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Are These Containers Safe In The Microwave? How To Tell If Something Is Safe For The Microwave.

March 5th, 2018 RSS feed icon

We have all been there. The moment you go to reheat your leftovers and you’re not sure they can go in as is. Below are some instructions to ensure your container can handle the microwave.

  • Check the bottom of the container for a symbol. Microwave safe is usually a microwave with some wavy lines on it. If they container has a #5 on it, it is made from polypropylene, PP, so it is generally considered microwave safe. Smart Set Pro and ProView are perfect for microwave applications.microwave safe iconsSmart Set Pro food containers
  • CPET, #1 is safe for the microwave. These containers are usually used for oven ready applications like our meal solutions and bakery trays. Not to be confused the APET, CPET has been crystallized meaning it can withstand much higher temperatures.  CPET products are NEVER clear.
  • APET(E), #1 is not safe for the microwave. These are deli containers, supermarket containers, water bottles, and most containers used for cold foods and display packaging. They are recyclable but not safe to reheat in.
  • PS, polystyrene, Styrofoam, #7 is not safe for the microwave. Most take out containers and clamshells are made of foam for its insulation properties. They keep food warm during transport so you don’t have to reheat them. Be sure to put your food on a plate or other safe container before zapping them in the microwave.
  • Harvest Fiber containers are not recommended for microwave use. They are all natural and compostable.Harvest Fiber food containers
  • Paper products should not go in the microwave since many of them are coated, sealed, or glued to stay together. These additives could leak into your food.

Take-Out Occasions

January 16th, 2018 RSS feed icon

While I’m not ready to have a drone deliver my food, I am a strong believer in take-out food. Whether it’s being delivered straight to my door, or I pick it up on my way home from my favorite restaurant, when someone else cooks for me it’s a delight. Here at Genpak we think every take-out occasion should be special. Food arriving as you expect it, hot and mess-free. There’s nothing worse than getting your food home, or delivered, and it’s all shaken around, French fries sitting in some sauce that came on your burger, or worse yet, cold and lack luster fries from your favorite restaurant.

compartmented food containers

Smart Set Pro containers are recyclable, reusable, and microwave safe.

Genpak has containers to make every off-premise dining experience a great one.

One of my biggest pet peeves is when sauces are spilling out of the container and all over the bag and subsequent containers. I received Asian food one time and the containers were stapled all the way around… um, shouldn’t they work the way they were designed? Genpak’s Smart Set Pro containers are microwave safe and leak resistant. No staples needed.

Order accuracy is another hot button issue of mine. I want what I ordered. Is that too much to ask? Clear topped containers, like Genpak’s new ProView containers, are great for helping get orders right. These containers are also microwave-safe so I can zap it in the microwave if it doesn’t arrive hot enough after a long car ride. ProView is recyclable so I’m not filling up my trash can with rubbish. These containers can be recycled into new products for some else to enjoy.

With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, Genpak’s oven ready containers are great for bake and show applications as well. Genpak has you covered from appetizers through dessert.

Every take-out order should be treated as a special occasion. Someone else is fixing a lovely meal for you. Presentation is key to keeping customers returning. Packaging plays a big role in that. Plates to share, food to nibble, let Genpak help make your take-out occasion a special one.

Weigel’s Still Winning Consumers in the Breakfast Occasion

January 10th, 2018 RSS feed icon

Weigel's breakfast display

Weigel’s is still taking over the breakfast occasion with affordable, grab n’ go Breakfast Bowls!

How do you like your breakfast? For me, I like to start my day with a delicious, energizing combination of bacon, potatoes, and eggs that I can take with me on-the-go. That’s what Weigel’s, Tennessee-based convenience store, had in mind after their October 2017 launch of Breakfast Bowls, using Genpak’s FP012-3L, 12 oz. microwave safe container and lid. The bowls are full of protein packed flavors of signature food items for a mouthwatering breakfast occasion. Weigel’s knew that incorporating a traditional breakfast combination into a bowl is a morning win. If these bowls help reduce the cost consumers pay for a full breakfast and the line before checkout, then who can turn them down?!

black base food container with clear lid

FPR012-3L with Lid – Smart Set Pro Collection

Weigel’s breakfast bowls are comprised of one meat choice (whether it’s bacon, sausage, or steak) mixed with a combination of tender potatoes, fluffy eggs, and melted cheese. The bowls remain hot and ready to enjoy as a hearty choice that is packed with protein. $3.79 can get consumers a flavorful breakfast that’s ready to enjoy at their work, school, or home.

