Since its foundation in 1985, Foster Fast Food aims to be a leader and specialist in fast food concepts. In 1996 the company moved to a warehouse and office building in the industrial site of Mechelen North. In 2002 Harry Van Hoof, son of founder Maurice, became the new owner. Ever since its foundation, Foster Fast Food has acquired an excellent reputation thanks to extensive and superior quality.
With the increasing demand, more volume and storage was needed. For the building of their new warehouse in 2018, Foster Fast Food was looking for new space-saving racking to store its ambient, chilled and frozen products. Foster Fast Food was already satisfied with their Toyota reach truck operating on site, and therefore turned to Toyota Material Handling. As a total solutions provider, Toyota created the layout of the new warehouse and supplied conventional pallet racking with 1,078 pallet locations in the freezer, 87 locations in the chilled area and 248 pallets with dry substances in the ambient zone.
Space in cold environments is costly and requires optimised use of space. Therefore, Toyota proposed a very-narrow-aisle truck, the Toyota VCE150, together with narrow-aisle racking. This VNA truck with cold store spec is fully equipped with heated cabin to make sure the driver is comfortable throughout his shift. The Toyota VCE150 follows the induction field around a wire in the floor. Thanks to the narrower aisles, more products can be stored in the freezer.
The pallet trucks, the reach truck and the VNA truck that take care of the (un)loading, transportation and stacking of goods are all under Toyota service agreement. "We are very pleased with Toyota as our partner for racking and forklifts. Their professionalism, quick response time and wide offer result in a solid and durable partnership," confirms Harry Van Hoof.
Natures Menu got a complete logistics solution offered by Toyota to store their frozen raw pet food. The drive-in racking solution within their cold store warehouse can store almost 1000 pallets.