Aardvark® Straws Increases Capacity to Meet Demand of 1-Year Backlog
FORT WAYNE, IND. (April 29, 2019) – Aardvark® Straws, the original U.S. producer of paper straws, announces today that the business has fully met its demand after working through a 12-month backlog of products and sales. The leading paper straw manufacturer opened a new manufacturing facility in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in February 2019, to work toward this goal after being acquired by Hoffmaster Group, Inc.® in August 2018.
Beginning May 1, customers can place their stock orders for Aardvark Straws with a 2-3 week lead time, and new customers can order Aardvark’s unique custom straws and receive them in just 3-4 weeks.
Since the acquisition, Hoffmaster has been pursuing a 6-9-month expansion plan to aggressively ramp up Aardvark’s manufacturing capacity in light of the growing demand for viable plastic straw alternatives. This month, Aardvark has met this expansion plan and is currently on track to increase capacity by 700% by the end of 2019.
“We are excited to serve our customers, both old and new, better than ever before. The teams behind Hoffmaster and Aardvark have worked diligently to satisfy delayed orders and have the ability to take on new ones,” said Andy Romjue, president of Hoffmaster’s Foodservice Division. “This is a huge accomplishment, and we’re proud to say we are back in business with the best paper straws available on the market!”
Aardvark currently services restaurants, hospitals, venues, and more, across the globe. Demand for the product has continued to increase as more municipalities and eco-conscious corporations globally switch from plastic to paper straws. Since the acquisition, Aardvark has added over 100 jobs, met its expansion plan, and is considering continuous expansion opportunities to serve existing and new customers and to provide more sustainable alternatives to single-use plastic straws.
Aardvark paper straws are the world’s leading brand of paper straws and are earth and marine friendly, naturally degradable, FDA/EU compliant, compostable and noticeably superior to other paper straws in the market. Alternatively, PLA straws are almost impossible to decompose in a landfill, as disposing any type of PLA, bioplastic or “plant-based” plastic straw is no different than throwing away a regular plastic straw.
Establishments interested in purchasing Aardvark Straws can visit www.aardvarkstraws.com.
To learn more about Hoffmaster, visit www.hoffmaster.com. To learn about Aardvark, visit www.aardvarkstraws.com.
Hoffmaster® is a one-stop source offering a complete line of premium disposable paper tableware items for restaurants, hospitals, and a wide variety of other service industries. The Company, established in 1947, is the platform company for the Hoffmaster Group, Inc. ® Foodservice Division. Hoffmaster is currently owned by Wellspring Capital Management.
ABOUT AARDVARK® STRAWS
Aardvark paper straws were introduced in 2007 in response to a growing anti-plastic movement. Precision Products Group, Inc., created an environmentally friendly straw based off of the original paper straw invented in 1888 by Marvin Stone. Today, Aardvark offers printed straws, cake pop sticks and Eco-Flex paper straws that are earth and marine friendly, naturally degradable, FDA/EU compliant, compostable and made in the USA. For more information, visit www.aardvarkstraws.com.