November 24th, 2010
Things I’m thankful for (in no particular order):
- Company luncheons so I don’t have to pack my peanut butter and jelly sandwich in the morning.
- Days off from school so I don’t have to pack my kid’s peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
- The day before a major holiday because all the people who would normally call, email or otherwise ask me to do stuff are more than likely on vacation.
- The genius who invented the I-Pod so I don’t have to listen to Christmas music for the next 31 days (even though I’ll probably play some on the I-Pod).
- A spouse that will do most of the family Christmas shopping.
- The delete button.
- Most of all my rabid fan base of readers consisting of my mom & my spouse.
Happy Thanksgiving to all.
November 16th, 2010
I don’t know if you’ve been following this, but those in the government who believe it’s their job to save us from ourselves are at it once again. This time in San Francisco where the Board of Supervisors have decided they know how to once and for all, cure childhood obesity. Think of it. A world where our young people grow up fit and trim with nary a love handle, extra roll or muffin top to be found. A world where kids will grow up not needing an oxygen mask to run from home plate to first base and where there will no longer be a need for that embarrassing walk into the “husky” section for a pair of pants. What is the answer you ask? What could these all knowing politicians have possibly dreamed up with to rid us of this problem. I’ll tell you. It is to BAN TOYS FROM ALL KIDS MEALS!
Yes of course! Why didn’t we think of this before? Ban all toys from kids meals. Totally genius! Brilliant beyond what words can properly describe. The connection is obvious. Kids toys…childhood obesity. It’s plain as day. For crying out loud it was right in front of us all this time. Makes perfect sense.
Are you kidding me? Just when I thought our elected officials couldn’t possibly get any more bizarre. What good could possibly come from this? Do the city leaders out there honestly believe that depriving some little 3 year old kid from their Luke Skywalker action figure is going to make them less likely to become obese? It has to be one of the stupidest propositions I’ve ever heard of. What study or research do you think they referenced to come up with this doozy? Maybe it was the “Small Plastic Toy Clearly Leads To Childhood Obesity” paper. I don’t know the names of any of the Board members out there but I think one of them must definitely looks like this.
I’ll bet they start every meeting by singing this. “It’s a difficult responsibility, that you accept from the number one law maker me! Have it known throughout the land from sea to sea. There’ll be no more toy makers to the king!”
When will our elected leaders realize that it’s the choices people make in life that lead to how we turn out? If I’m over-weight I’m not going to blame some company for offering a high calorie meal. Nobody made me eat it. I chose to eat it. The argument of “well that’s all some people can afford” doesn’t fly either. Just the other night I bought fast food from a quick serve restaurant for two. It cost me nearly $18. I guarantee I could have made a lower calorie, healthier meal for two for less than that.
Our elected officials need to move away from this theory that bans can cure all the vices in the world. What’s next? Ban TV from all households with children under the age of 13? After all a sedentary lifestyle leads to increased weight gain. Instead of banning toys from kids meals, perhaps fund new community playground or offer a sales tax free day for bicycles. Offer something constructive and positive. Banning toys from kids meals. Gimme a break.
November 2nd, 2010
Sure, you’ve always know Genpak as the place for quality rigid food packaging solutions. And you’ve known us for our cutting edge product developments on that front as well. Our BPI Certified compostable Harvest Fiber line of dinnerware and hinged containers are a huge hit with restaurants, colleges and foodservice operations looking for alternative packaging. And our Green Restaurant Association endorsed Clear Hinged Deli line along with our Harvest Starch & Smart Set Pro lines have also been successful with customers looking to stay within the 3R’s approach for food packaging which is Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. (okay that was the blatant commercial lead in to the main point)
But you may not have know we also have a flexible packaging side as well. We produce square bottom bags, window bags and zipper bags for many industries including bakery, retail, pet food and food processing. Since it’s us and you’ve come to expect big things, we are very happy to announce a major breakthrough in compostable bag technology. Working in conjunction with our friends at Innovia Films we have helped to develop the Boulder Canyon Foods compostable chip bag! Click here for Innovia’s press release on this exciting new material. Long story short, it’s a compostable substrate that does the job and won’t make you go deaf. For those of you who don’t get the “deaf” joke, Sun Chip has recently pulled their compostable bag because it was deemed as too noisy by consumers. If that really is the reason, this tells us that consumers want a transparent transition from traditional to alternative substrate choices. Or, at the very least, they want as little noticeable changes as possible. Some consumers went as far as creating a Facebook page called “I can’t hear you over the Sun Chip bag”. Others posted You Tube vidoes going on about the noisy bags. Some of them were actully pretty funny.
I think the main lesson that should be taken away from this though, is that the consumer rules roost (as it should be). If they don’t like it, they won’t buy it. Period, end of story. And they may even take their dislike of a product to the cyber streets as is the case with Sun Chips. Check it out on You Tube. Just type in Sun Chips Bag. There are pages upon pages of videos basically griping about how loud that bag was.
For our part, we here you consumers…loud and clear (over the bag). Hey we’ve taken our lumps too. That Harvest Fiber line I plugged earlier is actually our second generation of Harvest products. The first line was okay, but it didn’t really hold up to hot food applications. We did have sales to some niche markets where hot food wasn’t on the menu, but wholesale acceptance was never obtained. So we went back to the drawing board and Harvest Fiber was born. Microwave safe, hot foods, cold foods and still compostable. I’m sure it won’t be too long though and there will be more new materials that will be even better to use. One thing is certain. We’ll be leading that charge to keep our loyal customers and soon to be customers up to date with the very latest options.