Product size guide: Biodegradable soup cups

Choose three sizes of biodegradable soup cups suitable for soups, pasta, snacks, and ice cream.

Full recyclable, these soup cups are environmentally-friendly alternatives to regular soup cups on the market. You can be confident to know these cups can compost and biodegrade naturally.

Product specifications

ProductCapacityBrim diameterHeightFits
8oz Small Biodegradable Soup Cups8oz/280ml90mm60mmSmall serving of soup, small-sized snacks, one scoop of ice cream
12oz Medium Biodegradable Soup Cups12oz/415ml115mm61mmRegular serving of soup, medium-sized snacks, scoops of ice cream
16oz Large Biodegradable Soup Cups16oz/550ml115mm77mmGenerous serving of soup, larger-sized snacks, scoops of ice cream
Biodegradable soup cups product sizes

Product size guide: Square noodle boxes

Popular with Indian and Chinese takeaway restaurants, our square noodle boxes come in three different sizes.

The shape and size of these boxes makes them easy to stack, and ideal for small and medium portion sizes including sweets and treats.

Product specifications

16oz Small Square Cardboard Food Boxes85mm90mm80mmSweets, snacks, small portion sizes
26oz Medium Square Cardboard Food Boxes90mm100mm105mmSmall and medium portion sizes
32oz Large Square Cardboard Food Boxes110mm115mm110mmMedium and larger portion sizes
Square noodle boxes sizes

Wooden cutlery packs now available in smaller volumes

We are pleased to offer wooden cutlery packs in packs of 25 and 50 for our customers.

Each pack contains a fork, knife, and spoon, all ethically sourced and made from virgin grade birch wood.

Wooden Cutlery Packs

Easy to store, wooden cutlery packs have helped prevent unnecessary contact during lockdown and have been popular for takeaways and delivery businesses.

Bulk cases of 500 packs are also available at a discounted price online.

Frequently asked questions

Where can I buy wooden cutlery?

If you are looking for wooden cutlery, then look no further than Inn Supplies.

We offer a vast range of recyclable cutlery at affordable prices. This includes all types of cutlery as well as bamboo skewers, chopsticks and toothpicks.

Can wooden cutlery be recycled?

Yes it can.

Is wooden cutlery biodegradable?

Our wooden cutlery pieces are made of virgin grade birch wood which means it can biodegrade within months of disposal.

Apps helping boost Britain’s delivery and takeaway

Data compiled by CGA’s Hospitality at Home Tracker shows a surge of delivery and takeaway sales from third party apps.

UK pizza delivery and takeaway service

Delivery platforms such as Deliveroo and Uber Eats accounted for nearly half (49.7%) of restaurant and pub groups’ sales, while eat-in contributed to the remainder (50.3%).

Overall, delivery and takeaway sales were 273% higher in May this year versus May 2019, despite the return of eating indoors in the second half of the month.

Karl Chessell, CGA’s business unit director, said: “While many consumers seized the chance to eat out again, hospitality’s reopening for inside service isn’t diminishing the appeal of deliveries and takeaways.

“With the quality and convenience of at-home ordering rising, the lockdowns of the last 15 months have firmly embedded it in people’s habits. It will be fascinating to see where the balance of eating-out and ordering-in settles as COVID-19 restrictions loosen.”

Source: CGA.

The difference between ECON and ELITE glassware

The Difference Between ECON And ELITE

Here at Inn Supplies, we offer two ranges of reusable glassware.

These two ranges, ECON and ELITE, are both high in quality and made of strong shatterproof plastic giving the appearance of glass. Although not significantly different, the most suitable choice is completely dependent on the intended usage.

ECON range

Made from virgin food-grade crystal polystyrene, glasses in the ECON range are cost-effective “light use” products. These glasses are fully reusable and ideal for general purpose or outdoor use. They are also lightweight.

Popular products in this range include champagne flutes, wine glasses, hiball glasses and shot glasses.

ELITE range

Made from shatterproof polycarbonate plastic, ELITE glasses offer a heavier feel and have been tested in excess of 500 glass washer cycles.

These glasses are commonly the best go-to choice for commercial environments such as pubs, bars, and venues.

Popular products in this range include remedy glasses, reusable coffee mugs, plastic bowls and plastic jugs.

Is there are a difference in appearance?

No. For all intents and purposes, both ECON and ELITE ranges look very similar; the polycarbonate glasses in the ELITE range are thicker and heavier however.

Both ranges equally give the appearance of glass.

Are they suitable for commercial use?

CE Marked Glasses

Be confident to know our reusable glasses are CE Marked and approved for commercial use. Please check the product descriptions for the relevant information.

When can you drink inside pubs in the UK?

Pubs Serving Drinks On May 17

Pubs and restaurants in England will be allowed to reopen indoors from Monday 17 May.

In step three of the government’s ‘roadmap’ out of lockdown, restrictions on social mixing will be lifted and customers will be allowed to sit indoors when dining.

According to government advice, strict Covid safety guidelines will still apply. Here’s what you can expect as lockdown rules ease.

Customer numbers

The rule of six or two households in a gathering will apply.

Groups beyond the legal limits will not be served indoors.

Test and Trace

Customers will need to provide contact details to help the NHS Test and Trace system. It will be a legal requirement that these details are recorded.

Pubs will also need to have a system in place to ensure information can be collected from customers who do not have a smartphone or don’t want to use the app.

