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Smith Anderson’s Hot’n’Crispy gets even hotter

The options of hot food-to-go dishes that foodservice operators now offer has exploded, and enjoying hot foods has become an all year round trend. To keep food hot and customers happy, Smith Anderson offer the ultimate solution for keeping food items insulated, whilst retaining the crispy texture. Hot’n’Crispy is a simple, yet effective piece of packaging that helps to deliver a great eating experience.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – Ready, Set, Action, For Gourmet Popcorn

In a new series of blogs for 2017 we’re bringing food operators the latest trends for the on-the-go food market.  From Acai bowls and Poke, to Bao burgers and rolled ice-cream – we’ll be taking a close look at the must-have dishes essential for any 2017 take-out menu; and we’ll be exploring why these dishes have risen to popularity so quickly.

Traditionally reserved for a snack purchased at the cinema, popcorn has undergone a delicious gourmet twist to combine flavour and texture and create an experience suited to any occasion. Similar to the flavouring of crisps, popcorn began with simple and safe flavours, like salt, sugar or butter, before becoming more and more adventurous, much to the delight of consumers.

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Brunch

Brunch, glorious brunch

The traditional pattern of three meals a day is becoming less common, particularly with millennials, and the culture of grazing and eating meals at any time during the day is on the rise. With breakfast on-the go becoming increasingly popular with office workers and those of us that require a quick nutritional fix before our busy day, it’s easy to see why relaxed meals like brunch, which satisfy our need to sometimes stop and take things slow, are also on the rise.

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Packaging Innovations Exhibition

On Thursday 2 March, our Head of Sustainability, Jo Gilroy will be speaking at Packaging Innovations exhibition in Birmingham. Presenting in the Ecopack Theatre and 2.50pm, Jo will be talking around the topic of ‘making the consumer integral in the recycling process’.

Ecopack, along with Contact Pack, is part of the Packaging Innovations exhibition and co-located with Empack and Label&Print. As a group, these exhibitions form the only UK event to cover the whole packaging supply chain.

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PET Cup Inserts: Making Grab n’ Go easier

Take a look on the grab n’ go shelves of coffee shops and supermarkets and what were once unimaginative combinations of sandwiches, bags of high saturated crisps and pots of pre-chopped fruit are now an ever-evolving selection of seasonal recipes, Asian-influenced dishes and mix and match snacks and nibbles.

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Square Mile

Disposable paper cup recycling challenge launched for London’s Square Mile

This April, charity group Hubbub, in partnership with Simply Cups will begin the Square Mile Challenge, a project to collect and recycle disposable paper cups in the City of London. During the event, Hubbub aims to collect over half a million disposable cups in just one month. Once collected the cups will be sent to a specialist recycling facility where they will be transformed into a special resin. This resin will be used create new products such as pencils or park benches and donated to local schools and community groups.

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Food On-The-Go Trend 2017 – Say Aloha To Poke!

In a new series of blogs for 2017 we’re bringing food operators the latest trends for the on-the-go food market.  From Acai bowls and Poke, to Bao burgers and rolled ice-cream – we’ll be taking a close look at the must-have dishes essential for any 2017 take-out menu; and we’ll be exploring why these dishes have risen to popularity so quickly.

Forget suppers of heat-and-eat pizza washed down with a glass or two of red wine. In 2017 we’ll be snacking on Hawaiian raw fish salad – says a report conducted by Waitrose. Sushi is being elbowed aside by Polynesian food – notably Hawaiian Poke, a raw fish salad marinated with lime, soy and sesame.

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Continued growth of the British staycation

Research by travel company, Travelzoo has found that of over 50% of the 1,200 British people surveyed, were considering the UK or Western Europe for their main holiday in 2017. Of those, 24% would take their holiday in England, 6% in Scotland, 4% in Wales and 3% in Ireland.

With the turbulence of 2016, many British holidaymakers opted to join the trend of a ‘staycation’, staying here in the UK for their holiday. 29% of Brits surveyed by Travelzoo said that they had spent their holiday here in 2016, with even more predicted for this year.

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