Lomond – The Wholesale Food Co has added six electric vehicles to its company car fleet.
Director Barbara Henderson said: “We’re delighted to add electric vehicles to our fleet as we are committed to delivering a greener, more eco-friendly service for our customers. We’re firmly committed to reducing our impact on the environment and our target is to move our full sales team over to electric cars by the end of 2021.”
In addition, the company has ordered 20 new hybrid refrigeration 7.5-tonne vehicles and it will be trialling a fully electric commercial vehicle later this year to deliver to customers in the local Glasgow area.
The introduction of electric vehicles is just one element of the wholesaler’s commitment to increasing its sustainability. It has recently installed an air curtain door on its 1,000 pallet freezer chamber to prevent the escape of cold air, and this saves significant energy. The wholesaler has also pledged to source products locally where possible.
“We continue to take an active decision to source as many products locally as we can,” explained Henderson. “Not only is this supporting our local economy, we’re also reducing the environmental impact of transporting goods further afield.
“As an example, we now stock a range of Scottish chicken which historically has been sourced from Brazil or Thailand. We have since evolved this further by connecting the Scottish raw poultry supplier with a Scottish meat processor who is now supplying us with cooked chicken products made to our specification under our own label, which are perfect for the lunchtime market.”
Lomond was recently awarded the highest level AA BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution. “We’re thrilled that we’ve retained this important accreditation which sets a benchmark for the sector,” said Henderson. “This reflects the incredibly hard work the team has put in, particularly during the challenging period of the pandemic, as well as our focus on always delivering the very highest level of service for our customers.”