Processed vegetable, salad and mayonnaise producer Troy Foods has taken delivery of a fleet of materials handling equipment from Impact, the UK’s sole Cat® Lift Trucks distributor.

Operating at the third-generation family-run company’s salad and mayonnaise production facility in Hunslet, Leeds, the order includes six Cat® NPR20N power pallet trucks – specified with larger PowerFlex batteries for increased uptime – a diesel-powered DP25NTD counterbalance forklift truck, and a pair of electric forklifts – one EP15PNT and one EP20PNT.

Paul Farrant, General Manager at Troy Foods, says: “Impact’s flexibility was the first thing that attracted us to the company – they took the time to really understand our requirements, and supplied a competitive, bespoke materials handling package that was right for our needs. There was no hesitation or time wasted in setting up the contract – we asked, and Impact answered.

“The equipment we’re operating has quickly proven itself durable, reliable and more than up to the task. Anything we need from Impact has been dealt with quickly and efficiently, and it seems nothing is too much for the company. Things just get done – which is perfect for us as we approach the seasonal summer peak.”

The Impact-supplied fleet will be used extensively at Troy Foods’ Hunslet site, moving stock and raw materials around the 40,000ft² factory floor and loading fresh produce including dressed salads, coleslaw and potato salad aboard the company’s distribution vehicles.

Troy Foods’ customers include major supermarket chains, wholesalers, restaurants and high-street stores.

During periods of peak seasonal demand the fleet will be in operation 24 hours a day, as Britain’s shoppers hit the shelves to bag the freshest foodstuffs.

“We’re sure to go back to Impact for more equipment if we need it, as this first contract has worked out very well indeed,” adds Farrant. “In fact, we recently went through something of a ‘rush’ period, and needed an additional forklift for a couple of days – one call to Impact later and a fourth forklift arrived to pick up the slack. You can’t buy that kind of customer service.”

Troy Foods’ new materials handling equipment was supplied on a five-year contract which includes comprehensive repair and maintenance, which will see Impact provide quality technical assistance and aftermarket support. Impact will also establish a proactive maintenance programme with the company, ensuring engineers visit outside of peak times wherever possible to carry out regular ‘check-ups’ on the assets.

Founded in the 1920s, Troy Foods initially specialised in wholesaling vegetables, before moving into processed vegetables in the 1980s. The company subsequently diversified into value-added lines such as dressed salads in the 1990s, before adding mayonnaise and salad dressings to its product line. Now operating from three sites, the company employs 250 members of staff.

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About Impact
Established in 1985, Impact is wholly owned by Eqstra Holdings and is the sole distributor for Cat® Lift Trucks for the whole of the UK and Ireland. Impact is also an agent for some of the world’s best known materials handling brands; ranging from forklift and warehouse equipment, heavy duty lift trucks, long load handling, side loaders, articulated trucks, access equipment and cranes which makes up a full complement of materials handling equipment. As one of the UK’s largest independent materials handling companies, Impact operates from 11 locations and has more than 300 employees, including in excess of 160 service engineers. It operates a combined fleet of more than 5,000 rental units, plus supports 3,000 customer-owned machines and 1,000 used assets.

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About Impact

Impact is the sole UK & Ireland distributor for Cat® Lift Trucks, Konecranes Lift Trucks, Carer Heavy Duty Electric Lift Trucks and Rocla AGVs as well as an approved dealer for leading specialist brands, Combilift, Flexi, Hako, Bulmor and JLG. Impact offers the most comprehensive range of premium materials handling equipment in the UK and operates nationwide from 10 key locations and 8 dedicated Cat dealers strategically-placed across the UK and Ireland, supported by a mobile network of fully equipped and manufacturer-trained service engineers.


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