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UPDATE: Celebrity sacks: packaging items for set-dressing and props

Nearly a year has passed since we posted this blog, and this morning we received another phonecall from a pretty famous studio ordering paper sacks for set dressing! If you’re putting on a show or event, or work in the media and need supplies for props on period dramas, have a look over our range of paper and hessian – we’ll provide small quantities and can’t be beaten on price. So you can save your budget for the big stars!


If, like me, you grew up with Pete Beale’s stall transmitted into your living room every week, you’ve probably soaked up some of the atmosphere production designers can create through set dressing and props. Unlike me, you probably never spared a thought for where exactly Pete got his brown paper bags from…

Packaging: an overlooked detail

When we see a branded piece of packaging on TV, like a Coke can or a bottle of Lenor, we’re likely to notice it, as product placement is relatively new to UK audiences. However, what about all the generic carrier bags, boxes, polybags, nets, and even sacks that lurk in the periphery of our vision as we gaze at the screen? They came from somewhere. And a production designer with a heck of a head for detail had to source them. Which is where Jones & Cane are happy to step in.

vintage film cameraThe glamour of groceries

For example, you’re watching a scene in a grocery shop – there’s been no date given and you’ve not yet seen any characters to judge by their clothing, but you’re pretty sure it’s set in the past. How do you know? Packaging! Perhaps the spuds are in paper or hessian sacks, and there’s a package wrapped in brown paper. There might be a ball of string on the counter instead of tape, and there’s not a carrier bag to be seen…

Or perhaps you’re watching an advert where adorable children participate in a sack race, or coffee spills from an open bag. Or a wartime drama with taped windows and sandbags. Or a police drama with sealed bags of bloodied evidence. Or perhaps a cookery show where produce spills from a veg tray, and eggs glow in their box. Or you might just be watching Martin Fowler bag up some oranges on Uncle Pete’s stall.

All these things are pretty unnoticeable (except perhaps to the packaging nerds at Jones & Cane), but they go a long way towards creating the realism we’re so used to in TV and film. It also proves that packaging forms a fairly important part of the background of real life! So whether our customers are Granville Arkwright, real-life grocers, production designers or prop houses, we’ll help with the little packaging particulars that make all the difference.

If you’re looking for specialist items to recreate retail, industrial or agricultural settings, chances are we have some products that could help you fill in the details. We’ve supplied productions at the BBC and other major studios and are always happy to discuss product ranges. Have a browse over the site, or call Sophie on 01603 722264.



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New punnet range – new low prices

So the sun is out, we’ve got the makings of an excellent Pimms in the fridge, and we’re all ready for a good British summer. Helpfully enough, some of our customers grow the most succulent strawberries the region has to offer, and we can’t help ourselves when it comes to a punnet of these blushing beauties.

If you too are a grower of soft fruits, stoned fruits or small veg, we’ve got good news for you – our range of punnets is now not only better, but it’s cheaper too! We’ve lowered prices on our quarter lb, half lb, 1lb and 1kg punnets in time for the summer fruits season.

Head over to our punnets page to see the range available and to find a product that fits both your produce and your wallet. You’ll find a new line too – an oblong K36 punnet. This is the type of punnet used by supermarkets to pack grapes, nectarines, peaches and plums. If you’d really like to replicate their neat packing we can even sell you small nets or tubular netting to secure the contents, or if you prefer everyone to see how shiny your plums are, we stock two sizes of clear polythene lid.

We’ve added new images to help you visualise how much fruit will fit too. However, if like me, you like to hold a product in your hand before parting with your hard-earned cash, you can also pop into our showrooms to see the range and pick your packaging.

Perhaps you should bring some samples of your fruit to test them? No no, of course that wasn’t just a shameless plea for strawberries…

If you have any more questions or would like to place an order over the phone, call us on 01603 722264. We’re happy to help.

plums in lidded punnetnew potatoes in punnet

strawberry punnet

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Potato sacks to punnets – the season’s on the turn

Well, it might not be obvious if you look out of the window, but in the packaging world we’re switching seasons. The short dark days of potato sack season are pretty much behind us, and if the weather picks up as expected we’ll soon be preparing punnets for summer fruits!

Take a look below for a checklist of all the packaging you might need for the long-awaited sunny season. It’s all available off the shelf, so if you pop in, call us or order online it’ll be with you before the prime of your produce has faded…

You’ve grown… You need… You pay…
Carrots 12.5kg paper sacks £17.95 + VAT per 50
Soft fruits Punnets From £6.95 + VAT per 100
Lettuce or cabbage Lettuce bags From £6.60 + VAT per wicket
Asparagus Blue elastic bands £5.25 + VAT per pack
Celery Perforated polybags From £23.50 + VAT per 1000
Squashes and courgettes Perforated polybags From £23.50 + VAT per 1000
Beans and peas Punnets or polybags See above
Fruits for pick-your-own Pick-your-own baskets £21.00 + VAT per 25


Of course this list is not exhaustive, and you may have all sorts of lovely things you’ve grown that don’t fit neatly into the products listed above. No problem! Come in and see us and we can show you all the options for making sure your spring and summer fruit and veg are kept in the very best condition.

punnets of strawberries

Time for Spring and Summer’s colourful produce…

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Paper carrier bags – new low prices

Paper carrier bags have always been known as a pretty expensive alternative to polythene, and even though they’re a potentially green alternative and can look better than crinkled plastic, price has put lots of retailers off.

