Innovation is truly a confusing buzzword which many in the restaurant industry find it hard to pin point exactly how it applies to their day to day operations. Every restaurant owner or franchisee agrees that it is important, but nobody can quite seem to agree on what it actually is or what it means.
In fact, if you ask Google for an innovation definition, it is less than helpful, coming up with over 300 million results with thousands of definitions. Its own definition is pretty much useless: “the action or process of innovating”. In today’s episode, we’re taking a look at Genpak’s Innovation Team, and dive into how they see innovation playing a key role in their company’s future success. We then head to Ft. Wayne, In to see this innovation in action.
Genpak is a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products. From microwave safe packaging, to sustainable plates and bowls, our company focuses on safety and innovation.
Every year at this time, we look at what we have accomplished the year prior. For us at Genpak, 2018 was pretty dang busy. We worked on tons of custom projects with our partners, but also developed the new Clover hinged containers. The line offers a bridge from polystyrene packaging to a recyclable option without breaking the bank. At 100% recyclable, unlike our competition, Clover is a microwave safe, sturdy, and environmentally preferred option. Clover has been a hit across the country.
While we were building a new product line, we also introduced new products to our current ones. ProView saw the introduction of the Close-Off containers, which provide separation for sides and mains. Customers told restaurants presentation is important. Getting restaurant quality food at home was key to delivery success.
The introduction of Harvest Fiber rectangles, offer a different aesthetic for all kinds of foods. Grease and oil resistance just like our other top-of-the-line Harvest Fiber items. the rectangle design matches up with our existing FPR lids making the transition into fiber from Smart Set Pro an easy one. Fiber is sustainable, renewable, and commercially compostable.
Our office here in Charlotte has united since we’ve been here a full year now. Comradery, collaboration, and commitment brings Genpak success. Our employees are committed to helping the communities where we work. Support for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte started with our National Sales Meeting in January with a scavenger hunt for need items, and ended with collecting coats, food, clothing and monetary donations throughout the fall. Our US and Canadian team members collected over 5,200 food items for local food banks in 11 different states and provinces in the month of October. During the unfortunate natural disasters our country faced, Genpak provided food packaging for nonprofits feeding the first responders, volunteers, and families on the ground. The holidays are the biggest time of giving around the world; at Genpak it continued. Our York County Adopt-A-Family enjoyed many gifts, the children at Lancaster Children’s Home got a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Operation Warm collected new and used coats to help those who needed them the most. Our Jean Day donations throughout the year raised monies for Samaritan’s Purse, HopeWay Foundation, Charlotte Rotary, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Rock Hill Redskins, Second Harvest Food Bank, among others.
2019 will be a great year for Genpak. We will introduce new innovative packaging, continue to develop our employees, and work within our communities.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and harmonious 2019!
Looking back on the year of 2018 in food service, we’ve witnessed technological advancements in operations, the release of Genpak’s new products Clover and ProView, and at the heart of it all, new food trends that won the appetites of consumers. One of the most popular food trends stemmed from health consciousness, and it has been a driving force behind consumer food diet this year. Highly requested on the ordering app of America’s top delivery service, GrubHub, these new food cravings made their way to their list of top 10 most ordered foods. According to GrubHub’s latest food report, the bean burrito superseded some of America’s most beloved meals like the baby back pork rib (coming in 4th place) and the chicken sandwich (coming in 6th). Take a look below and let us know what your top favorites are from the list.
Bean burrito (276% more popular)
Poke (205% more popular)
Chicken slider (189% more popular)
Baby back pork rib (165% more popular)
Chicken burrito (164% more popular)
Chicken sandwich (160% more popular)
Cauliflower rice bowl (155% more popular)
Chicken and waffle slider (145% more popular)
Parmesan chicken (139% more popular)
Buffalo cauliflower (124% more popular)
Genpak offers convenient food packaging solutions so that consumers can enjoy their favorite food items in a convenient way. They are microwave safe for hot food any time, vented for freshness and crispness, and recycled into decking, toys and nonfood times. They are also compostable, leak resistant, and stackable to save space. Check it the video below to view our best selections or customer’s most ordered packaging. For more information, click here.
