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Crazy About Coffee

Crazy about coffee: the UK’s love affair with coffee

Whether it’s cappuccinos for the commute or an after-meal Americano, us Brits are crazy about coffee. The culture is engrained in the way we live — but how did it all begin and where is our love of java taking us? Paper coffee cup retailer, Inn Supplies, explores.

 

The growth of coffee shops

Over the past six years, the landscape of coffee shops in the UK has shifted dramatically — much to the delight of coffee-loving Brits. Nowadays, brands like Starbucks and Costa are household names, with outlets found in the majority of British towns and cities.
However, less than ten years ago, the number of these big-player coffee shops was considerably less. Costa’s growth is perhaps the most impressive — back in 2010, the chain had 658 coffee shops in the UK. In just a five-year period, that figure had grown by more than double to 1,582.
Although widely regarded as one of the world’s biggest brands, the number of Starbucks coffee shops in the UK is surprisingly low. In 2010, there were 595 outlets. By 2015, this figure had grown by just 124, taking the total to 719. While still dwarfed by Costa’s market share, the increase still illustrates our growing love affair with coffee.
In fact, all of the UK’s big coffee brands, including Caffè Nero, Pret A Manger and Wild Bean Cafe have witnessed growth in their number of retail outlets.
Other brands are trying to get a cup of the action too. Greggs has been steadily introducing coffee to their offering, growing the number of shops serving coffee from 1,269 in 2010 to 1,621 in 2015. In fact, as of 2015, 39% of the coffee market was occupied by non-specialist outlets, like pubs and supermarkets.
It’s no secret that pubs are struggling to keep up with the changing economic climate. The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) reports that an average of 27 pubs are closing each week, with 1,088 shutting their doors between June and December 2015. The attachment of pubs to the thriving coffee industry works to underline the popularity and success of the shops.

 

How much coffee are we drinking and who’s drinking it?

Naturally, the growth in coffee shops is fuelled by a growing demand for java. According to research from Mintel, almost three quarters of Britons now buy coffee when out and about. This lifestyle is most popular in the 16-34 age category, with 81% doing so.
Further research from Kantar Worldwide found that 80% of coffee shop fans visit an outlet at least once a week. Some 16% of hardcore coffee lovers visit every day.
We drink an estimated 55 million cups of coffee each day in the UK. Over the course of the year, around two billion of these cups come from coffee shops. In 2015, we spent £7.9 billion in UK coffee shops. Showing a 10% increase on the previous year, this expenditure is set to soar again in the coming years.
Allegra predicts that by 2025, coffee shops in Britain will achieve a £15 billion turnover. To support this growth in revenue, the number of outlets is expected to expand too. The 20,728 coffee outlets recorded at the end of 2015 is set to grow to in excess of 30,000 shops.
With our love for coffee growing stronger by the day, there are no signs of the industry slowing. Anyone fancy a coffee?

 

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Breaking The Bank

As an employer, one of your main responsibilities is managing your business expenditure. Keeping costs down helps to maximise profits, but it’s the hidden expenses that can quickly mount up.
Have you ever considered just how much staff breaks are costing you? Inn Supplies looks beyond the brews to work out where your money is going.

 

Regulations

Of course, while staff breaks may be costing you money, your employees are entitled to them. If your employees work for longer than six hours, they are entitled to a 20-minute uninterrupted break. Those who smoke are also allowed to take regular cigarette breaks.
The regulations are a little different for young workers who are over 16 but under 18. If they work for longer than 4.5 hours, they are entitled to a 30-minute break.
You are only required to offer paid breaks if it is outlined in your employees’ contracts.

Reality

While the government outlines the minimum, the actual number of breaks your staff takes will likely be higher. For example, making cups of tea and going to the toilet will all eat into your staff’s productive time, temporarily removing them from their responsibilities. So, how much is each break really costing you?

