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

ProductWidthHeightDepthFits
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

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.

Hygiene guidance for food deliveries in lockdown

Good practices for good hygiene

Delivery and takeaway businesses remain open during England’s lockdown.

But with the need to prevent the spread of coronavirus (covid-19) and maintain good hygiene, it is vital that business owners take the correct precautions.

Please find guidance below, as advised by the Food Standards Agency.

Cleanliness

The Food Standards Agency advises that businesses do the following:

  • Utensils should be cleaned before each usage.
  • Hands must be washed thoroughly.
  • Ingredients and prepared foods should be stored separately.
  • Ingredients that contain allergens should be separate from other ingredients.
  • Takeaway meals should be labelled clearly so customers know which dishes are suitable for those with an allergy.
  • Food must be stored in sealed containers and at the correct temperatures.

Food delivery

Food businesses should also identify and remove possible cross-contamination risks in the delivery process.

  • All food must be delivered in a way that ensures that it does not become unsafe or unfit to eat. Food must be kept secure such as inside leak-proof food boxes. This helps avoid any risk of cross-contamination.
  • Food that needs refrigerating must be kept cool while being transported.
  • Food that needs to be kept hot should be packed in an insulated bag.
  • Allergen-free meals should be kept separate to avoid contamination through any spillages.
  • It should be clear which container an allergen-free meal is in. A note or sticker can be used to make the customer aware.

For further information on allergens, hygiene and deliveries, please click here.

Source: Food Standards Agency.

Lockdown deliveries: 5 catering supplies to get you through

With more people stuck at home due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there has been a surge in demand for food delivery services.

And since social-distancing measures forced restaurants and bars to close earlier this year, business-owners have switched to delivery to stay afloat during the pandemic.

Here at Inn Supplies, we’ve seen an increase in demand for disposable catering supplies. And for that reason, we have grown to become a key supplier for thousands of businesses across the UK during these times.

Here are five catering supplies to help you get through lockdown.

1. Food/noodle boxes

Food/noodle boxes

Our food boxes are ideal for takeaway and food-to-go businesses. They are suitable for a wide range of food, most commonly used with noodles, Indian takeaways, and salad portions.

All boxes are made from thick virgin-grade raw materials, approved for use in microwaves and leak-proof.

Great for: Takeaway food, hot food such as noodles and cold food such as salads.

2. Deli soup cups

Deli soup cups

Suitable for storing soups, pasta and ice cream, our paper soup cups are both microwave and freezer-safe.

All soup cups offer matching lids to keep food from spilling. Heavy duty cups offer a thicker material to store hotter foods and protect fingers from heat.

Great for: Hot and cold soups, snacks, pasta and dessert portions.

3. Insulated cups

Insulated ripple cups

Coffee shops and drinks caterers make great use of our ripple insulated cups.

The unique ribs form a barrier of protection between the heat and hands, and even help keep drinks hotter for longer. Choose from black, brown and white colours with sip-thru lids to fit.

Great for: Coffee, tea, hot cocoa and other hot beverages.

4. Takeout pint cups

Takeaway pints

Our plastic pint cups have been popular with pubs, bars and hospitality venues who have chosen to offer a takeout option during lockdown*.

We have also added lids to fit certain sizes of cups. This helps keeps drinks within the cup and prevents spillages. It also makes for a great takeaway drink for customers.

Great for: Takeaway pints.

* Please refer to the current lockdown rules in your area.

5. Wooden cutlery

Wooden cutlery

An alternative to plastic cutlery, wooden cutlery has become an increasingly popular option for takeaways.

Ethically-sourced from well-managed forests, each piece is made from virgin grade birch wood. Cutlery packs are also available, making it easier to store cutlery and avoid unnecessary contact.

Great for: All takeaway food.

Inn Supplies find the UK’s most and least loved takeaways

It’s fair to say the UK nation craves a takeaway every now and then. So, the team at Inn Supplies has pulled together a list to crown the UK’s most loved takeaways. We will also be exploring the least loved takeaway options.

How did we discover which takeaway is the UK’s favourite? After conducting a sentiment analysis, we have determined the most popular takeaways per region. To do this, we gathered data from TripAdvisor regarding the positive words that were used in reviews for different takeaways to calculate an overall sentiment score.

Sentiment score values the emotion displayed in each TripAdvisor review, so zero is extremely negative and 100, the maximum, is extremely positive. We compiled a data set to provide a score for each region of the UK’s feelings towards different types of takeaway cuisines.

Most Loved And Least Loved Takeaways By City

Some of the results have definitely surprised our team, with a number of less commonly talked about cuisines appearing to be a hit with the UK nation.

Our data finds that Lebanese takeaways has one of the highest sentiment scores of 80.02, with national dishes including kibbeh and tabbouleh satisfying the nation’s cravings. Luton in particular shows the greatest love for this cuisine, scoring a sentiment of 98.4.

Of course, the UK’s adoration for Indian style cuisines has scored a high sentiment of 71.22. It has always been a popular go-to for those cosy takeaway nights in front of the television. This is especially evident in Cambridge, where Indian takeaways score the highest sentiment of 81.1. Although, Southend appears to have a different preference when it comes to Indian food, scoring the lowest sentiment of 63.9.

Caribbean food is found to satisfy the tastebuds of those in the Liverpool area the most, with a sentiment score of 98.4 for these dishes. 

Gaining status for being Poole’s most favourite takeaway cuisine is Mediterranean, with a sentiment score 97.7. On the other hand, those in Bristol don’t seem to take a liking to this style of food, with a relatively low sentiment of 50.

Chinese food continues to be a cuisine the nation craves, scoring an overall sentiment of 65.77. If you’re visiting London anytime soon, be sure to try a Chinese takeaway – here, this cuisine scored the highest sentiment of 93.4.

With Italian dishes being a popular go-to for many of us, we found out just how much the UK nation adores these scrumptious dishes. With a sentiment of 98.1, Wolverhampton leads the way with loving Italian takeaways the most. Derby, however, doesn’t appear to share the same adoration, with the lowest sentiment score of 12.6.

Want to try something new the next time you place an order? Inn Supplies has created the ultimate takeaway guide to entice your tastebuds with.