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.

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.

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.

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Custom Printed Disposables

group-printed1We can now offer custom printing on a wide variety of our products.  This allows you to use your own logo, be it for a one-off promotional event, occasion on ongoing use at a retail outlet.  Most logos or designs can be printed; we can also help you tailor the suitability of these to our items.

Minimum print runs differ according to the product; however for most items this is as low as 10,000 units with price breaks for larger quantities. Customers’ are free to use their own logos or artwork; this can be either assembled into a printable template by the customer or by using our own design service. Our skilled in-house designers can help make your bespoke product a reality.  The full range of printable items can be found at: http://www.innsupplies.com/printed, including visual examples of previous custom prints.

The design process itself is outlined on our design page at: http://innsupplies.com/design-style-guidelines, you can also find an FAQ on creating your first branded product at http://innsupplies.com/printing-faq. Please feel free to get in touch with our sales with any other queries you may have.

The current range of printable items includes:

  • Hot Drink Paper Cups
  • Cold Drink Paper Cups
  • Soup Containers
  • Cup Sleeves
  • Hot Food Boxes / Noodle Boxes
  • Smoothie Cups
  • Paper Napkins
  • Champagne Flutes
  • Disposable Plastic Glasses
  • Chip Scoops
  • Paper Coasters
  • Cup Carriers

Potential benefits of product branding are enormous. Taking branded coffee cups vs plain coffee cups in a commercial environment for example, using branded cups creates a platform for future growth. By simply carrying your logo or graphics the cups themselves are actively marketing your company and raising brand awareness. In terms of the product itself, there is an implication of quality that can represent an increase in the perceived value to customers. In a crowded marketplace of vendors using plain cup stock, something as simple as printed cups can be a key differentiator.

Get in touch with our friendly team today and find out how you can get started with your very own printed disposables.

 

2014 Christmas break and delivery schedule

bluetreeOur offices close on the 23rd December this year at 12pm for the Christmas break, reopening on 5th January 2013 in the New Year.

The last available date to order for Christmas delivery is 22nd December for orders placed up until 4pm. Orders placed after this time will be dispatched in the New Year with deliveries starting from Tuesday 6rd January.

Please note that due to the increased amount of traffic throughout delivery networks and possible inclement weather, we recommend ordering early to negate any potential problems with time-sensitive Christmas deliveries. The vast majority of our courier deliveries will still be delivered on the usual 24 hour / next-day basis however we would advise ordering in advance where possible to avoid disappointment.

For bulk pallet deliveries we would recommend ordering on or before 19th December.

Please take a look at our Christmas Store for our full festive range: http://innsupplies.com/disposable/christmas-party-store

If you have any questions regarding our opening hours or delivery times over the festive period please give our sales team a call on 0844 4995456 on email sales@innsupplies.com.

New range of Disposable Wooden Cutlery

Now available from stock is our new range of disposable Wooden Cutlery, made from virgin grade Birch Wood. The vast majority of our products follow our strong environmental code of ethics and these new products are no exception. Although they’re made from virgin grade (food safe) material, we only buy from manufacturers who source their raw materials from sustainable and well managed forests.

These products are designed as a more tactile and aesthetically pleasing alternative to traditional Polystyrene cutlery, great for occasions where form and function are of equal importance.

The wooden range consists of 5 main items at present, these are:

  • Wooden Chip Forks – sold as a handy dispenser pack and intended primarily for front-of-house commercial use.
  • Wooden Knives – Tightly soldier packed as a sleeve of 100 items.
  • Wooden Forks – Soldier packed and designed for extra strength around the splines, a common breakage point on economy grades of plastic cutlery.
  • Wooden Dessert Spoons – A large spoons intended primarily for use with desserts or Soup.
  • Wooden Teaspoons – Small sized Teaspoons, great for use with Tea / Coffee or for use with product sampling.

All these items are also available to purchase in larger (full case) quantities of 1,000 (10 x 100), or 10,000 (10 x 1,000) for the Chip Forks. Completely compostable and biodegradable. Samples are available on request, please get in touch with our friendly sales team on 0844 4995456 for more information. These items can be found on our Disposable Wooden Cutlery page.

Disposable Paper Ice Cream Tubs

Disposable Ice Cream TubsLooking for disposable containers for storing / selling Ice Cream desserts in? Why not take a look at our range of disposable paper Ice Cream tubs and lids. We stock disposable pots in sizes from 8-16oz to suit a wide range of uses, all available with tight-fitting matching lids.

These multi-purpose containers are commonly used for either Soup or Ice Cream – both of these demand the same sort of insulation and use the same size 8, 12 and 16oz containers. If you operated a store serving both of these you could use the same containers for both products.

As with many of our items, this range is both ethically sourced and environmentally friendly. Due to their PLA (Corn-based Polylactic Acid) lining our entire range of Ice Cream / Soup Cups are compostable and biodegradable. The lids are made from cPLA and are also completely compostable and biodegradable – a holistic environmentally friendly solution for serving a huge range of soup, Ice Cream, or Pasta.

In terms of insulation the barrier provides adequate projection for hot Soup or cold Ice Cream, tubs can be used in the Microwave or domestic Freezer.

Our disposable pots are available in the following configurations:

Product Packs Case
 8oz Ice Cream Pots  50  1,000
 12oz Ice Cream Tubs  25  500
 16oz Ice Cream Tubs  25  500
 8oz Pot Lids  50  1,000
 12-16oz Tub Lids  25  500

For more information, please see the Paper Soup Cups category on our website or click one of the links above to go directly to the product. You can also get in touch with our friendly sales team on: 0844 4995456.

Red American-Style Party Cups

Red American Party CupsBrand new to our 2014 catalogue are the 16oz Plastic Red Party Cups, these are a common sight on American films, Television and US media in general – an instantly recognisable design classic.  

This product is intended as a true ‘one size fits all’ cup, you can serve soft drinks, bottled beers or any other beverage at parties or special occasions. The strong double-skinned construction makes them durable enough to prevent spillages, whilst the Red outer skin makes for an eye-catching and attractive drinking vessel.

In addition to the obvious uses, there are many drinking games that centre about these products. An example of which would be “Beer Pong” (read more about this here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Beer_pong). This team drinking game involves tossing a ping pong ball across a table, if a ball lands in the opposing team’s cup then they have to consume this beverage, the process continues until a side has no cups remaining. See the images below for an example of this game.

We supply these cups as either a single pack (50) or a full case of 1,000 where larger quantities are required – all available from stock with immediate effect. You can purchase our Red American Party Cups by visiting the following page: http://innsupplies.com/16oz-red-american-plastic-party-cups.html.

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