Planglow Blog

Footloose and Gluten Free

Gluten-free offerings and how to create your own

In 2016 the gluten-free market was worth a staggering £2.6bn worldwide with sales taking one sizable - 12.6% or £323m - step up on the previous year (Euromonitor). This figure is all the more astonishing given that this expansion was three times that of the wider packaged foods market (4%). What’s more, give it another three years and sales of gluten-free products are set to grow over a third (38%) as much again reaching a giddying £3.57bn (Euromonitor). As the market continues to blow up however, it does beg the question: why are so many consumers bidding adieu to gluten? What’s more, how can you introduce a gluten-free offering?

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So Hot Right Now

Three trends for spring / summer

The coming months are full to bursting with new concepts, flavours and culinary finesse. In this post, we take a peek inside the great melting pot of developing trends and simmer it down to three…

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Heat Rises

One in nine grab and go purchases served hot

We take a look at what's happened to the grab and go market over the last six months...

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Custom Designed

We stock a whole lot of customisable looks but sometimes our customers want something designed especially for them

In this post we take a peek at some of the bespoke labels, logos and packaging products we've created over the past eighteen months...

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Baguette Me Not

How one woman won back her customers from the deluge of coffee shop chains

Since 2003, the Baguette House prided itself on offering a fine array of sandwiches and snacks, but when an influx of coffee shop franchises took away half her business, the owner Alex Brittain decided to fight back.

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Are You Suffering with FIR-a-Phobia?

The dreaded Food Information Regulations (FIR) are back

The news that most prepacked items will soon have to carry nutri declarations - by law - is sending some providers into a cold sweat! If you or someone you know is feeling fearful of the changes to come, it could be a case of FIR-a-phobia but the good news is we're here to help. Read on for our FIR-friendly guide plus details of the support on offer...

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Composting Q&A

Confused by eco-packaging jargon? In this Q&A post we break it all down!

Terms like 'compostable' and 'biodegradable' get used a lot when it comes to single-use cups, disposables and other food packaging but what do these terms actually mean - for you, for your business and for the environment as a whole?

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The Street Food Boom & Baguette Effect

Latest consumer sales trends for takeaway drinks, sandwiches and snacks

We sell a lot of packaging: last year* this was more than 30 million items across England, Scotland and Wales which gives us some handy insights into the grab and go market. In this post we share some of our key findings...

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In Praise of Apprenticeships

In the spring of 2013 Planglow took on its first apprentice, three years on more than a quarter of our head office staff have now joined us through the scheme. In this post we meet some of our wonderful apprentices (old and new) and find out what taking them on has meant for both them and our business.

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Taste of the Orient

This January, ahead of the country's new year celebrations, our procurement manager Nancy Myers and MD John Scott paid their sixth visit to our Chinese factory to introduce our American sister company Planglow USA to the local team. Here's how they got on...

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