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Electric fleet boosts Lomond’s green credentials

A Scottish wholesaler is cutting its carbon footprint with the introduction of a fleet of new electric vehicles.

Lomond: The Wholesale Food Co has added six new eco-friendly company cars to its operation as part of its greener policy.

In addition, there are 20 new improved hybrid refrigeration 7.5 tonne commercial vehicles on order, which are due in the coming weeks, while the Unitas member will also be trialling a fully electric commercial vehicle later this year to deliver into the local Glasgow area.

Lomond’s sustainability move stretches beyond just transport, thanks to the recent installation of an air curtain door on their 1,000-pallet freezer chamber to prevent the escape of cold air – saving significant energy.

The wholesaler has also pledged to source products locally where to cut down on transport.

“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,” said Lomond Director Barbara Henderson.

“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.

“We continue to take an active decision to source as many products locally as we can. 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.”

The good news keeps coming for the Glasgow-based wholesaler after recently being awarded the AA BRC Global Standard for Storage and Distribution accreditation.

“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.”

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