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National Cereal Day

With National Toast Day now gone and forgotten (even if it was under a fortnight ago), our attention now turns to another hugely popular breakfast choice – cereal.

Across the pond, almost half of all Americans eat cereal on a daily basis and in fact, it is the third most popular item sold in US supermarkets.

While us Brits don’t consume cereal with quite the same regularity, it is still a hugely popular breakfast option.

Today is National Cereal Day, and to celebrate we have constructed five fun facts about the bowl based, sugary delight…




1. Cereal was first invented when housewives served popcorn with sugar and cream for breakfast. 


2. There are 2.7 billion packages of cereal sold every year.


3. On average, Americans eat a whopping 160 bowls of cereal per year.


4. However, contrary to belief, UK breakfast cereals actually contain nearly 30% more sugar than those sold in America.


5. Thurl Ravenscroft, the voice of Tony the Tiger, also sang “You’re a Mean One, Mr. Grinch” in Dr. Seuss’ famous film, “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.”


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The benefits of digital printing

Print technology is evolving, and we are seeing more and more digital technology being used within the industry. Why? Well, in a world where the provision of goods and services is expected almost instantaneously, the move from more traditional methods to digital systems was surely a natural one.

The onset of mobile and wireless also means that the latest generation of digital printing technology has become more accessible to the masses. Here are some of the reasons digital printing has proven popular:

  • Precision: No matter how many times you repeat a digital print, it will accurately produce the same high quality image. Digital printing is one of the most accurate ways of printing for companies that are concerned with saving money and reducing waste compared to the perhaps more messy process of offset printing.
  • Proofing: When hundreds of leaflets need to be produced, it is important to proof them for accuracy. Typical offset printing takes a long time to produce a single print for proofing and tends to be expensive. Digital printing immediately produces a print and costs much less, so it is easy to proof prints before thousands are created.
  • Inexpensive: Digital printing costs less than offset printing. When a printing project is small, offset printing can take a long time to set up and ultimately cost more. This means that, no matter how small a project may be, it is more cost-effective to use fast and efficient digital printing services.
  • Swift Turnaround Times: Digital printing does not require a lengthy preparation of a press like offset printing. Therefore, it is a quick printing method that can finish whenever a project needs to be completed.
  • Printing Variables: Variable data printing allows for the production of many different printing types at the same time. There is no need to stop and change a press, like in offset printing. Every print job that involves digital printing is customisable. This means that different graphics and texts can be printed in a constant fluid motion.



10 things you didn’t know about Toners

Believe it or not, the history of print and printing technologies is an interesting one, and the development of toner cartridges has been revolutionary - from the first dry-ink printer through to the chemically modified precision inks and processes that many of us use today in the office today.  We have put together 10 things you may or may not have known about toners, prepared to be enlightened...


  1. The process of Xerography or electrophotography was invented in the late 1930s, and is the technology that pre-empted laser printing and photo copying. In the 1950s a fully automated process was put into place using a cylindrical drum instead of a flat plate.  


  1. In contrast to the liquid within inkjet cartridges, toner is made from solid particles (toner powder). These particles are melted to the page with the heat and pressure of a fuser. 


  1. In the early days of laser printing, toner was made of simple carbon powder. However, plastic or wax polymers were eventually introduced in order to improve quality, and made printing with toners more affordable as well as allowing customers to use them on a wide range of print media. 


  1. Toner particles move between the components, within the cartridge, through static electricity. Each toner particle is engineered to hold a specific charge and travel with extreme precision.


  1. Toner powder is manufactured in one of two ways, by grounding or by growing. In conventional toner, the ingredients are compounded into a slab, then ground or pulverized into a fine powder, resulting in toner granules of varying size and shape. In a chemically produced toner (CPT), particles are grown through a chemical process to the desired size and shape.   This consistent size and shape enables improved toner charging, toner placement, and wear characteristics and ultimately provides improved print quality, optimised toner usage, and lower energy use. 


  1. When it comes to toner particles, getting a uniform size and shape is most desirable. This enables consistency in the placement of the toner, wear characteristics and toner charge, which lead to optimised print quality.


  1. The first Laserjet desktop printer (that used toner cartridges) was launched by HP in 1984 with a price tag of $3,495 (£2,838 sterling).


  1. HP toner formulations vary from printer to printer because toners must meet specific performance requirements of each printing system, which is why there is not a universal toner that fits all devices.


  1. At The Red Bus Cartridge Company, our toner cartridges are remanufactured. This means that original cartridges are refilled and any worn or damaged parts are replaced. They are tested thoroughly to ensure that the highest standards of quality are met.


  1. There is a misconception about remanufactured toner cartridges being produced cheaply. An enormous amount of research and development goes into the remanufacturing process. In fact, it takes approximately 150 million toner particles just to cover about 5 percent of a page!  
Max Colour - Office Hero


Max Colour is an office hero by day and superhero by night.  

Today there's a cross-over & here we see his two worlds collide as he uses his super powers to colour the planet with beautiful, bright drops as he shares the joy & wonder of The Red Bus Cartridge Company, UK manufacturers of toner cartridges.

Max Colour exhudes and air of mystery and has the girls swooning with his unpolished look & natural swagger.  Men want to be him and women want to be with him.  He, however, wants to go viral - so please, Like, Share, Tag, Retweet, in other words, let's do whatever it takes to get him there.

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Valentines Day

The day that's like Marmite - you either love it or hate it!  

A day for true romance or a well marketed, over promoted cash generator for businesses world wide? (Cynical - us?  Never!)

Whatever your opinion, legend has it that the day first became associated with romantic love within the circle of Geoffrey Chaucer in the 14th century, when the tradition of courtly love flourished. In 18th-century England, it evolved into an occasion in which lovers expressed their love for each other by presenting flowers, offering confectionery, and sending greeting cards (known as “valentines“). In Europe, Saint Valentine’s Keys are given to lovers “as a romantic symbol and an invitation to unlock the giver’s heart”.

Valentines Day