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October 17th, 2013

Here’s some articles worth reading.

  • I don’t remember where I heard this, but someone once said, “anything that can be invented has already been invented”. This new concept slaps that notion down. I’ll be looking for this new packaging at the grocery store.
  • McDonald’s to begin placing paperback books into happy meals. Check out the critic’s comment at the end of this piece. What a nut. This guy would probably like nothing better than to run them out of business and send the millions employed by McD’s out on the street. Can he not be happy and a little satisfied that McD’s is encouraging kids to read and maybe learn a little at the same time? Get a life dude.
  • A fitness center at my grocery store? I have mixed emotions about this one. Hopefully shoppers can’t see the folks working out.
  • Recycling rates for PET continues to increase which is a good thing. For our part, we have been using post consumer recycled PET for many years now in the production of our clear APET products.
  • Here’s an interesting concept for food packaging. I think this person has a future in packaging design!
  • Food packaging designed for a trip to the Antarctic. Even though this is not Genpak packaging, you have to give credit where credit is due.
  • Quick service restaurant CEO says Obamacare will hurt job creation and reduce staffing. This could have far reaching effects which will include food packaging decisions.

Microwave Containers on the Rise With Increase in Smart Phone Usage

October 15th, 2013

Do you have a smart phone? I have a smart phone. My husband has a smart phone. My co-workers have smart phones. Everyone I know has a smart phone. Actually more than 56% of the US population has a smart phone. Eighty percent of young people, ages 18-34, own a smart phone. No wonder every website has a mobile version.

But that’s not what I’m getting at. With our population becoming more and more attached to their phone, restaurants need to get to consumers in different ways. Enter online ordering from your favorite fast casual restaurant. You can now get take-out food without even talking to someone. Catering decisions can be made quickly. Placing an order for your favorite dish right before you leave from work and picking it up on the way home just became more convenient. No one trying to up sell you on an appetizer or dessert. With the ease of ordering take-out food we have seen the increase in usage of our microwave safe containers.

Smart Set Pro FP035Our Smart Set Pro and Harvest Pro product lines fit right in. Take away soups, appetizers and full meals can all be accommodated in these products. Smart Set Pro comes in two pieces black and clear bottoms with clear lids. You can still show off your products while keeping them hot. Don’t forget you can put your brand on the lids! Smart Set Pro containers are reusable.Harvest Pro

Why not cement that idea of take-out from your restaurant even further when they are using it to store left-overs from home. Our Harvest Pro products are hinged containers made of polypropylene and natural minerals. Both of these options are leak resistant, recyclable, and microwave safe.
And don’t forget there’s an app for that. With the boom of the iPhone and Android, many restaurants now have loyalty apps that reward you with points, or coupons right in the palm of your hand, encouraging you to take-out, dine in, eat more, and bring friends.

Food Packaging News

October 11th, 2013

Here’s a few articles worth reading.

  • An interesting piece on photographing frozen meals for the outer display carton. Reality or creative liberties? You decide.
  • Sort of along the same lines as the previous post, but this one talks about on-line grocery shopping and the imagery used to sell those products.
  • Same store restaurant sales slump in Q3. This coincides with the overall health of the economy I think…no matter what the government keeps telling us.
  • Specialty drinks help restaurants cope with slumping beverage margins. And they are tasty I might add!
  • Gluten free baked goods? Sound odd, but it looks like it has passed the trend phase. The good news is, all Genpak bakery products are 100% gluten free!

Food Packaging News

August 16th, 2013

Here are a few of the newsworthy articles involving food packaging, worth a look from this week.

  • I find the science behind human behavior fascinating. This piece talks about what prompts people to choose one type of snack over another when it comes to the type of package it comes in.
  • The correct type of food packaging can help prevent food waste.  So true!
  • Food tucks, now food trailers? Interesting concept. Note the comment about using compostable food packaging.
  • Portland, OR city council proposes a short sighed bill that will increase the cost of your food purchased from food vendors.  When will they learn that this type of bill does nothing more than making it hard for small business to thrive?

Food Packaging Industry News

August 6th, 2013

More food packaging news worth a look…

  • Consumers seem more in tune on the types of packaging used these days. So much so it can sway their decision to buy a product or not. For me it’s reusable & microwave safe packaging that can push me over the edge to purchase.
  • Okay so this one about renaming fish really doesn’t have anything to do with food packaging, but the marketing guy inside me liked this enough to post.
  • Beer, wine or liquor? Some interesting statistics on what people choose to drink, for those that chose to drink.
  • The FDA has now defined what can be called gluten free. One thing is for sure…Genpak products are 100% gluten free!
  • Food trucks at airports? Interesting concept. I wonder if it’ll take off? Okay that was bad but it made me chuckle.
  • Take home catering can offer a great revenue stream. I like this article because we offer a full range of food packaging perfect for this type of application.

