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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

Zero Food Migration Packaging

March 3rd, 2015

I don’t know about you, but my kids absolutely can’t stand it when their food items touch one another.  From their reaction, you would think that when green beans touch mashed potatoes, it would create a dangerous compound that if single compartment food containerweaponized would end all of mankind instantly. This food touching issue bothers them so much that they take one food item at a time during dinner at home. They’d rather have something that has cooled way down versus a bean that God forbid, has touched the applesauce. I’m not sure what has caused this extreme hatred of food touching, but it’s a real thing. It’s not just kids either. I know plenty of adults who feel the same way. Probably with good reason. I mean look at this slop that I’m sure once passed for a really nice meal. Unappetizing to say the least.

As you may have guessed, Genpak has a solution to this very real problem. No more will your celery sticks be bathed in chicken wing juice, no more will the green beans be co-mingling with the applesauce and no more will anything be touching that extra condiment cup. The 203CO solves all those issues. Its unique, one of a kind design completely closes off each compartment ensuring your three course meal will not end up a stew. For the skeptics out there, we’ve prepared this very brief video demonstrating the awesome benefit the 203CO will provide!

If you like what you see and want to talk with one of our friendly sales professionals, just click this link and we’ll get right on it.

Food Packaging Funnies

February 26th, 2015

Sometimes you just need to make fun of the absurd!

Stupid Mayor

Compost Ready Food Packaging

February 17th, 2015

For customers who are ready to take that leap into compostable food packaging, it is important to do research before you place that order. By now you have probably already determined your new fiber based packaging is going to be more expensive, and might be shopping for your best choice…which you should be doing! However, like most things in this world, you get what you pay for, and fiber based food packaging is no different. Here are a list of things that you should be looking for when shopping for fiber based food packaging.

  1. Third party certification that the product is in fact, compostable. Do not accept letters from the company itself. They are meaningless. The BPI is the generally accepted authority in the United States on third party certifications. If it’s not BPI certified, you have no way of knowing if the claims are true.
  2. Be sure the features you are used to in your traditional packaging are still there with the fiber option. Features such as stacking rims and closure types are important for hinged containers while lid fit is important for dinnerware items.
  3. Test to make sure your food products will in fact perform well with fiber based food packaging. Ask your potential supplier for their Cobb Test results which is a test of liquid absorption rates. If they do not have them, they probably do not want them listed. Fiber tends to absorb liquids which results in a soggy container. The lower the Cobb test results, the better your container will work.

As you may have guessed, here at Genpak we offer the absolute, top of the line products when it comes to fiber based food packaging with our Harvest Fiber product offering. We also like to back up our claims visually whenever possible.

If you like what you see and would like to have one of our friendly sales professionals contact you, just click here and we’ll get right on it!

No Spill Take-Out Containers

February 4th, 2015

It’s no secret that the number one complaint from consumers, regarding take-out food packaging, is when their food spills out on the ride home. How often has that happened to you? You’ve got a great meal from your favorite restaurant and are driving home to enjoy it only to see that some of it has spilled out the side gaps. That was, in fact, the number one pet peeve from an on line survey we conducted.  Food container survey results

At Genpak, we think you should get every last tasty morsel of your meal. That’s why we engineered our containers better than the rest. Our containers will not promote accidental spilling, unlike the other guys. Like most things in this world, you get what you pay for. Yeah our containers sometimes are not the cheapest containers out there. But consider the messy alternative.

We like to back up our claims with proof. Check out this short video demonstration showing how well our container holds food in.

Seeing really is believing isn’t it? To learn a little more about our leak resistant packaging, click here.

Soggy Fries

January 14th, 2015

One of the highlights of my day, like many working American’s, is lunch time. It’s that perfectly timed break to relax, recharge and refill your engine. Nothing deflates my euphoria though like getting soggy fries, rubbery chicken wings and mushy burger buns. This happens when my delicious meal to go is provided in a container that is not properly vented. The hot food creates steam which rises. When that steam hits the cooler ceiling of the container it condenses and falls back down on my food like a spring rain shower. Luckily that does not happen any more where I go to lunch. Mainly because I work for a food packaging company that has the solution to such a problem, which I conveniently shared with my favorite shop and will now share with you. Vented containers. It pretty simple really. Genpak developed the first vented food container many years back and have made many upgrades since then. Our containers allow steam to escape, even when multiple containers are stacked. Check out this video demonstration showing how it works.

