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Enhance The Dining Experience Outside Your Restaurant

May 2nd, 2018 RSS feed icon

Eating is not a chore. Sometimes we may forget to eat because we are busy doing other things, but food helps us find nourishment every day. We are fortunate to have so many options at our fingertips. Restaurants have been seeing tons of changes these days. Not only are menus becoming more diverse in flavor profiles, but the introduction of off-premise dining has changed the way people eat. Where a person eats is now limitless. More consumers are ordering food for delivery than ever before.

Packaging plays a key role in safeguarding foods during transportation. The restaurant experience is no longer just inside those four walls. Dining experiences are happening at homes, offices, outdoors, and in cars. Food is on the move.

ProView containers with food in them, stacked

Let’s talk about specific takeout options.

Crispy foods are best served in a vented container. Vents allow steam to escape saving the food from moisture seeping back in.

Long delivery times plague everyone. Microwave-safe containers are great for items that need to be reheated.

People are busy so encourage grab and go applications with portion-controlled packaging and

Stackable containers, like our Harvest Fiber and ProView, keep foods from sliding around during transport.

Most consumers aren’t a fan of cross contamination. Keep foods separated with close-off containers.

Sustainability is high on everyone’s agenda. Items made from natural materials, like Harvest Fiber, and items that are recyclable, like AD Deli containers and Smart Set Pro send a message to consumers that you are thinking about the future.

Foam hinged containers are still have the best thermal properties to keep foods at optimum temperature longer.

 
 

Choosing the right packaging for your menu is hard. There are many options out there to pick from, from many different manufacturers. Genpak is a full-service packaging solution provider. Browse our website and contact us for more information. We are here to help you make the best choices for your customer.

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ProView on the Move

March 20th, 2018 RSS feed icon

Casual dining is taking new shapes. Dining at a restaurant may soon be a thing of the past. Frequency of to-go orders are higher than its ever been. Technology changes how consumers order food. Whether it’s through a restaurant app, a third-party app, online, or voice-activated, making the consumer experience a positive one from start to finish should be a high priority.

ProView assists operators with order accuracy, sustainability, and deliverability. Designed with optional vents, anti-fog lids, and black bases to make menu items pop. Branding opportunities available on lids. Close-off sizes provide compartments that seal off to eliminate cross-contamination.

Developed with off-premise delivery and take-out in mind, ProView offers restaurants a sophisticated container with all the amenities customers are looking for. With the rise of takeout, more consumers are looking for restaurants to provide containers that can be reheated. ProView is safe for the microwave, meaning customers are able to enjoy menu items as intended at home or in the office.

Check out our newest video for more information on ProView & off-premise dining.stack of ProView containers

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.

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?!

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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.

 

Snacks Gotcha Tongue? What Consumers are Craving More Than Traditional Meals.

December 29th, 2017 RSS feed icon

Snacks are probably taking over your dinner table as “the greatest Modern American pastime”, since “19% of all foodservice occasions in 2016 were snacks,” according to Nation’s Restaurant News. This occasion has opened the door to new bite-size options that are more diverse, more convenient, and even more difficult to turn down. Snacking has grown to be unconventional and it greatly impacts consumer consumption trends. So, what was once perceived as an occasion that would “ruin your appetite” right before a meal is now enjoyed as a meal substitute for any time of the day…or night.

Consumers are shifting away from large traditional meals and are focused on new food concepts that can be easily transported, easily consumed, and even shared with friends. This demand amplifies the importance of the grab n’ go growth packaging segment, as consumption behavior is now influenced by snacking styles that support convenience.

Genpak’s convenient packaging enables portability and easy preparation & consumption.

No matter the snack, there is great synergy between Genpak’s food containers and your favorite snack items. Our packaging solutions are designed to accommodate today’s prevalent snacking occasion, whether it’s for a c-store, supermarket, airport, or restaurant establishment. By using the containers below, you’ll gain a Genpak advantage that differentiates from our competitors:

 

Clear Hinged Food Containers

Our clear hinged containers are perfect for savory, natural snacks, cookies, cakes, pastries, confectionary items, and much more. This product line offers convenience and allows for variety. They also have a secured button lock closure to keep snacks from spilling. Offered in sizes 8 oz. to 64 oz.

