Packaging Features

Packing it in

All the latest packaging concepts wrapped up in bite-sized chunks


Boost business with a Lite-Bite box




Developed in a bid to help fish and chip shops re-ignite lunchtime trade is the new Lite-Bite box from The Q Partnership.

Available exclusive through Henry Colbeck, VA Whitley and Friars Pride, the box has been made specifically to suit a lighter portion and, at 8” x 5” x 2”, it accommodates either a 4oz unbattered or 6oz battered fish, a 6oz portion of chips plus a 4oz side of peas. However, customers can use the box as they wish and offer a product mix that suits their shop.

Offering a smaller portion, but with the contents filling the box and still representing a generous serving, the concept is aimed at boosting lunchtime trade when customers are looking for a lighter option. As well as attracting more customers, shops stand to generate the same gross margin, if not better than larger meals.

The corrugated box gives a professional look to the offering and enables shops to compete with the increasing number of fast food chains, sandwich shops and cafes which are currently meeting this demand.

Gary Buck, owner of Buckhams Fish & Chips in Scarborough, has been using the boxes and remarks: “We have recently started to promote smaller portions and so far it has been the best commercial decision we’ve ever made. It suits our market, our customers love them and they get excellent value for money.”

To help draw attention to the Lite-Bite and increase sales, Q Partnership is offering free posters with all first orders.
Henry Colbeck 0191 482 4242 www.colbeck.co.uk
V A Whitley & Co 01706 364 211 www.vawhitley.co.uk
Friars Pride 01733 316 400 www.friarspride.com




Taste in a tray



For fish and chip shops that do a significant amount of over the counter trade, Huhtamaki recommends its ‘Taste’ trays.

Suitable for a variety of menu choices, from traditional fish, chips and mushy peas to more hearty pies, chips and gravy, they are available in three sizes – small (rectangular), medium (square) and large (rectangular) – each with a scalloped design on one side and an easy grip base to help make eating on-the-go even more convenient.

While the small tray, which is grease-proof lined, is recommended for individual items such as fish cakes and southern fried chicken pieces, the medium and large trays, which are both PET lined with leak-proof webbed corners, are said to be ideal for more substantial food choices and those served with sauce or gravy.
Huhtamaki UK 02392 512434 www.foodservice.huhtamaki.co.uk



Net a new image with Trawler packaging




Sure to make waves in your shop is T. Quality’s contemporary new Trawler Fish & Chips range of packaging.
 
Replacing its leaping fish brand, it takes its inspiration from the ocean and fishing with a wave and trawler boat design incorporating the words ‘The Nation’s Favourite, Fine - Fish & Chips’.
 
Providing shops with a clear and professional identity, The Trawler range includes fish and chip boxes, greaseproof paper, lined bags and carry handle bags, all of which are recyclable. Polystyrene cups as well as further product lines will be added to the range in the forthcoming months.
T. Quality 08452 505605 www.tquality.co.uk



Vegware gets down and dippy



Save on separate packaging for dips and sauces with Vegware’s new dipping bases.

Part of the Gourmet Range, they are available in 12oz and 18oz sizes and feature a handy built-in compartment for that something on the side.

The bases are made from bagasse - recycled sugarcane - which has 99% less carbon than polystyrene and come with a choice of three lids, a window lid with clear anti-mist PLA, a bagasse version with a unique anti-spill design or a completely clear PLA one. Like all of Vegware’s products, the dipping bases are completely compostable.
Vegware 0330 223 0400 www.vegware.com



Let Hook and Fish kit you out



Refresh your shop’s image with the Hook and Fish product range from The Q Partnership. 

Providing everything needed to serve fish and chips to customers in style, the range includes single corrugated boxes for portion control as well as two compartment boxes with a divider to prevent fish and chips sticking together. Featuring the Hook and Fish design, there’s also a matching range of greaseproof paper, carrier bags and pots as well as a napkin and chip fork dispenser to add a finishing touch.

Shops can take the experience one step further with a range of point of sale including a 60 litre branded bin, pavement swing sign, window stickers, open/close signs, posters and bunting.
Henry Colbeck 0191 482 4242 www.colbeck.co.uk
V A Whitley & Co 01706 364 211 www.vawhitley.co.uk
Friars Pride 01733 316 400 www.friarspride.com




Dart meets it match with pocket packaging guide



Match your packaging needs to your business with a handy pocket-sized guide from Dart Products.


The ‘flip through’ guide groups products by application, for example, matching containers for mushy peas or gravy, with the right lids. Full details on container and lid sizes are given, alongside the recommended temperature ranges and the design options available for each product featured.

The pocket guide covers packaging and disposables that a fish and chip shop might need, from cups and lids, to trays, tumblers and cutlery.
Dart Products 01480 459413 www.dartproductseurope.co.uk



Two-sided takeaway bag



Ideal for serving a range of takeaway foods including chips, burgers and pizza slices is the two-sided bag from Charlotte Packaging.

Available in glassine or greaseproof material, the bags can be supplied plain or custom printed. Easily manipulated into a cone shape, they also make ideal liners for containers such as mini fry baskets. 
Charlotte Packaging 01495 741 589 www.charlottepackaging.com

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