M&S Food, Radio 2, Broadsheets & Lattes-to-go: Meet The Modern Day, Culturally Attuned White Van Man

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The days of tea, three sugars and a gutbuster in a greasy spoon are well and truly over, according to a poll of van and courier drivers by delivery auction site, Anyvan.com. The modern white van man, the results show, is a completely different breed to the white van man of old.

Who knew that Britain’s van drivers were actually drinking Costa lattes and buying M&S salads instead of conforming to the old stereotype and munching on bacon butties from a roadside stall?

The days of tea, three sugars and a gutbuster in a greasy spoon are well and truly over, according to a poll of van and courier drivers by delivery auction site, Anyvan.com, which specialises in courier services, removals and furniture delivery. The modern white van man, the results show, is a completely different breed to the white van man of old.

Given a number of options as to where they would like to buy their lunch, a whopping 54% of van drivers and couriers chose upmarket outlet, M&S Food — more than twice the number (24%) who voted for petrol station sandwiches and crisps, which came in second place.

As to where they like to get their morning coffee or tea, nearly two thirds (61%) of white van men opted for metropolitan coffee bars, Starbucks, Costa Coffee or Caffe Nero. By contrast, only 37% said they would be happy to kick start their day at any old roadside or trucker’s café.

And what exactly does the average white van man prefer to drink first thing in the morning? Strong black coffee is still the brew of choice with 38% of the vote, with tea in second place at 31%. In third place, however, was the latte, favoured by a surprising 21% of white van men. Meanwhile, 7% went for the cappuccino and 3% for the mocha.

Although the majority (67%) of white van men will still be found reading their favourite tabloid while munching on their M&S prawn sandwiches, almost one-fifth (18%) said they prefer to catch up on the day’s news via a broadsheet. Only 12% said lads’ mags were the must read while taking a break.

While they’re on the move, the most popular radio station with van drivers and couriers — commanding more than a quarter (27%) of the vote — was BBC Radio 1, although 17% and 15% said they tuned in to Radio 4 and Radio 2 respectively.

Commenting on the results of the poll, Angus Elphinstone, founder of delivery auction site, Anyvan.com, said: “What this poll shows is that many people’s view of white van men is wholly misconceived.

“Who knew that Britain’s van drivers were actually drinking Costa lattes and buying M&S salads instead of conforming to the old stereotype and munching on bacon butties from a roadside stall?”

Notes to Editors

The Anyvan.com poll was carried out in September 2010. In total, 523 van drivers and couriers were polled.

About Anyvan.com

Anyvan.com is the free delivery auction website that matches customers who need goods moving, whether locally, nationally or internationally, with courier companies already making a similar journey — saving both money and CO2 emissions. Our delivery auction means UK and International couriers bid for your job, ensuring you get the best price. Whether you need an eBay courier, courier service, international delivery, vehicle delivery or more, ANYVAN, the delivery auction site, is here to help.

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