Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Serve Your Coffee With a Conscience

Coffee is officially the most popular drink on the planet. With over two billion cups consumed worldwide every single day, and an estimated 55 million drank daily in the UK alone, it’s official – we love coffee. And what’s not to love about a piping hot, flavourful caffeine kick? For many of us the day doesn’t start, or at least we don’t function, till we’ve been snapped into consciousness by a good old warming coffee. 

This love affair with coffee has resulted in a café-culture boom. Every single high street now seems to be pandering to our coffee addiction with new cafes and stores seemingly popping up everywhere. In fact, the UK coffee shop market is currently enjoying its biggest period of growth since 2008. And this widespread popularity is evident – just look at the tube, public transport or any city street during the hours of 7am – 10am and you’ll be drowned in a sea of coffee cups. Again at lunch, swarms will wander to the nearest caffeine-touting counter, grab a cup of coffee and leave. For many it’s a daily routine. Unfortunately, it’s a harmful one. These cups have to go somewhere, and that somewhere happens to often be a landfill.

Figures from a 2015 study by Cardiff University claim that 2.5 billion disposable cups a year are discarded. Of that massive number, it is estimated that only one in 400 is actually recycled, the rest are destined for our already brimming landfills. Some bigger companies such as Starbucks and Costa have made some efforts to reduce the effect on the environment by offering to recycle their customer’s cups, unfortunately due to a polyethylene coating, these cups are very difficult to recycle.

Fortunately, there is a solution. A solution that has all the benefits of a regular disposable coffee cup, yet is entirely environmentally friendly. This sustainable solution is the Vegware cup.

This award-winning cup is made from two layers of sustainably sourced board and instead of nasty plastic, they are insulated by plant based PLA. Here is a 100% recyclable and 100% compostable cup that doesn’t pail in comparison to a disposable. In a world where eco-consciousness is rapidly becoming one of the most important aspects for consumers, one simple change to compostable cups can do a world of good for your business and, more importantly, the environment. Click the link below to see our range of compostable cups AND entirely compostable lids, to help you save the environment one cup at a time.


Stephensons Named First Exclusive UK Bolsius Supplier

Stephensons Named First Exclusive UK Bolsius Supplier

Stephensons have been unveiled as the first of 5 exclusive UK suppliers of Bolsius candles.

Stephensons have been selling Bolsius candles for a number of years and will now be able to offer even better value and service to customers.

Established in the Netherlands in 1870, Bolsius employ over 1000 people and export to more than 50 countries. Manufactured from pure raw materials and with optimal burning properties, Bolsius candles emit minimum smoke and soot which makes them a fantastic choice for commercial use.

Bolsius released their iconic Twilight range in 2009. Designed to emit a warm, magical glow, Bolsius Twilight candles create a delightful ambience.

An easy to relight wick, 70 hour burn time and alluring, robust shape make Bolsius Twilight candles a popular choice among catering and hospitality businesses. Furthermore, the curvaceous shaping shields the flame from the wind to ensure suitability in both indoor and outdoor environments.

With a fantastic selection available, view the Stephensons candle range online.

Duni Christmas Catering Equipment

Duni Christmas Catering Equipment

Duni Christmas tabletop products are sure to bring festive celebrations to life. The Duni range from Stephensons Christmas catering equipment suppliers is perfect for creating Christmas magic and impressing guests.

Click here for the 2015 Duni Christmas catering equipment range

  • Duni Christmas range includes: napkins, placemats, slipcovers, tete-a-tetes, tablerunners, Christmas crackers and more
  • Bring Christmas to life with Duni
  • Festive tabletop products in red, green, blue, cream and many other colours
  • Duni Christmas catering equipment from Stephensons catering equipment suppliersDuni Christmas Winter Feeling Blue

Stephensons catering equipment suppliers are excited for the forthcoming festive season and, with this Christmas set to exceed last Christmas for consumer spending, we expect this year’s festivities to be especially lucrative for the catering and hospitality industry. Our Duni Christmas catering equipment collection is sure to enliven the tabletop and make those Christmas festivities extra special.

