Your Melamine dinnerware UK questions answered

Even if you’ve never heard Melamine, you’ve most likely eaten of some melamine dinnerware UK. Before we dive too deep into the facts of Melamine, you can read all about its history here. Due to the unique material being lighter and more durable than China, many eateries favour melamine to avoid constantly having to replace broken and chipped dinnerware. Similarly, melamine dinnerware UK is especially popular within the kitchen as it can make carrying large trays with food and plates less hassle. However, don’t be tricked into believing that melamine dinnerware is just limited to plates and trays. You can find a whole range of melamine dinnerware from bowls, coasters, trays and saucers. It’s easy to believe that mass production may compromise on colour and design, but it also comes in a wide range of designs making it an extremely versatile addition to any home, shop or restaurant.

Like most shopping, purchasing melamine dinnerware UK isn’t likely to be done on impulse so we’ve collated the most asked questioned below and answered them.

What is Melamine?

Melamine is a durable and shatter-resistant alternative to porcelain in the form of hard plastic. More specifically, it’s an organic compound created by combining melamine resign with strengthening materials which is the basis of why this material is so popular.

Is Melamine safe?

To simply answer this question, yes. Like many things, there are questions that have surfaced surrounding the health hazards of melamine dinnerware Uk. However, the FDA’s Safety and Risk assessment of Melamine states that this material is safe for consumer and industrial user.

Whilst some melamine products may contain safe amounts of BPA, there are many varieties available that offer certified BPA-free melamine products if that is a concern.

Is Melamine dishwasher safe?

In contrast to glazed dinnerware, melamine dinnerware UK is 100% dishwasher safe. We’ll even let you into a little secret. There are even some forms of melamine products that can handle the heat that surpasses that recommended dishwasher water temperatures. The benefits do not stop there though. As we mentioned earlier, melamine is a very versatile material. Due to the properties of this material, it holds high heat retaining elements which makes it dry faster than standard dinnerware. Just be mindful that melamine should not be heated whilst in contact with food so we would advise against microwaving, but by all means, place your food into your dinnerware after it’s cooked and heated.

 

 

Can you break it?

Melamine is extremely tough and very difficult to break, but in extreme cases of being handled roughly, you may experience some chipping around the edges. But let us answer your all-important question. Melamine will not shatter, let us repeat that, will not shatter if dropped. That’s hard to believe considering how fragile and delicate typical china and porcelain is. The best thing about it? You won’t have to continuously replace or replenish your melamine stock levels. Due to its durability, melamine dinnerware UK has a very low replacement rate. Sound’s great right?

 

Not too hot, not too cold

Without going to scientific, unless that’s your type of thing, Melamine is an insulator, not a conductor. This basically means, its very good at maintaining a certain temperature but it takes longer for the temperature of the material to change. So, what does this mean for you? Melamine stays cool to touch when serving hot food for example as the heated food isn’t hot enough for a long enough period of time to change the temperature of the dinnerware. Great if you want to stock melamine in your restaurants or catering services. This is also good if you’re at home and need to handle hot soups or boiling water.

It’s also great for cold food uses and buffets as it’s a great insulator. If you place cold food onto the plate, the melamine dinnerware UK won’t change temperature quickly, meaning your cold food stays cooler for longer.

We’ll continue to answer more questions about melamine in our next blog, but in the meantime, if you need some urgent questions answered because you simply can’t wait to get your hands onto some custom melamine products, feel free to get in touch with us!

Selling with Melamaster trade accounts

In our recent blogs, we’ve been talking a lot about Melamaster trade accounts and the benefit of setting up an account and selling our bespoke melamine products, especially if you’re looking to get a custom print on our products. Sounds exciting right? Let us stop you right there. We’re taking it one step further and we’re going to delve a little deeper into the all-important discussion on selling in big stores versus small boutiques. Either way – our bespoke melamine products will make a beautiful addition to any shelf.

Should you stock your products to department stores or boutiques?

 

This is a common question that any Melamaster trade account holder should ask. But let us set the scene. You’re excited about your new and bespoke melamine products and if you’re an aspiring artist or designer, you need somewhere to sell your products. The important thing to remember is that there is no right way to go about it. What may work for one brand or artist might not work for another and this is okay. However, if you’re a small boutique or store, this may be the best option for you.

Whether you decide to sell your products to department stores or boutiques, or you own your own shop then there are a number of factors to consider with Melamaster trade accounts. Naturally, the factors affecting your decision are dependant on where you are selling, what you are selling, your budgets, your audience and individuals goals and most importantly, the size of your company.

Let’s take a look at some of the benefits and disadvantages of each retail channel presents.

Selling to big stores

 

Naturally, the big stores, especially those with bigger brand awareness and greater validation will see more footfall of audiences through their doors. This, in turn, means that your custom melamine products will be seen more. The bigger the order from the store, the higher the purchasing power that comes with it. This is great for opening up communication with the stores and more importantly, for negotiations on pricing. You will also get more store opportunities such as promotions, sales campaigns and movement on where your products can be shelved. Sounds pretty good eh? Unfortunately, we’ve got a few cons that you have to consider. Reaching a buyer for a big store is very difficult and stores have buyer turnover. This means that products and offerings change frequently and having your products stocked consistently is near impossible unless you yourself are a very established organisation. You may also have to prepare yourself of poor or little communication. Big stores have a lot to deal with, so if you have a quick question that needs answering, it may take some while for them to come back to you.

Selling to boutiques with a Melamaster Trade Account

 

If you’re new to selling your own products or an aspiring artist or designer who wants to get their name out there, selling to boutiques with your Melamaster trade accounts may be the perfect solution for you. If you own your boutique, chances are that you also do the buying. If you want to stock any melamine products, then this opens a gateway for consistent communication and access to our diverse range of products. The beauty with selling at your boutiques means the quantities of products can vary. In simple terms, if you like one product – you can order as many as you like. By stocking custom melamine products in your small boutiques or stores means your offerings are more bespoke for your customers. Naturally, you will have fewer products to compete with on the shelves which means your products are more likely to stand out and be a crowd pleaser. After all, we can appreciate how popular personalised and bespoke products are.
We’ve dipped our toe on Melamaster trade accounts but we know you’ve probably got a list of questions after reading this blog. We’ve got a dedicated team who are always happy to give you some more details on how to get started with our trade accounts. We want to help stock your shelves just as much as you do.