Pretty telling isn’t it? If you want to learn a little more about our vented containers or maybe get a free sample to try it for yourself. Just follow this link and become a believer!

Food Packaging & Restaurant News

January 13th, 2015
  • NYC bans foam. I can’t say I’m surprised. The ACC representative does a great job summing this mess up.
  • Restaurants post a great December! Is it really due to low gas prices?
  • NYC Chinese restaurant owners upset with new ban on foam. Note that fines won’t be imposed until next January. Yeah I’m sure de Blasio can rally the police down there to his side.
  • New materials are being developed to act as a replacement to petrochemical resins. This article talks about using crustacean shells. The interesting point is in the second to last paragraph where someone points out that alternatives will not cure litter. This is something they failed to consider in NYC and other places that have banned one type of material for another. The litter is still there…just in a different form.
  • 5 chains including Dunkin Brands posted growth and share in optimistic outlook for 2015
  • Coffee is not just coffee anymore. I love coffee. Drink at least 4 cups a day and I’ve never even heard of Jamaican Blue Mountain dark roast. Coffee, like a lot of sectors in the food business is, or I should probably say has, become very specialized catering to consumers specific wants. Don’t believe me? Next time you are near an area where food trucks frequent, count up the different types of food each truck specializes in.

Easily Bring Recycling Into Your Restaurant Or Foodservice Business

January 8th, 2015

recycling chartThere are different ways in which foodservice businesses are environmentally friendly. Some use locally grown produce. Some offer reusable containers and packaging, or allow customers to bring their own in. Some use containers that are compostable or made of recycled content. Others use eco friendly chemicals for cleaning. Some find ways to conserve water doing dishes, while still others Use solar power or wind power to generate electricity. The list goes on and on, and many are finding new ways to make Go Green part of the way they do business.

For those businesses that have not initiated any eco friendly movements yet, or think it may be too hard to get started, we want to provide steps to incorporate one of the easiest eco friendly things you can do: Read the rest of this entry »

Genpak in 2015

January 6th, 2015

Happy new year to all!  2014 was a good year for us here at Genpak and I think 2015 is shaping up to be even better.  We are working on lots of new things including products, web & social updates all designed to help our customers and partners become even more successful.  Instead of looking back on what we did in 2014, I’d much rather look into the future on what’s in store for us all.  2015 will include Genpak introducing at least two completely new product lines.  One will be using our unique textured polypropylene substrate that our customers love.  This will  be sort of the 2.0 version of our current Smart Set Pro line with a new, updated look and feel along with some very snazzy features that will all be standard.  To get a sneak peek of what these new items will look like, just click here.

The second line will feature a brand new variation of an existing type of substrate for Genpak.  The products will be microwave safe and will be useful for many applications where product visualization is important.  That’s about all I can tell you for now on this one.  Be sure to check back often and follow us Facebook, Twitter and Linked In for more updates.

We’ve also made some pretty nice improvements to our already great web pages.  One I really like is our new Materials Page.  Here you can get the lowdown on the different types of substrates we use and can also download more technical information if that is of interest to you.  Also new in our Literature Page is a full online version of our Product Catalog.  You can now flip through our entire selection on your computer or tablet.  Or, if the mood strikes you, download the entire file for those times when you have no internet connection.  For those of us who try to eliminate the bulk of carrying around paper flyers and catalogs…enjoy it!  Lastly (for now) we have made every effort to make it extremely easy to get product answers quickly.  Case and point is our new Ask A Question page where someone in our Marketing Team will respond to any question within a days time…usually within the hour.  Also, our new online Chat feature allows folks to get answers immediately.  Just look at the top of the page your on right now.  If it’s during normal working hours you should see the Live Chat box.  Give it a try!

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