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Why Glass & Plateware Matters

Tableware has long been the topic of discussion as to the why and why not for decades.

Does it matter? Given the fact that companies like Arc Cardinal have been revolutionizing glassware since it created Fully Tempered Glass in 1958 under the name Arcoroc Professional it suffices to say that there are definitely differentiators and companies that are prepared to invest in quality.

Like everything it really depends on your budget and concept. Cheaper or the politically correct “less-expensive” isn’t always the best route when you start discussing things like breakage.

Durable elegance is the order of the day and it may be that there are some signature pieces you choose to invest in that make you stand out from the competition.

You eat with your eyes! It’s important to keep up with the current trends and ensure that you give the best customer experience possible within your menu and budget., Arcoroc is “the professional’s choice.” As a nod to its French heritage and the expertise required in fine dining, the Chef & Sommelier brand of glassware and dinnerware boasts superior material quality and design that allows both chefs and sommeliers to express their talents as they present their food and drink.

With so much innovation in technology and selection in glassware, it’s sometimes hard to keep it all straight. Here is the summary on the different glass types, from strong to strongest;

  • Annealed – Annealed glassware is glass that has been blown and then left to cool down slowly. This process helps strengthen the glass against temperature changes (like putting a cold beverage in a glass right out of the dishwasher).
  • Fully Tempered – Arc Cardinal’s fully tempered glassware is blown and then cooled down very quickly so that the molecules in the glass contrast, creating a stronger, tighter bond. This treatment strengthens the glass to be up to 5 times stronger than annealed glass.
  • Krysta is the newest and strongest material introduced by Arc Cardinal. Krysta contains a lead-free crystal that, when added to annealed glass, is 30% stronger than standard crystalline, and is one of the purest and most transparent glasses you’ll find on the market. This glassware product will remain clear and brilliant even after 2,000 cycles in a commercial dishwasher.

Why would you spend choose to invest in tableware? It’s simple it’s all about durability! The longevity of quality glass and plateware is a simple equation when you consider that glass and dinnerware breakage in the restaurant is something the entire restaurant staff has to struggle with. From the server who has to sweep up after their guest, the chef who has to ditch all the food on his work space, to the general manager who has to keep ordering new glassware and tableware, broken glass simply puts unnecessary stress on the entire restaurant operation.

And if you still aren’t convinced – reach out to us or book an appointment in our showroom. We’d be happy for you to experience first-hand the superiority of Arc Cardinal glassware.