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HOT BEVERAGES


 minutes two cups of coffee or


tea are ready to be poured from the spouted pouch. Tetley's (tetley.co.uk) has


addressed catering issues with its Fresh Seal 240s, a cup sealed to protect and keep the tea bag fresh in the bottom until needed, protecting it from heat, light or damp. The tea bag doesn’t need to be handled, increasing health and safety credentials and speeding up service. The sip lid and double- walled design protects against spillages, reducing mess. Corrugated clutch-sleeves are not required, saving resources. Australia packaging company,


Smart Lid Systems (smartlid. com), has also evolved cup technology and launched a lid it claims is like no other. The Smart Lid changes colour when it is placed onto a cup of hot coffee or tea to ensure those carrying (or nearby) the product, are aware how hot it is. As the drink cools the packaging turns from bright red to a darker warning colour. MicroGreen has launched


what it claims to be the first fully-recyclable cup made


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from discarded plastic bottles. The InCycle cup (incycle.info) uses #1PET – the world’s most recycled plastic and uses 50 per cent less plastic than solid plastic cups, because of chemical-free, micro-bubble technology. The product will go onboard Alaska Airlines with the airline’s logo. Hanpak (hanpak.com) has launched fully bio-degradable and compostable, all-in-one disposable drinks cup which replaces the cup-and-separate- lid design. Easy to close and reopen without splashes or drips, the cup is said to reduce cost, increase customer satisfaction and can be branded. The innovative external and internal design features combine structural strength with functionality. No doubt such innovations


will continue, not least on safety grounds, as a Texas woman, who claims she was injured by spilled coffee on a Continental Airlines flight sets out to sue for $170,550 in damages. There is clearly much more


at stake in the onboard hot beverage market than the price of a tea bag. •


"Packaging innovations are needed to make cups easier to use and safer."


TEA ONTHE TRAIN 18 million passengers travel on East Coast Main Line in the UK every year and Stuart Anderson is responsible for developing the rail line’s menus. Over two million teas and coffees are purchased across the 135 services that run each day out of London, half of which is luxury tea brand, Yorkshire Gold. “Hot drinks are big business for


us. People buy with their eyes so we wanted strong brands customers recognise. As a result we introduced Starbucks coffee but needed to complement it with a really good tea – Yorkshire Gold fitted the bill perfectly. It’s a great brand, great product and Taylors got behind us to support the roll out with branded cups and buffet bags which looked fantastic.” The partnership has proved hugely successful, increasing sales 20% in the last two years. To support the introduction


of Yorkshire Gold, Taylors also developed a bespoke social media campaign – #teaonthetrain, which saw over 300 commuters a month show their allegiance and share pictures of their very own proper brew whilst travelling.


Pictured above: Eillies Tee innovating with its Diamond tea bag; and Yogi Teas promoting its tetra-pack Chai


www.taylorsoutofhome.co.uk


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