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You Asked, We Delivered: Introducing the HF270 Jumbo Hinged Utility Container

July 18th, 2017

Just when you thought it was big…it gets bigger!

The Harvest Fiber family is expanding as environmentally preferable products continue to modernize. The advent of the new HF270 will make you think even bigger. This Jumbo Hinged Container launches as a key trend to the legacy, taking the product line to new heights for consumers, and here’s why.

Harvest Fiber HF270 Jumbo Container

Recent studies from Euromonitor.com have proven the influence of recycling and environmental awareness, which now revolutionizes the demand for compostable and eco-friendly packaging. Fortunately, this product effortlessly alleviates these concerns due to its ecological resources, while also being recognized as BPI certified compostable. Here at Genpak, we engineer the container from a base fiber called bagasse, a by product of the sugar industry.

An exclusive snap-it closure system, moisture resistant technology, and stacking rims for multiple to-go meals are vital features that upgrade the HF270’s catering abilities for some of your largest food choices. You’ll be able to eat big and travel light depending on if you want to grab-n-go, dine-in, or preserve it in the fridge. In other words, it redefines versatility.

The HF270 Jumbo Hinged Container currently reigns as the largest hinged container in its family line.

You’ll be able to contain everything in it, but your excitement for it will be out of the box!

For more information on the HF270 Jumbo Hinged Container, we encourage you to watch our video and request a Free Sample.

 

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Earth Day – April 22, 2017 – What are you doing to help?

March 28th, 2017

Earth Day

Earth Day is just around the corner on April 22, 2017. Since 1970, Earth Day has been celebrated around the world to support environmental issues across the world.

Harvest Fiber bowl with compostable lid

HF836 & HF936 – Harvest Fiber bowl with compostable lid

Not only is Earth Day promoting discussion about climate change and sustainable environments, but it also gets people thinking about how their daily lives can make an impact on our Earth.

At Genpak, we are committed to helping keep Earth viable for as long as possible. We use annually renewable resources to produce our Harvest Fiber items, post-consumer recycled content in our Deli Containers and Supermarket Containers. All of our Smart Set Pro and Oven Ready Containers are 100% recyclable. You can learn more about our sustainability efforts in our Green Room.

The ability for an item to composted and biodegradable is high on everyone’s list of environmentally friendly concerns. Harvest Fiber is 100% BPI certified compostable. It will completely breakdown in 90 days in a commercial compost facility

Check out our video to learn more about Harvest Fiber and Earth Day and request free samples.

hinged food container with lobster

HF270 – Harvest Fiber Super Jumbo Container

We hope you will participate with us this Earth Day to help keep the Earth around for many generations to come. For more information on Earth Day, visit www.earthday.org.

Home Delivery Explosion Continues – Are you ready?

March 15th, 2017

The home delivery explosion isn’t ending any time soon. Are you ready? Every restaurant should be at least thinking about making this option accessible to their communities. On-demand food service delivery brings food directly from your restaurant to the customers, driven through mobile apps and online ordering.

Millennials are driving change in many different areas, food service included. As you might have guessed, Millennials are tech savvy, typically using up to two or three different devices each day. They are using said devices to connect with friends and companies, to research and review products, and to place food orders for delivery or take-out. They already love coming in to your restaurant, so why not connect to them when they don’t feel like eating out.

The restaurant industry is a roughly $490 billion market. Food delivery makes up 43% of that marketing and is continuing to grow. Engage with your loyal customers in and out of your restaurant. Millennials and Baby Boomers, alike, want great food at their finger tips.

RestaurantBusiness.com has a great article about how to get started with food delivery. There are lots of questions to ask before you get started in offering your food for delivery. Which service should I use, how will this change my business? Are we prepared to take on the increase in take-out orders? Do we have the right packaging for full meals to travel?

Genpak is here to help. Take a look at our home delivery video to get free samples, request a call, and learn more.

 

Easily Bring Recycling Into Your Restaurant Or Foodservice Business

January 8th, 2015

recycling chartThere are different ways in which food service 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 »

NYC Mayor to increase your food bill

February 14th, 2013

cruiser plastic drink cupsI tried to stay away from posting on all the bans our elected officials like to impose upon us, but I can’t ignore this one since it’s happening in Genpak’s home state. Mayor Michael Bloomberg of New York City, has decided that not only should he ban large soda’s from you, but he’s now going to impose a ban on the vehicle in which you get your drinks. Not only cups, but your hinged containers, soup cups and anything else produced from foamed polystyrene will be banned if he gets his way.

