Our steel drums are in big demand for BBQs

One aspect about the beautiful weather that we’re now all enjoying at the moment is that people tend to spend more and more time in their gardens, which in many cases also means it’s time to fire up the ‘barbie’.  Whilst most of us are content to buy a ready-made and fully assembled barbecue unit, it appears that for many people the only way is to go back to basics and construct their own. Which is why demand for our steel drums always seems to shoot up when the sun is shining.

At first, we were at a loss to understand this strange phenomenon that coincided with good weather, but the more we spoke to customers the more we realised that Patrico steel drums are now seen as the perfect component when you want to make your own BBQ barrel or your own BBQ smoker.  As a matter of fact, both these DIY projects are becoming so popular that there are now websites devoted to explaining the process and providing fully detailed build instructions.

We should have realised of course just why Patrico steel drums are proving to be so popular amongst barbecue builders because our selection of steel drums comes in an extremely wide range of sizes.  In particular, our 115 litre and 210 litre steel drums are perfectly sized and are absolutely ideal for the project.

The first basic instruction for anyone about to construct their own barrel barbecue or smoker is of course to source the steel drums.  For many people, this means they will probably pick up a second hand, well-used drum that may have previously contained … well, who knows what?  In turn, it means that the first priority is that the drum has to be ‘fired’ in order to burn off any rust or contaminants that may be lingering on the inside skin of the drum.  As you can imagine, not everyone is comfortable with that prospect and an increasing number of DIY barbecue enthusiasts are turning to Patrico to purchase brand new, guaranteed factory clean steel drums.

We’re reliably informed that our pristine steel drums are absolutely perfect for the task and with a bit of ingenuity, plus instructions from the Internet, there is no doubt that they can be quickly converted into an excellent, robust and attractive BBQ barrel or a BBQ smoker.

So while the Patrico range of UN Certified Tighthead steel and tinplate drums – ranging in capacity from 1 litre up to 210 litres and with a range of different closures also available – are primarily intended for a vast variety of industrial uses … when the sun shines and the temperature climbs, then demand from Barbie builders also rises.

For more information on our steel drums take a look at our Steel page, or you can call us on: 01684 299 212.  You can also email us at: sales@patrico.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Steel Drums BBQ

Brand new and pristine Patrico steel drums are ideal for converting into a BBQ barrel or BBQ smoker.

Break out the drinks!

Unseasonal sunny weather boosts demand for our PET plastic bottles

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Last weekend was the sunniest, hottest early May bank holiday since records began. That meant millions more families were out and about enjoying the good weather and in turn that produced a massive increase in demand for cool soft drinks.  Good news for the drinks venders, great news for the soft drinks manufacturers and further down the supply chain it was excellent news for us thanks to a rush to re-stock our ever-popular PET plastic bottles.

Patrico PET plastic bottles are always in huge demand by drink and juice manufacturers of all sizes.  That’s because the superior quality of our products is fully guaranteed and this is further reinforced by the unsurpassed excellence of our supply and support service that manufacturers know they can always rely on.  Factor in our ultra competitive pricing structure, our stock availability and our flexible order quantity policy and you can well understand why Patrico PET plastic bottles really are the drink industry’s number one brand of choice.

There is, however, yet another valuable factor in the decision making process and that is the unbeatable range of PET plastic bottles we have in our catalogue.  Most soft drink and juice bottles sold in this country come with a 38mm neck.  The perfect size for comfortable quaffing! The good news is that the Patrico range caters for virtually every requirement.

Our clear, round 38mm neck PET plastic bottle are available in a multitude of sizes that range from 150ml right up to 1 litre.  Many of these sizes are also available in a square and prima bottle format. All our 38mm neck bottles are complete with secure screw caps that are available in a choice of clear, black, white and red.

Our PET plastic bottle customers come in all sizes from the smallest start-ups to the largest drink and juice manufacturers.  Our flexible pricing and order quantity structure means that Patrico is particularly attractive to smaller drink and juice producers thanks to the availability of lower quantity, more manageable and affordable box sizes.  

To cater for this lower user market sector we have established Patrico Shop – a simple, no-fuss facility that is especially geared to meet the needs of smaller manufacturers with flexible deals and FREE SHIPPING TO MAINLAND UK.  

