UK – Dairy company, Muller has announced that it is set to invest in its milk delivery service, Milk & More by expanding its fleet of electric vehicles for more deliveries in the UK.

The company said it is rolling out 160 new environmentally friendly electric delivery vehicles, taking its fleet to just over 500 by May 2019.

The business has also replaced the 1.75 million plastic bags it uses every year with paper bags and has a sustainable option for wet weather.

It is also working on a project to improve the average number of times its glass milk bottles can be reused – from 25 to 30.

“We are transforming the great British milkman into a modern, convenient delivery service which has a sustainable, environmentally friendly proposition at its heart,” said Andrew Kendall, Deputy CEO for Milk & More.

“We are continually looking to reduce our environmental footprint, so customers can be assured that they are buying into a business that is fully committed to a sustainable circular economy.”

Environmentally friendly fleet

The new vehicles are powered by rechargeable batteries and have a range of up to 125 miles and will see Milk & More become the ‘become the largest operator of electric vehicles in the UK’.

Muller says that with the introduction of the new electric vehicles, the fleet will travel over 14 million miles a year, saving 3.4 million litres of diesel a year.

The new fleet serves to reduce its environmental footprint including noise reduction.

Muller has also made changes to the Milk & More product range, which includes 200 items of food, drink and household products.

Also, 97% of all the volume sold is in packaging that is reusable, recyclable or compostable, in line with the circular economy.

This month Milk & More also launched a new air freight-free and eco-friendly range of organic fruit and vegetables, which boasts compostable cotton packaging.

The new products are part of Müller Milk & More’s overall strategy to remove unnecessary plastic packaging.