Clover is a microwavable, reusable, and recyclable container that was created as a sustainable, affordable option. It is by far one of the most versatile product lines for a variety of segments in the foodservice industry. It is not only offered in a premium black color, but in clear for authentic food presentation, and a modern stone color. Offered is a wide range of sizes from medium to large as well as 1 or 3 compartments.
Turn food on demand and off-premise dining into one seamless experience with Clover. This product line is characterized by an attractive, modern appearance with recycled propylene material to suit various foodservice segments. Enjoy the features of the simultaneous venting-while-stacked feature to maintain the integrity of your food applications. Check out the rest of our features and benefits below along with our video and see why customers prefer our new food containers.
What to Expect from Clover by Genpak?
As a trusted leader in manufacturing innovative food packaging, we believe that Clover will make a great contribution to innovative dining concepts like home delivery, upscale catering, grab n’ go, fast casual, family style, school service, and take-out. It is anticipated to be a popular choice that will best coincide with the modern consumer lifestyle. Benefit from superior food presentation, authentic visualization, along with personal branding and labeling. These containers also complement a range of food establishments seeking optimum security, strength, and style.
Features and Benefits
Create opportunity for custom branding with low minimums
In addition to quality food packaging, your branding design allows for customer recognition, and ensures that your offer food packaging that benefits them. Clover allows for custom printing where you can enhance your company brand.
The versatility of a microwave safe container
Designed for various food applications and eating occasions, they are microwave-safe containers created for food delivery, take-out, upscale catering, grab ‘n go, and more. Clover containers can be reheated to keep food items fresh and ready to enjoy.
The responsibility of a curbside recyclable package
As a leading manufacturer in environmentally sustainable products, we strive to meet your eco-friendly goals. You can count on Clover as a great choice as it is curbside recyclable.
The convenience of a vented container if needed
One of the most convenient features of Clover is the ability to vent the container, even while stacked.
The performance a 360° leak resistant food container provides
To keep food from spilling, the 360° clamshell design secures food items in one place.
Genpak is a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products. From microwave safe packaging, to sustainable plates and bowls, our company focuses on safety and innovation.
Harvest Fiber in Kraft will increase sales for consumers hungry for ethnic sandwiches and unique breads
Speaking of National Sandwich Month coming up next week, wholesome sandwiches are trending for today’s on-the-go consumer. Deli businesses are introducing cleaner labels, authentic food presentation, and ethnic flavors in their sandwich lineup as an alternative to fast food. Despite the classic BLT or the PB&J, ethnic flavors are topping them both as curious tasters think sandwiches with ethnic flavors are worth the switch-up. According to Technomic, 54% of consumers want restaurants to offer more sandwiches with new or unique flavors and ingredients.
Pair wholesome, ethnic sandwich combos with Genpak’s Harvest Fiber Kraft collection. These containers mark an organic print on the environment as it is BPI certified compostable. Harvest Fiber in Kraft is comprised of 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 Harvest Fiber Kraft collection’s on-the-go abilities for some of your best food choices. With a growing influence of recycling and environmental awareness, this product effortlessly meets the demand for compostable and eco-friendly packaging.
As a leading manufacturer in environmentally sustainable products, we strive to meet your eco-friendly goals. To learn more about our BPI certified compostable Harvest Fiber Kraft products, click here. To request free samples, click here.
Prepared meals are a two-way street. Between c-stores, and meal kit companies, these competitive channels are developing new ways of introducing prepared meals to-go to meet specific consumer demands. Prepared foods are attracting quick stop customers, which is reflected in the high numbers. These sectors have adjusted to the radical change with the advent of their own prepared meals services, which eliminates cooking time. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, prepared foods drove 69% of foodservice sales and profits in 2017. C-stores, which make up a $150 billion business, have taken the initiative to provide more foods in the hot and frozen category.
It’s not only c-stores that have put resources behind prepared meals. They are also a target of meal-kit delivery services, one of the fastest growing platforms in the foodservice industry. Meal kits began six years ago with companies like Green Chef, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron. Today they are shifting consumers’ eating behavior with the business model that eliminates the need for going to the grocery store. Starting as an unfamiliar practice with little recognition, the meal-kit trend is now disrupting the grocery retail industry, fast food chains, and e-commerce platforms. However, meal kit companies have recently merged into the prepared meals market after acquiring new partnerships to mark their presence in brick-and-mortar stores.
