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“Restaurants” Without Seating?

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Clover food containers for delivery, takeoutWe all know the restaurant industry is changing. In the past 2 years delivery and takeout have really taken off. We’ve seen drive-throughs modernize. Meal kits were launched, eaten up by the public, and have already seen a change to the way they are purchased by teaming up with local supermarkets to make it easier for consumers. All these changes have been made possible by paying attention to customer wants and needs.

As delivery and pick up demands change, restaurants are developing more streamlined concepts. The term “ghost restaurants” has been created to describe a location that does not have the traditional consumer experience. There is nowhere to sit. Nowhere to chat with friends over a beverage. You’re lucky if they have a public restroom. What does this mean? Ghost restaurants are, essentially, kitchens pumping out food for delivery and takeout.

The newest adopter of this kind of restaurant is Chick-fil-A. Chick-fil-A has been innovating as quickly as possible in the new restaurant space. Back in August they announce they would be entering the meal kit business in Atlanta. We will see what happens with the test market but it expands their service area. New menu items were created for the meal kits, increasing their reach into a different kind of consumer.

Chick-fil-A has decided to test out two units that are a bit untraditional. One will focus on catering, delivery and carryout with a small area for counter ordering, the second will not have a counter for ordering at all. As demand grows for the chains catering, these locations will help to service the current full-service store in the areas.

Mobile ordering, delivery, and speed are huge contenders driving these changes. As customers change the way the order and consume food on the go, it’s really time to start focusing on how you can enhance the consumer experience outside of the restaurant space. Packaging should be a larger consideration when thinking about long-term operations. Incremental sales will increase if a restaurant can get the same in-dining experience outside of the restaurant.

At Genpak we manufacture container to suit all the needs of the customer. Fresh and crispy, use a vented container like Clover. Keep food separated in close off containers from ProView. Food stays hottest in traditional foam. As the demand for more environmentally preferred containers increases, Genpak is expanding Harvest Fiber to include even more sizes and shapes to suit your needs. We have foodservice packaging solutions covered. Learn more about Genpak’s dining solutions.

Clover: Introducing The Latest Innovative Packaging Solution

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Clover containers stacked, filled with foodClover is a microwavable, reusable, and recyclable container that was created as a sustainable, affordable option. It is by far one of the most versatile product lines for a variety of segments in the foodservice industry. It is not only offered in a premium black color, but in clear for authentic food presentation, and a modern stone color.  Offered is a wide range of sizes from medium to large as well as 1 or 3 compartments.

Turn food on demand and off-premise dining into one seamless experience with Clover. This product line is characterized by an attractive, modern appearance with recycled propylene material to suit various foodservice segments. Enjoy the features of the simultaneous venting-while-stacked feature to maintain the integrity of your food applications. Check out the rest of our features and benefits below along with our video and see why customers prefer our new food containers.

What to Expect from Clover by Genpak?

As a trusted leader in manufacturing innovative food packaging, we believe that Clover will make a great contribution to innovative dining concepts like home delivery, upscale catering, grab n’ go, fast casual, family style, school service, and take-out. It is anticipated to be a popular choice that will best coincide with the modern consumer lifestyle. Benefit from superior food presentation, authentic visualization, along with personal branding and labeling. These containers also complement a range of food establishments seeking optimum security, strength, and style.

Features and Benefits

Create opportunity for custom branding with low minimums

In addition to quality food packaging, your branding design allows for customer recognition, and ensures that your offer food packaging that benefits them. Clover allows for custom printing where you can enhance your company brand.

The versatility of a microwave safe container

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. Clover containers can be reheated to keep food items fresh and ready to enjoy.

The responsibility of a curbside recyclable package

As a leading manufacturer in environmentally sustainable products, we strive to meet your eco-friendly goals. You can count on Clover as a great choice as it is curbside recyclable.

The convenience of a vented container if needed

One of the most convenient features of Clover is the ability to vent the container, even while stacked.

The performance a 360° leak resistant food container provides

To keep food from spilling, the 360° clamshell design secures food items in one place.

Genpak is a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products. From microwave safe packaging, to sustainable plates and bowls, our company focuses on safety and innovation.

