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Recycled Foamed Polystyrene

November 25th, 2015

Being a company that produces products from foamed polystyrene, which is sometimes mistakenly referred to as Styrofoam, we often get asked about recycling.  There is a common misconception that foam polystyrene products can’t be recycled.  It can and is being recycled.  Please keep in mind, just because your local municipality may not accept products that carry the Untitled-1 recycle symbol does not mean it is not recyclable.  Check out this awesome video from the good folks at Chic-Fil-A to see what they do with their used foam drink cups.

Foodservice Trends For 2016

November 20th, 2015

Wouldn’t it be great to know, as food operators, what is in the mind of the consumer?  What do they like or dislike and what keeps them coming back for more?  Luckily for us, our very good friends at Technomic make it their business to keep a pulse on the food service industry.  Not just what’s trending with consumers, but also what outside forces effect our industry such as the minimum wage hike debate.  Check out this video which outlines 10 of the top trends that could very well effect your food service operation in 2016.

Perhaps some of these resonate with your business.  There is one trend we have notice which is the continued desire for environmentally friendly food packaging options.  One thing is for certain, no matter what your food operation is, Genpak is here to be Your Food Packaging Company!


New Compostable Food Packaging

November 19th, 2015

One of the things that sets Genpak apart from other food packaging manufacturers is that we ask out customers questions then actually take action upon those suggestions.  For example, one of Survey1our recent surveys asked which product offering they would like to see us expand in.  Clearly, the overwhelming choice was for more environmentally friendly food packaging.   We heard that loud and clear and have recently launch three new Harvest Fiber products!

  • HF211 – compostable hinged hot dog container
  • HF811 – compostable large oval platter
  • HF936 – compostable over-cap lid for our HF836 bowl

Check out this brief video showing some features of our Harvest Fiber line!

Keep the great suggestions coming and well keep striving to be Your Food Packaging Company!


Microwave Safe Food Packaging

November 12th, 2015

The microwave oven has become a necessity in every kitchen. Try to go more than three days without microwaving something. Whether you are warming or actually cooking food items, the microwave is here to stay. When it comes to food packaging for the microwave, not all items are created equal and not all items are safe for the microwave. Foods can reach temperatures up to 210° F. Typically, #5 recycling polypropylene is the material of choice for this type of application. It can handle the high temperatures and may be formed into many different configurations and is curb FP348 food containerside recyclable. Genpak’s Smart Set Pro series of microwave safe food packaging is by far our most popular.  Benefits include:

  • Unique textured finish offer a cool-to-the-touch experience and allows us to use less virgin material without sacrificing any functionality!
  • Super clear, microwave safe lids allow for maximum food product visualization.
  • Rectangular sizes are also available in a clear material for excellent shelf merchandising.
  • Now customers may emboss their logo on right on the lid to enhance their branding message (minimums do apply).
  • Curb side recyclable.

According to our customers, expanding our microwave safe offering is second only to more compostable products. And as you may know, Genpak actually listens to its customers and acts upon FPR932S Displaythose suggestions. Today we are launching a new lid to the Smart Set Pro family of products. The FPR932S is a low profile, ultra clear lid that allows customers to display their food products at an angle while keep the contents secure. Check out this great grocery store display of these lids in action with the FPR024 base.

The lid is just the tip of the iceberg. You can expect more microwave safe product launches from us in the very near future.

To our current customers…thank you for the great suggestions and keep them coming. To those of you that may be new to Genpak, our goal is to be your food packaging company!


Food Packaging Shrinks

September 22nd, 2015

A new study was published by Packaged Facts entitled Food and Beverage Packaging in the US: Consumer Perspectives which analyzes the shifting and emerging trends in food and beverage packaging.  There were 5 key trends identified which include:

  • Millennials: This group tends to like fresh, less processed foods as demonstrated by their preference for fast casual restaurants that offer freshly prepared foods as well as shopping the perimeter of grocery stores where fresh, non-packaged foods can be found
  • Smaller packages are a big trend in packaging: One and two person households represent 61% of all U.S. homes and package sizes targeting this demographic has become a major trend. Formats include single-serve packaging, meals for two, multi-packs of individual portions and resealable packaging. I’d like to focus on this particular point for a moment as it happily coincides with a push we, here at Genpak, have been focusing on. Check out this brief video on just what I mean.

For more detail on Genpak Grab & Go packaging, follow this link.

