Transportation add Insulation equal THERMO BOX

Transportation add Insulation equal THERMO BOX

Thermo Boxes are very durable and lightweight, hygienic, dishwasher-proof and have best insulation attitudes from - 40 to max. + 120 °C. These boxes are especially made for a longer transport of hot, cold and fresh food to keep products hot or cold. THERMO BOXES are made of Expanded PolyPropylene (EPP), not styrofoam.



Meals on wheels history

Meals on Wheels history


Meals on wheels started in Britain during the Second World War when many people's homes were destroyed during the Blitz. Because people were no longer able to cook the Women's Volunteer Service (later the WRVS) delivered meals and the first meals on wheels service was born. The name ‘meals on wheels' was first used to describe the WVS deliveries of meals to servicemen.

Meals on wheels as we know it was an extension of this wartime service that commenced soon after the end of the Second World War. The first deliveries of meals were made by the WVS in Hemel Hempstead just north of London, England. The meals providers prepared the meals on wheels, plated it up and, in the absence of Thermo boxes or any other type of insulated food transport boxes wrapped it in whatever insulated material they had available. Whilst we now have strict hygiene rules which dictate what methods can be used to hold and insulate the food, in those days' blankets, straw bales and old clothes were used to keep food warm


Guidance on temperature control legislation in the UK

The majority of the text in the document has not changed from the guidance previously issued by the Department of Health on the 1995 Regulations. The main addition to the guidance is advice on the legislation in Scotland.

On 1 January 2006 the Food Safety (Temperature Control) Regulations 1995 were revoked. Schedule 4 of the Food Hygiene Regulations 2006 implemented by separate but similar legislation in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland remade the majority of the requirements from the 1995 regulations. However, regulation 10 (the general requirement) and 11 (cooling of foods) are now contained within EC Regulation 852/2004, Annex II, Chapter IX, part 5 and 6 respectively.

The guidance is intended to help explain for food businesses and enforcement authorities the food temperature control requirements that will operate in the UK.

The guidance contains advice on the types of foods that are required to be held under temperature control, and gives guidance on the circumstances when some flexibility from the temperature control requirements is allowed.

The guidance is intended to complement best practices in the food industry, which might involve, for example, keeping foods at chill temperatures below the legal maximum and thereby providing additional assurances of food safety.



Army Navy Air Force Thermo Box Insulated Transport Boxes

The Army, Navy and  The Air Force use Thermo box insulated food transport boxes


CSCAT, The combined services culinary arts team, will be off to Germany next week. From the 18th to the 23rd of October 2008 they will be competing in the IKA International Culinary Olympics. And will be using Therno Boxes both to carry products to Germany and for food transport during the event. The combined services team, as the name suggests, is made up of chefs and cooks from all three military services. The team need to be sure that all food is kept at suitable temperatures not only for reasons of food safety but also to stop delicate products being exposed to warmth during transport during the event.



NATO tested insulated delivery boxes

We have a new range of Thermo Boxes called Blu Box. These have been tested by NATO. For this test they are dropped 10m to simulate delivery by helicopter. Are these boxes used by the german military the toughest insulated food transport boxes in the world?.

Thermo Boost Instructions


Thermo Box  Thermo-Boost Instructions for use.


Before use – Before using the Thermo Boost for the first time, always wash the Thermo Boost in a dishwasher or in hot water with detergent.


Use of the Thermo Boost – Place the ThermoBoost in a hot oven at up to 200 C. At 200C oven temperature, the Thermo Boost will heat up to 180 C in approximately 15 minutes. Where the Thermo Boost is placed in an unheated oven, leave the Thermo Boost in the oven until the temperature has been at 200C for at least five minutes. Heat up times need to be increased should the Thermo Boosts be piled up face to face. To use place the hot Thermo Boost in the bottom of the Thermo Box immediately before food or meals are loaded into the Thermo Box..


Cleaning – The Thermo Boost can be cleaned in the same was as any other plastic kitchen utensil, either in a dish or pot washer or in hot water with detergent or at high tempertaure in an autoclave. Thermo Boosts can also be steam cleaned or pressure washed.


Care of Thermo boxes when using Thermo Boost – Whilst the Thermo Boost can withstand high temperatures, Thermo Boost temperatures of over 150C can damage the Thermo Box. Should the Thermo Boost leave marks in the inside of a Thermo Box reduce the temperature to which it is pre heated


Rieber may stop selling yellow food transport boxes

Rieber UK to stop selling their yellow insulated transport boxes?