Ordering food

No substantial meal will be required for customers to enjoy a drink inside, but customers will need to order, eat and drink while seated to avoid queues at the bar.

When customers are out of their seats – for example, to be shown to their table or going to the bathroom – a face covering will need to be worn and social distancing guidelines will need to be adhered to.

Face masks

Customers will be required to wear face coverings inside premises, other than when seated at a table to eat or drink.

Can you put takeaway boxes in the microwave?

Can you put takeaway boxes in the microwave?

Have you ever wondered if your takeaway box can go in a microwave? We’ve got the answers to all these and more.

In this blog post, we will focus on two of the most common types of takeaway boxes used in the UK – paper and plastic.

Can you put paper takeaway boxes in the microwave?

In most cases. Paperboard is an environmentally-friendly material due to its manufacturing process. In most cases, paperboard is sustainably-sourced and made from 100% recycled material.

Depending on the type of paper it is made from, common takeaway boxes made from paperboard are microwavable. Paper towels, wax paper, parchment paper, paper plates and bowls are also fine in the microwave.

Before putting any paper takeaway box into the microwave, we advise you to check the packaging instructions to make sure. It is also advisable to avoid heating for prolonged periods of time.

You can be confident knowing paper takeaway boxes such as our range of Dispopak white and brown food boxes can be microwaved safely.

Can you put plastic takeaway boxes in the microwave?

No. It is not safe to put common plastic takeaway boxes in the microwave or oven.

Due to its low melting point, plastic carries a risk of melting. This can cause unpleasant smells, damage to appliances, and dangerous fires.

Safe plastics

There are some exceptions when it comes to plastic. Containers made from polypropylene (commonly abbreviated to PP) can be used in the microwave without risks associated with standard plastic.

This is because they are heat resistant and will not deform or melt in the microwave. The plastic will not react with fats or oils, even when subjected to high temperatures; which make them a fantastic choice for use in takeaways and food catering businesses.

What not to put in the microwave

Many boxes and containers not safe for the microwave include:

  • Aluminium containers
  • Containers with metal rims
  • Boxes with plastic and metal handles
  • Styrofoam products
  • Anything to be used in the cold such as butter tubs and yogurt containers

For any further information, feel free to contact us.

Ribena replaces plastic straws with paper straws

Ribena paper straws

Drinks company Ribena has stopped using plastic straws in its cartons.

The new paper straws were first trialled in Tesco stores in May 2020 but are now a “permanent feature” across all Ribena cartons.

It is expected that the move will save up to 16 tonnes of plastic from being produced per year, as part of Ribena’s ambition to reach 100% sustainable packaging by 2030.

Jo Padwick, Transformation Manager at Suntory Beverage & Food GB&I, said: “It is great to see our years of hard work getting such positive reviews from Ribena drinkers. We have taken into account all of the feedback to help us improve the new paper straw that is now being launched on the range across all stores.”

A full roll-out is expected by April this year.

Plastic straws vs paper straws

One of the most common environmentally friendly alternatives to single-use plastic straws are paper straws. Paper straws break down into organic materials leaving a smaller footprint on the earth and are less harmful than plastic, because they are less durable, and should biodegrade.

Plastic straws and paper straws

An eco-friendlier alternative

Our customers can choose between classic style paper straws or PLA biodegradable straws.

Both straw types will break down naturally and comply with any current council and event site mandates regarding biodegradability.

Visit our website to find great prices on straws today.

Beer gardens expected to be back open in April

Beer Garden Catering Supplies In Lockdown

Pubs and restaurants could be able to serve outdoor meals and drinks in April, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced in his four-step “road map” on Monday.

The PM said from 12 April, Brits will be able to meet in beer gardens with the Rule of Six or a larger group of no more than two households.

This will be followed by the opening of pubs and restaurants indoors on 17 May, with social distancing restrictions remaining in place.

Unlike before, however, there will be no curfew, or substantial meal rule, but customers must remain seated and not order at the bar.

Other venues due to open on 12 April include non-essential retail, hairdressers, salons and attractions such as zoos. Gyms will also reopen, although indoor mixing will not be allowed.

The prime minster stated that the lifting of restrictions will be made on the latest data at every step outlined in the road map.

Do you need a supplier?

Inn Supplies is continuing to supply businesses within the hospitality sector.

Visit the website to find great prices on disposable and reusable catering supplies today.

Inn Supplies unveils a brand new website for 2021

Inn Supplies Launches New Website

Today, Inn Supplies is proud to unveil its brand new website.

After several months of speaking to customers and designing, we’re proud of the work that has been done to modernise our web presence. The website has been designed to better reflect our expertise in disposable catering supplies.

A whole new experience

A host of features promise to make the website more user-friendly. This includes a brand new and speedy interface, updated content and an easier navigation system to find products more quickly.

Inn Supplies Launches New Website

Everything at your fingertips

Our website is now fully mobile-friendly, which makes it easier to search for products and make orders with the click of a button.

We’ve also improved the customer account interface. This allows registered users to make repeat orders, access invoices, update information, manage reviews and newsletter subscriptions.

Quick tips

  • Are you searching for a SKU? Type it in the search bar
  • Are you looking for a product with a specific size e.g. 12oz? Type it in the search bar for quick results
  • Do you need a lid to fit your cup or container? Look on the same page for the recommended lids to fit
  • You can chat to our representatives on the website Mon-Fri 9am-5pm

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