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Product Focus: Plastic Champagne Flutes

A very popular range we have here at Inn Supplies is our Plastic Champagne Flutes which are available in both the ‘Reusable Bar Supplies’ and ‘Disposable Glasses’ category. They come in 5 different main styles that cater for all kinds of occasions.

Our disposable champagne flutes can either come in a ‘tulip’ or ‘coupe’ style shape. The excellent quality of our flutes are designed to suit any occasion including all types of formal parties and events.

The tall and thin appearance of the ‘Tulip Champagne Flute’ is iconic, instantly bringing sophistication and class to mind. The shape of the glass creates carbonation, causing the bubbles to cluster then quickly disperse upwards giving the champagne more intensity and a look of elegance to complement any soiree or event. Our plastic clear Champagne flutes are injection moulded in virgin food-grade crystal styrene, which gives extra rigidity and perfect clarity. Unlike many other plastic champagne flutes our ‘tulip’ flutes come in a single piece and don’t need to be fitted together. We also stock this product in black, which exhibits a premium glossy appearance.

Before the ‘tulip’ shape became popular, the ‘coupe’ was the glass of choice for drinking Champagne. This ‘saucer’ shaped glass was particularly prominent in the prohibition-era of the 1930’s and then again in the 1960’s. TV shows like “Boardwalk Empire” and “Mad Men” have caused this vintage drinking glass to make a serious comeback, as you will now find them being used to serve cocktails in any trendy bar in London. In comparison to the ‘tulip’ shape, the ‘coupe’ generates less bubbles which gives less fizz to the champagne.

When a stronger better quality flute is needed we also stock reusable champagne glasses. We have two different types of reusable glasses: Elite (Polycarbonate) and Excel (SAN) items.

Our Elite Polycarbonate plastic flutes look and feel almost exactly the same as their glassware counterpart but are virtually unbreakable. Their extra durability makes them perfect for barware at parties and events because the risk of glass being broken is eradicated. This glass is also available in black, with a lovely glossy finish. Our cheaper SAN reusable champagne glasses are almost identical to the polycarbonate ones, but are not quite as strong.

Full Case £16.79 (144)

5OZ VINTAGE CHAMPAGNE GLASSES / COUPES Full Case £16.79 (144)

Full Case £19.98 (100)

184ML LARGE PLASTIC CHAMPAGNE FLUTES Full Case £19.98 (100)

Serving Up Soups From Around The World

Whether it is Mexican Tortilla Soup, New England Seafood Chowder or Japanese Soba Noodle Soup soup containers123- delicious soups from around the world are gaining more popularity in food outlets and eateries around the UK.

Light and healthy international soups featuring on menus across the country now boast high consumer demand that previously only enticed an Ethnic palate. They are high in nutritious value and can be tailored with different ingredients to suit different taste palates and diet plans. For vendors they provide great profit margins and a unique opportunity to use other surplus ingredients.

Since the recent surge of successful Chinatown-style noodle shops and street food vendors in many of the big cities around the world, noodle soup is making a huge comeback onto menus. Its recent popularity and ease of preparation has meant many food outlets have launched their own interpretations of this great cuisine, experimenting with different types of noodles and toppings.

Because Asian noodle soups are cheap and filling, they have become extremely popular among college and University students.  Many food outlets are taking advantage of this by serving low-calorie nutritional soups packed with lots of vegetables, grains and lean protein.

The versatility of soup means you can accommodate for most customers nutritional requirements by offering vegetarian, dairy-free, gluten-free and low-fat options. Noodle soups complement lunch menus nicely and can be used for combo deals with other items such as sandwiches and salads.

Some great ways to advertise soup dishes include rotating the soup specials and offering DIY Asian noodle soups where you start with well flavoured stock and noodles, and customers are able to ‘build’ their own noodle soup with a range of delicious add-ons.

Check out our range of soup cups and containers, they are compostable and biogragable and are perfect to serve up all types of soups. They are microwave and freezer friendly and have great insulating properties to keep the soup nice and hot.

They come in three sizes: Small (8oz), Medium (12oz) and Large (16oz).

