In Other News: Caravan, Polar Krush, UKHospitality, Italian Beverage Company  

In Other News: Caravan, Polar Krush, UKHospitality, Italian Beverage Company  

Caravan overhauls takeaway cup range

Caravan, the speciality coffee chain and roaster, has just completed an overhaul of its takeaway cups and is now stocking the ‘RecycleMe’ cup range. 

The cups are made from paper with an inner lining made from calcium carbonate, which can be easily removed during the recycling process.

Caravan said that this is important as it means the cups can be processed at any recycling facility and can be recycled up to seven times. Caravan also promotes the use of reusable cups with 50p off to the customer.  

UK coffee shops urged to enter new business award

Coffee shops are being urged to enter the SME National Business Awards after it unveiled a brand new category of Coffee Shop of the Year for 2019.

The category will form part of the four public vote categories at the awards which also include Best Customer Service, Pub of the Year and Restaurant of the Year

The competition is open to all businesses nationally who commenced business before January 2019.

Scores in the public vote categories will be determined by both the entry form (75%) and number of public votes (25%).

“We want to hear from coffee shops where customers know what they are getting when they step through the door,” said Damian Cummins, director of the SME National Business Awards.

“It is about quality drinks and a high standard of customer service. The winners will provide an exceptional all-round experience as standard and we can’t wait to hear from the four corners of the UK.”


Polar Krush launches spoon straw

Polar Krush, the Northumberland-based iced drink company, has eliminated plastic straws from its brand with the launch of an environmentally-friendly paper spoon straw.     

Polar Krush’s said its new ‘paper spoon straw’ has a patent-pending, is long lasting, and is 100% biodegradable.

The striped straw took 18-months to develop from concept to production and features a spoon-like scoop at one end. 

Michael Reid, sales director of Polar Krush, said: “At Polar Krush, our customers are predominantly families with children and as a company we care about protecting the world they are inheriting.

“We have already introduced initiatives to remove single use plastics from our brand. We have changed our packaging and in addition to all our cups being recyclable and containing recyclable material, we also provide reusable and vegetable-based alternatives.”


Hospitality gender pay gap shrinking 

UKHospitality, the trade association, has highlighted that the sector continues to take great strides to tackle gender pay inequality and promote inclusivity.

Gender pay gap figures showed that hospitality, out of 85 sectors, is the fifth closest to parity, with a gap of just 2.8%. Last year hospitality ranked 15thwith a gap of 4%.

UKHospitality chief executive Kate Nicholls said: “The continued shrinking of the gender pay gap in the hospitality sector is incredibly positive news. It highlights the forward-thinking and inclusive attitude of our sector and the hard work employers have done to provide opportunities, irrespective of people’s gender.”


New appointment at Italian Beverage Company 

The Italian Beverage Company (IBC) has appointed Kate Ailey to the position of marketing manager with immediate effect.

Ailey has over 10 years’ marketing experience working across a variety of sectors including education, leisure and tourism, and was most recently involved in promoting London 2012 legacy venues including Lee Valley Velo Park and Lee Valley White Water Centre.

At IBC Ailey will have responsibility for strategic and operational marketing planning and implementation for the company’s range of Simply beverages within the foodservice and retail sectors.  

“I am delighted to welcome Kate to the business,” said Ricky Flax, general manager IBC.  “Kate’s appointment will allow us to focus our efforts on supporting existing customers whilst driving additional sales growth. I wish Kate a long and successful career with IBC.”

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