Wasabi – Diversification for CCS McLays

Last year, Japanese fast food chain Wasabi appointed CCS McLays as the sole supplier and distributor of its store consumables, disposables and food packaging.

On behalf of Wasabi, CCS Mclays procures and distributes everything from store POS to sushi boxes and bento bowls, in addition, CCS distribute and supply a range of dry foods and snacks.

The unique solution has enabled Wasabi to be more efficient in its dealings with suppliers by cutting time spent on administration. CCS have demonstrated a considerable cost saving to Wasabi whilst improving on quality and day to day service levels.

CCS McLays supply and distribute to Wasabi’s 51 stores, in addition to five M & S stores and five stores in the US.

“Initially we were somewhat apprehensive of CCS McLays being sole procurers and distributors of all UK & US store consumables, disposables and packaging supplies, due to Wasabi having high demand for accurate deliveries to stores and a very high quality bespoke packaging requirement,” explained Alexander Souter, Buying Director at Wasabi.

“However, CCS have met and exceeded all expectations with regards to the overall service provided. They have allowed us to spend far more time focusing on our core offerings; which in turn has enhanced quality and cost efficiency considerably.

We have been very satisfied with the innovation demonstrated on the overall design & production of our wide range of packaging, including sushi boxes & bento bowls and would have no problem in recommending them to any growing businesses, whether that be in the highly competitive food & drink industry or retail.”

CCS McLays has traditionally operated within retail as a supplier of store consumables, but the appointment by Wasabi has seen it enter the growing food and catering sector.

Jacques Cannon, Director of Food, Retail & Catering at CCS McLays said: “Being appointed as a supplier to Wasabi is not only an exciting opportunity for us to service a leading brand and a great company, but also this gives us a chance to demonstrate our packaging innovation and development skills. CCS has always supplied high street retailers and now Wasabi gives us the scope to establish our presence in an exciting new area of the retail sector. Wasabi has offered us an exciting unique challenge, one that we have met head on and succeeded.”

Under Jacques’ guidance, CCS McLays has continued to progress with additional clients benefitting from our Food & Catering Offering.