You can view our PET plastic bottles range by visiting Patrico Shop at: http://patricoshop.co.uk/pet where you’ll also discover just how simple it is to source and place your orders online.

If you don’t see exactly what you want, then please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212 or you can email us at: sales@patrico.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Think plastic bottles are merely to hold drinks?

How our 2-litre PET plastic bottles are helping Britain’s wild newts

PET Plastic Bottles

Whilst it is true that the majority of the PET plastic bottles we supply are destined for the drinks industry, a considerable amount are regularly used as efficient, competitively-priced containers for all manner of different liquids.  Occasionally, however, we receive an enquiry (and usually a follow-up order) for PET plastic bottles that are going to be used for something completely different.

Perhaps the most unusual use of our PET plastic bottles is that they are frequently deployed as ‘Newt Trap Bottles’.  Every year we supply literally thousands of clear 2-litre PET plastic bottles to a number of scientific and conservation authorities to be used as an essential tool in their survey and protection activities.

PET Plastic BottlesThe PET plastic bottles we recommend and supply for this purpose are strong and robustly made so that they hold their shape well.  They also have a long domed neck that is ideal for receiving a bamboo cane, which serves as a means of entry for the newts.  Alternatively, the PET plastic bottles we supply are also easy to cut just below the neck for conversion into bottle traps that are perfect for surveying the larger Great Crested Newts.

We understand that the PET plastic bottles are prepared and placed around the pond margin.  Our customers tell us that these traps are the best and most reliable method of surveying newt populations or for detecting the presence of Great Crested Newts.

It must be pointed out though, that this method of trapping wild newts is a very specialised and highly skilled process that requires not only extensive training but users must also be in possession of the appropriate license.  It is controlled by both conservation and welfare legislation.

Given the prevalence of PET plastic bottles around today, you may be wondering why the organisations that carry out these surveys don’t simply collect empty drinks bottles for their requirements.  The answer is quite simple really.

By coming directly to us they know that we can not only guarantee the quality and consistency of the bottles we supply but also being brand new virgin PET they are perfectly clean with no potentially dangerous dregs to be rinsed out.  There are also no labels to be removed and best of all customers are assured of prompt, reliable deliveries at the most competitive prices.

Maybe you are requiring PET plastic bottles to hold drinks – our range of clear drinks bottles (or newt traps) range from 250ml up to 5-litre.  We also have lots of other different types of plastic bottles within our comprehensive range and if you don’t see exactly what you’re looking for then please do not hesitate to contact us to discuss your requirements.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212 or you can email us at: sales@patrico.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Going from strength to strength

That’s why more and more customers are choosing to source their packaging essentials from Patrico

It’s generally accepted that when it comes to purchasing and procurement most businesses prefer to deal with successful organisations.  After all, it makes perfect sense. The most successful companies have only been able to achieve their elevated status by being better than their competitors.  Which in turn means that not only do they provide the highest quality merchandise, but they almost certainly support this with superior service. So, in other words, if you know that you won’t be disappointed with the goods and won’t be let down by the service … then that is a powerful argument for putting that supplier at the top of your list.  We’re delighted to report that when it comes to packaging essentials, Patrico is, without question, the preferred choice for what is a continually growing list of customers.

Not that we are in any way at risk of complacency.  In fact quite the reverse. Although we’re rightly proud of our achievements and our unrivalled range of industrial containers, as well as our outstanding record of superior service and customer satisfaction, we are constantly striving for further improvement.  We recognise that if we wish to preserve our outstanding level of excellence we must constantly look to improve. Standing still means you go backwards! Consequently, we can now report that a number of important developments are in the pipeline.

Improved delivery facilities

We are currently in the process of purchasing our first articulated truck.  A super-efficient, low-emission vehicle that will considerably improve our capabilities regarding both collections and deliveries.  Buyers of our plastic, tinplate, steel, glass and PET bottles and containers, plus our IBC containers, UN cartons and miscellaneous packaging essentials can now look forward to even more efficient deliveries and reduced lead times.

Additional warehousing space

In addition to our extensive existing facilities, we have recently acquired an extra 17,000 square feet of warehouse space.  This additional resource will enable us to carry significantly greater quantities of stock, which in turn will allow us to improve our delivery schedules to even higher levels of efficiency.

