Award-winning Dublin chilled-foods distributor Zellwood Ltd is part-way through a delivery of six new DAF XF tractor-units from DAF Ireland, bringing the total size of their DAF-only fleet to over 70 vehicles.
Zellwood has been in operation since its founding in 1995, when brothers William and Mark Flanagan began working two small trucks at the Dublin fruit markets. Now, 23 years on, Zellwood boasts an extensive DAF Trucks fleet with over 130 drivers and a customer base across the length of Ireland and the UK.
For Company Director William Flanagan a strong business relationship is as important to the business as a hard-working truck – something he has learned from Zellwood’s 10-year relationship with local Dublin based DAF dealership, DAF Ireland.
William explains: “The main reasons we run DAF as our manufacturer of choice are of course for their reliability and service, but also for the relationship we’ve developed with DAF Ireland’s sales and maintenance teams in Dublin. The whole aftersales service is very good, everything we have is contract maintained by DAF so we’re in contact on an almost daily basis.”
The six new XF trucks will be joining Zellwood’s fleet by the end of the month, where they will be put into service delivering temperature-controlled foods across the UK.
Speaking of DAF Trucks, William said “This year alone we’ve bought 22 trucks with another 6 XFs on the way. DAF’s ambition in Ireland is to grow and I think they are exceeding all expectations with that. They are definitely worth a try if you are in the market to buy trucks.”
Operations Director for DAF Ireland, Conal McCourt, commented: “Regardless of who you speak to at our Dublin HQ almost everyone will have heard of or worked with Zellwood. We have a lot to do with the supply, maintenance and servicing of their DAF fleet – so much so that Zellwood has become part of the everyday operations for many of our team members.”