BRCGS Certified Quality

BRCGS Certified Quality

Celebration achieves the AA grade

BRCGS Certification

Food safety is of utmost importance when working in the food supply chain. For many years, Celebration Packaging has been BRCGS (formerly BRC British Retail Consortium) certified. Giving our brand an internationally recognised mark of quality, safety and responsibility. The Standard protects not only brands, but also consumers. It guarantees strict levels of product quality and safety, as well as operational standards, are met.

Celebration has held BRCGS quality certification for many years now. The business was recently reapproved and the high AA grade was retained.

Celebration holds the following BRCGS certifications:

– Storage & Distribution
(Packaging and Packaging Materials)

– Consumer Products
(Paper & Paper Products)

Alternatives to disposable plastic cutlery

Alternatives to disposable plastic cutlery

Single use plastics ban

Single-use plastic items were banned in Scotland last June, and in September the Welsh Government announced the Environmental Protection – Single-use Plastic Products – Wales Bill. On 14th January, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) announced that a range of single-use plastics will be banned in England, from October 2023.

The ban in England covers items including single-use plastic plates, trays, bowls, cutlery, balloon sticks and certain types of polystyrene cups and food containers.

It also applies to items made from bio-based, biodegradable or compostable plastic (PLA).

Disposable Plastic Cutlery

Alternatives to plastic cutlery

In today’s fast-paced world, the food to go market is growing. Trends such as Streetfoods are increasing in popularity, a UK market worth over £600 million and growing by 20% per year, according to industry organisation British Street Food (

Cutlery is often essential when eating a meal on the go. Wooden cutlery (chip forks) have been commonplace in fish & chip takeaways for many years. And most recently brands such as McDonalds have rolled out paper cutlery as an alternative to disposable plastic forks.

At Celebration Packaging we offer disposable cutlery in various materials, to beat the plastics ban.

Paper Cutlery

EnviroWare® Paper Cutlery is sourced from sustainable trees. The range includes paper knives, forks and spoons in standard (large) and shorter (small) lengths.

Paper cutlery is certified according to FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) standards. Paper cutlery is smooth and surprisingly sturdy, with the large knife, fork and spoon having a reinforced handle for additional strength.

Paper cutlery alternative to plastic cutlery

Bagasse Cutlery (moulded fibre)

Consumers may already be familiar with Bagasse moulded fibre takeaway boxes. Many streetfood vendors across the UK have now switched to bagasse boxes and food trays to serve their food, in an effort to move away from traditional foam takeaway packaging. Celebration Packaging, have recently introduced Bagasse disposable knives, forks and spoons.

Bagasse is a by-product from processing sugarcane into edible sugar. This tree-free, fast-growing resource is abundant – approximately 1.8 billion tons of sugarcane was processed in 2020! (, sugar cane production worldwide). 

Bagasse Cutlery disposable knife, fork, spoon

Wooden Cutlery

Our quality disposable wooden cutlery range includes knives, forks and spoons made from sustainable FSC® (Forest Stewardship Council®) certified wood.

Standard and medium length wooden knives, forks and spoons are available. Along with specialist items including wooden ice cream spades and wooden chip forks

Wooden Cutlery Knives, Forks and Spoons

Wrapped Wooden Cutlery

Developed during the Covid pandemic, our range of individually wrapped wooden cutlery promotes optimum hygiene practices.

Tear open the plastic-free, paper wrapper, for a fresh, untouched item of cutlery.

Individually wrapped cutlery items include knives, forks, spoons and small dessert or tea spoons. Also available, 4-in-1 wrapped meal kits – each containing a wooden knife, fork, spoon and napkin.

Close up of wrapped wooden fork
Wooden Knife Hygienically Wrapped In Paper

Wrapped Wooden Knife

Wooden Fork Hygienically Wrapped In Paper

Wrapped Wooden Fork

wrapped wooden spoons

Wrapped Wooden Spoon

Wrapped wooden meal kits disposable wooden cutlery mealkit in hygienic paper wrapper

Wrapped Wooden Meal Kit

Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo

Restaurant & Takeaway Innovation Expo

3 weeks to go…

You are invited to visit Celebration Packaging on stand T43 at the Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo, at ExCel, London from 19th to 20th October.

Celebration Packaging will be showcasing products relevant to the restaurant / takeaway sectors from all three of its ranges: EnviroWare®, SolutionWare and PrintPac.

Celebration Packaging Managing Director Nick Burton says: “We look forward to meeting existing customers and to making new connections at this important event where we will be showing our latest foodservice and takeaway packaging solutions.


“With so much focus these days on sustainability, we are proud to have launched our EnviroWare® range over 14 years ago. The wide range of products are made from natural resources and help to enhance operator’s eco-credentials.  Our SolutionWare range delivers off-the-shelf foodservice packaging products including: drink cups; food containers; platters; cutlery; and more, while our PrintPac range offers custom printed and bespoke disposables for food & drink.”


See you at the Restaurant and Takeaway Innovation Expo.

The Restaurant & Takeaway innovation show is co-located with other similar events…

Plastic Packaging Tax coming to the UK in 2023

Plastic Packaging Tax coming to the UK in 2023

Plastic Packaging Tax (PPT)

Missed opportunities and a lack of international certification


What is the Plastic Packaging Tax?

