Visit us at lunch! 23-24 September ExCeL

Visit us at lunch! 23-24 September ExCeL

Celebration Packaging is exhibiting on stand G40 at the lunch! event at ExCel in London from 23rd to 24th September and is taking the opportunity to launch a new range of 100% recyclable foodservice packaging products made from recycled material.
“It’s no coincidence that 20th to 26th September is also National Recycle Week and Celebration Packaging is proud to be launching these new 100% recyclable foodservice packaging products which are currently made from up to 80% recycled post-consumer PET waste (rPET),” says Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton. “By the end of this year, the new range will be manufactured using 100% rPET.“

Towards a 100% circular economy model

“As a 100% recyclable material, rPET has the potential to achieve a 100% circular economy model. In addition, products made from rPET use considerably less energy, and consequently have a much lower carbon footprint, compared to products made from virgin plastics.“
The new rPET range is available in multiple sizes to suit all applications. It includes the Oval, Rectangular and Round Families – high-clarity clear bowls with hinged lids which are ideal for presenting fresh salads and vegetables. The Premium Bowl and Diamond Bowl ranges are available in transparent or black, with matching tight-fitting transparent lids, while Catering Trays are available in a variety of colours, each with transparent covers. In addition to the bowl ranges, a wide range of cups with domed lids are also available.

recycled plastic packaging
Above : a new range of packaging made from recycled and recyclable rPET plastic.

Also on show at Lunch!

Celebration Packaging will also be exhibiting two new additions to its EnviroWare® sustainable packaging range.
EnviroWare® Leakproof Rectangular Bagasse Food Trays & Lids have been developed as an environmentally-friendly alternative to traditional polystyrene packaging. Made from natural and renewable non-wood fibre bagasse, and commercially compostable, the takeaway food containers are available in three sizes, with a single lid to fit all sizes.


With hygiene at the top of the foodservice agenda, Celebration Packaging’s proven, sustainable EnviroWare® high quality smooth wooden cutlery is now available hygienically packed in plastic-free wrappers. The cutlery is made from wood from sustainable forestry and has full Forest Stewardship Council® chain of custody accreditation, while the unbleached natural brown paper wrapping is plastic-free, wax-free and uncoated. This allows the hygienically-wrapped wooden cutlery range to be composted after use.

Visitors to lunch! will also see a new range of small, reusable hinged-lid food containers. Developed alongside two popular high street food chains as a solution for pre-portion control in busy kitchens, they are made from durable translucent polypropylene
(PP). Dishwasher-friendly and designed to be reused time and time again. When they reach end-of-life, they can be recycled.

The future of sustainable food packaging

“As this will be the first ‘live’ event in the sector since the pandemic, the Celebration Packaging team is excited to have the opportunity to meet existing and new customers on stand G40 at lunch!,” says Nick Burton. “We have many new products to show, alongside our new rPET range, and we look forward to discussing visitors’
future requirements for more sustainable food packaging.”

Celebration launches disposable paper cutlery retail packs

Celebration launches disposable paper cutlery retail packs

Celebration Packaging has launched its proven disposable and fully recyclable paper cutlery range in convenient retail packs.

“We’ve been supplying our award-winning disposable paper cutlery to the foodservice and takeaway sectors for quite some time, but we are now making the products available to the general public through retail channels,” says Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton. “Packs of paper knives, forks and spoons are already on-shelf with a leading retailer in Norway, and will soon be available here in the UK.”

Available in convenient packs of 20 knives, forks or spoons. Celebration Packaging’s recyclable EnviroWare® paper cutlery is made from paper produced from sustainable forestry and has full FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) chain of custody accreditations.  Celebration Packaging is BRCGS (Brand Reputation Compliance Global Standards) certified, and the sustainable paper cutlery has been vigorously tested to meet relevant EU regulations, and is free from Bisphenol A.

The outer packaging is own-label branded to fit in with retailer’s existing retail homeware and picnic ranges, and enables consumers to see at a glance that the cutlery is environmentally friendly.

“In the foodservice and takeaway sectors, we’re seen as the paper cutlery experts,” says Nick. “Immediately after launching the range in 2019, we won an award in the Innovation Challenge at the lunch! show at ExCel, London. The judging panel said: ‘The EnviroWare® paper cutlery is a real contender for the future of foodservice cutlery’. We are excited to now make these sustainable products available through retail channels.”

Celebration Packaging’s recyclable EnviroWare® paper cutlery is now available in retail packs of 20 knives, forks or spoons, and can be own-label branded.

