Burlington-based Balford Farms, known for its food distribution services and well-known Rosenberger’s dairy brand, recently introduced a state-of-the-art Orange EV terminal truck to its current fleet.
Through a lease with Penske Truck Leasing and as part of Balford Farms’ commitment to sustainability, the electric truck will support the company’s warehouse and distribution center.
The electric truck is one of the first in the mid-Atlantic and it will reduce Balford’s carbon footprint by over 15 tons annually by swapping an existing diesel truck to a zero-tailpipe emissions truck while increasing efficiency with 99% uptime.
Balford said its environmental sustainability journey started over a decade ago with installing solar panels throughout its Burlington warehouse and distribution center. Additionally, over the past two years, the company has converted all lighting to LEDs; started a partnership with Trenton Renewables, which recycles food and beverage waste into renewable energy, premium compost and recaptured packaging; expanded recycling beyond cardboard to include wooden pallets, stretch wrap and metals; and installed ChargePoint electric vehicle chargers for employee and guest use.
Overall, these initiatives create a collective annual environmental impact of total carbon emissions reduction by more than 1,800 tons.
“We’re thrilled about this opportunity to bring innovation into our truck fleet and expand upon our recent sustainability commitments and successes,” Larry Walker, CEO of Balford Farms, said. “This new electric truck exemplifies our ongoing promise towards being an environmentally responsible leader in the food distribution industry while delivering efficiency and safety to our workplace, and the very best service to our customers.”