Genpak meets the growing demand of prepared meals, whether hot or frozen, with reputable innovations like Oven Ready Food Trays, Smart Set Pro, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and ProView to propel meal-kit industry growth. We offer various packaging options that support food creativity and diversity, which overlaps the recipe offerings that meal-kit businesses provide on a weekly basis.
As a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products, we ensure top quality food packaging that is sustainable and eco-friendly. To request free samples of any of the products perfect for prepared meals, click here.
In the world of “to-go”, there are constant changes being made to food packaging, restaurant design, and overall operations in order to achieve a consumer-focused experience. Some changes aren’t always so complex, but convenient- and that’s a characteristic that Genpak lives by. Here are 3 modifications to our food packaging that greatly shapes the modern day consumer lifestyle, helping save time and money.
Close-off food packaging
Compartmented containers are always convenient for side portioned food items, which require separating. Years ago, we at Genpak launched our first close-off container with the 203CO, and have since translated that feature over to our microwave-safe and APET products. Our close-off solution has addressed food migration concerns by adding compartments in the base of a container and the lid. We are capable of promoting zero food migration with durable packaging that reigns superior against our competitors.
There is nothing worse than carrying multiple containers, only to have them collapse after taking a few steps or when placing them in the car. With the emergence of optional take-out family meals that can be enjoyed at home, work, or school, Genpak’s stackable feature helps consumer meals go the extra mile. We have engineered our stackable containers in such way that will secure multiple containers in place, for portability and carrying with ease.
Vented-Lid and Anti-Fog
A8801 & AS8802 – stackable, lightweight, and easy to carry
Perhaps everyone loves food right off the grill, and it’s even better when enjoyed anywhere, everywhere, and at any time. We’ve caught the drift with our vented-lid and anti-fog feature, which is found in our new black and clear ProView container, which reduces condensation for a clear view. Everyone wants to see their food, especially when it’s fresh off the grill. So, this feature makes it even more convenient for both the operator and the consumer by providing food authenticity and order accuracy.
Genpak products are still in the mix as you can spot our sustainable packaging across several establishments. Our products offer market flexibility as a powerhouse to consumer needs. Genpak meets this demand with reputable innovations like ProView, Smart Set Pro, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and Oven Ready Food & Bakery Trays to propel foodservice industry growth.
Stay locked in for the next line up of features that define convenience for today’s consumer lifestyle.
Erik Waterkotte, Chairman of IDDBA (International Dairy Deli Bakery Association) and Sr. Director of sales for Columbus Crafts Meats drove this year’s tradeshow with leading-edge research and technology. 10,000 attendees and many retail buyers, merchandisers, brokers, distributors, and manufacturers gathered at the New Orleans Ernest Morial Convention Center to hold one of the most important buying and educational events of 2018. In a world of evolving dynamics in the global food system, attendees and exhibitors were able to engage and exchange information on key industry insights that would drive business growth, while gaining an all-encompassing view of the newest merchandising concepts. There were also innovative products ready to be unveiled and released to the market.
Erik Waterkotte, IDDBA Chairman – Image by IDDBA
Among the large crowd of attendees were several key speakers like Daymond John, CEO & Founder of FUBU; Ginger Hardage, Former SVP of Culture & Communications for Southwest Airlines, and many more decision makers who shared their understandings of the business, the economy, the consumer, and current trends. Key presenter Mike Eardley, IDDBA President and CEO, also discussed six IDDBA influencers: People, consolidation, food safety, competition, technology and community.
Waterkotte has carried the vision of the industry in a changing market to help drive the deli and bakery industry forward by offering an interactive marketplace for this year’s attendees. He also presented the 2018 Chairman’s Award to Bill Klump, Chief Marketing Officer for Butterball, who demonstrated an important leadership role during a dramatic shift in the organization.
