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Enhance The Customer Experience with These New Food Containers

September 11th, 2018 RSS feed icon

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

solution-based sandwich container

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 (Coming Very Soon)

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

August 14th, 2018 RSS feed icon
VegNews.com - Cafeteria salad buffet

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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.

Design Printing – Where Food Packaging and Branding Meet

August 7th, 2018 RSS feed icon

The moment a customer takes a meal home, not only do they focus on the food packaging for convenience, but the branding design to help remember your company. In addition to quality food packaging, your branding design allows for customer recognition, and ensures that your offer food packaging that benefits them. Genpak offers custom printing where you can enhance your company brand. From embossing to spot print, we offer four types of branding prints that will give you a competitive advantage.
hinged container with Genpak branding on it

Embossing.

Embossing is a style that adds texture and dimension to your design It is a method of raising the design on the surface of the material. The design is pressed on to the material from underneath.

Debossing.

Debossing is the opposite of embossing, where the design is sunken into the surface of the material

Random Print.

This type of custom print is a repetitive design is printed across the container.

Spot Print.

This is a method where the design is printed in one specific spot on the container

When it comes to premium packaging that’s convenient for customers, ProView, Clover, and Harvest Fiber are products you don’t want to turn down. Not only are they sustainable, but they are also eco-friendly with several benefits.

For more information on custom printing on Genpak’s high quality food containers, take a look at our quick reference guide.

A Sneak Peek of Our New ProView Product Line Extension!

August 3rd, 2018 RSS feed icon

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!

July 24th, 2018 RSS feed icon
Harvest Fiber Kraft hinged containers - 2 open and 1 closed

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. To request free samples, click here.

The Power of Prepared Meals – Foodservice Trends You Need To Know

July 17th, 2018 RSS feed icon

Prepared meals are a two-way street. Between c-stores, and meal kit companies, these competitive channels are developing new ways of introducing prepared meals to-go to meet specific consumer demands. Prepared foods are attracting quick stop customers, which is reflected in the high numbers. These sectors have adjusted to the radical change with the advent of their own prepared meals services, which eliminates cooking time. According to the National Association of Convenience Stores, prepared foods drove 69% of foodservice sales and profits in 2017. C-stores, which make up a $150 billion business, have taken the initiative to provide more foods in the hot and frozen category.Smart Set Pro containers

It’s not only c-stores that have put resources behind prepared meals. They are also a target of meal-kit delivery services, one of the fastest growing platforms in the foodservice industry. Meal kits began six years ago with companies like Green Chef, Hello Fresh, and Blue Apron. Today they are shifting consumers’ eating behavior with the business model that eliminates the need for going to the grocery store. Starting as an unfamiliar practice with little recognition, the meal-kit trend is now disrupting the grocery retail industry, fast food chains, and e-commerce platforms. However, meal kit companies have recently merged into the prepared meals market after acquiring new partnerships to mark their presence in brick-and-mortar stores.

Genpak meets the growing demand of prepared meals, whether hot or frozen, with reputable innovations like  Oven Ready Food Trays, Smart Set Pro, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and ProView to propel meal-kit industry growth. We offer various packaging options that support food creativity and diversity, which overlaps the recipe offerings that meal-kit businesses provide on a weekly basis.

As a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products, we ensure top quality food packaging that is sustainable and eco-friendly. To request free samples of any of the products perfect for prepared meals, click here.

Understanding the Temperature Limits of Different Food Packaging

July 10th, 2018 RSS feed icon

 

In order for hot foods to stay hot and cold food to remain cold, it is important to understand the temperature limits of different containers in order to ensure the best performance. We often times receive questions from those who want to know if a foam container is microwave-safe or if our oven-safe products can go in the freezer. So, here’s a helpful guide that will help you understand your temperature limits to determine the proper use of Genpak products.

Polystyrene (Foam) Containers, Cups, and Dinnerwarefood container temperature chart

Foam has excellent insulation properties and decent thermal resistance making it applicable for both hot and cold foods. Hot foods will stay hot longer and cold foods will stay cold longer in a foamed PS container. Not only is it a popular choice due to its sustainable qualities, but it is also the most versatile substrate and very economical for a variety of food packaging applications. Temperature limit for Genpak’s foam products is 150°F

PET – Deli & Bakery Containers, Oven-Ready Containers, and Drinking Cups

PET is a solid plastic material most often used to produce water and soda bottles. PET is a versatile substrate that is widely accepted by most municipalities curbside recycling programs. Genpak’s PET containers included up to 30% post-consumer recycled content, in our conservational efforts to eliminate waste, and reduce the burden on the environment. There are two types of Genpak PET products that each have very distinct purposes: APET, which is safe for freezing and room temperature display and CPET, which is safe in the oven, microwave, and freezer.