 

Tea breaks

It’s no secret that Britain loves tea. Each day, we spend a total of 24 minutes brewing up at work. Over the course of an individual’s working life, that equates to 188 days and 21 hours. For employees, the humble tea round costs them £400 per employee per year. This figure is based on the average UK wage of £26,000, so those on higher salaries could be costing you even more!
As well as considering the lost time, the vast majority of employers also cover the cost of tea, coffee, milk, sugar and paper cups, where necessary. While this cost is influenced by a number of factors, including location and company size, research has been carried out to determine what this potential cost could be.
According to research by Epiphany, employers will pay 21p more for tea-making supplies in London than they would in Hull. In London, the price per cuppa is 69p, the most expensive in the UK, and in Hull, it’s just 48p.
Around half of workers drink four or more cups a day and 33% drink between one and three cups. Only 20% don’t drink any. Working on this basis, a 50-strong business in Hull could be paying £64.32* a day just for tea and coffee supplies. This figure is even more shocking in London, where it rises to £92.46.

 

Toilet breaks

The average employee can visit the toilet between six and seven times a day. Assuming that three of these visits are at work and each lasts four minutes each, an employee could be costing you 92p each time they go to the loo — or £662.50 a year!**
The cost of bathroom essentials isn’t included in this figure either, meaning the potential expense could be even higher.

 

Smoking breaks

Over the course of the year, employees who smoke can cost their employer £1,815. One in five British workers smoke, so a workplace with 50 employees — including 10 smokers — could be paying £18,150 annually.
*Worked out on the basis that 25 employees (50%) will drink four cups a day and 17 employees (33%) will drink two cups a day. Two was selected as the median value from the range. These figures were then multiplied with the cost per cup to generate the final value.
**This was calculated using Plumbworld’s toilet calculator and is based on a yearly salary of £26,500.

New Aquatic Blue Water Cooler Plastic Cups

blue-water-cooler-cupsWe’ve revised our range of Polypropylene Blue tinted water cooler cups, instead of the original faint Blue tint the cups are a far more vibrant and distinctive aquatic Blue colour, this applies to the 7oz cups and the newly launched 9oz variety. Both the 7oz and 9oz cups are available in the following configurations:

  • Single pack / 100
  • Compact case / 1,000
  • Full case / 2,000
  • Full pallet / 30,000 – 76,000

All these cups come packed in colourful and plastic sleeves – bar coded on both the inner and outer packaging. These cups are specifically designed for high volume use with cold drinks / water coolers, normally used in the workplace or at schools / similar academic institutions. They’re also extremely popular with outdoor sporting events and functions.

Click here to view out full range of water cooler cups.

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Solid Black Plastic Glasses

Black Plastic Champagne FlutesBlack coloured plastic glasses are becoming increasingly popular for both our disposable and reusable products; as such we’ve expanded our range and put together a selection of products available in an optional Black colour.

The main use of this style of product is either in the home, or small parties / functions. They differ from their translucent counterparts in that it’s not possible to include any capacity indicators, or lines to denote an approved fill level. For any sort of commercial use you’d require a capacity line (125/175/250ml), for this sort of use a clear glass would be a better choice, however the Black plastic glasses make a great and stylish alternative for home or non-commercial use.

Currently we supply Black plastic glasses in the following styles:

  • Plastic tumblers
  • Cocktail glasses
  • Champagne flutes
  • Wine glasses
  • Soft drink glasses

You can find our full selection of disposable and reusable on our Black Plastic Glasses themed page.

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2015 Christmas Delivery and Opening Times

bluetreeOur office close for the festive break on Wednesday 23rd December at 12 noon, the last date to get your order dispatched and delivered in time for Christmas is Tuesday 22nd December by 1pm. We re-open for business in the New Year on Monday 4th January 2016 with deliveries commencing from Tuesday 5th January.

If you need any supplies between Christmas and the New Year, make sure you get your orders in before 1pm on Tuesday 22nd December. Any orders placed over the festive break will be dispatched in the New Year.

You can find our full range of Christmas themed products on our Christmas store at: http://innsupplies.com/disposable/christmas-party-store

2015 Christmas Party Store

champagneView our full range of Christmas Party Supplies – festive themed and printed items and specially chosen selection of items for home celebrations, office parties or School functions.

Our range includes:

  • Christmas printed paper napkins
  • Christmas table cloths
  • Festive banquet roll
  • Disposable and reusable plastic Wine Glasses an Champagne Flutes
  • Plastic Cutlery

You can see the full range of products on our 2015 Christmas Party Store at: http://innsupplies.com/disposable/christmas-party-store

Printed Napkins and Table Cloths are available in limited quantities and while stocks last.

