Testa Produce Adds Electric Trucks To Delivery Fleet

LEED® Platinum Distributor Continues to Raise the Bar on Sustainability

Jan 15, 2013, 10:03 ET from Testa Produce

CHICAGO, Jan. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Testa Produce has added two new trucks to its delivery fleet, both of which operate solely on electricity. Custom-made for Testa by Smith Electric Vehicles, Kansas City, Mo., (chassis) and Kidron, Washington, N.C. (insulated body), the trucks have zero emissions and travel up to 100 miles without recharging. Testa plans to use them for deliveries to customers in its downtown Chicago market.

Adding electric delivery vehicles is in line with Testa Produce's commitment to continually raise the bar on sustainability. The company is the first perishable food distributor in the nation to earn LEED® platinum, the highest certification available from the U.S. Green Building Council, for its award-winning state-of-the-art "green" distribution center. The facility incorporates energy-saving solar, wind and water technologies. Testa's existing 60+ delivery trucks run on bio-diesel fuel and all company cars are hybrids. In the coming months, Testa Produce will also add 10 trucks to its fleet that operate on compressed natural gas, an alternative fuel that's safer and more eco-friendly than traditional fossil fuels.

"The new electric trucks will help us diversify our fleet, give us added flexibility and reduce our carbon footprint even more," says Stephanie Testa, distribution manager. "We're excited to get them on the road."

Peter Testa, president, adds that finding innovative eco-friendly solutions in every aspect of the business is an ongoing company goal. "Distribution is an energy- and resource-intensive business but we've made it our mission to do things differently and to set a new standard for our industry. Electric vehicle technology has advanced to the point where it's now possible for us to begin making zero-emission deliveries to our Chicago customers. It's a logical next step for us."

About Testa Produce:  Founded in 1912, Testa Produce, Inc. is Chicago's premier independent produce distributor. In addition to a broad line of domestic, local, organic, sustainable, and imported fresh produce items, the company delivers frozen, canned, and specialty foods to fine restaurants, hotels, and institutions throughout Illinois and much of Wisconsin. Testa is a member of both PRO*ACT, the foodservice industry's largest produce buying and marketing organization, and Legacy Foodservice Alliance.  In 2012, the company became the first food distributor in the nation to earn U.S. Green Building Council LEED® Platinum certification, the highest level available. Testa is also a founding participant in Greener Fields Together, an industry-wide sustainability and local produce initiative launched in October of 2012.

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Angela Bader

312.226.3237, angelab@testaproduce.com

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