Restaurants, pubs, bars, hotels and other members of the catering and hospitality industry are all preparing for Christmas 2015 celebrations and the Duni Christmas catering equipment range has been especially designed to bring magic to the tabletop.

Karin Nyhuis, Chief Designer at Duni, said, “The Duni Christmas collection is a versatile fusion of new and old. It combines handmade and urban touches, different combinations of materials, Nordic inspired patterns, tactile textures, natural imperfections and fresh colours.”Duni Christmas: Duni Festive Charme Velvet

With over 40 years experience, Duni are renowned for their quality products and outstanding attention to detail. With a reputation for producing high quality goods, Duni Christmas products are sure to offer excellent performance for catering and hospitality events this Christmas.

Duni Christmas patterns include: Festive Mood White, Festive Mood Black, Glittering Stars Red, Glittering Stars Green, Glittering Stars Cream, Wood Star and Malia.

For 2015, Stephensons catering equipment suppliers are proud to introduce new Christmas patterns: Festive Charme Red, Festive Charme Velvet, Winter Feeling Blue, Winter Feeling Red, Winter Craft, Christmas Gift Cream, Christmas Gift Red, Once Upon a Time and Michelangelo.

The Duni Christmas Crackers range includes an option for every budget. Duni Executive Crackers contribute to a truly memorable Christmas experience and are guaranteed not to disappoint. These Duni Christmas crackers include high quality gifts which are sure to keep guests happy and smiling throughout their celebrations.Duni Christmas: Duni Winter Feeling Red

Click here for the full 2015 Stephensons Christmas catering equipment range

2015 Rugby World Cup Party Essentials

2015 Rugby World Cup Party Essentials

The 2015 Rugby World Cup is almost here and Stephensons catering equipment suppliers are on hand to help you celebrate! Whether you’re preparing a pub, bar or planning your own event, Stephensons have everything you need to make this World Cup a memorable one.Rugby World Cup Catering Equipment

The 2015 Rugby World Cup starts on the 18th September and lasts 6 weeks. This year’s tournament will take place across 13 venues in 11 cities throughout England and Wales and presents a great opportunity for the catering and hospitality industry to excite customers and boost income.

Henry Stephenson, Managing Director of Stephensons, said, “The Rugby World Cup will be lucrative for pubs and bars during matches and the knock on effect for restaurants, cafes and take aways makes this a great occasion for the whole industry.”

Read more about Henry’s thoughts on how the Rugby World Cup will impact the catering and hospitality industry.Plastic Disposable Glasses- pubs living wage hospitality

Here are 5 catering equipment products that are sure to make your Rugby World Cup party a success:

  1. The Yard Of Ale is a must have for any rugby themed event. Forget the scrum, the yard of ale is the true test of manliness. With a classic yard of ale shape, this glass is a rugby party must have.
  2. Ideal for parties, these Plastic Jagerbomb Tumblers are sure to set the tone for your Rugby World Cup Party. With a Jagermeister shot glass incorporated into the design, pouring the correct measure is quick and easy.
  3. There are 2 uses for Tubtrugs at a rugby party; fill one with ice for chilling drinks and use another for empties (because a party doesn’t have to be messy).
  4. Glass Beer Boots are characterful and quirky. These are great for a relaxed beer when the game is on or, for more adventurous party goers, rugby drinking games.
  5. Win or lose, nothing says ‘party’ like Red Party Cups! These disposable cups are the perfect disposable option for any party. Lose the rugby? Why not make amends and win the post match beer pong?

These 2015 Rugby World Cup essentials are fantastic for themed events and parties. Be careful not to forget the everyday essentials too. Stephensons catering equipment suppliers stock cleaning supplies, disposable glassware, beer glasses, and much more.Rugby World Cup 2015 Catering Equipment

KFC serve up deep fried blue roll

KFC serve up deep fried blue roll

Stephensons catering equipment suppliers advise customers not to deep fat fry blue roll.

