"OzHarvest and its campaign to cut food waste and help the community with fresh food closely aligns with our corporate values and identity," explains James McHendrie, IVECO Key Account Manager Light-Medium Product for Australia. Involved in the early discussions around collaboration between the two organizations, he feels they are a natural fit. "It's in our DNA to avoid waste, care for the environment and give something back in the areas where we operate," he says.
When OzHarvest decided on the IVECO Daily 35S13s, the van's environmental credentials were very important. "We were seeking a vehicle with the most energy-efficient engine and lowest possible emissions," explains Kahn, the charity's founder. "The Daily 2.3-liter Euro 6 engine fitted the bill perfectly."
IVECO Australia has been equally proactive in helping ensure the specifications of the vehicle matched OzHarvest's needs, and even adapted one for use as a mobile kitchen. With 126hp/93kW of power and 320Nm of torque, the Daily's engine is ideal for transporting 1,000kg loads of food in the refrigerated 12m3 storage area. The reversing camera and proximity signal are also handy features given many of the volunteers are not experienced drivers.
As an image-conscious and marketing-oriented organization, the design of the vans is also important to OzHarvest. Using black typography and motifs on a yellow background, OzHarvest makes a very strong statement with its branding. "The look of our vehicles is very important to us," explains Kahn. "We love the Daily's streamlined shape, particularly how attractive it looks in our colors."