The plastic packaging tax (PPT) will apply to manufacturers, importers and users of plastic packaging and will be administered by HMRC. It will impact a wide range of plastic packaging formats and applies to all polymer types, including bio-based and compostable plastics. Within plastic packaging overall, packaging used for foodservice is a tiny proportion.


The tax, to be charged at a rate of £200 per tonne of packaging, will apply to plastic packaging with less than 30% recycled content and to both packaging manufactured in, and imported into, the UK. In respect of foodservice packaging, it will apply to items designed to be used in the supply chain to contain food, including cups, bowls, plates, etc – as these are within the definition of “packaging”. This also applies whether or not the packaging can be reused.




recycled plastic cups and food containers
The tax will not apply to Celebrations rPET recycled plastic food containers and cold drink cups as they are made with up to 80% recycled material

Unanswered questions and confusion about the tax

There is still a lot of confusion about what the tax actually is. A lot of people refer to it as the plastic tax, but it is actually the plastic packaging tax. This is an important distinction in foodservice as a lot of people think it’s going to apply to plastic cutlery – but plastic cutlery is not packaging. So, it won’t apply.


The tax comes into effect on 1st April, but businesses can’t register on the government website until that date. At time of writing, HMRC has issued, and then withdrawn, the requirement to provide information on all sales invoices. Currently, as nothing has been confirmed, business will be very reluctant to implement IT changes, with no clear idea of what the final requirements will be.


This all feels very rushed and ill-conceived and while trade associations such as the Foodservice Packaging Association have worked hard to advise HMRC, seek clarity and help their members prepare, there are still a lot of unanswered questions and quite a lot of confusion. In practical and simple terms, and in respect of the impact on the foodservice industry, we – and other responsible manufacturers and distributors – will need to increase prices to absorb the £200 per tonne applied to any plastic packaging which has less than 30% recycled content, as we would with any other tax.


Celebration have delayed price adjustments

“At Celebration we have been able to import a lot of plastic packaging items ahead of the 1st April deadline” says managing director, Nick Burton.  “As I result, I am pleased to say that we will not be adjusting prices, due to the tax, until Friday 1st July. This means that any order received up to and including Thursday 30th June will not be subject to any increase due to the tax.”

A question of certification?

The tax will be payable by businesses which manufacture a finished plastic component or complete the last substantial modification to the plastic packaging here in the UK. But it also applies to plastic packaging imported into the UK, and while some certification programs for plastic postconsumer resin exist, not all suppliers can provide proof of the percentage of recycled content.


If we’re asked to confirm the percentage of recycled content in imported packaging, we have to rely on the manufacturer to prove it, so this is a truly international issue and yet the tax – and the burden of responsibility – is being applied only in the UK.


Another issue facing manufacturers is a shortage of recycled raw materials and the fact that recycled plastic currently costs considerably more than virgin material.


A missed opportunity to promote reusable packaging

In introducing this tax, the government has missed an opportunity to promote the use of reusable plastic products, which make an important contribution to reducing the use of plastic.


The stated aim of the PPT is “to increase the use of recycled plastic in packaging”, but there is a lack of clarity around reusable packaging, as while plastic storage boxes are exempt, the tax still applies to reusable foodservice packaging. One of our restaurant customers is saving many tonnes of plastic a year by using our microwavable reusable portion packaging instead of single-use plastic packaging. But then you have to consider that the tax is applied on a weight basis, and to be serviceable, reusable packaging is generally thicker and heavier.


If a foodservice operator is looking to understand the issues created by the PPT, they need to work with a consultative supplier to ensure that they’re choosing the right packaging – that’s functional, fit for purpose, popular with consumers and above all, sustainable.






Resurgence in popularity of paper products

Resurgence in popularity of paper products

Disposable Paper Products

Celebrations hygienic paper products are featured in Sustainable Packaging News

Our Managing Director, Nick Burton, quoted that “The pandemic has heightened awareness around hygiene and safety and as a result, we have seen a resurgence in the popularity of paper products and individually wrapped items.”

Hygienic white card glass covers and single-use paper cutlery sleeves have been very popular with food and drink operators since they reopened after the first lockdown.   

Card Glass Covers

Our card glass covers are perfect for protecting drinks from contaminents and spillage. 

Made from thick 250gsm card. Glass covers are available in a wide range sizes from a small 45mm diameter, for champagne glasses, to a our largest 105mm diameter which could be used to cover small bowls of food.  

Choose from white card or kraft brown unbleached card. We hold stock of many sizes in plain white.  The hygienic glass covers can be branded – with ink printed logos, full furface printing and luxury hot foil printing being available. 

Past customers have including hotels, restaurants, drinks brands, golf clubs and private healthcare.  

wine glass covers

Cutlery Sleeves

A neat and innovative way to present diners with cutlery.  Paper cutlery sleeves come pre-loaded with a tissue napkin, simply load with a knife and fork.  A time saving alternative to wrapping cutlery in a disposable napkin.  

Single-use cutlery sleeves are available in a number of standard / generic designs.  They can also be branded with a full colour process design. 

Paper eating kit cutlery sleeve

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.”