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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.

Discounted catering supplies for January 2021

Businesses have suffered a great deal during this pandemic.

We wanted to make things easier for business owners up and down the country, so we cut 10% off on selected products as we reopened for business in the New Year.

Great deals

Leak-proof boxes

Takeaway food boxes

Our leak-proof boxes come in a variety of sizes and feature an interlocking lid which keeps its contents secure. Suitable for hot food, the boxes are microwave safe for convenience. Biodegradable options are also available.

Great for: Food delivery businesses.

Plastic containers

Plastic food containers

Plastic containers with matching lids help keep food secure. This makes them great for storage as well as delivery. These containers are also microwave and freezer safe.

Great for: Restaurants, kitchens and food delivery businesses.

Sauce pots

Sauce pots and containers

Our sauce pots continue to be best-sellers during lockdown. They come in 2oz and 4oz sizes and keep condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise secure inside.

Great for: Restaurants, cafes, mobile caterers and food delivery businesses.

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Hoping for a better year ahead

We are back open for business and dispatch orders while we can do so safely following government guidance.

Orders are delivered in 1-2 working days with standard shipping and next day for an additional fee. Orders over £100 qualify for free shipping.

Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Reopening date Inn Supplies

It’s that time of the year we announce we are closing for Christmas.

This means that we will not be taking orders online until the Saturday 2 January 2021.

Our offices will reopen in the morning of Monday 4 January 2021 and the team will dispatch all orders on the day.

We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Your deliveries

All orders have been dispatched.

If you have a problem, please email us and we will respond immediately when we return.

Returns

Before sending anything back to us, please email us outlining the reason for your return with your name and order ID.

Quotes, tech support and other enquiries

You may email us with any enquiries and we will respond when we return.

Contact us here.

Christmas opening hours 2020

Inn Supplies Christmas Opening Times

Our offices will be closed this year between Christmas and New Year.

The last day to place an order is Tuesday 22 December 2020.

As we expect a busy period in the coming weeks, we urge you to place your orders ahead of time to ensure dispatch and delivery of your supplies.

Our offices will reopen in the morning of Monday 4 January 2021 and will dispatch all orders on the day as we return to business.

We wish you and your loved ones a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

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.

Christmas napkins on sale

With a Christmas paper napkin, any spills from wine glasses or gravy boats can be cleaned.

Our range of Christmas napkins come in a variety of styles and colours so you can be sure to find a set to complement the design of your Christmas crackers and table setting.

Christmas napkins
Snowman and Merry Christmas print
Christmas napkins
Red bauble with gold print
Christmas napkins
Happy New Year print
Christmas napkins
Holly berry print

Sizes and specifications

  • Range of designs and colours
  • 33cm and 40cm sizes
  • 2 ply thickness

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.

New: Prep pinch bowls for kitchens and condiments

We are excited to announce the arrival of new preparation bowls into the warehouse.

Prep Bowls For Caterers

A popular choice in kitchens, institutions and catering businesses, these bowls come in four different sizes and are a great accessory to use when preparing food in the kitchen or displaying snacks and dishes to customers.

The bowls are made from polycarbonate material and help minimise breakages.

You can be sure to be confident in the product. It has been tested in excess of 1,000 glass washer cycles and is virtually unbreakable.

48 x 2.5″ prep bowls for 14.50
48 x 3″ prep bowls for 15.95
48 x 4″ prep bowls for 17.90
48 x 5″ prep bowls for 22.25

Product details

  • 2.5”, 3”, 4” and 5” sizes available.
  • Clear in colour.
  • Tested in excess of 1,000 cycles.
  • Virtually unbreakable bowls.

Perfect for

  • Condiments and sauces for customers.
  • Snacks on tables and countertops.
  • Chef/kitchen cooking prep.

Wooden cutlery packs – Eco-friendly alternatives for caterers

We are pleased to announce our individually packed wooden cutlery packs are available to buy.

Wooden cutlery has become increasingly popular for food catering businesses exploring eco-friendlier alternatives to plastic.

Wooden cutlery pack

Minimise contact

The COVID-19 pandemic has brought unprecedented challenges to businesses in the country.

Packed disposables have offered a solution to businesses aiming to reduce contact wherever possible. Not only are packed disposables convenient for storage, they reduce contact compared to separate individual pieces. They are also easy to dispose of.

Product details

  • Renewable and recyclable.
  • 1 case contains 500 wrapped packs.
  • Ethically sourced from well managed forests.
  • Individually packed containing three pieces (fork, knife and spoon).
  • Width (60mm), Length (210mm).

Plastic straw ban in England comes into force

The government has now made it illegal in almost all circumstances for businesses to give plastic straws to customers.

Along with the plastic straw ban, exemptions are still in place to protect disabled people and those with medical conditions to request a plastic straw when visiting a pub or restaurant and purchase them from pharmacies.

With increasing focus on cleaner oceans, protecting the environment and reducing plastic waste, we have removed the lines from sale online.

Paper and biodegradable straws are still available to buy, and both have gained huge traction against their plastic counterparts over the years.

Red Stripe Paper Straws
Boxes of paper straws from £2.44
Compostable Black Paper Straws
Boxes of biodegradable straws from £2.44

We are keen to promote the ethical and environmentally compliant use of disposable products wherever possible.

For any enquiries on plastic straws, the ban and how we can help supply to your business, please contact us.