As for the container, the FP012-3L container and lid both are perfect for the breakfast trends existing inside or outside of the early morning rush, like the all-day breakfast or a breakfast-as-snack. The bowl is a black base of textured polypropylene, with a clarified lid for order accuracy. Our microwave safe feature allows consumers to enjoy reheated meals, and it also makes consumers lives easier by being top shelf dishwasher safe. This bowl is also no stranger to leak resistance, so consumers don’t have to worry about messy spills.

What are your thoughts on today’s prevalent breakfast occasion?

For more details on the FPR012-3L and lid, check out our video below on Smart Set Pro in the breakfast scene and tell us what you think. If you’re new to this product line, you can request free samples to experience it for yourself. If you’ve ordered it before, you can share your experience by leaving a testimonial.

 

ProView is Here. What You Can Expect.

January 4th, 2018 RSS feed icon

After much anticipation and excitement in 2017 for the grand reveal, ProView is here to make its mark in 2018 and enhance the consumer experience. Designed for various food applications and eating occasions, ProView is a premium product line of black and clear hinged microwave safe containers created for home delivery, upscale catering, and more.

3 compartment ProView container

 

The qualities in ProView are essential…

Superior Food Product Visualization
Transparent lid offers a greater level of unmatched clarity for food presentation.

Microwave Safe
ProView containers can be reheated to keep food items fresh and ready to enjoy.

Vented-lid
Humidity-control technology for fresh food under any condition.

Dishwasher safe
Created for reuse as it is top-shelf dishwasher safe.

“57% of consumers agree that the quality of the food packaging reflects on a restaurant’s image.”

Source: IFMA

 

ProView 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. Here’s the product line at a glance as I walk you through each member of the family:

stacked ProView containers

PV225 – Large Hinged Sandwich Container

This container is a perfect candidate for single grab n’ go food items. The PV225 features a size that works well for burgers, sandwiches, and sides. It can also contain warm desserts, which is what makes this small container “short and sweet” for consumers.

PV240 & PV243Medium Hinged Container

The medium hinged containers are a one of a kind size for leftover meals and small off premise dining. Offered in a single compartment and three compartments, it is one of our carry-out options that can be used for a variety of food items.

PV200 & PV203Large Hinged Container

The PV200 & PV203 are large containers that serve as an ideal size for a standard meal with varied sides. This item also comes in one and three compartments.

PV250 & PV253CO Jumbo Hinged Container

What’s a container if it can’t hold even the largest food items? No need to worry when considering the PV250 & PV253CO. It is a jumbo container for large, exquisite food items like lobster, ribs, and steak to name a few. It can hold large entrees and varied sides effortlessly, while maintaining its integrity for being leak resistant, stackable, and easy to carry.

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. Genpak is not only committed to delivering top quality containers, but we strive to deliver top quality packaging as your food packaging company. To see more of Proview’s high performance, watch the video below. To request free samples, click here.

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

July 18th, 2017 RSS feed icon

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.

our largest takeout food container

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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Home Delivery Explosion Continues – Are you ready?

March 15th, 2017 RSS feed icon

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.

 

Genpak Food Container And Packaging Product Catalog

March 26th, 2016 RSS feed icon

Stay up to date with our newest on line flip book catalog. All our great products located in one digital, downloadable place!

New Product Announcement – Brand New Hinged Take-Out Container

March 19th, 2014 RSS feed icon

Introducing our brand new hinged take-out container that will Save You Money! The new 203CO completely eliminates the need for those super expensive side cups and lids. No longer do you need to place your coleslaw or baked beans into expensive side cups to go along with your take-out presentation. Now, just place those side items into the side compartments of this container, close it and serve it with confidence that your three course meal will not end up as a stew when your customer takes it home. At Genpak, we like to back up our claims with proof. Check out this very short video demonstrating the 203CO in action!

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