Food Packaging Industry News

August 1st, 2013

So sorry it’s been a while since my last News Worth Reading post, but believe it or not I took some vacation! Enjoy the following and I’ll do my best to stay on top of this moving forward.

  • There is reason for optimism in the restaurant industry. Although this report only shows “some” optimism…any news of growth is a good thing.
  • Debit card swipe fees are making news again. This report shows the fees costing merchants, including food operators, big money.
  • An excellent article from Technomics on what people want out of their restaurant. I can relate to the bread part of this. I’ll only get a sub from this one pizza place near my house because their bread is the best around. I’m sure there are cheaper places to get a turkey sub, but I’ll pay more for the one that tastes the best.
  • It’s official. Buying local, organic and natural foods at grocery stores is no longer considered a niche market. More people are looking for these traits now than those that do not. Also, I’ve seen more and more examples of “local” source foods on restaurant menus than ever before. It just makes sense I think.
  • Technology is on the rise with quick service restaurants. I find this story interesting because it talks about placing QR codes on the food packaging, which of course is near and dear to my heart.
  • Plastic cup sales are expected to be on the rise according to this piece. That would be okay with us as we have a full line of plastic cups and lids. On a side note, I bet the current mayor of New York isn’t thrilled that this growth is driven by larger size sales. See previous post on that one.
  • Not only is their reason for optimism in the restaurant industry, but this report shows excellent growth in prepared foods at supermarkets as well. It’s all music to our ears, because it means more demand for food packaging.

Food Packaging & Food Service News

January 15th, 2013

We’ve all seen the musical greeting cards, but a musical product box? One word…Genius!  I’m not sure if that could applied to take out food packaging, but it’s an intriguing thought.

Some not so great sales forecasts coming in from food operators. Look for value meals popping up in the near future.

Well here’s case and point to the previous topic. Value meals will be big in Q1 I think.

Compostable packaging

Compostable packaging

Big Apple’s big drink ban is postponed for 90 days! Let’s hope the National Restaurant Association and American Beverage Association are successful in their arguments that the city has no legal grounds to issue such a mandate. Anyone who has read my previous posts on the large soda ban will know how I feel about government bans.

Yet another value meal extension.

Here is a good example of a food service operator who really jumped into the “green” movement in a big way. The only thing missing from his line up of food packaging is our Harvest Fiber products, but that’s for another time. I wonder if the green packaging movement will continue to gain momentum if the sales forecast from the story listed above is accurate?

Food & Food Packaging in the News

January 9th, 2013

Happy new year my friends! A new year brings new opportunities and trends to track. Here’s a list of interesting food trends for 2013 to check out. I don’t know about you, but brined Moroccan lemons won’t make my table this year.

Distributor relationships can help restaurants thrive. I’d take this article one step further and advise food operators to also forge relationships with the manufacturers themselves. As a manufacturer of food packaging, I can tell you we can bring expertise to our particular area of your business. Excellent distribution relationships are important to be sure, but don’t pass up the opportunity to pick the brains of your actual manufacturer as well. Have a question about food packaging, just let us know.

Now here are some beef trends that I could really sink my teeth into. The slow cooked meats have to be my favorite.

Students will be offered the opportunity to tag along with Supermarket industry veterans at the upcoming NGA show. What a great way to keep momentum alive within an industry.

Here’s an interesting opinion on how to up-sell quick service restaurants.

RFID or radio frequency identification is now being successfully used at restaurants to streamline service operations. I think this is just the tip of the iceberg in terms of high tech gadgetry making it’s way into food service and even food packaging industries.

Food Packaging News

December 7th, 2012

Will overseas restaurant business rise or fall in the coming months?

Domestic restaurant sales remain on the bubble.  It seems like owners and operators are unsure about 2013 at the moment and are cautious about expectations.

Size matters.  NYC Mayor Bloomberg’s crazy soda ban has far reaching implications that will effect many industries.  From cold drink cup manufacturers to distributors to cup dispensers and everything in between.  Will it work to curb obesity?  What do you think?

Top chefs make their culinary predictions for 2013.  Is it just me or do these trends look familiar?

Food Packaging in the News

November 30th, 2012

Food packaging actually helps the environment. Think of all the food packaging that protects the foods you eat every day. Now think of what would happen to all that food if the packaging was not there.

Will the Affordable Care Act (aka Obama Care) hurt the restaurant industry?  Many top level restaurant execs discuss their options moving forward.

Smart Phone use to find restaurants is on the rise. Personally, I’ve used my smart phone to find a place to eat many times.

Snack sized portions are clearly on the rise. When the worlds largest restaurant chain makes moves like this, you can bet serious research has gone into it. The good news for you all, is we have got snack sized portion food containers of all shapes and sizes from clear packaging to traditional insulated packaging.