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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.

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).

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.