Do not hesitate to call us for expert advice regarding any of our products, our friendly team will be more than happy to help! Alternatively visit The Printed Cup Company for information on our wide range of printed disposable products.

CAN YOU EXPORT PAPER CUPS?

Yes! In fact we have stock going out all over Europe every single day[DP1] [DP2] .

Please get in touch with our advisors for more information on the availability of this service.

WHAT’S THE BEST WAY OF CONTACTING YOU?

You can get in touch in a number of ways:

DO YOU STOCK HOT AND COLD CUPS?

We stock both hot and cold cups.

Short run cups are suitable for both hot and cold drinks, whilst medium and long run cups can be made in either heavy weight board for hot drinks or double poly board for cold cups.

If extremely high quality printing is required on hot cups, in large quantities it may be best to use double poly coated board as this is a better surface to print on. Our staff will advise you which is best for your needs when you get in touch.

WHAT COATING DO YOU USE?

Our cups have a polyethylene coating (PE) and this represents only a small % of the total weight of the cup. The PE coating not only makes the board waterproof, it is also melted onto the seams to weld the cup together.

DO YOU MAKE YOUR CUPS FROM RECYCLED MATERIAL?

We cannot use recycled materials in the construction of our cups as HSO maintain that any food contact materials must be made from virgin materials. That said, our materials are sourced from FSC approved forests and can be recycled. See our Environmental Information page for more information on how we’re committed to being green.

WHAT ABOUT ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES?

All our cups are made from FSC approved managed softwood forests, the cups are from renewable resources. Most cups can be recycled by pulping in specialist mills or shredded and composted.

If you would like more information please go to our environmental issues page. If you would like to discuss this in more detail please do not hesitate to ring. We would be very happy to discuss this issues involved.

WHAT IS FSC?

The FSC is the forest stewardship council. It is an independent, non-governmental, not-for-profit organization established to promote the responsible management of the world’s forests. Over 1.3 million hectares of forest in China are certified to FSC standards.

DO YOU HAVE ANY OTHER PRODUCTS IN YOUR RANGE?

Our website represents a very small part of a huge range of products. Please ring or e-mail so that we can advise you on the best product for your purpose. Our cups range from 3oz to 170oz.

Or you could browse our disposable supply website. Disposable Supplies Direct allows direct access to a range of catering disposables. This range includes stock design paper cups, disposable products and customer printed cups at great prices.

WHAT DO PEOPLE USE OUR CUPS FOR?

  • Water – Usually a cone, or single poly 200ml cup. This is generally 70mm in diameter to go through cup dispensers.
  • Hot Drinks – Single poly heave weight board. This can be used with sleeves/clutches, there is also extra insulated cups, double wall and triple wall cups to choose from.
  • Soup Cups – There are several options here: Cups suitable for thinner soups, either single or double wall cups, with a paper lid or a plastic lid.
  • Cold Cups – Double poly board stops condensation that has formed on the outside of cup soaking into the board and making the cup soggy.
  • Sweet Cups – These are used for selling sweets by volume rather than weight. These usually come in 12, 16 or 20oz and have a common lid.
  • Paint/Ink Mixing – Need to be manufactured under strict manufacturing conditions to stop contamination with silicon. These can be supplied in 7, 9, 12, 16 and 22oz. The ink used on the cups needs to be kept to a minimum if used with solvents as the inks used for printing are solvent based, solvent resistant inks can be used but there is an increased cost for doing it this way. It is common to have a warning on these cups stating “DO NOT DRINK”.
  • Resin Cups – As well as paint mixing sized, they can also be purchased in 32, 44 and 85 and 170oz.
  • Vending Cups – Used in conjunction with vending machines.
  • Pit Cups – These are used as a water cup for people at the front of large audiences or are at the front of a stage at a show/concert.
  • Over Runs / Misprints – Sometimes over run cups become available in various materials and sizes. There is no guarantee when these would be available but customers can always ask for an update on their availability and we will be more than willing to inform you when these come into stock. When using misprints and over runs in a factory or for chemicals, there is a danger with using misprints that a user may mistake them for a drink or consume chemicals being mixed. But this problem can be simply overcome by the use of warning stickers.

