Lloyd Foods will double its complement of Toyota forklifts.
A Victorian food importer is poised to double its complement of Toyota forklifts after leasing additional warehouse space to accommodate rapid business growth.
Lloyd Foods, based in Dandenong South, Victoria, supplies the food service industry nationally.
It currently has a 2.5 T Toyota 8FG25 counterbalance forklift and a 2T Toyota BT Reflex RRE200 reach forklift.
Director Darren Lloyd says the company has leased an adjoining building and will soon commission more reach trucks to service the increased warehouse area.
"The business has quadrupled in the 18 months we've been operating," Lloyd explains.
"When we opened in 2015, we had another brand of forklift, but after eight months, we switched to Toyota forklifts as they ticked all the boxes."
Grant Owen, area sales manager for Toyota Material Handling Australia's (TMHA) Melbourne branch, says Lloyd Foods uses the gas-powered Toyota 8FG25 forklift primarily to unload and load trucks.
"It is also used to unload containers using a labour-saving slip-sheet attachment, while the Toyota BT RRE200 reach truck works in high racking and narrow aisles," he adds.
Lloyd Foods was founded 18 months ago when Lloyd bought an existing food import business in Sydney before renaming it and relocating to Melbourne.
"We currently import 10 containers of food per week, sourcing product from a dozen different countries," he says. "It is all shelf-stable product so it is stored dry."