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What Are Our Harvest Fiber Biodegradable Containers Made From?

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If you’re looking for high quality biodegradable takeout containers or dine in products for your restaurant, Genpak has you covered.

Our Harvest Fiber containers are 100% certified compostable dinnerware and hinged containers made from an annually renewable resource known as bagasse. But what exactly is bagasse and what are its benefits over other compostable materials? We break it down below!

What is Bagasse?

Bagasse is a dry pulpy fiber that is the byproduct of cane sugar production. Sugarcane stalks are crushed to extract their juices for the processing of crystallized cane sugar. What remains is a fibrous pulp, that once washed and dried, can be made into a number of things, like paper, livestock feed, biofuel, building materials, and in our case, food containers. 

Benefits of Using Bagasse

Why use containers made from bagasse over other compostable materials? Here are three reasons to consider:

It’s Production is Eco-Friendly

Not all containers made from natural materials are eco-friendly. Take food containers made from paper products, for instance. Trees can take several years to grow and mature long enough to be harvested for production. Sugar cane regenerates much faster than trees, so it is easier on the ecosystem as it uses less natural resources to grow and renew.

It’s Durable

When formed into molds, bagasse is strong and lightweight! 

It’s Annually Renewable

Bagasse is an annually renewable resource, which means it can be restored and replenished by nature within one year. Sugar cane regenerates in just one growing season!

Shop our Harvest Fiber Line Made From Bagasse

If you have not made the leap into foam alternative food packaging, our durable and environmentally-friendly bagasse biodegradable containers are a great start.

Shop our full line of Harvest Fiber biodegradable dinnerware items, hinged take-out containers, bowls and trays!

Are Your Takeout Containers Curbside Recyclable?

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According to the EPA, containers and packaging alone contribute to over 23% of materials reaching landfills in the United States. Food-related containers and packaging are included in this category. 

Using food containers made of recyclable materials is a responsible decision by your restaurant to help reduce the number of food containers that reach landfills each year. However, depending on the material you choose, your food container may not be curbside recyclable for your customers. What differentiates curbside recyclability and why is it important? We explain some of the benefits below!

Curbside Recyclability 101

Just because a food container is made from a material that may be recycled does not mean your customer can toss that container into their curbside bin.

In the case of plastic, recyclable plastic will come with a little recycling symbol printed on it with a number 1-7 in the center of the symbol. This number is known as a resin identification code and tells recycling centers what type of plastic it is and how it should be processed.

Containers with the #5 recycling icon, like our ProView and Clover line, are made from polypropylene, and can be recycled curbside in nearly all communities across the U.S.. However, containers made with the #6 recycling icon, made from polystyrene, cannot be recycled curbside, because they require special processing at a designated foam processing center.

Learn more about the different types of plastics Genpak uses in their products and their recyclability.

Benefits of Curbside Recyclable Containers

So why choose containers that can be recycled curbside over those that can’t? Here are three reasons to keep in mind:

It Makes It Easier to Recycle

Being able to recycle a container curbside is much more convenient than driving to a designated foam processing center.

Customers Are More Likely to Recycle

Let’s face it, many of your customers may not be as eco conscious, and if they have to drive several miles–or hundreds of miles–to a foam processing center or drop off point, they may not at all and end up throwing that container straight into the trash. By reducing the number of hoops for your customer to jump through, there’s a greater chance they will choose to recycle their food container. 

You Give The Container a New Life

After you toss a container in your curbside recycling bin, it goes to a recycling center where it is processed and reconstituted into an acceptable aftermarket material. That material is then sold to converters who turn it into usable products once again. Genpak is one of these companies. We use over 10.5 million pounds of post-consumer material per year!

Learn More About GenPak’s Recyclable Products & Recycling Initiatives

Genpak is a leader in using post consumer recycled polystyrene in food packaging and containers, and continues to expand its recycling efforts to more products.

For more information on Recycling and Post-Consumer Recycled Content pages in our Green Room.

Genpak’s GrubHub Top 10 Ordered Items of 2018

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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.

  1. Bean burrito (276% more popular)
  2. Poke (205% more popular)
  3. Chicken slider (189% more popular)
  4. Baby back pork rib (165% more popular)
  5. Chicken burrito (164% more popular)
  6. Chicken sandwich (160% more popular)
  7. Cauliflower rice bowl (155% more popular)
  8. Chicken and waffle slider (145% more popular)
  9. Parmesan chicken (139% more popular)
  10. 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: Introducing The Latest Innovative Packaging Solution

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Clover containers stacked, filled with foodClover 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.