The International Dairy Deli Bakery Association is a nonprofit membership organization serving the dairy, deli, bakery, cheese and supermarket foodservice industries. For more information about the IDDBA go to www.iddba.org
As a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products, we ensure top quality food packaging that are both sustainable and eco-friendly. Here, you can find the latest food trends, product spotlight, and additional tips from your packaging pros.
The Summer is fast approaching and consumers want more convenient packaging solutions with a vibrant, modern appearance. Good news: whether it’s for a bakery or deli establishment or anywhere in between, Genpak’s food service containers have several features and benefits that meet consumer needs. They offer a bright and modern appearance for some of your most innovative food trends, and are perfect for produce, natural snacks, confectionary items, salads, and so much more. These clear packaging solutions make all the difference as they are made of PET plastic and up to 30% post-consumer recycled content. Here’s a lineup of some of our clear packaging solutions that will make your menu items look more compelling:
Bringing your menu to life.
When it comes to today’s menu, it’s not just old-fashioned or black and white. 21st-century food trends are vibrant, as consumers are shaping 2018 with more interest in colorful menu styles and cleaner labels. This summer, vibrant natural foods are key contributions to menu items. As the saying goes, life can be a bowl of cherries, so why not take advantage with natural foods that promote good health and are delicious. Our PET serving bowls are great for an upscale presentation of salads, soups, or deserts. They are offered in a variety of popular sizes, ranging from 12 oz. to 64 oz.
Along with fruit bowls and multi-colored salads, there is a high demand for some creativity in your cup. Bright, clear cups are helpful when choosing beverages of bright, and vivid color. Our Crystal Clear Choice Cups are offered in 9 oz. to 24 oz. sizes., and are great for cold drinks when you want to cool down next season. They’re also great for colorful ice cream if you up for the unicorn ice cream dessert trend.
Dessert and confectionary trends always stay sweet and hardly ever die down. You can store your best treats and other snacks in our Clear Hinged Deli Containers. Offering strength and security, these containers have a secured button-lock closure system to keep snacks from spilling. Even if you want to brighten things up with “glonuts” (read my last blog post), our containers will make your snacks shine while delivering an environmentally friendly message.
Choose Genpak’s clear packaging solutions when an upscale presentation is needed. Check the latest video featuring our clear containers, where I walk you through the best options for food innovation.
Food halls, home to a mix of local artisan restaurants, butcher shops and other food-oriented boutiques, has officially become the next generation of 21st century dining. Flourishing in America, the emporium offers an open social environment and a new concept of cross meal-ordering for spontaneous eaters. It’s success in the states and expansion across the globe proves the potential longevity of a trend that won’t die down anytime soon. Since settling in America’s busiest cities, it’s been hit by urban consumers and a melting pot of inquisitive tasters. From Bourdain Market in New York to Grand Central Market in Los Angeles, here’s where you can find the most anticipated food halls in America:
Ponce City Market, newest food hall in Atlanta, quickly gained much recognition after it’s renovation last fall. It has since been open to several eateries like Marrakesh Mediterranean Market, second-floor restaurant The Mercury, and Jia restaurant with a Sichuan cuisine.
Latinicity Food Hall and Lounge is a Latin-focused food hall introduced by celebrity chef and restaurateur, Richard Sandoval. Opened in April 2015 it offers 11 food stations with 350 seats, according to Eater Chicago.
Santa Ana developer Ryan Chase introduced this food emporium in February 2015. The 30,000 square-foot food hall has introduced a vibrant concept in the heart of Orange County. Current line includes popular Asian fusion food truck Dos Chinos, Latin-inspired seafood shack Mar, Ink Waffles, and Electric City Butcher.
This modern, upscale food hall began as a 19th century market and is now occupied with the most innovative eateries in the Bywater District. Lineup includes Tallulah’s, Coast Roast Coffee, Elysian Seafood, and more. According to Eater New Orleans, the food hall is making its expansion to another spot in Miami.
Genpak products do not back down from the competition when it comes to innovative dining spots like food halls. Our repuatable innovations like Smart Set Pro, Oven Ready Food Trays, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and ProView are reliable for off-premise dining, food halls, grab n’ go, and even home delivery. We strive to deliver top quality packaging as your food packaging company.