An extended sales force

Over the past few months, we have been busy recruiting additional sales personnel in order to increase and improve our external sales force.  It will now be far easier for customers to contact our sales team and this, in turn, will improve our sales and support services. At the same time, it will have a very positive effect on our delivery schedules.  

Our recycling policy

Just one other piece of news to report is that always high on our agenda is our progressive recycling policy.  With so much news coverage around regarding ‘plastic pollution’, it is worth pointing out that wherever possible we source our plastic, PET and IBC containers from carefully vetted responsible manufacturers, much of which is produced using recycled materials.  We should also point out that the majority of our plastic containers are fully recyclable as part of our continuing drive to protect the environment.  

If you would like to know more about our extended service facilities or if you wish to discuss any products from our packaging essentials range then please contact us right away.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212 or you can email us at: sales@patrico.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

Packaging Essentials

So who will carry the can?

Why would you risk your products in inferior tinplate containers?

Tinplate Containers

After all the hard work, effort and expense you put into developing and manufacturing your products it is sheer folly to jeopardise their journey to market by packing them in, shall we say, tinplate containers of questionable quality.  If the containers fail then the consequences can be catastrophic and not merely because of the huge compensation bill you could be faced with. Tinplate containers disasters could also have such a devastating effect on the reputation of your brand that it may take years, if not forever to overcome it.

The containers that you put your products, your trust and your company’s good name in are absolutely crucial to your future.  There really is only one sensible solution and that is to avoid any risk and specify the best … which means Patrico.

Our renowned range of high-quality tinplate containers covers virtually every requirement in terms of shapes, sizes, capacities, configurations and content suitability.

Our catalogue includes Cone Top Tins, Lever Lid Tins, Oblong Lugs and Ear Tins, Oblong Tins and Tapered Pails.

Each one of these collections spans a wide catalogue of sizes and capacities with products ranging from 125ml Round Cone Top and Lever Lid Tins that are suitable for a huge variety of products; up to large multi-functional 30lt full aperture pails.

Every product within our comprehensive portfolio is engineered from top-quality tinplate steel using the most advanced manufacturing techniques for guaranteed security, ultra reliability, maximum customer confidence, impressive market presence and most of all for your own reassurance and peace of mind.

Standard features include the option of plastic and metal screw tops incorporating security seals where it is deemed necessary.  Other features, depending on the product, include carrying handles, and push-fit pouring spouts, plus for the pails, secure ring latch lid fastening.  Many of our tinplate containers are also UN Certified for the safe containment of hazardous products.

Patrico tinplate containers are available in a range of external colours with the option of a plain or lacquered internal finish.

For further information on any product from our tinplate containers range or to discuss how we can resolve your own requirements please do not hesitate to contact us.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212 or you can email us at: sales@patrico.co.uk.  Alternatively, you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page. 

All our jars come fully pre-loaded

Our glass jars wholesale range are all packed with extra quality and super value

Can glass jars really claim to have a USP?  Maybe some, shall we say ‘more basic’ ranges that are available can’t boast this benefit, but you can be assured that every single product in the Patrico glass jar wholesale range is packed to the brim with so many valued features that they are consistently rated ‘BEST BUY’ by a massive spread of customers and industry sectors.  Not least of these USP features is the famous Patrico guarantee of top-quality manufacture and unbeatable value for money. So if you’re searching for the UK’s undisputed number one glass jars wholesaler … your search ends right here at Patrico.


The Patrico glass jars range is as comprehensive as it is competitive with a wide choice of sizes, styles and specifications to match the most demanding requirements.

All our glass jars are precision manufactured, high-quality white flint or amber glassware products that are purpose produced to fulfil the broadest spread of requirements.

Sizes range from 30ml up to 500ml capacity with a choice of alternative shapes that are available with ultra-secure metal and plastic screw caps designed to ensure maximum protection for the contents.

Speaking of contents, even after all these years we are still occasionally amazed at the variety of uses our glass jars are put to, especially by our larger glass jars wholesale customers.  As you’d expect, many of these products are used by the food, pharmaceutical and retail industries as visually attractive and secure containers that are ideal for a vast variety of products such as crystals, tablets, powders and semi-solids.  