We also stock thick heavy-duty soup cups made from 350gsm paperboard. These excellent multi-purpose cups are ideal for both hot and cold food contents. The thick side walls will not only insulate the contained liquid effectively but the glossy finish on the outside of the cup will give your hands extra protection.

For our heavy-duty line we stock two types of lids: a paper vented lid and a tight-fitting plastic lid, which are also safe for both the freezer and microwave. They come in 5 sizes ranging from small to very large:

Small (8oz), Medium (12oz), Large (16oz), Extra Large (26oz), XXL (32oz).

Fair Trade and Quality Sustainable Coffee

IMG_8338The quality of sustainable products coming from companies claiming to be socially conscious should always be questioned. How does a product, so fixated on achieving a mission statement look and taste so great?

The truth is, sustainability is consistently linked with quality goods. Fair Trade has grown to be a vital platform to improve the quality of crops and help farmers build strong relationships with good distributors. Executing sustainable practices with flourishing farmers is the key to producing the delicious cups of coffee we are so familiar with.

Fair Trade has become crucial for the long term production of coffee in the developing world. It is the only initiative that protects against plummeting prices by requiring companies to pay sustainable prices that must never fall below the market price. This allows farmers to have access to important resources and gives them financial stability to invest in quality. Fair Trade also acts like an insurance policy and allows farmers to access credit, which shouldn’t be taken for granted in small sized agriculture.

Fair Trade is an incentive for responsible farmers to build dynamic businesses and work together with their communities. It doesn’t claim to solve all of the world’s troubles but it is significantly reducing the problems associated with poverty and is causing a tangible change.

Farmers need certain resources to adapt to the ever increasing economic and environmental threats that are emerging. This is crucial if we want farmers overseas to continue producing quality products that the western world demands. That’s why partnerships within the industry are so important for both manufacture and distributor. Fair Trade helps build these relationships and gets funds directly to the farmers who need them the most.

Since Fair Trade started more than 50 years ago, it has come a long way with growing numbers of farmers, roasters, traders, retailers and consumers who believe in the same thing: that supporting struggling farmers and their infrastructure is crucial for the future of quality coffee.

Celebrating 2015 in Style with Inn Supplies

As Wedding and Christening season approaches – here are some ideas and products we have here at Inn SPlastic-Champagne-100mlupplies that could be used for your celebrations in 2015!

Champagne towers are always an elegant eye catching statement piece at any posh function or party. They have made a huge comeback and are topping many 2015 hot trends lists, giving you an opportunity to serve your champagne in ultra-swanky fashion. Why not spruce your champagne up further by mixing in fruit purées creating a unique special cocktail – adding more of an exotic, cheerful element to the drink. Our Vintage Champagne Glasses would be perfect to build your champagne tower. These 150ml classy coupes are our most economical disposable champagne glasses yet! The removable base allows for cheaper delivery costs and the injection moulded Crystal Styrene is perfectly clear.

Another idea is to create tasting stations for your party guests and let them sample a range of different alcoholic drinks – whether its craft beer tasting, whisky tasting or sampling different types of wine. Offering different types of alcoholic drinks at a sampling station is a way of adding an individual touch and letting guests know your personal tastes, without your bar bill going through the roof. Check out our Sampling Cups for drink tasting with your guests. These 3oz serving cups are made from Polypropylene, fully recyclable and can easily be compressed for disposal.

To get your guests interacting with each other, there isn’t anything better than beautifully plated entrées and sides being shared out. You can show off your favourite cuisine by serving small sized portions – from dishes inspired by your favourite Michelin star restaurant to traditional home cooked favourites.

Street food has experienced an increased surge in popularity over the last few years in the UK following its huge success in other countries around the world. You might be used to seeing food trucks parked on the side of high streets, in festival fields and in farmers markets but they are slowly making their way into venue carparks for events such as wedding receptions.

Food vans add a cool and quirky element to your soiree offering tasty memorable food, which is budget-friendly. What could be more personal than serving food supplied from your favourite local food truck?