 

12oz Double Wall Paper Cups – Clearance

doublewallcup12black-800x640We’ve got a limited quantity of Double Wall 12oz Black Paper Cups available as a clearance item, this is not a regular stock line so is being offered at a clearance price while stock lasts. These can be found at: http://innsupplies.com/12oz-black-double-wall-paper-cups-clearance.html

The cup itself features the same sort of great insulating properties as our popular range of ripple cups – however these feature a smooth matt black outer wall instead of the corrugated effect.

12oz Paper Vending Cups

12oz Paper Vending CupsNew in this month is the larger 12oz size of our popular paper vending cup range, in addition to the existing 7oz (squat / tall) and 9oz size. This line of disposable cups is specifically designed for coffee vending machines, although also serves as a competitively priced patterned cup for coffee on-the-go.

For increased flexibility this cup has been designed to accept the common 80mm size travel lid, normally used for our range of 8oz paper cups. You can find these in the related items section.

We sell this product as either a sleeve of 50 cups, or a compact case of 1,000 for higher volume use. Discounts available for larger orders, please get in touch with our sales team for more information.

There are a number of different types and styles of vending machines available, please ensure you choose a size that is compatible with your current machine. If in doubt, seek advice from the agent providing your machine or company responsible for its maintenance.

As with all our paper vending cups, this product is manufactured from premium food grade cup stock and guarantees trouble free vending every time.

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Christmas Themed Disposable Paper Napkins

2015 Christmas Party SuppliesWhat better way to brighten up the Christmas dinner table than with some festive themed tableware? We’ve just launched our 2015 Christmas range of paper napkins, available in pack sizes to suit most requirements. Whether you’re catering for a small family function or a large office party – we’ve got a vibrant range of superb quality napkins in packs from only 125 all the way up to 4,000 for high volume use.

bluetreeOur napkins are available as either a standard thickness 2ply item, or the extra-soft 3ply style for occasions where a thicker napkin is desirable – all with a standard ¼ fold.

We can supply printed Christmas table covers to tie in with most of our napkin designs, or perhaps just a festive solid colour from our standard range of tableware.

Festive tableware is available in strictly limited quantities – order early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to view our range of Christmas Napkins, or see our full range of Christmas Party Supplies.

 

Kick-starting Summer with Smoothies

Smoothie-Group-Shot-webAs summer is quickly approaching and people are looking to kick-start their diet plans, smoothies are an option that must be considered. This blended beverage offers lots of nutrition as well as protein and fibre to help you stay full until your next meal. A smoothie in the morning will help your metabolism get going for the day to come.

Smoothies are great for losing weight, due to the straightforward nature of being able to control exactly what ingredients are being used and consumed. With little effort you are able to quickly grasp good flavour combinations and create low-calorie and delicious beverages, that will fill you and your customers up for hours.

By putting together the right ingredients, you can quickly create beautifully tasting smoothies that will help you lose weight in the long term.

The reason why smoothies are so effective for weight loss is because they contain so many crucial nutrients in one serving, without having to consume any empty calories. After learning what a well-balanced smoothie consists of, you will be able to get the right balance of vitamins, healthy fats, complex carbohydrates and protein.

Knowing what key ingredients to use allows you to increase the nutritional value of your smoothie without adding any extra calories. You can specifically tailor your smoothie to boost energy levels and metabolic rate which will help you with your weight loss efforts.

Smoothies used in diet plans have risen in popularity over the last couple of years and should be used in conjunction with other regular healthy meal plans. Replacing a smoothie for another meal every so often is perfectly fine, but shouldn’t become a regular habit.

Our range of plastic smoothie cups can be used to serve juice drinks, smoothies or milkshakes and are available with domed or straw slot lids. Our sizes range from 8oz-20oz and are commonly broken down into the following sizes amongst retailers:

Small – 8oz/10oz,

Medium – 12oz/15oz

Large – 20oz

Our smoothie cups are of superb quality and are made from Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET), a transparent plastic with high clarity.