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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.

A Sneak Peek of Our New ProView Product Line Extension!

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new containers in the ProView product line - black hinged containers with clear lids

Introducing the latest product line extension of Genpak’s highest quality black and clear foodservice containers: PV243CO, Medium compartment close-off container; PV203CO, Large 3 Compartment Close-off Container; and the PV205, Large All Purpose Container.

Genpak’s latest addition to the ProView line launches as a key trend to foodservice, taking the product line to new heights for consumers. 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. The transparent lid offers a greater level of unmatched clarity for order accuracy, personal branding, and clear labeling. They also come with a vented lid, a humidity-control technology for fresh food under any condition. They are also comprised of a thermoformed polypropylene material to complement a range of food establishments seeking optimum security, strength, and style. Created for reuse, the ProView Close-off Containers and the PV205, All Purpose Container are top-shelf dishwasher safe and recyclable, making it an eco-friendly option for everyone.

Genpak’s containers meet the demand for what the foodservice industry needs today. Genpak is not only committed to delivering top quality containers, but we strive to deliverer top quality packaging as your food packaging company. For more information on the ProView product line extension, check out our video below.

 

 

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 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 compostable Harvest Fiber Kraft products, click here.

How Erik Waterkotte Carried His Industry Vision Forward at IDDBA 2018

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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.

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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.

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.

Food Packaging Has Changed At NRA 2018

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One of the largest restaurant shows was over the weekend in Chicago. National Restaurant Association Show (NRA) brings together everything you could possibly need for a restaurant, commercial kitchen, and startup. Walking the show you’re sure to get 10,000 steps in for the day, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes.

During our walk of the nearly 2,500 vendors you could see the clear growth into technology. There’s an entire section now devoted to making restaurants more efficient. From foodservice orders of food packaging and disposables, to front of house ordering systems, there’s a digital solution for everything.

The food packaging sphere at the show has changed a bit. The industry has been transitioning away from polystyrene containers to more recyclable options with a better life cycle story. At Genpak we are working on broadening our microwave safe, reusable containers, as well as our compostable product offerings. With focus on better treatment of the environment all plastics manufacturers are looking to streamline processes to protect Mother Earth. Bamboo and molded fiber had a major presence at the show. Check out our Harvest Fiber containers to learn more about our compostable and biodegradable products. Our Green Room has great information highlighting our processes as well as end of life plans for the containers used in restaurants.

Genpak Can Help Deliver the Goods. More on Amazon’s $14 billion Acquisition of Whole Foods

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Who’s Whole Foods’ daddy now? Amazon. Delivery/pickup is not your average trend but a lifestyle that’s expected to reach exponential growth and become more modified. E-commerce giant Amazon has dominated the fresh territory of grocery retail after it’s nearly $14 billion acquisition of the high-end grocer back in 2017. The e-commerce giant has addressed the need of consumers who are accustomed to the old-fashioned brick-and-mortar stores. They have benefited customers in price, online shopping convenience, and engaging platforms that will drive its business forward. A new ad campaign with slogan, “Whatever Makes You Whole” targeted millions of shoppers who are seeking variety in the stale grocery market.

How are consumers adapting to the new trend?amazon stat

Although it’s impact has reached several grocery stores across the market, deli and bakery items are not excluded from the adjustment. Progression is a noticeable factor for Amazon accounts, but not so easy for a grocery chain selling food with an expiration date. Because of this, Amazon hasn’t completely withdrawn Whole Foods shoppers from the brick and mortar scene, but they have provided consumers with another method of shopping for convenience. Grocery delivery services are recognized as need amongst shoppers with fast-paced lifestyles. Thus, Amazon has introduced technologies such as kiosks, tablets, and mobile devices to improve the grocery shopping experience.

Genpak products are still in the mix as you can spot our sustainable packaging across grocery chains, restaurant chains, supply stores, food trucks, and more! When it comes to the grocery retail market, our products offer market flexibility as a powerhouse to consumer needs. Genpak meets this demand with reputable innovations like Oven Ready Food Trays, Smart Set Pro, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and ProView to propel foodservice industry growth.

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What’s the Difference Between Biodegradable & Compostable Packaging?

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Harvest Fiber containers are compostable

Biodegradable and compostable food packaging refer to materials that can break down and decompose in the environment. This is one of the most reliable ways to conserve the Earth’s vitality while offering customers environmentally sustainable products. While these terms are used interchangeably, they do not share the same meaning. This post will help you know the difference between a biodegradable and compostable product and what to check for whenever a company claims that their product is made from organic materials. So, let’s get started!

What Does Biodegradable Mean?

Biodegradation is a process where natural raw materials can be broken down biologically in the environment within a certain amount of time. If a product is made of organic material, it can be broken down without oxygen and then can be turned into carbon dioxide, water, and biomass with the help of microorganisms. While organic materials in fact do biodegrade in landfills, it’s not within an expected timeframe and may take a long time to decompose.

What Does Compostable Mean?compost cycle of a food container

Compostable refers to a natural process where organic waste materials decompose into a substance called compost. This substance is full of rich nutrients that can be used as soil conditioner. The process involves closely controlled heat, moisture levels, and carbon dioxide which accelerates the composting process. Genpak’s compostable material is known as bagasse. It is a renewable, fast-growing resource that breaks down the best in professionally managed compost facilities.

How can you tell if a food packaging item is biodegradable or compostable?

Just because an item is made, or claimed to be made from organic or natural raw materials, does not mean it will biodegrade or compost. Therefore, it is up to the consumer to do their homework. The best way to make sure that a packaging item is biodegradable or compostable is to ask the manufacturer for a third-party certification document. This certification should be generated from an accredited third party such as the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI). All of our Harvest Fiber items are compostable and only apply to professionally managed composting facilities and not your backyard compost pile. To find a composter near you, just visit findacomposter.com.

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.

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

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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.

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