Introducing The New Harvest Fiber Kraft Rectangles!

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Harvest Fiber Kraft Rectangle ContainersIntroducing the latest additions to the Harvest Fiber product line: HFR016, 16oz. container; HFR024, 24oz. container; and the HFR032, 32oz. container. The Harvest Fiber Kraft Rectangles are perfect for several occasions, including grab n’ go, takeout, and much more. They have superior strength, a modern appearance, and are also grease and oil resistant. Made from an all natural bagasse material, they are stackable lightweight and easy to carry. The Harvest Fiber Rectangle Container in size 16oz. can be paired with the matching lid FPR916, while the HFR024 and HFR032 best fit the FPR932 or the FPR932S. We are proud to say that 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.

BPI Certified compostable | All natural, fiber substrate | GMO free | Genpak engineered designs

Enhance The Customer Experience with These New Food Containers

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Experience is more than just a word when it comes to consumers – it is in fact a high priority. According to TrustPilot.com, “customer experience is how customers perceive their interactions with your company. A successful strategy should be useful, usable, and enjoyable from the customer’s point of view.” With the following new lines of quality Genpak containers, you can ensure that they will offer your customers a convenient take-out/delivery experience.

 

ProView

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ProView does not back down from the competition since it is a distinctive product line for innovative markets. This collection of microwave-safe containers prove to be reliable for off-premise dining, all-day breakfast, grab n’ go, home delivery, and even for the growing ethnic flair that consumers are readily exploring. It features a sleek black base for superior food presentation and a clear lid for authentic visualization, order accuracy, personal branding, and clear labeling. The containers are vented for breathability and have a secured button lock with an audible snap. They are also comprised of a thermoformed polypropylene material to complement a range of food establishments seeking optimum security, strength, and style. ProView offers a variety of sizes, widely ranging from a sandwich/snack container to a jumbo take-out container.

 

 

Clover

Clover hinged food container
When an economical alternative is required for food packaging, our brand-new Clover Hinged line will fit the bill. These new microwave safe, hinged food containers sport a clean, compact design that is perfect for any take-out program as well as for leftovers. The button lock, 360° leak resistant closure system ensures food products stay inside the container, and not on the delivery car floor. For more information on Clover, click here.

 

 

Harvest Fiber

Harvest Fiber Compostable Containers mark an organic print on the environment as it is BPI certified compostable.

Harvest Fiber Kraft hinged containerThe containers are 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.

College & Universities Are Playing A Huge Role in Sustainable Food Trends

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Colleges and universities have always been the powerhouse of ever-changing food concepts. They are reflecting campus menus to meet the demand of students’ food preference across the nation. With a growing concern for healthy food choices and organic labels, the key trend in colleges and universities is an increase in locally sourced produce. According to Foodservice Director’s 2018 College & University Census, 59% of food operators stated that the biggest trends affecting operations are vegan menu items. Out of dairy, baked goods, meats, beverages, and seafood, produce is the number one ingredient sourced locally.

Many cafeterias have already taken the initiative to provide more sustainable campus dining. Duke University’s campus in Durham, North Carolina, offers 59 eateries which also includes organic produce. According to FoodTank.com, 25 percent of the food budget is invested in locally sourced items. Their dining program was awarded gold status for procurement practices in National Association of College and University Food Services’ 2017 Sustainability Awards in May. Providing the greatest demand for convenience, students have the option of getting their meals delivered to their dorms.

You can store your best organic food items in our Harvest Fiber Containers and our  Clear Hinged Deli Containers. Offering strength and security, these containers have a secured button-lock closure system to keep snacks from spilling.

As a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products, we ensure top quality food packaging that is both sustainable and eco-friendly. Here, you can find the latest food trends, product spotlight, and additional tips from your packaging pros.

Wholesome Delis are Trending – Plus More on Harvest Fiber Kraft!

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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.

Creativity in a Container: The Perfect Match for A Vibrant Summer Menu

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Summer food packaging

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:

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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.

Next Generation of 21st Century Dining: Food Halls

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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, Atlanta

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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, Chicago

Latinicity Food Hall and Lounge, Chicago

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.

4th Street Market, Los Angeles

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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.

St. Roch Market, New Orleans

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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.

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