For the second year running, Biopac has enjoyed being one of over 300 exhibitors at Lunch, the contemporary food to go show. With a record number of attendees through the doors this year, the Show had so much to offer Cafes, Coffee Shops, Deli's and Caterers – the Shows biggest audience.

We met some great companies from exciting new start-ups to some big well known food chains. It was refreshing to see so many food service outlets looking to switch to eco-friendly packaging. The decision to explore environmentally friendly alternatives certainly seems to stem from the end customer with many people telling us their customers are saying they use too much plastic. All our packaging is made from sustainable sources. In fact, most of our products are 100% compostable and will fully compost in just 12 weeks! Compared to conventional plastics which can take over 400 years to break down, compostable packaging is certainly much kinder to the environment.

If you visited the Show, the chances are you picked up one of our products at the entrance. We were proud to sponsor the visitor bags which were manufactured and printed by Biopac. They were of course 100% biodegradable.

Too good to waste

We were excited to launch our new Take Home Boxes at Lunch! Branded 'Too Good To Waste' this range is designed to help cafes and restaurants reduce their food waste by encouraging diners to take their leftovers home to enjoy later.

The boxes which are an advance on the “doggy bag” are made from wood pulp that is produced from sustainable forests in Europe and coated with a compostable material to render them leak proof. We have also included a bag in this range which can be used as a carrier for the box. Functional and sustainable, they can be fully composted when they've reached their end of life.

This new range was very well received by many cafes and restaurants at the show who were keen to provide their customers with a quirky container to take their leftovers home in. The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA), who are actively supporting this product range, has quoted an average restaurant throws out 21 tonnes of food a year and that embarrassment is the main reason more diners don't ask to take food home. About a third of that waste is swept directly from diners' plates into the bin.

We're proud to offer a solution to address the food waste problem and are pleased to see so many cafes/restaurants already interested in trialling this range.

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Most popular product

One of our most popular products this year was our iconic 'I'm a green cup'. All our compostable hot cups offer equal quality and functionality to standard cups and comply with the European standard for compostability. Our 'I'm a green cup' hot cups with bold printed graphics help coffee shops to be more environmentally responsible and demonstrate their commitment to the environment. Made from FSC board lined with a starch material, the cup is 100% compostable.

The 'I'm a green cup' has proved so popular we have also recently launched an insulated version. It has two layers of board giving excellent thermal protection which removes the need for an additional clutch or sleeve.

The cups are available in a variety of sizes and there is also a fully compostable sip thru lid to fit each size.

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New cafe rating

We were pleased to host The Sustainable Restaurant Association (SRA) on our stand this year. Biopac have worked closely with

The SRA over the last few months on our new 'Too Good To Waste' range and also a range of SRA branded products to support their new Cafe Rating. The SRA launched their new cafe rating at Lunch, an excellent new scheme to improve sustainability standards across cafes in the UK. The SRA have been working with Costa to develop this scheme and support more than 10,000 cafes on their sustainability journey. The new rating places a great emphasis on the high volume of disposable items used by cafes, encouraging the use of eco-friendly alternatives. Biopac have therefore worked with The SRA to launch a new range of SRA branded compostable catering disposables which will be made available for 3-star SRA rated cafes.

These items are all 100% compostable and will turn back into their natural state within 12 weeks. As well as giving cafes an environmentally responsible alternative to conventional oil-based products, these disposables will also help promote their level of sustainability as all items carry a message to say they have been awarded a 3-star sustainability rating by the SRA.

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Thank you to everyone who visited our stand at Lunch. We hope you found the Show useful and came away with lots of exciting new ideas for your business. All our products are available to buy online. Should you wish to have your logo printed, we can brand all of our packaging with your design. For smaller quantities we can print self-adhesive labels for you to apply to your products or we can produce a rubber stamp so you can stamp your logo on to the packaging. Please call us on 01386 555 777 or email info@biopac.co.uk for more information.