I’m not sure what it is with politicians, that they like to impose their will upon us? Were they picked on as little kids, stood up on their first date or just need to fuel their massive egocentric appetite to reign supreme? I don’t know. But what I do know is, if he is successful and this thing passes, the results will be:

  • Your bill for whatever you just ordered will go up in price as “green” alternative packaging does not have the same economies of scale as traditional plastics.
  • NYC will trade one type of litter for another. Studies done at municipalities that have banned certain types of plastic in an attempt to reduce litter have found all that has happened is the type of litter has changed from one type of material to another. I’ve no studies to prove this, but knowing a package is “environmentally friendly”, wouldn’t they be even more apt to chuck the hamburger container out the window of their car?
  • The higher cost of alternatives will likely force some food operations to reduce their staff (layoffs) or simply close up shop.
  • The alternative packaging will still go into a landfill where it will stay for years and years.
  • Your taxes will go up. Why? If public schools are forced to move away from their current school tray programs, they’ll be forced to either pay for more expensive trays or buy expensive and costly to run/maintain industrial dish washers that require a ton of water and chemicals.  Who’s going to flip that bill? Taxpayers are.

I could go on and on, but suffice it to say these bans do not work. It is a FAR better solution to let the market place decide where this goes simply by the actions of the consumer. Not a politician. If consumers decide they want to eat out of a container that is say, compostable, then so be it. Consumers have never been shy in telling their merchants what they want. After all, it’s their hard earned money that’s being spent and merchants in turn will find a way to get it done. The point is, the market place is dictating the terms…not a… well you know.

Please don’t get me wrong here. We fully support the wishes of the market place and long ago have offered 100% natural, fully compostable food packaging. In fact we have many alternative materials that we offer to our customer base that are either compostable, or source reduced. We would just rather let the market place decide on the type of packaging used and not a politician.

It’s been busy so far…

July 19th, 2010

To say we have been as busy as a beaver on the new product front for quality food packaging, would be the understatement of the year. By my count we launched 50 brand new sku’s just since January. That includes two completely new substrates (material used to make our products), three new product lines and one new category which is single-use cutlery. Yes, I’d say that qualifies as busy.

Here’s a recap of the lines and products we have launched so far…

Supermarket Containers – clear APET containers produced from 50% post consumer recycled content which are perfect for salsa and other dips, cut fresh and dried fruit, cut vegetables, gourmet candies, wet salads, olives along with other produce, just to name a few. 

Harvest Fiber – which is a full line of BPI certified, 100% compostable, food service products. What sets our line apart from the field is our quality, which has always been a trademark of Genpak. Our hinged food containers are easy to close and stay closed unlike the flimsy containers floating around from our competition, which when trying to close is something akin to threading a needle. It’s all in the design which is our patented, classic Genpak Snap-It closure system. All our Harvest Fiber food service packaging is grease and moisture resistant, 100% natural and as stated previously, BPI certified. That point is important to talk about. Many companies make wild claims of compostability, but unless those claims are backed by an independent 3rd party, they are just empty words. Do your homework. Ask for proof!

Harvest Starch – is our line of food service plates, bowls, hinged containers and cutlery produced from an environmentally enhanced, hybrid resin that reduces the amount of non-renewable sourced material by 60%! These products fit the bill for those food service operators who want a “greener” option, but still want the look and feel of high-end, traditional plastic products. 

95516 – This is an over-cap lid for our single service size oven ready food trays. Initially, the two food trays this lid accommodates were designed for film seal applications. However, our customers wanted more flexibility with these trays.  Yes, we do listen to our customers (a trait most of our competitors lack) and react to those needs. The result was completely new markets for these products to service. Namely, catered school lunch programs, high end restaurant “doggie bags” and supermarket buffet line containers for foods going into the microwave. So for that, thank you.

Smart Set Pro expansion – we introduced a new two compartment rectangular microwave safe food container and a matching lid. The really cool feature of our microwave safe food containers is the unique “textured” finish of the base. The special way we manufacture these products allow us to reduce the part weight but up to 20% versus the heavy, clunky microwave products of our competition. In many circles that is considered a source reduction initiative worth talking about. Of course, with a lower part weight comes a lower price point which is nice too.

corn trayCorn Tray – Just in time for the summer sweet corn season, we have introduced our TR04 PC “corn tray”. This item is not only good for corn but be perfect for pre-made for shish kabob.

That certainly is a pretty busy first 6 months. Our goal is, and always has been to be the premier packaging supplier for food service industry. Quality product and quality service.

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