 

hinged food containers with a variety of food enclosed

Two Piece Supermarket Containers

Like the clear hinged foodservice containers, this product is also perfect for savory, natural snacks, dips & spreads, cookies, cakes, pastries, confectionary items, etc. Round shape can fit in cup holders. These containers are offered in sizes 10 oz. to 32 oz.

 

2 piece supermarket containers with a variety of food enclosed

Crystal Choice

Crystal Choice is a collection of clear cups that are perfect for any snacking occasion. Can be used for pretzels, yogurt, chips, salads, drinks, etc. It can be used in three pieces (the large cup for the main snack portion, and the smaller cup that fits inside and used for any (condiments, toppings, or sides). Offered in sizes 9 oz. to 24 oz., and can be paired with dome or flat lids.

plastic cups with lids, containing food and drink

 

As a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products, we ensure top quality grab-n-go packaging that is sustainable and eco-friendly. To request free samples of any of the product lines perfect for snacks, click here.

Why You’ll Love the New A8801 & AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers

October 19th, 2017 RSS feed icon

Genpak stackable food containers

Authentic food presentation is key to inclined sales in today’s market, and there is no better product to use for customer attraction than Genpak’s new A8801 and AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers. We introduce to you a duo of attention-grabbing packaging that showcases signature menu items to strengthen brand image. They are both addendums to our extensive product line of clear food service containers, and they showcase signature food items beautifully. Here are the reasons why you’ll love these containers as much as we do.

First, let’s talk about the obvious. They’re crystal clear!

Consumers love transparency, and it’s relieving to have this see-through feature incorporated into our food packaging designs. The A8801 and AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers provide an unmatched clarity for superior food visualization. They effortlessly speak volumes to shoppers who value an honest evidence of food items. Consumers are more inclined to purchase food contained in transparent packaging because it offers them visual validation. These containers also allow for various viewing angles with our 360 degree packaging design.
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They’re durable and robust.

Sustainability is a high priority in the packaging industry, which can be found in our sculptural clamshell design in the A8801 and AS8802. The rim around top of the container allows for easy stacking and creates shelf appeal. It contains both a secure button-lock closure and our popular Secure Seal® feature, to shield oxygen and maintain freshness of food. The AS8801 was constructed with one open compartment space for custom meal combinations, while the AS8802 includes two slanted compartments to elevate food assortments at a unique viewing angle.

They make an eco-impact.

Environmentally friendly plastic is a viable attribute that makes us competitive for the future of food service. The A8801 and AS8802 are made of PET, which is a versatile substrate that is widely accepted by most municipalities curb side recycling programs.

As a company accustomed to diversifying in our food packaging options, you can make food items look more compelling with the transparent duo that exhibits our sustainability objectives and meets our hygienic standards. Display your product at its eye appealing best with Genpak’s new A8801 and AS8802 Clear Hinged Food Service Containers!

 

Want more details? Check out our video of the A8801 and AS8802 and tell us what you think in the comment section. Since you’re new to these products, you can request free samples and experience them for yourself.

Don’t forget to join us on our social media platforms for a chance to be featured on our page! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and simply hashtag #GenpakAdvantage to your next post!

Drone Delivery Stunt Becoming a Lifestyle for Consumers

July 24th, 2017 RSS feed icon
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2016 Drone food delivery stunt by 7-Eleven | Source: UseofTechnology.com

Drone food delivery- it’s exactly what it sounds like, and it’s not science fiction anymore. The automation that flies food to your home has increased in popularity since 7-Eleven’s experiment last year when Flirty flew food orders to customers’ doorsteps. The convenience store-chain had customers “thanking the heavens”, as their motto proclaims, after accomplishing “77 autonomous drone deliveries to customers’ homes in the United States in November”, CSPdailynews.com said.

Since then, drones have made a huge impact on the consumers’ appeal for innovative technology, and the Federal Aviation Administration notices it. The administration predicted in their latest report for up to 7 million drones to be sold in the US by 2020, and have already granted more than 3,000 certifications to businesses that are embracing the device for better customer service.

field research on drones

Virginia Tech’s Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership venture out to conduct aerial research on drones.  | Source: VT News

What about flying burritos? As silly as the concept may sound, an FAA approved drone site, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, is testing the burrito-by-drone project through a program that conducts research flights in realistic settings. The Virginia Tech Mid-Atlantic Aviation Partnership involves a small group of students and employees who invent aerial technology and test its safety measures. While some of their research phases are disclosed from the public, they are focused on creating sensory robotic technology to travel in more urbanized environments and navigate through traffic systems. To learn more about this Bloomberg report, click here.