WHICH TYPE OF CUP IS SUITABLE FOR SAMPLING?

For portion control, depending on the volume required, there is a 3oz cup, most commonly a 4oz Espresso cup is used, and for larger portions 7 or 8oz are available.

Portion Pots – These are used for portions of sauces.

Ice Cream – Please call us to discuss the right product to suit your particular need.

Paper Food Containers – We are quite happy to discuss your requirements and advise you on the best course of action.

Hot Nuts – These are usually a 5/6oz container, please ring for further information.

Medical Midstream Urine Collector – 9oz cup normally printed “Do Not Drink”.

Pill Cups – Portioning out a patients tablets.

WHAT DO YOU MEAN BY THE TERM HOT CUPS?

These are suited to hot beverages. Please make sure that a full risk assessment has been done and that serving temperature is recorded at regular intervals on all drinks to make sure that maximum temperature is not exceeded.

It is common to put a small amount of cold water in the top of black tea, coffee or Americano’s to reduce the drink to a safe temperature.

The heat transfer through the side wall of a cup, whether china or paper, will give an indication to the user of the temperature of the drink they are about to consume.

When producing your own print you may want to put a warning on the side of the cup. For example “Caution: Contents May Be Hot!”

DO I NEED LIDS?

Lids are available for most products, the most common being Straw Slotted for cold drinks. Other types of lids are:

  • Gourmet Lids – A sip through lid designed for the coffee-to-go market.
  • Clear Dome Lid (No Hole) – Packaging (which is only suitable for cold use).
  • Clear Dome Lid (With Hole) – Used with a spoon straw for iced teas and coffees, slush and milk shakes. This gives the drink an upmarket look. (Only suitable for cold use).

When applying lids, rest the lid on the cup and roll the palm of your hand from one side to the other. This should cause a click whereby the user knows the lids has been fitted correctly.

When applying hot lids, use the same process as cold, but where possible make the sip through be on the opposite side to the seam, as the seam sometimes (but rarely) causes a leak in the lid when below the sip through hold. Lids for tea bags slide and sip, enable the use of tea bags on a string.

Lids do not come printed but on high volume accounts they could be embossed with the customer’s logo.

Please feel free to ring for further information.

HOW SHOULD I STORE MY CUPS?

Cups should be stored in a clean dry space. Don’t stack them in such a way as to crush boxes as this can result in distortion preventing correct fitting of lids. Also, cups may become compacted, preventing easy separation of cups.

For hygiene reasons it is best to leave cups in sleeves as long as possible if not using dispensers. Place cups upside down on counter to prevent contaminates entering cups.

WHAT ABOUT DISPENSERS?

It is a very good idea to have mounted cup dispensers to hold your cups as this will keep cups clean, stop damage and speed up service.

WHAT IS PAD PRINTING?

It is possible to get your cups or clutches pad printed if you need your cups printed very fast and if there is a small amount of them. Pad printed cups are printed manually with a rubber stamp. This is very labour intensive and printing is only available in a limited area but this could be suitable in certain cases such as logos printed onto a white cup. The image on the left shows pad printed cup sleeves.

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GLOSSARY

SINGLE POLYETHYLENE (PE) COATED BOARD

This material is used to make hot drink paper cups, the plastic layer represents less than 5% of the weight. This material is a very similar material to drink cartons and they are widely recycled.

DOUBLE PE COATED BOARD

This material is used to make cold drink cups, the extra layer of PE on the outside of the cup stops moisture from condensing on the outside of the cup. If this were to happen the moisture could soak into the board and destabilise it.

POLYLACTIC ACID (PLA)

PLA is a new material that is made from corn starch. It’s most notable for it biodegradable certification and can be used to make a variety of products. Please note: PLA is not suitable for home composting. Please ring for more information.

BIOMATERIAL’S PAPER CUPS

This cup is similar to PLA coated cups, but the coating is derived from oil, as opposed to corn starch.

WAX PAPER CUPS

This material has been discontinued and replaced with PE board. The reason for this is PE produces not only a better cup but also a better print and unlike wax, PE cups can be recycled.

CLAY COATED CUPS

This type of cup has been discontinued.