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Nissan LEAF provides final link in chain for carbon-neutral cheese

Winterdale Cheesemakers has been making sustainable cheeses for six years but it is thanks to the use of the 100% electric LEAF that it can now offer a totally carbon-neutral product

The model is being used to make deliveries to customers including Fortnum & Mason, The Goring and Biddenden Vineyard, finally making the cheese fully sustainable.

The Nissan LEAF used by Winterdale Cheesemakers not only produces zero tailpipe emissions, the electricity used to charge its batteries comes from photo-voltaic (PV) solar panels installed at the dairy farm at Wrotham, near Sevenoaks, in Kent. And the LEAF wears a visual reminder of Winterdale's commitment to the sustainable production of its two award-winning unpasteurised cheddars – it has been wrapped in a countryside scene, complete with images of cows and a wind turbine.

The man behind Winterdale, farmer Robin Betts, said: ‘The Nissan LEAF is the perfect solution, allowing us to deliver a high-quality product to our discerning customers. Using a 100% electric car powered by sustainable electricity is the final link in the chain to producing carbon-neutral cheese.’

Olivier Paturet, general manager of zero emissions strategy for Nisan Europe, added: ‘We are delighted that Robin and the team at Winterdale have chosen Nissan LEAF to complete their mission to produce a totally sustainable cheese. We are certain that they will discover that not only is LEAF the perfect solution for sustainable mobility but that it is also great fun to drive.

‘And we are looking forward to enjoying Winterdale’s fine cheddars in the years ahead, knowing they are both totally carbon neutral and very tasty indeed.’

Robin Betts added: ‘We've been working tirelessly towards a greener future for the company and to produce delicious carbon-neutral cheese. Although the processes have not always been easy, we believe our cheese demonstrates how you can eat great tasting but sustainable and eco-friendly food.’

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Natalie Middleton

Natalie has worked as a fleet journalist for nearly 20 years, previously as assistant editor on the former Company Car magazine before joining Fleet World in 2006. Prior to this, she worked on a range of B2B titles, including Insurance Age and Insurance Day. Natalie edits all the Fleet World websites and newsletters, and loves to hear about any latest industry news - or gossip.

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