Stephenson’s Win Big at the FPA Awards

Stephenson’s Win Big at the FPA Awards

Stockport based catering equipment supplier Stephensons have managed to overcome some fierce competition to be named 2018’s FPA Regional Distributor of the Year at the annual Foodservice Packaging Association’s Awards show in Brighton. 

Thursday 8th March saw the industry-renowned event take place, with the beautiful Grand Hotel Brighton playing host to a night of celebration and recognition for excellence in the food packaging industry. As stated by FPA chairman Howard Collier in his introductory speech, it’s been a year of immense analysis and adjustment for the industry. This was reflected by the FPA’s decision to consider sustainability and the environment as a fundamental part of their judging stipulations.

The annual event was hosted by comedian Rod Woodward and attended by over 400 people from throughout the food packaging industry. The awards were preceded by the FPA Exhibition in the afternoon, which showcased some of the innovative packaging and products that are helping to shape the industry. The main attraction of the event though was of course the awards show, and Stephensons were up for a big one — Regional Distributor of the Year!

The Regional Distributor of the Year award commends excellence in food packaging distribution, taking into account quality, variety, price and sustainability. Notably, the award is voted for by actual customers who are asked to give a detailed account of their supplier. So, all in all, it’s quite the prize.

Despite some very worthy entries, it was Stephensons who picked up the trophy on the night — much to the surprise and delight of attendees Henry Stephenson and Julian Lewis Booth.

Commenting on the win, managing director Henry Stephenson said, “Disposables and food packaging have become an integral aspect of our service over the last few years, so it’s an honour be recognised by an organisation like the FPA. With the whole of our industry currently looking towards sustainability and the environment, it really feels like a significant year to win. What makes it even more special is the fact that it’s our own customers who’ve had their say and I’d like to personally thank them for choosing Stephensons.”

2018 marks 150 years in business for Stephensons and this award adds to a year of celebration that will include the launch of a new website and the release of their most extensive catalogue ever at Northern Restaurant and Bar 18 in Manchester.

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!

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