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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 Because of this, Amazon hasn’t completely withdrawn Whole Foods shoppers from the brick and mortar scene, but they have provided consumers with another method of shopping for convenience.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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Knowing Your Plastics: Recycling Symbols No. 1 to 7

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plastic resin identification codes

Have you ever wondered what the number inside the arrowed triangle means at the bottom of a plastic product? That logo printed on your plastic is known as a Resin Identification Code or RIC, which a set of symbols used to identify the type of resin from which a plastic product is made. Created by The Society of the Plastics, the system was introduced to U.S. recycling facilities in the late 1980s as a method of reprocessing plastics for further use and manufacturing. Today, the resin code system has become a useful tool for consumers after an increased public awareness of recycling.

What is Resin?

Before plastic is transformed into a product, it starts out in the form of tiny pellets known as resin. Resin is the base of the manufacturing process and have various properties. The pellets undergo a molding method where the plastic is transformed; but the way a product is manufactured depends on the type of resin used. For example, the forming process from P.E.T. resin will be different from the forming process of polystyrene resin, which is why the RIC system is important.

Do Genpak products contain BPA (Bisphenol-A)?

BPA is not used either directly or indirectly with any Genpak products include polystyrene or foamed polystyrene products.

Genpak products can be broken down and reformed into more products.

Here are our recyclable plastics, which are safe and offer various features and benefits.

#1 PETE - Polyethylene Terepthalate

Polyethylene Terepthalate

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P.E.T. plastic products are the most common type of curb-side recyclable plastic. Genpak’s containers made of this material also contain up to 30% post-consumer recycled content, in our conservational efforts to eliminate waste. Genpak’s P.E.T. products include Clear Hinged Food Containers, Oven Ready Bakery and Food Containers, Hinged Bakery Containers, Supermarket Containers, Serving Bowls, Clear Cups as well as most of our clear Foodservice Lids.

#5 PP - Polypropylene


hinged, clear top food containers

Another common, curb-side recycled plastic is polypropylene. This type of material is commonly used to produce microwave safe products and great for carrying heavy meals. At Genpak, we produce our Smart Set Pro, Harvest Pro and our new ProView products from polypropylene, which are microwavable and dishwasher-safe for convenience.

#6 PS - Polystyrene


polystyrene hinged food containers

Polystyrene is a common type of food packaging material with the #6 plastic identification symbol. It has been safely used for nearly 50 years. Genpak products made of polystyrene material include our Smart Set Foam, Foam Hinged Dinner Containers, Foam Hinged Snack Containers, Dinnerware, and our Food Serving Trays. For more information about polystyrene, click here. Need to know where to drop off a Genpak foam product to be recycled? Click here to search for a foam recycling facility nearest your location.

At Genpak, we’re passionate about engineering products that perfectly blend with immediate packaging needs. Our history has demonstrated a consistency in developing new products that are both sustainable and recyclable.

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

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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, confectionery 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, confectionery 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 samples of any of the product lines perfect for snacks, click here.

APET or OPS? The Difference is CLEAR.

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The Hard, Brittle Truth Behind OPS

Transparent food packaging is becoming a driving force in a faster purchasing decisions. So, when it comes to OPS and APET, the difference is clear. OPS is an oriented polystyrene that can be formed into plastic. This substrate is a cheaper option, but this low-priced material can only go so far. APET is anamorphous polyethylene terephthalate, and is uncompromising, safe, sustainable, and worth the investment. Here are the unparalleled qualities in APET that makes OPS “crack” under pressure.

1 | Unmatched Clarity

There’s nothing more important in food service than authentic food presentation. It benefits both the operator who displays the food item and the consumer who makes the purchasing decision. While OPS is usually made for bakery food items, APET material offers a heightened transparency.

Even with lids, APET is unmatched with superior clarity. You don’t have to confirm that you have Coke or tea, and water or Sprite. Since OPS lids produce haziness, you sometimes can’t help but lift the lid to guarantee that you have the right refreshment. APET on the other hand, is much more transparent where consumers can ensure that they have the right beverage without having to peep through a blurry lid.