We have been informed by several of our customers that from summer 2008 Rieber may have stopped supplying their traditional yellow transport boxes. The yellow Rieber boxes are no longer featured on the website. We are told that this move is to allow them to concentrate on their other product lines. This is obviously good news for Thermo Box. Although Thermo Box have been very successful when selling against the much heavier Rieber transport boxes, it will obviously be much easier to sell the lightweight Thermo boxes if the competition are no longer selling food transport boxes!


Lightweight Thermo Boxes versus heavyweight plastic boxes

Lightweight Thermo boxes versus heavyweight food transport boxes.

A lot of people have used the traditional plastic skinned food transport boxes from suppliers such as Cambro and Rieber. These types of products are no longer as popular as they were, with a lot of users having replaced tham with the much lighter expanded polypropylene EPP Thermo boxes. The main reason given for this is that the EPP Thermo boxes are lighter when they are full than the plastic skinned boxes when they are empty.  

Folding Thermo Boxes

Thermo Box regularly receive comments that one of the negative points of Thermoboxes is their sizes. As we are keen to sell them, we point out that Thermo Boxes are useful for general storage and that they are so light they are easy to move around. But for some Thermo Box customers who simply do not have the space required to store them, we now have an alternative. The range of folding Thermo Boxes have all the Thermo Box advantages of light weight, great insulating properties etc but also have the advantage of being foldable. The folding Thermo box allows Thermo boxes to be stored in a much smaller space. Folding Thermoboxes are also quick and easy to fold out into their operating positions.

Folding Thermo Boxes - click here

Meals on Wheels in Wales

Meals on Wheels in Wales


Meals on wheels recipients in Ceredigion are to have a choice of frozen or fresh meals delivered in Thermo boxes

After a meeting of councillors Keith Evans said "choice is the most important thing"

Over 500 mainly elderly people benefit from the service and a pilot scheme had taken place. Before the deal was agreed Plaid Cynru councillors had opposed the scheme but Help the Aged said that it was a good idea of more people benefitted

Ceredigion Council, the providers of 100,000 meals per year said the current scheme was too expensive and that there were problems finding sufficient volunteers

The decision was described as "unacceptable" by some recipients who stated that they preferred freshly cooked food to frozen meals.

Penri James, a Plaid Cymru councillor, urged his colleagues to continue providing fresh food and stated that the frozen meals would not "cater for the needs" of the vulnerable and elderly.


Meals on wheels news 2

Meals on wheels news


Meals on wheels in The Wirral is no longer provided by the WRVS after they lost the Wirral council tender to a private company ICare - who promised a value for money service.

The Liverpool Echo reported the following:

Two weeks after the handover to the Blackpool company, elderly users have reported a jump from £2.10 to £2.60 for meals.

Shortly before their centre was forced to close, WRVS volunteers in Wallasey reported a string of calls about missed meals and customers deciding to ditch the service because of cost.

WRVS manager David Foulds said: "For the four days after the handover to ICare we were inundated with calls about the change in cost and delays. After years of serving these people we had to tell them it was no longer our responsibility.

"A rise of 50p is a lot of money for the people we cater for.

"Most importantly, the much-promised improvement in quality doesn't seem to have materialised."

Chief executive of Age Concern Wirral, Myrtle Lacey, said: "Any increase in costs of meals for older people is regrettable."

When contacted by the ECHO, ICare referred our query to Wirral council. But the council declined to comment on the impact of the price rise.

A council spokesman said: "Of the providers that submitted a tender for the contract, the ICare group offered the best value meals to customers.

"We are aware of 10 customers whose details were not passed to ICare. As soon as the problems with delivery became apparent, each customer was offered a meal either on the same day, if they wanted it, or for the service to start on the following day."

Meals on Wheels News

Meals on Wheels news September 2008

Voluntary Meals on wheels deliveries in The Wirral to be scrapped. The Wirral’s Meals on Wheels service has had it’s 25 year service by the Women’s Royal Voluntary Service (WRVS) axed after the charity’s service was undercut by a Lancashire-based business.Wirral Council announced that the ICare Group had been awarded the contract, leaving the WRVS’s volunteers unneeded from June, 2008.WRVS says it has launched a legal challenge to the decision and Tory councillors have also demanded the decision be re-examined by a scrutiny committee.David Foulds, territory manager for the WRVS, was said to be angry at the decision saying “We have been informed the decision was called in and believe it is still all to play for.” 

Thermo Box at Assist Scotland

Thermo Box at St Andrews August 2008

Thermo Box UK exhibited at last weeks assist conference for Scotlands school caterers. Thermo Box were at St Andrews alongside the Scottish Catering industries major companies. The venue for the conference and exhibition were the lovely Fairmont St Andrews Hotel. The conference was a great success with the Scottish schools caterers impressed with the quality of the speakers and the exhibition