10 Reasons That Remind Us Why We Must Recycle

RECYCLED logoBefore we get started on why it is important to recycle, let us take a step back for a moment and consider (in layman’s terms) what recycling actually is. Recycling is simply the process of using old materials to make new similar materials. For instance, when you recycle paper, it is taken to a recycling plant where it is broken down and reused to make other paper products. This process is also applied to other recycled materials such as aluminium or plastic. Now, to get serious: why must we recycle

1.    RECYCLING PROMOTES THE CONSERVATION OF ENERGY

According to the law of the conservation of energy, energy is neither lost nor destroyed, but instead it changes form. Therefore, when we recycle we contribute to this amazing natural phenomenon. Recycling promotes the conservation of energy because it costs less energy to recycle old products than it does to create new products. So if a paper production plant uses recyclable paper, then it saves production costs, and energy consumption fees by opting out of producing new paper.

2.    RECYLING PROMOTES THE CONSERVATION OF RESOURCES

Earth has a finite amount of resources. Precious metals and fossil fuels that we are so dependent upon take a long amount of time to replenish (think hundreds of thousands of years). We continue to take from these resources faster than the rate at which they are able to replenish. In time, if we continue down the road of consumption—which we inevitably will—the resources we so depend on will continue to rise in scarcity. Recycling allows us to lessen the impact of drawing from our finite resources by giving us the ability to reuse materials and maintain the earth’s precious reserves.

3.    RECYCLING PREVENTS DEFORESTATION

Many of our resources are acquired from areas where there are dense vegetation and thriving ecosystems. In meeting our ever-increasing demand for materials, we reduce the destruction of wildlife and of very precious and necessary plant resources. One ton of recycled paper can save up to 12 trees, which in turn can save up to hundreds of species and wildlife that depend on said trees. Recycling helps animals to remain in their natural habitat and delays their extinction.

4.    RECYCLING REDUCES POLLUTION

In our daily lives we own a plethora of items that, when disposed of incorrectly, do irreducible damage to our environment. By recycling our household waste, we significantly reduce our amount of C02 emissions per year, which greatly reduces our greenhouse gas emissions and the effects of global warming.

5.    RECYCLING REDUCES THE BURDEN ON LANDFILLS

With a population of over 7 billion and counting, the earth is a crowded place. You have experienced this yourself if you’ve lived or have ever been to a major metropolitan city. Space is an ever-increasing issue. Landfills are places where massive amounts of waste are managed.  Recycling reduces the amount of waste that landfills have to destroy, which in turn reduces the overall burden, as well as our need for landfills.

6.    PLASTIC WILL BE PLASTIC FOREVER

Plastic is not degradable. So most plastic that is currently in landfills will remain there forever (in some form) leaking contaminants into the environment. We can help slow down this process by recycling our plastic.

7.    RECYCLING CREATES JOBS

Recycling is a multi-billion dollar per year industry. By far, the recycling industry employs more workers than does the landfill industry. The impact of recycling versus using landfills is also significantly more beneficial.

8.    RECYCLING CAN SAVE YOU MONEY

Some organizations offer money for your recyclables. Also, if you’re a gardener or plant-enthusiast, biodegradable waste such as fruit peels and eggshells can be used as plant fertilizer.

9.    RECYCLING HELPS REBUILD INFRASTRUCTURE

By recycling materials such as rubber, the materials can be used to build turf for school grounds and playing fields. When incorrectly disposed, rubber can release contaminants into the environment

10.    WE ONLY HAVE ONE EARTH

For now, we only have one earth. And if we are to see that it preserves and maintains for generations to come, such that our offspring and future generations can have a fighting chance, we need to help them preserve what limited resources we have. We can do that by recycling.

 

Here at Innsupplies we offer a range of biodegradable cups where a different method of manufacturing has to be used.

A starch based compound called PolyLactic (PLA), made from corn and other starch rich plants is lined into the cups and used as a replacement for the polyethylene (PE) lining that standard cups use. PLA is considered renewable because it comes from a natural resource, therefore more can be produced.

We also stock a range of Sugarcane tableware, which don’t have as much of an environmental impact as conventional disposable paper products. They are also more resilient when heat is applied compared to paper products which makes them superior for hot oily foods.

 

There are many more reasons to recycle. Above are just 10 good reasons. For more information on how you can contribute, reach out to your local recycling agency, or feel free to contact us here at Innsupplies.