Among the other uses of our glass jars that we have been told about, you could also include: spices, DIY and craft products, seeds, plant foods, plus high-end teas, coffee and other luxury goods such as fragrant candles that simply demand the most visually stimulating product display.  Indeed, one of the most popular products within our glass jar wholesale range is the 1lb Clear Glass Honey Jar that is consistently in huge demand by large and small manufacturers of jams, preserves, fruits and of course honey.


Just recently we were even informed that Patrico glass jars are being increasingly chosen as novel displays for presentation gifts and now frequently take pride of place as centrepieces for wedding banquet table settings.

Whatever it is you require high-quality glass jars for and when you are looking for jars that are fully loaded with the most exceptional value for money you must check out the Patrico Glass Jar Wholesale Range.  Contact us now.  You can call us on: 01684 299 212 or you can email us at: sales@patrico.co.uk.  Alternatively you can send us an online message using the form that is on our Contact Us page.

UN Approved Fibreboard Cartons

fibreboard cartonsOur UN approved fibreboard cartons come in a huge range of shapes and sizes and can be combined with different inner containers in order to ship substances across long distances. There are two main categories of fibreboard cartons, 4G cartons and 4GV cartons. The main differences between the two are as follows:

4G Cartons

4G cartons are highly specific forms of container which have to be used in conjunction with a specific, approved liner. They can be used to transport substances which are dangerous or highly sensitive and have to be selected with a great deal of care. The carton and the inner liner have to be tested together, and we can provide a list of approved containers if you’re uncertain about what you should be using. If you’ve already got an inner container but are uncertain if it will meet the conditions of the licence which you need then well test the container for you and provide a report, although additional charges may apply for this service. From the first contact, we’ll work with you to ensure you can ship your products with complete peace of mind.

4GV Cartons

4GV cartons can be used with inner packs and liners which don’t have to be tested, including packing in the form of vermiculite granules, which is used to keep the contents safe and secure during transit. The requirement of a 4G licence means that there are limits on the size and weight of any liner which you do opt to use, and once again we can work with you to make sure that the fibreboard carton you eventually use – plus the inner packing – meets all the necessary requirements. As with 4G cartons we can work with you to make sure that you make the right choices and purchase the right product for your business.

What needs to be made clear, however, is that the responsibility for ensuring you satisfy all of the relevant conditions for packing and shipping your goods ultimately rests with you. We can offer our experience and expertise – not to mention our range of fibreboard cartons – but you, as packer or shipper, will have to sign off on the choices made.

Our products range from boxes which measure 175x155x300 to boxes designed to hold a 5 litre jerrican and 4 2.5 litre oblong tins. We also stock fibre drums supplied with a lid which can hold as much as 115 litres. No matter what you need we’ll provide it for the best possible price and in line with your deadlines.       

We Provide All Types of Plastic Bottles Wholesale

Plastic Bottles WholesaleWhen it comes to supplying plastic bottles wholesale we offer a varied range of shapes, sizes, capacities and types. We’ll work with you to identify the ideal container amongst our range, and to make sure you receive them when you need them, for the best possible price.

Our plastic bottles come as either round or rectangular items and with a capacity ranging from 30ml to 5 litres. They are manufactured from either high density (HDPE) or low density (LDPE) polyethylene, and come with natural or white pigmentation as standard, although other colours can be supplied for individual customers. In addition to this, the provision of caps and closures including spray heads, pumps and tamper evident lids means that we provide plastic bottles wholesale for businesses and products of virtually every type.

The precise details of each plastic bottle ordered will vary depending upon the contents, the storage provision and the shipping needed. From 60 ml food approved plastic bottles with a 28mm neck all the way up to a litre bottle with a 31mm neck and beyond, you can find exactly the bottle you need amongst our stock. For some products, such as smoothies, fruit juice and dairy drinks, we provide clear plastic bottles perfect for showcasing the contents, and with a 38mm wide neck for consumer convenience.

From juice to table water to dangerous liquids like white spirits, our plastic bottles meet the requirements of all of our clients. They can also be printed to your own design, should you wish to customise bottles to aid with stock control and to align them with your wider branding.