But not any more! This week Jones & Cane Packaging has relaunched its paper carrier bag range with new low prices. Yep, that’s right, even lower than before! You can even buy in smaller quantities than ever for most lines.

That means that all the reasons we’ve often blogged about for using paper carriers are even more compelling now – you can have a clear environmental conscience, a great looking package leaving your premises, and a wallet that stays a bit more full.

Great prices and low quantities

Take a look at these great deals on just some of the bags we now keep in stock for our retail clients who like a posh bag but don’t want a posh price:


  • Recycled brown paper takeaway carrier bags – from £4.15 + VAT per 100
  • Brown or white takeaway carrier bags – from £21.00 + VAT per 250
  • Luxury twist-handle paper carrier bags in a range of colours – from £8.85 + VAT per 50


The range includes two types of paper carrier bag, in a variety of sizes and colours:

  • Takeaway style carriers – these are paper carriers, available in white or natural brown paper, which have a folded paper handle. They were originally made to hold the steaming containers from your local takeaway (hence the name) but have proven popular for all sorts of other uses:  loose potatoes or other veg, cards and gifts, accessories. They’re a great budget option to help you decide if paper carriers can work for you.
  • Twist-handle carriers – these bags come in a wide range of sizes and have a strong handle made of twisted paper. The smallest is perfect for cards or a book or two, and the largest is suitable for anything from winter coats to textiles or even framed pictures. They come in several colours, and are popular with boutiques and homeware shops.

Still unsure? Get in touch

If you’re local, why not pop in with an example of your products and we’ll see which bag matches your needs? If you’re not, then give us a call on 01603 722264 and we’d be more than happy to run through options with you. Or of course you can email us at . You can place orders over the phone, online or in person – we’re always happy to hear from you.



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It’s nearly Easter – sweetie bags and Easter baskets in stock

easter egg sweetie bag

Sweet treats deserve beautiful bags!

If you’re donning your Easter bonnet already and getting prepared for Easter gatherings and events, you’ve probably got an egg hunt planned. Although in our good old English weather this is fraught with problems (the eggs are equally likely to be either soggy, melted or even frozen), at least you can rely on Jones & Cane for baskets and bags to collect the chocolate treasure.

Easter baskets for your egg hunt

Our pick-your-own baskets are a firm favourite with all sorts of customers, from Brownie packs to primary schools and from churches to charities. They’re a perfect size for children to carry, and have space for enough chocolate to keep them happy. They are made from sturdy cardboard and have a metal handle, and are suitable for carrying up to 6lb in weight. That is a LOT of chocolate.

Pretty bags for petite prizes

If your Easter prizes are a little smaller (say, Creme Egg or Mini Egg size – yum!) then our pretty sweetie bags, in pink or white stripes, are perfect. Or, if you’d like to make a project of decorating them beforehand we stock an excellent range of brown and white paper bags and carriers, perfect for craft activities.

All of these items as well as our wide range of other paper bags and cardboard boxes are available online or in our showrooms. If you’re not exactly sure what you need, or you’re just looking for inspiration for your activities, come in and see us on Rackheath Industrial Estate, or call 01603 722264.




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The rise of veg boxes

box of fresh vegetablesOver the last few years the idea of veg boxes has become increasingly popular, with companies like Abel & Cole providing quality produce to customers around the UK.  Many users enjoy the idea that they are receiving farm-fresh, locally sourced or organic veg, rather than uniform supermarket packs. By offering unusual varieties these boxes also show that as consumers our tastes are becoming broader and more adventurous.

In a similar way, ingredients boxes from providers like Hello Fresh or Gousto take this “try something different” attitude even further. By providing recipes as well as all the materials to make them, they become something to look forward to, just like the unpacking of a box of rainbow-coloured veggies.

Packing the pick of produce

But what’s interesting to us, as packaging nerds, is that this presents much more interesting packaging challenges than just packing the same produce by the ton. As well as protection from damage and the elements, there’s freshness to consider, and also the huge differences between transporting a strawberry and a spud. What’s needed is a packaging solution that can accommodate every type of food – in terms of food hygiene, protection, and portability. Hmmm, if only we knew a packaging wholesaler that had a wide range of food grade- and protective packaging….

This is exactly the sort of challenge we love here at Jones & Cane. Years ago we provided food packaging mostly for potatoes, but now we can match a product to even your most exotic fruit or vegetable. Your products can vary seasonally with your produce, and we sell in quantities that are suitable for small businesses or start-ups, if you’re trialing the veg/ingredients box idea. And it’s not only our range that’s important, it’s our expertise. We’ve got 30 years’ experience of finding packaging solutions, and you can access this over the phone on 01603 722264, or in person at our showrooms. We’re always very happy to help.




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