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Why Vented Food Packaging Matters

By Ciara Williams
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Vented vs nonvented takeout containers

It’s all happened to us before. You order takeout from your favorite restaurant, you bring it home ready to munch on crispy french fries or fried chicken wings and… your food is soggy.

Nothing spoils a takeout meal quite like wilted and soggy food. That’s why many years back, Genpak developed the first vented food container. Since then, we’ve made many upgrades to our vented container to continue to keep foods restaurant-quality for our customers.

If you’re not yet utilizing vented takeout containers for your business, let’s see if we can change your mind. Below, learn about the benefits of using vented take out containers like our Clover and Proview containers, and how vented food packaging keeps food crispy and fresh!

What Are Vented Takeout Containers?

Simply put, vented takeout containers are typical takeout containers with one major difference: they have holes in the lids to help steam escape. That being said, not all vented takeout containers are created equal. Let’s go over two qualities in our Clover and Proview containers that set Genpack’s venting technology apart:

Permanent Venting vs Optional Venting

Traditionally vented takeout containers will contain permanent holes in the lids. Optional vented takeout containers feature perforated tabs you can push down for ventilation. This versatility allows you to use the containers for foods that don’t need to be vented as well, in addition to giving you the option to partially vent the container.

Venting While Stacked

Since many customers are ordering more than one item, it’s critical that once you stack these food containers on top of each other, vent holes are not blocked and venting can still occur. Our Clover hinged containers have vents that stay activated even when stacked.

How Does Venting Work?

Fried, grilled, and crispy food’s number one enemy is moisture. When hot food is placed in a closed container, it lets off steam which collects on the lid of the container and forms condensation. This condensation then collects and drips back down to food, making it soggy.

Genpak’s superior venting technology allows steam to escape the container, preventing condensation from forming in the first place. That way, during the ride from restaurant to home, food doesn’t get soggy, and when it’s time to eat, your takeout still has the taste and texture the restaurant intended it to.

What Are The Benefits Of Using Vented Takeout Containers?

Considering using vented takeout containers for your restaurant? Here are the major benefits you’ll get by utilizing vented containers like our Clover and Proview containers:

Keeps Food Crispy & Fresh

As we’ve recapped above, our containers are engineered to preserve the temperature and texture of fried, grilled, and crispy foods longer. No more soggy food!

Vent Only Where Needed

Optional venting, allows for you to vent certain areas of your container, like the compartment holding fries, allowing the rest of the entree to remain unvented.

Great for Reheating

Vents aren’t just great for takeout, they also help with heating up leftovers! Because our containers are microwave safe, customers can reheat their leftovers right in the container. The vents allow for steam release in the microwave without expelling all of the moisture from the food.

Learn More About Our Vented Takeout Containers!

At Genpak, we take pride in continuing to offer vented food packaging options for restaurants and eateries. If you’ve got questions on our food venting technology or would like a free sample to try it for yourself, contact us!