Supply chain Praseeda Nair · 15 June 2018
From startup to McDonald’s supplier in seven months: Meet the Welsh firm about to double its workforce
As news breaks that international fast-food giant McDonald’s will swap its plastic straws for paper in the name of sustainability, a small UK business founded just seven months ago may have struck gold. Transcend Packaging, based in the Rassau Industrial Estate in Ebbw Vale, Wales, is one of two firms which will produce McDonald’s new paper straws. The deal will see the business more than double its workforce to meet McDonald’s demands. Currently employing 20 workers, the founders expect an additional 30 jobs will be created. Set up just seven months ago with grant funding from the Welsh Assembly, Transcend Packaging will begin production of the straws this summer. Commenting on the contract, Lorenzoangelucci, managing director, said: We greatly appreciate the support and encouragement of the Welsh government and we look forward to providing world-class packaging solutions and further jobs in Wales for many years to come. “I am delighted that McDonald’s has taken this visionary step towards reducing the environmental impact of the food industry.” AngeluccI said his firm was “privileged to be a part of the long heritage of the Welsh packaging and printing industry”. “Spurred on by Sir David Attenborough’s?Blue Planet‘series we hope that Transcend’s new range of environmentally friendly products will be part of the solution for a greener world. The Welsh Assembley also welcomed the news. Economy and transport secretary, Welsh Labour MP Ken Skates took to Twitter applauding the deal.
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