Before you order plastic bottles wholesale please take a look at our website and you’re bound to be able to find exactly what you’re looking for. Our range and quality is matched by our commitment to value, making Patrico the only choice for your plastic bottle provision.

Put Steel Containers on Your Christmas Shopping List

Here at Patrico we take great delight in providing people with exactly what they need. If the top of the range steel containers takes pride of place on your Christmas list this year, then look no further than Patrico to make your wishes come true.

Our range of steel containers is quite simply second to none. We appreciate the enormous number of industries for which the steel container is the storage and shipping method of choice and we stock and supply items which have been carefully chosen to meet the demands of our clients.

Our steel and tinplate tighthead steel drums are UN certified for the transportation of hazardous material and come in sizes ranging from 1 litre to 210 litres. We also offer a range of different closure methods, allowing our clients to select the one which is perfect for their needs. Whether you require a screw cap, spout or internal bung, we’ll make it happen and meet your order as and when you need it.

Our open head drums, on the other hand, start at 10 litres and range to 210 litres. Not all of them are UN certified for solids, but most are, and if it’s what you need then we can make it happen. The drums come with a removable head which is safely secured with a steel lever ring closure. All drums are available with either a plain or lacquered internal finish and a variety of colours externally so if colour coding, branding or appearance is important to your business, our steel containers will fit the bill perfectly.

If you take a look at our website we’re certain you’ll find exactly what you need, but if you don’t then please give us a call on 01684 299 212. We have an extensive and well-established supply chain, and we’ll do everything we can to source and supply exactly what you’re looking for. If you’ve dealt with us before you’ll know exactly how well we treat our customers, particularly at this special time of year. We wish all of our customers old and new a Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, and if you need a delivery before Christmas itself then please make sure you place your order with our shop by the 21st December. After we’ve taken a break to unwrap our own presents and tuck into some turkey with all the trimmings, normal Patrico service will be resumed on 2nd January next year.


Steel Containers

Source Your Tin Containers from Patrico

We like to think that people return to Patrico time and again because they know they can rely on certain things. The first of these is the sheer quality of the items which we provide. The second is the the incredibly high standard of customer service we offer. If you can’t find the item you need on our website then you can contact us and a member of our team will do everything possible to supply what you need. All of this applies to the range of tin containers stocked by Patrico.

As tin packing suppliers we realise that our clients need products in an extremely wide range of shapes and sizes. From 125ml round paint tins to a 30lt full aperture pail, we stock tin containers which can be used by businesses of every type.

Paint, adhesives, coatings, inks, pastes and granules can all be safely stored in these containers, which come in different colours for ease of identification and wider branding, and have interior surfaces which are either plain or lacquered. Tin plate is suitable for the storage of hazardous substances, and many of our tin containers are UN certified, so can be used to handle substances which are hazardous

Amongst the tin containers which we supply are the following:

Cone Top tins

These round tins have plain finishes and can be lacquered inside if need be. They come in sizes ranging from 125ml, through 250ml and 500ml to 1 litre. All of the tins come with metal screw caps as standard, although the 250ml, 500ml and 1litre sizes can come with poly-cone lined caps and, if requested, brushes can be attached to the plastic caps for dispensing the contents.

Lever Lid Tins

These are amongst the most versatile and varied tin containers. Ideal for storing paint or other liquid goods, the lever lid tins come in a range of sizes. 125ml, 250ml and 500ml down at the smaller end, giving way to 1 litre, 2.5 litre, 5 litre and 10 litre sizes. The 250ml, 500ml, 1ltr, and 5litre tins can be supplied with a plain or white external finish and a plain or lacquered internal finish. The 2.5 litre and 5 litre tins can be fitted with plastic handles and the 10 litre tin with a metal handle. If extra lid security is required, than all sizes of tin can be supplied with spring securing clips.

Other specialised items include; oblong cans fitted with lugs and ears which can be provided with a tamper proof seal, oblong tins which are UN approved can be supplied in a range of sizes with caps and seals or pull up spouts, and tapered pails which range from 1 litre to 30 litres and are equally suited for storing hazardous liquids.

Our wide range means we’re almost bound to have exactly what you’re looking for, and our commitment to customer service means we’ll supply it when and where you need it, for a price you’ll find hard to beat.  


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