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Introducing Harvest® Fiber Oval Bowls

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Introducing Harvest® Fiber Oval Bowls! Genpak’s excellent additions to the Harvest® Fiber line of sustainable packaging. They are perfect for grab ‘n go and take-out applications when paired with their clear, no leak, over-cap lids.  Give your customers a peace of mind and a guilt-free experience to enjoy their take-out meal with Harvest® Fiber food packaging.

HFBB18 – 18 ounce oval bowl

HFBB18L – lid for 18 ounce bowl

HFBB26 – 26 ounce oval bowl

HFBB26L – lid for 26 ounce bowl

The Harvest Fiber Oval Bowls are perfect for several occasions, including grab n’ gotakeout, 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 and easy to carry.

As a leading manufacturer in environmentally sustainable products, we strive to meet your eco-friendly goals. To learn more about our compostable Harvest® Fiber products, click here.

Is Restaurant Takeout Safe During the CoronaVirus Epidemic? YES!

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Restaurant Delivery Person Holding Takeout“Is takeout and delivery from restaurants safe?” That’s what’s on the mind of many Americans as more states are taking precautions and prohibiting any restaurants, bars, and cafes from serving food or drink on premises.

In order to make up for lost business and keep profits in the black, many restaurants and food establishments have begun offering takeout and delivery services for local customers. But with growing concern over the spread of Covid-19, many Americans are questioning if ordering takeout or delivery is safe. Below, we breakdown the facts from government agencies and tips for limiting your exposure when ordering food.

Is it safe to order takeout or delivery from restaurants?

Yes! The CDC, FDA, and USDA have all stated they are not aware of any reports suggesting Covid-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging.

According to the CDC, the biggest risk of transmission of the Coronavirus is through breathing respiratory droplets of a symptomatic person. Surface-to-surface transmission–like handling takeout containers–is thought to be very low. The risk of contracting the virus through consuming food is also minimal, as viruses are susceptible to heat and cooked food would have inactivated or killed the virus.

Therefore, as long as food businesses are following employee health policies and local health department recommendations to keep infected individuals home (which almost all of them have stated they are), your risk of contracting coronavirus through takeout and delivery from restaurants is extremely low.

How to Safely Order Takeout and Delivery During Covid-19

Although the risk of contracting coronavirus through food or food packaging is low, whether you order takeout or delivery, there are still a few practices to keep in mind to ensure you are limiting any potential exposure to Covid-19.

Tips for Limiting Exposure During Restaurant Takeout

  • Call ahead and pay for your order over the phone, or order online, to limit personal interaction during payment processing.
  • If the restaurant allows it, order curbside pickup option so you do not have to go and wait inside.
  • If you must pick up your order inside, maintain six feet of distance between you, other customers, and the restaurant workers.
  • Wash or your hands or use hand sanitizer immediately after leaving the restaurant.
  • Once home, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after handling any food packages from the outside.
  • Disinfect any surfaces the food containers touched.

Tips for Limiting Exposure with Restaurant Deliveries

  • Avoid face to face interaction with deliverers. Request deliveries to be left on doorstep. (Many big food delivery companies have already adopted a no touch/no interaction policy).
  • Add a tip ahead of time over the phone or leave it on your doorstep in an envelope to avoid interaction.
  • Wash your hands or use hand sanitizer after handling any food packages from the outside.
  • Disinfect any surfaces the food containers touched.

Support Your Local Restaurants with Takeout and Delivery!

Now more than ever, it’s important to support your local restaurants, cafes, and eateries by ordering takeout and delivery, so they can support themselves, their staff, and have the funds to reopen at full capacity when the Covid-19 Epidemic is over!

Support Local Restaurants During the Coronavirus Outbreak!

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Restaurant awningOur local restaurants are in trouble. Many have been ordered to close their doors in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19), leaving their financial futures in a precarious position. Unable to dine in, there are still ways you can financially support restaurants and the workers they employ during this difficult period.

As restaurants and eateries are the backbone of our company, below we’ve highlighted five different ways you can help support restaurants financially during this time.

