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Sun, 23 Oct 2022

Due to raw material shortages and rapidly rising energy costs, paper prices are heading in the wrong direction.

At the moment, one of the industry's best friends is bearing the brunt of these increases... blue centrefeed roll. From mopping up spills to getting a streak-free mirror clean, it's essential in hospitality. Don't let this leave you feeling wiped out though. We've put together some handy tips and alternative products to help you use blue roll more efficiently and make wastage a thing of the past.


Why Are Paper Prices Increasing?

Paper mills are currently experiencing the triple-whammy of increased energy costs, increased raw material costs ( namely wood pulp) and increased freight shipping costs. In light of these increases and with difficulties operating in a disrupted post-covid climate, many mills have chosen to shut down. This situation has been worsened with a large number of Eastern European facilities closing down during the Russia-Ukraine conflict. The result is financial and logistical issues for the remaining mills, which has forced a price spike.



Ah, the humble squeegee. A product with a funny-sounding name that also gives mirrors and windows a scratch-free gleam. What more could you ask for?  Well... it also happens to be a pretty good alternative to blue roll in some cases.

Many establishments will use a sheet load of blue roll when they're cleaning up pot wash areas and stainless steel prep surfaces. Instead, simply squeegee scrape these surfaces dry and then use the excess as part of your floor cleaning routine. Job's a good'un!


Tork M4 Reflex Dispenser

This handy, portable dispenser is a super-efficient way of cutting down overzealous blue roll use.Simply pop the included reflex blue roll into the dispenser and let the lid do the rest. A clever dispense system ensures that sheets can only be taken one at a time. This method drastically reduces over-consumption and prevents cross-contamination as the user only touches the sheets they need. The encased roll is also safe from splashes and dirt during clean up. The dispenser can also be utilised back-of-house with a wall mount. This works to create a 'blue roll station', ensuring usage is considered and efficient. An integrated handle means this dispenser can be easily carried from table to table by front-of-house staff, or attached to a cleaning trolley.