What’s in it for restaurants? Drone delivery services could widely revolutionize the logistics of supply chain management. Operators use technologies such as kiosks, tablets, mobile devices, and now drones to improve the customer service experience. So it’s no secret that delivery performance via drone versus the way we know it (by car and foot) share no comparison. Overseers of restaurant establishments taking advantage of this opportunity benefit from reduced labor costs, and avoid the risk of overbudgeting when hiring employees. They also benefit from the price consumers are willing to pay for drone food delivery. Statista.com illustrated a chart revealing how much its respondents are willing to pay if a drone delivered their order within an hour. 32% of respondents believe drones are worth paying up to $20 extra for food delivery. If every customer isn’t willing to pay that much for a drone delivery service, 23% of respondents would pay up to $5 extra, which is awesome when tips are going directly towards your business.

food delivery to table by drone

London restaurant serves Sushi on a drone known as “iTray” – Source: Slate.com

What are your thoughts on drone food delivery?

Join us on our social media platforms for a chance to be featured on our page! You can find us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn and simply hashtag #GenpakAdvantage to your next post!

On-Demand Delivery hits a Home Run

February 21st, 2017 RSS feed icon

On demand food delivery has skyrocketed in the past year. With new meal kit companies popping up every day, offering easy take-out for your customers are imperative.

microwave safe take-out containers

Smart Set Pro is microwave safe

Third part delivery companies, like DoorDash, Seamless, UberEATS, and Eat24, get your food in front of your customers in a new way. Customers want to order online and have it delivered right to them.

According to Morgan Stanley Research, the market for food delivery is $210 billion. Pizza makes up 60% of this, but 40% of consumers want something more. This is your chance to expand your business and reach new customers. Providing a convenience for your customers, as well as fantastic food, will keep them coming back for more. Scope out the best online platform for your delivery system and go from there.

Genpak can help you. Providing foodservice solutions for your take-out needs is what we do. Need a container that doesn’t leak all over the driver’s car? Genpak has it. Check out our Deli Containers. Need a container that can be reheated in the microwave? Genpak has it. Check out our Microwave Safe Containers. Need a container that stacks in a bag? You bet Genpak has it. All of our product lines offer stability. Need an environmentally preferred container? Genpak has it. Check out our Harvest Fiber Containers. No matter what your chefs are creating, Genpak has a packaging solution to help you get your food to the customers.

Check out our video for more information about on-demand home delivery & don’t forget to request free samples to test out our packaging solutions before you buy.

Foodservice Trends For 2016

November 20th, 2015 RSS feed icon

Wouldn’t it be great to know, as food operators, what is in the mind of the consumer?  What do they like or dislike and what keeps them coming back for more? Luckily for us, our very good friends at Technomic make it their business to keep a pulse on the food service industry. Not just what’s trending with consumers, but also what outside forces effect our industry such as the minimum wage hike debate. Check out this video which outlines 10 of the top trends that could very well effect your food service operation in 2016.

Perhaps some of these resonate with your business. There is one trend we have notice which is the continued desire for environmentally friendly food packaging options. One thing is for certain, no matter what your food operation is, Genpak is here to be Your Food Packaging Company!

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Food Packaging & Restaurant News

January 13th, 2015 RSS feed icon
  • NYC bans foam. I can’t say I’m surprised. The ACC representative does a great job summing this mess up.
  • Restaurants post a great December! Is it really due to low gas prices?
  • NYC Chinese restaurant owners upset with new ban on foam. Note that fines won’t be imposed until next January. Yeah I’m sure de Blasio can rally the police down there to his side.
  • New materials are being developed to act as a replacement to petrochemical resins. This article talks about using crustacean shells. The interesting point is in the second to last paragraph where someone points out that alternatives will not cure litter. This is something they failed to consider in NYC and other places that have banned one type of material for another. The litter is still there…just in a different form.
  • 5 chains including Dunkin Brands posted growth and share in optimistic outlook for 2015
  • Coffee is not just coffee anymore. I love coffee. Drink at least 4 cups a day and I’ve never even heard of Jamaican Blue Mountain dark roast. Coffee, like a lot of sectors in the food business is, or I should probably say has, become very specialized catering to consumers specific wants. Don’t believe me? Next time you are near an area where food trucks frequent, count up the different types of food each truck specializes in.

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