  • Packaging for convenience: Packaging with features such as ease of opening, resealability, portability, light weight and easy dispensing are packaging benefits that influence consumers’ purchasing decisions.
  • See-thru packaging can boost sales: Marketers and food operators are placing their products in packaging that enable clear visualization. This transparency piggybacks on consumers desire to see how foods look and produced. This transparency by producers builds consumer trust and goodwill.
  • Eco-friendly packaging growing: Improved recyclability and sustainability will become ever more important for packaging.

I found these trends interesting as it is almost like reading right from our playbook.

Temperature Control Take Out Containers

June 3rd, 2015

I don’t know about you, but if there’s one thing that ruins my half rack of ribs lunch meal, it is warm coleslaw. Not sure where or when it happened, but I absolutely love coleslaw. It hits the spot when scarfing down those ribs. However the slaw always ends up lukewarm or worse yet, it’s migrated into the ribs making them more messy than ribs already are. Same deal with the baked beans. The food packaging my rib place uses just doesn’t seem to do the trick. They always seem to jump from their home compartment into the ribs. Yuk. Why bring up this seemingly obscure topic? Well obviously because Genpak has the solution! Check out this video demonstrating our 203CO temperature control capabilities. It’s pretty neat stuff.

How “cool” is that? If this looks like something you want more information on, just follow this link. From it, you can read a little more and also order free samples to test for yourself.

Food Packaging Funnies: Crazy Bans

June 2nd, 2015

Do people really think like this?

Tamper Evident Food Packaging

April 9th, 2015

Have you ever spent your hard earned money on the latest gizmo, gadget or widget only to realize that the gizmo, gadget or widget you have been using for years is just as good or in some cases, better? I can’t tell you how many times I’ve purchased things in the past that I thought would work better, fit better, look better or just plain be better, only to be disappointed. Now to be fair, some of that could be attributed to the fact that I’m a poor shopper to begin with, which probably explains why I have so many pairs of shoes that don’t fit or how the people at the returns desk of our local retail shops are on a first name basis with my wife. But, that does not always apply. Many times the latest item is not really all that it’s cracked up to be.

I think that is definitely the case with the so called tamper evident packaging that has flooded the food packaging marketplace. So many designs that, in the end, really do not provide a true tamper evident solution. What they do provide is a more expensive package. Some are overly complicated, some require special equipment to use and some end up with extra pieces to be thrown away. I think sometimes companies are in such a rush to design a better mouse trap when all the time the solution is sitting right in front of them.

Take for example, our Hinged Deli Containers. Unquestionably they are the best selling line of clear hinged containers on the market today. Our sales continue to grow even with all these competitive, complicated contraptions entering the market. How is this possible? Easy, we in conjunction with our customers, have simply reviewed the current AD Deli line and how they are used. In every case, our customers place labels on the container. One for nutritional values and the other usually containing their brand message. So the suggestion was derived that the label become the tamper evident mechanism. Labels must be used anyway for retail shelf applications, so why not let them serve two functions? Makes total sense doesn’t it? Why pay more for overpriced, complicated designs, when you can continue using the packaging that has worked so well for so long? Our customers have embraced the solution and are enjoying the savings of not needing switch out their lines for something that doesn’t really work anyway. Check out this brief video demonstration showing exactly what I’m talking about.

If you are not using our Hinged Deli Containers and want to, just let us know.  We’ll be glad to count you as one of our most valued customers!

Food Packaging Solutions: Taco Salad Containers

March 24th, 2015

One of the many traits that sets Genpak apart from the rest is our willingness to solve customer food packaging problems. Many of our best selling items have been born from problems brought to us by our valued customers. Vented containers, close-off packaging, decorated containers and leak resistant food packaging are just a few that immediately pop to mind. Today though I’d like to tell you about a particularly daunting problem that was presented to us by a very good customer who specializes in Mexican foods. Their business model included both dine in and take out customers. As their take out business grew, they recognized the need for a special kind of packaging that would allow them to include their very popular taco salad menu item as a to go option. Anyone who has ever ordered a taco salad knows, the shell is brittle and can easily break. The customer was already using our LAM09 plate as their base but needed something to protect the shell. Long story short, we developed a high dome, very steep walled lid that worked perfectly.

Here’s a quick video demonstration of that lid in action!

If that looks like something you’d like try, just request some free samples of our 93888 lid with a LAM09 plate.

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Food Packaging Funnies: Foam Containers

March 19th, 2015

More absurdity regarding foam containers.

where foam container bans can take society