The warning comes after a mother was horrified to see that her seven year old step son was tucking into a deep-fried paper towel at the Killingworth branch of KFC.

Reports emerged with photos of what looked like fried chicken but closer inspection reveals a piece of blue hand roll!

Step mum, Krystal Henderson said: “I didn’t know where the blue roll had been because it was screwed up. Had someone wiped their hands on it, had it been used to wipe the floor?

“When he bit into it, it was rock hard. He pulled it out of his mouth and when he did, it pulled away the batter – you could see the blue roll inside.

A letter to Krystal read: “The blue tissue has most likely originated from a tissue roll used for KFC hygiene purposes.

“The store assume it must have fallen unseen into the breading lug that is under the sieve and was not noticed by the cook.”

A spokesperson for the franchise that operates KFC in Killingworth said: “We’re very sorry for Ms Henderson’s experience and apologised to her immediately, as well as giving her a refund at the time of the incident.

“We take food quality and hygiene very seriously and unfortunately, on this extremely rare occasion, our restaurant failed to meet the high standards that both we and our customers expect.

“We have retrained staff on our stringent food preparation procedures at this store to ensure this doesn’t happen again.”

View the full article on the Mail Online for images of the new deep fried dish!

Don’t forget you can keep up to date with the latest industry news, products and offers on twitter and facebook from Stephensons.

In The Spotlight: Disposable Plastic Glasses

In The Spotlight: Disposable Plastic Glasses

Catering equipment suppliers Stephensons lead the way with amazing low prices on high quality disposable plastic glassware.

FestivalsBBQ’s and beer gardens, it’s officially that time of year when friends and family head out into the sunshine in search of a good time and cool drinks. This week we’ve enjoyed our first real serving of summer and with another Bank Holiday peering around the corner we thought that we should take a closer look at the disposable glassware available this summer.

Except there’s nothing cool about a flimsy plastic glasses which bend, split and crack. You know the sort, the ones that you can’t hold without spilling your drink everywhere. They put a downer on the summer vibe for your customers and, well they’re not a great advertisement for your business either.

No worries though because here at Stephensons we only stock high quality disposable glasses which have undergone stringent testing by ourselves to ensure that they are strong, durable and fit for commercial use.

 

Disposable plastic tumbler glasses and beer glasses

Our range of tumbler plastic glasses incorporates an extensive collection of great value disposable glassware and some of our best selling lines. Fit for purpose, this plastic glassware features excellent strength and durability at an affordable price.

Plastic beer glasses are the most popular line of disposable glassware during the summer. We can assure you that our disposable beer glasses are strong enough to be held without the fear of spilling beer. They are also shatter resistant, making them less likely to crack, split and leak.

We have recently introduced the red American party cup to the collection because no summer party is complete without them!

 

Premium disposable glasses

Available with a variety of non CE, CE and LCE options, these premium plastic glasses offer extreme strength and durability. These disposable glasses are injection moulded to offer a rigid feel and secure hold without compromise on the clarity of the glass. For enhanced drinking comfort, they also feature a rolled rim.

 

Disposable plastic shot, wine and champagne glasses

In addition to our extensive range of disposable plastic tumblers, we also stock disposable shot glasses, wine glasses and champagne glasses. We even stock a plastic disposable Jagerbomb shot glass!

 

There you have it, a fantastic collection of high quality disposable plastic glassware, fit for purpose and available from Stephensons at amazing low prices!

If you require reusable plastic glasses, don’t worry we’ve got you covered too! Look out for our brand new reusable plastic beer tankards, perfect for the growing trend of dimpled beer glasses!

For more information about any of our catering equipment and supplies, contact us on 0161 483 6256. Don’t forget that you can keep up to date with the latest products, offers and industry news via @HGStephensons on twitter and over on our facebook page.