Benders Paper Cups is celebrating its 120th anniversary this year. The leading paper cup company was founded in 1894 as a supplier of paper-based, table-top products and is a trusted partner supplier to customers in the UK and Europe.

One of the oldest companies in the Foodservice Packaging Association and one of a very few non-food factories to receive BRC/IOP A grade accreditation at the first audit, Benders is proud of its positioning as the UK’s single dedicated paper cup manufacturer and the number one supplier of paper cups to the UK vending market.

Benders has built up a loyal customer base on its strengths as a UK concern. With a full ‘Chain of Custody’ accreditation, all of its cups are manufactured in the UK using paper board from PEFC and FSC accredited sustainable managed forests. Every cup fully meets the requirements of the European Timber Regulations and can be traced back from the company’s production facility to the certified forest where it began its journey. Each cup also complies with the stringent European Regulations for materials in contact with food.

Benders’ UK customers are particularly happy to link up with a UK manufacturer, according to the company’s marketing manager, Adrian Pratt: “There is considerable value and advantage to buying British, given the choice people would prefer to support the economy and buy British. We have a greater knowledge of the market place and customers are reassured by our shorter supply chain and faster speed of reaction that our locality gifts us. Coupled with  our environmental accredidation, we recognised the need for ethical and sustainanble manufacturing practice long before environmental concerns came to the forefront of businesses and the public’s attention.

‘’We are extremely proud of our status as a British manufacturer, and fully committed to training and developing all our staff to create a continuious improvement culture and deliver ‘best in class’ service to our customers. It is by imposing such exacting standards in every aspect of our business that we will become recognised as the supplier of choice’’.

With over 140 staff, including a growing number of apprentices, a programme of investment and the recent introduction of new manufacturing capacity, Benders output is set to increase further in the coming months with new product launches planned. Its full range of cups currently includes super premium hot cups, barrier insulated cups, single wall bio-board cups, single wall vending cups and single wall ‘coffee to go’ cups.