Transporting over 860,000 tonnes of meat in a Van Eck refrigerated trailer

Transporting over 860,000 tonnes of meat in a Van Eck refrigerated trailer

Trailer maker Van Eck delivered a three-axle trailer for shuttle trips from factory to high-bay warehouse in 2014. From German meat processing plant Badenhop Fleischwerke to its logistics hub, it is a 2.5 kilometer drive. The trailer has now covered a few kilometers, but has already hauled in an awful lot of meat.

When a trailer is used in a shuttle service and is fully loaded automatically within minutes, gets off the road and is completely unloaded automatically for several kilometers and then automatically reloaded in the same place with an empty pallet, that’s natural. very productive endeavor. For such a special trailer, Günther Badenhop Fleischwerke KG of Verden, near Bremen, uses the Van Eck Trailer. The trailer in question has been in use for seven years, hauling 108,000 tonnes of meat annually, 20 tonnes per ride, and is now ready to go. “We just ordered a new trailer from Van Eck. As a result, the old trailer is now serviceable, after which we use the oldest trailer as a backup. Later, we will place the two trailers side by side,” said Christian Otten, logistics director at Günther Badenhop Fleischwerke KG.

long relationship

Badenhop and Van Eck met more than forty years ago at a trade show. By then, the meat company had studied the possibility of making logistics as efficient as possible, preferably using advanced technology. This led to the arrival of trailers with tipped installations and exposed roofs. “Blocks of frozen meat were loaded through that roof and they were thrown further away,” Hans van Eck said in an explanation. “At Badenhop Fleisch we have a fleet of 71 tractors and 140 trailers, mostly tank, silos and refrigerated trailers. And a small number of custom trailers, where we did business with Van Eck, among other things,” explains Otten. There’s still a Van Eck tipping trailer on the site of Badenhop Fleisch, which was delivered to the butcher company in 2001.


Christian Otten works with modern fleets and ensures that tractors and trailers receive the best possible service. Vehicle performance is also monitored and repairs made where possible. “As a result, our tractor fuel consumption has decreased significantly and overall fleet efficiency has increased,” said Otten.

Organs and blood meal

Günther Badenhop Fleischwerke KG mainly processes by-products from category 3 slaughterhouses. In doing so, the company only works with suppliers that have been approved by the European Union for this. Badenhop is one of the largest pet food exporters and exports it worldwide. “We have a capacity of more than a thousand tons per day. We recently had a new fully automated high-bay warehouse where we can store 16,000 pallet bins at minus 21 degrees.”


The Van Eck trailer, which has now hauled 864,000 tonnes of meat, is undergoing a major overhaul at Van Eck in Beesd. After that, as far as Badenhop Fleisch is concerned, it can be used again. “This trailer is an important link in our production process. If a trailer fails, production will eventually stop here. That’s certainly unthinkable. The last seven years have proven to us that we can count on Van Eck.”


On the left, sales manager Rene Oome of Van Eck and on the right Christian Otten of Gunther Badenhop Fleischwerke.