t rigid vehicles to support its premiere distributor status. The new vehicles will be used to carry Meantime's beers via its industry first 'Brewery Fresh' system - which means beer can be pumped directly into tanks in pubs- and handle 'keg and case' deliveries of Meantime Brewery's beer to pubs around the UK.

John Wood, business development manager at Ketra Logistics, said: "We've been working as Meantime Brewing Company's premier logistics provider for 16 years and are proud to have watched them grow into a multimillion pound enterprise.

"Our new vehicles will enhance the already first class service we offer Meantime. The new trailers are XL spec, meaning the curtains are load-bearing to enhance loading, unloading and load security. All of the new vehicles are fitted with the latest telematic tracking, camera systems and driver behaviour monitoring systems to help us improve driver efficiency and safety."

Ketra Logistics has provided companies in South East London and North Kent with a range of distribution services and solutions over the past 35 years. Ketra became a Palletways member in 1999 and achieved the FORS Silver accreditation in May 2016.

Alongside its successful pallet distribution operation it has a fleet of HGV vehicles that provide UK general haulage services for full and part loads, including the distribution of sea containers. It handles small consignments of palletised freight, general haulage of full and part loads, sea container distribution, European services and international freight forwarding.

Meantime was founded in 1999 by brewer Alastair Hook in a flat in Greenwich and its most popular brews include London Lager, London Pale Ale and Yakima Red. It operates from a modern 120,000 hectolitre brewery in Greenwich and has three retail sites: The Tasting Rooms in the brewery itself, the Greenwich Union and the Beer Box, outside the O2 in North Greenwich.

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