An alternative to plastic cutlery

In Europe, a ban on the sale of single-use plastic cutlery comes into force on 3 July. In the UK, while a ban on the supply or sale of single-use plastic straws and cotton buds came into effect last October, the banning of other single-use plastic items is still being debated.

“Disposable, but fully recyclable paper cutlery provides a perfect solution for consumers wanting to play their part in reducing single-use plastic packaging,” says Nick. “Many people think the focus on sustainability is something new and are then surprised to discover that we launched our EnviroWare® range over 13 years ago.”

Hygienically Wrapped Paper Straws

Hygienically Wrapped Paper Straws

Following the success of EnviroWare’s® Wrapped Wooden Cutlery range last year, we are expanding our range of hygienically wrapped foodservice disposables.

Celebration has recently invested in the installation of a new Wrapping Machine. As a result, a new range of Individually Wrapped Paper Straws is now available.

Individually wrapped paper straws in white paper wrapper
Selection of Enviroware® Individually wrapped paper drinking straws.

About EnviroWare® Wrapped Paper Straws

Sustainable FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) paper straws and their white paper wrappers are free from any coating or wax, making them recyclable. Furthermore, Paper straws are Din Certco Seedling certified (7P0818) as being commercially compostable. Made from high-quality, thick gauge paper, these sturdy straws will not collapse or go soggy in drinks. Also, the drinking straws are Vegetarian Society approved!

Straw types

The stock range of wrapped paper straws will include standard length straws and jumbo straws. Colours include – black, white and red & white stripe.

CodeDescriptionDimensionsPackaging
PSB19764WRWP197mm Standard Wrapped Paper Straw – Black6mm dia x 197mm long250 bag x 16
PSB23083WRWP230mm Jumbo Wrapped Paper Straw – Black8mm dia x 230mm long100 bag x 10
PSST19764WRWP197mm Standard Wrapped Paper Straw – Red & White Stripe6mm dia x 197mm long250 bag x 16
PSST23083WRWP230mm Jumbo Wrapped Paper Straw – Red & White Stripe8mm dia x 230mm long100 bag x 10
PSW19764WRWP197mm Standard Wrapped Paper Straw – White6mm dia x 197mm long250 bag x 16
PSW23083WRWP230mm Jumbo Wrapped Paper Straw – White8mm dia x 230mm long100 bag x 10
New range of reusable containers for reheating foods

New range of reusable containers for reheating foods

Celebration Packaging has launched a new range of reusable, microwavable,

hinged-lid food containers made from virgin polypropylene.

“With a draft roadmap for coming out of lockdown in place, restaurant and pub owners and operators will be planning for reopening. First for outside spaces only, but later for dine-in, albeit under as-yet-unannounced rules,” says Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton. “These businesses will be seeking to ensure their kitchens can operate safely and efficiently, maintaining quality while also ensuring speed of service.

Meal prep containers for pre-serve portion control

This new foodservice range has been developed in response to customer demand. Before lockdown, some of our major high street foodservice customers were looking to move away from single-use disposable plastic packaging and find reusable solutions. They approached Celebration Packaging to discover what we could offer.

“As problem solvers, trials have now been successfully concluded with two major high street foodservice businesses to develop a reusable, microwavable range which would provide a solution for pre-serve portion control in meal preparation. We are proud to now announce the launch of this new, proven range.”

The new products are made from high-clarity virgin polypropylene (PP) which allows users to easily identify contents, speeding up meal preparation, and avoiding service errors. The packaging is easy to use, as it is delivered nested and stackable, enabling speed of service and features easy opening lid tabs and a hinged lid.

Perfect for portion control, we have so far produced 200ml capacity rectangular containers. Also, round food containers in two sizes: 200ml (shallow); and 400ml (deep). Custom shapes and sizes are available, and the reusable containers can also be embossed with branding or usage instructions for the kitchen staff, subject to tooling charges.

Microwavable, Dish Washer Safe and Reusable

The new range is microwavable and the rectangular range features air vents in the sides and top lid to allow steam to escape when the food is being microwaved. To make the products reusable, or ‘rotable’, they are top rack dishwasher-safe, so can be used time and time again.

Putting reuse at the front of “reduce; recycle; reuse”

“Over the few past years, the mantra for those paying attention to environmental sustainability has been ‘Reduce; recycle; reuse’, but least attention has usually been paid to the reuse aspect,” says Nick. “This new food-grade PP hinged-lid container range delivers on all three priorities. The containers significantly reduce the amount of plastic used in busy kitchens, can be 100% recycled at the end of its life, and is reusable, or ‘rotable’, as many call it.”

