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Dinnerware Options are Plentiful

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People seem to spend a lot of time talking about take-out hinged containers and other types of food packaging while the not-so-sexy plate and bowl category sits around quietly in the background. I’d like to change that for two main reasons. First, the dinnerware market is far bigger in terms of both units sold and dollar value than other category and the second is, there are plenty of options to choose from including some exotic offerings.

Considering disposable dinnerware choices is a bit more in depth than just saying “I need to source a 9″ plate”. If you are not looking to make a statement and simply need a vehicle to serve you particular fare, which isn’t overly heavy, then yes, go with an economical option such as our Celebrity line of foam plates and bowls. For a heavy duty, yet still economical option, you can look at our laminated foam Elite dinnerware products. If you want to upscale…just a bit, go with our Elite products, but in black which always does a great job of showcasing food.

For food operators who want to break away and go with a unique style plate, yet still not break the budget look no further than our exclusive S4 Dinnerware products. The square configuration coupled with our black laminated foam finish SQ11 will bring an upscale appearance to any table setting while the laminated foam substrate will keep your costs down. These disposable dinnerware products can also double as convenient take-out containers as well by simply adding their corresponding crystal clear lids. SKU reduction is something most food operators strive for and this is a great way to achieve that end.

HFSQ'sThere’s no denying the trend toward “green” options in food packaging. A recent article from Restaurant.org stated well over 50% of food operators plan on adopting greener operations from the front of the house to the back. Once again, plates and bowls will dominate that market. There are varying levels of green depending on where you live…right down to the specific municipality, but in terms of dinnerware, our Harvest Fiber products are  second to none. They are all natural and compostable. Probably most important though is they are extremely functional. Many “eco” plates offered out there will fold like a cheap suite the moment something hot or high moisture content is added. Genpak Harvest Fiber dinnerware have been proven to be grease/water resistant longer than all others. We have had many large chains test and use our products for that reason alone. Hey don’t take my word for it, shoot us a note and request a free sample kit. Do your own testing.

Hopefully I’ve given you something to consider when choosing the type of plates and bowls to use for your own operations, but if you are still uncertain or have questions, by all means give us a call. We’ll be glad to talk with you about the plethora of options that are available.

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.