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Jutexpo announce new shareholders to shake up the retail industry

Jutexpo owner’s have announced a restructure in the shareholding with their Chinese partners now taking a stake in the business.

After a five year partnership through their HALT Alliance with manufacturing partners in China, Baichuan (Best Trade Group Limited) and FeiFei (Lai Guang Zhou), Barrie and Sam Turner, owners of Jutexpo have announced the Chinese firms will become shareholders in their business.

Baichuan are the converter of used post-consumer plastic bottles to yarn, and ultimately the fabric we use of various standards and qualities. FeiFei are the manufacturers of the finished products, with each product being made from recycled plastic bottles.

Chairman of Jutexpo, Barrie Turner has said: “In the true sense we become an international business, with a strong technical base, both at the core of the raw material, and in our product range. As senior shareholder/Chairman of this exciting company, I believe that taking this cooperative step is good for all staff, bankers, customers and our suppliers. Moreover, the blend of ownership underpins expansion and security – leaving the business free to concentrate on developing the range of unique products we supply.”

Sam Turner, Managing Director of Jutexpo added: “We are very excited to welcome our Chinese partners into the business, working collaboratively with them on the bottles to bags over the past 5 years has added to our success and this next stage in our business will shake up the reusable bag sector.

“What we are most excited about is being able to take the first steps in reducing the globablisation of the industry, and reducing the manufacturing process for our clients. Decreasing the current 3-5 month lead time to just a couple of weeks. This will be a gamechanger for our clients in the retail sector over the next couple of years.”

Lai Guang Zhou, FeiFei: “It’s our great honour to be a partner of Jutexpo alongside Baichuan. Our cooperation gives me further confidence in our vision of preventing waste. By taking this next step, we aim to make even greater contributions to environmental sustainability.”

Feipeng Zhang, Baichuan: “Our relationship with Jutexpo and Fei Fei has exemplified the idea of ‘doing well by doing good’. The nature of our work means our business will only thrive by helping people make greener choices, and our newly deepened partnership will undoubtedly help us achieve this goal.”

Jutexpo are the UK market leader in reusable bags and products made with rPET (from post-consumer plastic bottles), along with Jute,Juco, Cotton, and and their core principle is ‘Beyond the bag’ which focuses on integrity through ethical production, social responsibility, quality and trust. Supplying clients such as Sainsbury’s Waitrose, John Lewis, Tesco and Marks & Spencer.

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Notes to Editor: Founded in 2002, Jutexpo is a family run business in the West Midlands, run by father and son Barrie and Sam Turner. Jutexpo is a UK market leader in reusable bags and products made rPET (from post-consumer plastic bottles, along with Jute ,and Juco, Cotton, and their core principle is ‘Beyond the bag’ which focuses on integrity through ethical production, social responsibility, quality and trust. . Their client base has expanded vastly since 2002. They are proud that Jutexpo is a trusted name in the reusable bag industry, and working with clients including Tesco, Waitrose, National Trust, Sainsbury’s, Emma Bridgewater, WWF, John Lewis, M&S and Butlin’s. Jutexpo have a commitment to ethical trade and adopts a strict code of labour practice. Jutexpo’s facilities have annual independent audits at our factories to ensure the ethical standards are meeting the ETI (Ethical Trading Initiative) Base Code. For media enquiries please contact:  Georgina Evans Goodrich [email protected]

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