  • APET – Every food item has an expiration date, and APET is a great candidate for offering a longer shelf life. If you’ve ever come across any of our APET products then you’ve probably encountered our Clear Hinged Deli Containers, Clear Hinged Bakery Containers, Supermarket Containers, or Cold Drink Cups. Our clear APET products are perfect for savory, natural snacks, cookies, cakes, pastries, confectionary items, cold drinks and much more. Its structural integrity serves as a defense against oxygen to prolong the lifespan of a food item. This substrate also works well under cooler temperatures up to -20◦F, safe for a refrigerator or freezer. From transporting the container from one location to the next, consumers can ensure that it’s effective in preserving a food item without caving in or cracking open.
  • CPET – CPET material is simply a crystallized form of PET, which is able to withstand very high temperatures for oven ready applications. Great care must be taken when using these products in the oven and we offer a Use & Handling sheet that can guide you through. These products are perfectly safe in the oven, microwave and even the freezer as it can withstand temperatures of up to 400°F.

Polypropylene Containers – Proview, Smart Set Pro, & Harvest Pro

When microwave safe options are required for food packaging, polypropylene is the best choice of materials. Smart Set Pro, ProView, and Harvest Pro are the three product lines that you will want to consider. They are offered in colors such as black and white. We are also the only company to offer a unique textured PP material that allows us to produce products that are up to 20% lighter in weight than most other competitive items, without sacrificing strength or functionality. This translates into much less raw materials being used and lower product cost to our customers. Genpak’s microwave-safe containers include Proview, Smart Set Pro, and Harvest Pro. Temperature limit for Genpak’s microwave-safe, polypropylene products are 210° F.

Biodegradable & Compostable Products

Genpak Harvest Fiber material is manufactured from renewable resources and is 100% BPI certified compostable. The base fiber material for all of our products is bagasse, which is a byproduct of the sugar industry. Harvest Fiber products are microwave safe and grease & water resistant. Each item is engineered with ease of use in mind. Perfect for preserving temperature, whether hot or cold. In addition to our compostable products, the Harvest Paper product line consists of our paper cone, portion and drink cups. They are produced from raw materials originating from forests managed with Sustainable Forestry Practices and are all compostable. All of our Harvest Paper product configurations are engineered for maximum strength and durability utilizing box pleats, concave surface areas and rolled rims. Temperature limits for Genpak’s biodegradable and compostable products are 210° F.< For more information on temperature limits of Genpak products, you can always go to our Materials page where you can stay informed on different types of food packaging and recommended uses.

Solution-Based Packaging that Greatly Impacts Consumer Lifestyles

June 26th, 2018 RSS feed icon

In the world of “to-go”, there are constant changes being made to food packaging, restaurant design, and overall operations in order to achieve a consumer-focused experience. Some changes aren’t always so complex, but convenient- and that’s a characteristic that Genpak lives by. Here are 3 modifications to our food packaging that greatly shapes the modern day consumer lifestyle, helping save time and money.

Close-off food packaging3 compartment closed off food container

Compartmented containers are always convenient for side portioned food items, which require separating. Years ago, we at Genpak launched our first close-off container with the 203CO, and have since translated that feature over to our microwave-safe and APET products. Our close-off solution has addressed food migration concerns by adding compartments in the base of a container and the lid. We are capable of promoting zero food migration with durable packaging that reigns superior against our competitors.

Stackable feature

There is nothing worse than carrying multiple containers, only to have them collapse after taking a few steps or when placing them in the car. With the emergence of optional take-out family meals that can be enjoyed at home, work, or school, Genpak’s stackable feature helps consumer meals go the extra mile. We have engineered our stackable containers in such way that will secure multiple containers in place, for portability and carrying with ease.

Vented-Lid and Anti-Fog

clear food containers stacked

A8801 & AS8802 – stackable, lightweight, and easy to carry

Perhaps everyone loves food right off the grill, and it’s even better when enjoyed anywhere, everywhere, and at any time. We’ve caught the drift with our vented-lid and anti-fog feature, which is found in our new black and clear ProView container, which reduces condensation for a clear view. Everyone wants to see their food, especially when it’s fresh off the grill. So, this feature makes it even more convenient for both the operator and the consumer by providing food authenticity and order accuracy.

Genpak products are still in the mix as you can spot our sustainable packaging across several establishments. Our products offer market flexibility as a powerhouse to consumer needs. Genpak meets this demand with reputable innovations like ProView, Smart Set Pro, Clear Hinged Foodservice Containers, and Oven Ready Food & Bakery Trays to propel foodservice industry growth.

Stay locked in for the next line up of features that define convenience for today’s consumer lifestyle.

How Erik Waterkotte Carried His Industry Vision Forward at IDDBA 2018

June 19th, 2018 RSS feed icon
IDDBA conference

Image by IDDBA

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.

Erik Waterkotte

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

June 12th, 2018 RSS feed icon

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:

clear bowls filled with fruit

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.

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