5 Ways to Support Local Restaurants During the Covid-19 Outbreak

Wondering how you can support your local restaurants and eateries during the Coronavirus Outbreak? Here are five ways to help restaurants survive this difficult financial period!

Order Takeout & Delivery

While restaurants across the country have chosen or been told to close their doors to diners to enforce social distancing and stop the spread of the Coronavirus, many have transitioned to takeout and delivery only establishments. According to the CDC, FDA, and USDA, there are no reports suggesting Covid-19 can be transmitted by food or food packaging (

Buy Gift Cards

While offering take out and delivery has worked for some restaurants, others have temporarily closed due to financial reasons, citing takeout is not a sustainable option for their business. For these businesses that you can’t order from, purchasing gift cards for future meals for yourself or a loved one is another option to support them. Check your local restaurants’ websites and social media profiles to see where and how you can purchase gift cards and gift certificates from them.

Donate to a Relief Fund

With the food and beverage industry turned on its head, many national and localized nonprofit organizations have stepped up to launch funds to collect money for restaurants and workers in cities and regions across the United States. Check out this comprehensive list from Eater.com on organizations you can donate to help out!

Purchase Merchandise & Food Items

Many restaurants are supplementing their takeout orders or gift card purchases with selling merchandise like t-shirts, hats, and bags and packaged food (bottled sauces, spice mixes, etc.). In addition, some restaurants have opted to start selling their fresh produce, meat, and pantry items they are not able to use. With many grocery stores out of stock of popular items, this is your chance to get sought after items like ground meat, chicken breast, and pasta you can’t in stores all while helping your local eateries. Stocking your pantry or your closet at a time like this can really help them out!

Like, Share, Repost

Social proof goes a long way, especially now that more people are home and on social media. With recent developments of Google and Yelp suspending the ability to write new reviews during the outbreak, one way you can help spread the word is through interacting with your local restaurants’ social media posts. Like, share, comment, tag a friend, and repost social media posts on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn and other platforms to let your friends, family, and business connections know local restaurants are open, offering takeout, or accepting donations.

Do Your Duty & Help Your Community!

Restaurants, bars, cafes, breweries, eateries, and more make up the fabric of our local communities. In order to ensure these establishments stay open after the Coronavirus epidemic, it’s vital we do our part and lend a hand!

What other ways are you helping the restaurant industry during this time? Comment below and let us know!

Restaurants are Safely Open for Business Despite Coronavirus (COVID-19) Outbreak

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The global outbreak of the Coronavirus has left many worrisome, wondering if restaurants are closing down. However, food establishments are still open for business and taking immediate action to respond strategically to restrictions from the government. These food operations are taking protective measures for their customers and employees by resorting to takeout, drive-thru, and curbside pickup for quicker and safer service interactions. The following questions and answers are taken directly from the FDA emergency and preparedness response website.

 

Can I get sick with COVID-19 from touching food packaging or food contact surfaces if the Coronavirus was present on it?

A: According to The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA), “Currently there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with the transmission of COVID-19. Like other viruses, it is possible that the virus that causes COVID-19 can survive on surfaces or objects. For that reason, it is critical to follow the 4 key steps of food safety—clean, separate, cook, and chill.”

Can I get COVID-19 from a food worker handling my food?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA or USFDA) states that, “Currently, there is no evidence of food or food packaging being associated with transmission of COVID-19. However, the virus that causes COVID-19 is spreading from person-to-person in some communities in the U.S. The CDC recommends that if you are sick, stay home until you are better and no longer pose a risk of infecting others.”

Should food workers who are ill stay home?

Genpak is compliant with the CDC’s recommendation that “employees who have symptoms of acute respiratory illness stay home and not come to work until they are free of fever (100.4° F [37.8° C] or greater using an oral thermometer), signs of a fever, and any other symptoms for at least 24 hours, without the use of fever-reducing or other symptom-altering medicines (e.g. cough suppressants).”

Please comply with the advice given by your local, state, and federal authorities and be safe!

