World Food Day - Our Top 10 Food Transport Facts

16th October 2018

In celebration of World Food Day and all the trucks and drivers who keep our supermarket shelves stocked, here’s our top 10 list of food transport facts:

1) Up to 60% of UK road freight is food related

2) Each year trucks in the UK move approximately 900 million tonnes of food, over 1 billion km

3) of that 18-20 million tons of food is wasted annually in the UK

4) One 44 tonne truck shipment to a supermarket results in up to 300 car journeys moving the same goods out

5) 98% of all food and agricultural products in Great Britain are transported by road freight

6) The amount of beer carried by UK lorries in a year would be enough to fill Wembley stadium

7) Refrigerated transport got its start in 1842 on railroad cars that were used to haul items during cold weather. Later, ice was added to the train cars. The first iced trucks started rolling in the early 1910’s

8) An estimated 20 to 40% of UK fruit and vegetables are rejected even before they reach the shops – mostly because they do not match the supermarkets’ excessively strict cosmetic standards

9) Recently, HGVs have been powered on diesel fuel made out of lamb fat or used cooking oil

10) Today’s trucks can carry 5x more goods in terms of tonne miles than a typical 1950s truck

Do you have any food transport facts that we missed? Let us know in the comments below.


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