Celebrating 50 years of Quality Food Packaging


Genpak Releases PV20520CO, Latest Innovative Packaging Solution

April 23rd, 2019 RSS feed icon

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.

5 Surprising Myths & Facts Behind Food Packaging

January 28th, 2019 RSS feed icon

reusable and recyclable ProView Container container

The food packaging industry has evolved over the years, in efforts to keep the balance between convenience & sustainability. We’ve come to a place in our industry where a lot of information that is disseminated has resulted in a countless number of questions raised and factual information being compromised. This pool of scattered information finally lines up in a list of 7 myths & facts behind food packaging, thanks to the latest report from Foodservice Packaging Institute. With plastics, composting, the Great Pacific Garbage Patch, and everything under the sea – all the answers to your most anticipated questions can be found here.

Myth: “Food packaging is overrunning our landfills because of high usage and its inability to break down.”

According to the EPA, plastics (that’s all plastics) account for only 12.8% of all MSW. When you break it down even further to foodservice foamed polystyrene, it accounts for less than 1% by weight of all materials in landfills.

Myth: “Foam cups and containers can’t be recycled.”

Polystyrene, which carries the #6 recycling icon plastic identification symbol is a type of material we use to produce a host of products including Foam Hinged Dinner and Snack Containers along with several varieties of Plates & Bowls. This versatile material can come in a foamed or a solid format. Polystyrene can, and is being recycled at many locations throughout the United States.

Myth: “Compostable foodservice packaging doesn’t actually compost— or there’s no place to compost it.”

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. All of our Harvest Fiber items are compostable. Please keep in mind that these compostable claims only apply to professionally managed composting facilities and not your backyard compost pile. To find a composter near you, just visit findacomposter.com. If you happen to throw an item that is sold as compostable into your backyard compost bin, it may take a very long time for the composting process to occur. A professionally managed facility very closely controls the heat and moisture level of the material which aids and accelerates the process.

Myth: “Chemicals can leach out of foodservice packaging and into the food or beverage being consumed.”

According to FPI, “It’s true that chemicals used in foodservice packaging may migrate into the foods or beverages. That’s why organizations like the U.S. Food and
Drug Administration and Health Canada review any chemicals that could possibly come in contact with foods” Our products are used in situations where hygiene is of the utmost importance such as in the food services. They also meet very stringent FDA standards for use in food contact applications.

Myth: “Styrene, found in foam polystyrene cups and containers, causes cancer.”

Styrene is a naturally occurring substance which is present in many foods such as wheat, beef, strawberries, peanuts, coffee beans and cinnamon.

The Green Room is Genpak’s #1 information source for issues, concerns and steps we have taken and are currently taking to continue to be responsible stewards of the environment. For more information on our products, click here.

Enjoy 4th of July Favorites with This Decorated Container

July 3rd, 2018 RSS feed icon

Fourth of July is right around the corner, and you can show your pride with Genpak’s Pride in America branded foam container. Enjoy your most craved all-American foods in a container that is sustainable and perfect for convenience. As the first industry supplier to print a hinged container, we developed this container as a festive way to enjoy the holiday. With venting capabilities and temperature control technology, you can maintain fresh food throughout the midsummer heat.

Pride in America branded foam container

“Pride in America” Branded Hinged Foam Container

The Pride in America container features a double lock or Snap-It® closure to prevent accidental spills. It also offers up to 3 compartments to fit and preserve extra food choices all in one container. If you’re looking to use multiple containers to-go, this container’s stackable feature and vented lid technology makes the take-out experience most convenient.

Want more details? Check out our decorating guide to see stock and custom decorated options available. 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!

Have a Happy Fourth of July!

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.

Plastics Have Many Uses

September 9th, 2016 RSS feed icon

Plastic products always seem to be in the cross-hairs these days. But think for a moment about all the wonderful uses plastic products have in your daily life. Some of the less obvious places where plastics play a major roll are in items such as your car, shower, tooth brush and computer just to name a few. Other, more critical uses for plastics are in the medical industry such as the tubes that carry life giving medicines to your body and even prosthetic limbs. On that prosthetic note, check out this video about a great man who uses plastic to make prosthetic limbs for animals. This is just about the most heart warming video I have seen in a very long time. If you do not crack a smile when this dog walks for the first time on that artificial limb, there is something seriously wrong with you! Enjoy.

Food Packaging Funnies: Crazy Bans

June 2nd, 2015 RSS feed icon

Do people really think like this?

Food Packaging Funnies: Foam Containers

March 19th, 2015 RSS feed icon

More absurdity regarding foam containers.

where foam container bans can take society

Food Packaging Funnies

February 26th, 2015 RSS feed icon

Sometimes you just need to make fun of the absurd!

Stupid Mayor

Foam Food Packaging Gets A Win

September 11th, 2014 RSS feed icon

Despite what this person writes in this article for the Huff & Puff Post, Congress has made the right choice. What this author fails to mention is all the alternatives they would so gladly replace foam food packaging for, is made in China.  How typical of the stone throwers. Ban or make illegal what you do not understand or that which does not fit into their agenda. The facts are:

  • Foam food packaging has been used safely for over 45 years.
  • Foam food packaging is still the most economical choice of any material out there.
  • Alternatives or biodegradables disposed of in a landfill will not “go away” in our life time.
  • Alternatives or biodegradables littered into the environment will not magically go away. In communities that have banned foam, studies done afterwords show the amount of litter had not decreased, but rather only the type of litter changed.

As I’ve said many times in this blog, if consumers want to switch away from foam, then so be it. That’s how supply and demand works. In fact we offer a whole host of alternative packaging options. But let the consumer make that decision instead of forcing a change down their throats with legislation and fear mongering.

Food Operators Fight Back

June 26th, 2014 RSS feed icon

Cheers to Harris Sukita owner of Simply Ono lunch wagon and Jennifer Hino who sells specialty desserts in Hawaii, for standing up to big brother government out there. It seems that City Councilman Stanley Chang is trying to strong arm them into using one type of food packaging over another. Mr. Ono and Ms Hino both call out valid reasons why this “law” would hurt their businesses by means of lost profit and poor product presentation. Mr. Ono stated it best when he said, “When government starts telling me that I have to start giving up some of my profit to put into somebody else’s pocket, that’s when it becomes an issue”. Well said sir!

This is yet another prime example of a grossly misinformed politician who is trying to score cheap points by targeting small business owners. Councilman Chang points out that foam food packaging will not breakdown in our lifetime. Perhaps Mr. Chang should do his homework on modern day landfills. They are designed so nothing breaks down…not even organic materials. Also, as the opponents to this bully in the hallway bill point out, most foam food packaging is turned into electricity at HPOWER along with other refuse. Mr. Chang also claims that foam food packaging contains an substance that may cause cancer. This again is a typical scare tactic used to frighted and intimidate people. Foam food packaging has been used safely, with zero incidence of cancer for over 40 years. What more proof does he want?  It’s like saying I won’t drink water because it contains two hydrogen molecules and I’m worried I will explode if I drink it.  It’s absurd as is his bill.

Again, I’m not against compostable food packaging.  Far from it.  At Genpak we sell our Harvest Fiber & Harvest Paper products by the truckload. What I’m against is the government telling us what we can and can’t use to serve food in. This should be decided by the food operators and their customers. If the desire is to move from one type to another, fantastic. I’m on board. But when big government moves in like Mr. Chang is doing, and starts strong arming its citizens, that’s when it becomes a problem. Keep up the fight Mr. Sukita and Ms. Hino!