Genpak Attends The 2019 NACUFS Show

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Team members of Genpak just attended the 2019 National Association of College & University Food Services or NACUFS trade show, where 750 subscribed members and 350 vendors flocked to Denver, Colorado. NACUFS is an organization that supports colleges and universities nationwide, and we were happy to be present at the show to support operators with a variety of Genpak products.Genpak team at NACUFS

Sustainability was on everyone’s minds this year, with many booths showcasing plant-based foods, farm raised/grass fed meats, and as for us – biodegradable and compostable containers. That it includes our biodegradable and compostable products, reusable and microwavable containers, and even our grab ‘n go products applicable for deli and bakery food items.

At the show, we were able to converse with many members on the topic of recyclability and compostability. As believers in sustainability and natural ways to provide students with an enjoyable food experience, we showcased our Harvest Fiber Hinged Containers, Taco Trays, and Dinnerware suitable for a variety of food applications for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our team members also offered resourceful information regarding the benefits of compostable products on campus for the collegiate lifestyle.

We look forward to attending more shows in the future! Up next is the 2019 International Bakery Industry Exposition (IBIE).

Genpak’s New Era of Innovation, Culture, and Partnership

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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.

Genpak Releases PV20520CO, Latest Innovative Packaging Solution

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Genpak is proud to announce the latest food packaging solution, PV20520CO, Large, All-Purpose Close-Off Container. This newest close-off product, which is an addition to the existing line of ProView microwavable containers, will fulfill needs of the home delivery, grab ‘n go, and progressing markets.

The PV20520CO is an innovative solution for several food applications and is beneficial and consumer friendly in many ways. The lid clarity helps prevent inaccurate orders. In additional, studies show that consumers prefer being able to see what they’ve ordered. Also, optional venting system allows total user control over the humidity level within the container. The elegant black base accentuates any food option presentation.

Digital food ordering has increased at 10X the rate of total industry traffic. 32% of those sourcing food from restaurants will eat their food at home. Genpak’s containers meet the demand for what the foodservice industry needs today. We are committed to delivering high quality food containers as your food packaging company. For more information on the ProView product line extension, click here.

Fast Food Newcomers On the Rise in 2019

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The fast food industry is expanding with startups introducing healthy fast food and merging global flavors at the drive-thru. Aside from some of the most popular chains like Panda Express, Subway, and McDonald’s, are flourishing chains ready to serve up new food concepts in minutes. Today’s top 5 newcomers in fast food are ready to takeover in 2019.

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.

Genpak Unveils The Latest Compostable Harvest Fiber Taco Line

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Harvest Fiber taco container on restaurant table

Genpak is once again expanding its very popular, Harvest® Fiber line of earth-friendly food packaging with four new innovative designs. Each item was designed to support its customers ever growing, home delivery and off-premise dining markets.

Four food containers make up the newest additions to the line. The HF2X2 and HF4CC are hinged containers with unique compartment configurations. The HF2X2 is designed to hold two tacos and two sides while the HF4CC is designed to hold four tacos. Of course, other foods will work perfectly well such as kabobs, hot dogs and gyros to name a few.

Rounding out the new additions are the HF2X2T and HF3TT food trays. Both have similar compartment design features as the hinged items, but are trays giving them the added flexibility to be used as a dine-in option. Or, simply add the 95388 clear over-cap lid and they become excellent to-go containers.

Just like the rest of the Harvest® Fiber line, these great new food packaging items are produced using natural fibers, are GMO-free and are compostable. They offer unmatched grease and oil resistance and come standard in our natural kraft color.  The clear 95388 APET lid is curbside recyclable and fits both tray options!

If you have not made the leap into alternative substrate food packaging, now is the time. Let Genpak help guide you through the noise with our steady, consistent quality that has made Harvest® Fiber the number one choice of food operators both large and small.

For more information on our newest Harvest® Fiber products, please visit www.harvestfiber.com.

2018: Genpak Review

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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.

clear Clover containers with text overlay

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.

Proview close-off containers

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.

Harvest Fiber Rectangles containers with food

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.

food bank donations collage

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!

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