2 | Longer Shelf Life

Every food item has an expiration date, and APET is a great candidate for offering a longer shelf life. 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.

OPS is limited in versatility when it comes to preserving food items at room temperature or in a cooler setting. It’s very brittle and is more likely to shatter. Oxygen can easily seep into a container made from this substrate and cause food spoilage.

3 | Strong and Safe

APET is durable, cut resistant, and uncompromising when handled. OPS tends to be rough around the edges, making it difficult to get along with. As a company that thrives off safety, we recognize that OPS is a risky investment because it is a firm plastic that’s prone to cracking. Brittle substrates like this can challenge your safety, causing scratches and cuts. It leaves behind sharp edges when cracked, which is why it is not a recommended substrate for drinking cups.

4 | #1 Curbside Recyclable

APET is a versatile substrate that is widely accepted by most municipalities curb side recycling programs. Most recycling firms do not accept OPS because it is more difficult to break down and reconstruct. Genpak’s transparent containers are constructed with APET and up to 30% post-consumer recycled content, in our conservational efforts to eliminate waste, and reduce the burden on the environment.

At Genpak, we’re passionate about engineering products that perfectly blend with immediate packaging needs. These options can be found in our Hinged Deli Containers, Hinged Bakery Containers, Supermarket Containers, Hinged Food Containers, and Drink Cups. We ensure a forerunning spot in markets where APET products are needed.

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Hinged Food Containers: How They Are Made

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You know, it dawned on me that we have spent the last three years talking about all this great food packaging, but we really have not described or shown you how we actually make our products. I don’t know about you, but I find myself drawn into watching those cable shows on how various things are made, like a bug to a shiny light. Somehow I always come away feeling better that I now know how glass Christmas tree ornaments are actually made. Along that same vein, allow me to give you a crash course in how our products are made.

Although it is a highly sophisticated and complex transformation from resin pellets to finished parts, it can really be broken down into two main functions. Extrusion and thermoforming. In the extrusion process we take the raw material which we call resin (they look like little pellets), and melt them down to form smooth sheets of material. To do this the resin enters the extruder at one end where it is pushed forward via a screw. As it’s pushed forward a combination of heat and pressure produced from the screw, slowly melts the resin. When the molten material reaches the end of the extruder, it exits over the die which gives it its new shape…a sheet of plastic. Here are a couple of pictures that will help aide in the description. In this shot we see the actual extruder and the foamed polystyrene material exiting, being split into two sheets and heading toward the S-wrap.

making of our food packaging

Following that process further, here’s the end of the extrusion line as the sheet exits the S-wrap, which is a devise used to Read the rest of this entry »

Genpak’s Clear Hinged Deli Containers Get Endorsement

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Green Restaurant Association Endorsement

We are very pleased to announce that for another year, our line of Clear Hinged Deli Containers will be an endorsed product by the Green Restaurant Association. For those of you who don’t know them, the GRA is a non-profit organization that helps restaurant operators, manufacturers, distributors and consumers to become more environmentally aware. They offer certification programs for restaurants and will endorse products, such as our Deli’s, that meet their very high standards. We support their efforts and thank them for their endorsement.


In other news we had a very successful Catersource show earlier this month in Las Vegas. The booth traffic was steady with highly energetic Caterer’s looking for ways to reduce their costs and increase their customer loyalty. The most requested and sought after line we presented was our S4 Dinnerware line. The show attendees liked the upscale appearance our classic black laminated material provided. Most any food looks great when presented in a black plate, platter or bowl.  They also really liked the progressive “square” design of the S4 product. Also, although not every Caterer was looking for them, some like that we offered crystal clear lids for each of our S4 products. Without question though, I think it was the economics that hit home the most. Our S4 products are much less expensive than the injection molded, solid plastic products they were used to. Some sited it would be less expensive by a significant amount. 

So the good news is we made a bunch of Caterer’s day with a great product at a great price. The bad news was I lost $250 at the tables, so I won’t be able to quit my day job which means more blogs for you to enjoy.