The term ‘rotable’ seems to have originated in the aviation industry and is defined as: ‘an element or component that can be repeatedly restored to a working and serviceable condition’. So, in other words, choosing rotables over disposables, means investing in longevity, with a solution that can be reused over and over again.

Reduce packaging waste in busy kitchens

“Switching to reusables in high-traffic kitchens significantly reduces the amount of plastic being used when replacing single-use packaging,” says Nick. “We calculated that one customer who uses the rectangular product is saving in excess of 33,000 kgs of plastic by switching from single-use containers to the new reusable product. The amount of plastic saved obviously depends on how many times the new reusable product is used before being sent for recycling. But as the range is also manufactured here in the UK, switching to these products substantially reduces an operator’s carbon footprint.”

Further increasing the versatility of the new PP microwavable and reusable range, filled containers can also be placed in a freezer. Trials are recommended, and the range is not suitable for blast freezing. “As problem solvers in foodservice packaging, Celebration has been seeking more sustainable solutions since launching our EnviroWare® range over 13 years ago,” Nick concludes. “We are proud that this latest, proven innovation successfully adds value back-of-house, while also enabling operators to improve their sustainability credentials.”

For assistance with bespoke food packaging solutions contact Celebration Packaging Ltd.

Ripple wrap insulated paper cups and food containers

Ripple wrap insulated paper cups and food containers

As the cold wintery weather continues, hot takeaway foods and drinks are very popular.

Celebrations Ripple Wrap paper cups and food containers are ideal for food businesses offering warming drinks and foods-to-go to their locals.  There is a demand from local communities wanting to support their favorite pubs, restaurants, cafes and bakeries through these difficult times. To meet this, there has been a huge influx of businesses offering takeaway treats for customers to enjoy.

The Ripple Wrap range is perfect for food and drink to-go.  Its corrugated wrapping not only protects hands from heat, it also helps keep the contents hot for longer.

Please contact our sales team on  01283 538259 / email sales@celebration.co.uk for further information or to request your free set of samples.  

Ripple Wrap Food / Soup Containers & Lids

Ripple Wrap Food Containers are available in 8oz, 12oz and 16oz sizes – for small, regular and large portions.  The quality, heavyweight paperboard containers have a corrugated outer for heat insulation and a PE lining to prevent leaks. 

A white PS lid is available separately and fits all three sizes. 

Perfect for serving soup, stew, curry or hot desserts. 

8 oz Ripple Wrap Soup Food Container

Brown 8 oz Ripple Soup Container

12 oz Ripple Wrap Soup Food Container

Brown 12 oz Ripple Soup Container

16 oz Ripple Wrap Soup Food Container

Brown 16 oz Ripple Soup Container

White plastic lid to fit 8, 12, 16 oz ripple food containers

White Lid for Soup Container

Ripple Wrap Paper Hot Drink Cups & Lids

Plain Brown Ripple Wrap Cups are available in 4oz espresso, 8oz small, 12oz regular and 16oz large. A plain black version is available in 8oz and 16oz. The quality, heavyweight paperboard cups have a corrugated outer for heat insulation and a PE lining to prevent leaks. 

Sip through lids are available for 8oz – 16oz cups and come in two colour options – black or white. 

4 oz small paper espresso disposable cup ripple wrap

Plain Brown 4oz Ripple Cup

8 oz ripple wrap brown insulated paper cup

Plain Brown 8oz Ripple Cup

12 oz ripple wrap brown insulated paper cup

Plain Brown 12oz Ripple Cup

16 oz insulated ripple wrap cup detpak

Plain Brown 16oz Ripple Cup

8 oz Plain Black Ripple Wrap Cup Detpak

Plain Black 8oz Ripple Cup

Plain black 16oz ripple cup

Plain Black 16oz Ripple Cup

Black plastic lid for 8 oz cups

Black Domed Sipper Lid for 8oz Cups

Black plastic sip through lid for 12 oz and 17 oz paper cups

Black Domed Sipper Lid for 12 & 16oz Cups

White plastic lid for 8 oz paper cups

White Domed Sipper Lid for 8oz Cups

White plastic lid to fit 12 oz and 16 oz paper cups

White Domed Sipper Lid for 12 & 16oz Cups