Don’t Like When Your Food Touches? We Have the Solution.

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What role does food separating or fork stacking play when enjoying a full plated meal?  The answer depends not on what you eat, but how you eat it.

As a southern-cuisine fanatic, nothing shouts “comfort food” to me more than a plate of turkey, macaroni & cheese, collard greens, mashed potatoes with gravy, sweet potato dessert, and a fully baked roll. I don’t have a problem with the some of the food touching each other. But here’s where my simple-classic meal gets complicated: the moment the juices from my collard greens and the runny gravy invade my freshly baked roll, then somehow gets trapped under my mac and cheese. That’s when I find myself having a 5-second moment of silence as I try to process the atrocity of my food drowning in a puddle of liquid.

But no need for sympathy. The worst-case scenario involves the food separatist who absolutely hates when their food touches. This fear can be identified as brumotactillophobia. It’s a mild form of obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), so most people who find themselves in this category simply enjoy each food item individually. Anyone with this phobia believes that food mixing & mingling is an utter corruption, and it takes away the control of how they want to enjoy their mealtime. Unless we’re talking about foods that are sandwiched between two burger buns, wrapped in a zesty burrito, or even tossed up to make a fresh salad (in other words, foods that are meant to be combined), then people with this problem prefer their appetizing meals, separately.

The cure is in the close-off.

Every consumer has a little brumotacillophobia depending on the meal, and Genpak’s Close-Off Food Containers are the best way to prevent any messy spills or clashing between food items. Since consumers are looking up to the foodservice industry to deliver the best food experience, the off-premise dining market is a hotspot for close-off food containers. They are perfect for take-outs, third-party delivery, and any other off-premise occasions. To condense your search for them, the containers are available in a free Close-Off Sample Kit, which can be found here. Check out our Close-Off To-Go Containers video below to see the food packaging at a glance.

Goodbye brumotacillophobia! Genpak’s Close-Off Food Containers are the cure!

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

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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.
clear sandwich container

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 samples and experience them for yourself.

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The Smart Set Pro Collection

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new Smart Set Pro containers

Smart Set Pro containers are microwave safe

Smart – because it’s intelligent in its design, Set – because it’s equipped for the to-go life, and a Pro in it’s features, benefits, and abilities. The Smart Set Pro collection is a line of microwave safe containers that are available in different shapes and sizes. It features a premium black finish that is textured with polypropylene material, as a result of our environmental source reduction program. It contains multiple compartments to fit and preserve those extra food choices all in one container, and is even dishwasher safe in case you just can’t get enough. If you’re looking to use multiple containers to-go, the Smart Set Pro’s stackable feature and unmatched leak resistant technology makes home delivery a home run.

Want more details? Check out our video on our Smart Set Pro collection below and tell us what you think in the comment section. If you’re new to this product line, you can request samples to experience it for yourself. If you’ve ordered it before, you can share your experience by leaving a testimonial.

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!

Home Delivery Explosion Continues – Are you ready?

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The home delivery explosion isn’t ending any time soon. Are you ready? Every restaurant should be at least thinking about making this option accessible to their communities. On-demand food service delivery brings food directly from your restaurant to the customers, driven through mobile apps and online ordering.

Millennials are driving change in many different areas, food service included. As you might have guessed, Millennials are tech savvy, typically using up to two or three different devices each day. They are using said devices to connect with friends and companies, to research and review products, and to place food orders for delivery or take-out. They already love coming in to your restaurant, so why not connect to them when they don’t feel like eating out.

The restaurant industry is a roughly $490 billion market. Food delivery makes up 43% of that marketing and is continuing to grow. Engage with your loyal customers in and out of your restaurant. Millennials and Baby Boomers, alike, want great food at their finger tips.

RestaurantBusiness.com has a great article about how to get started with food delivery. There are lots of questions to ask before you get started in offering your food for delivery. Which service should I use, how will this change my business? Are we prepared to take on the increase in take-out orders? Do we have the right packaging for full meals to travel?

Genpak is here to help. Take a look at our home delivery video to get free samples, request a call, and learn more.

 

Genpak on TV

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Nobody ever claimed that working for a food packaging company was a glamorous detail. Generally speaking, most consumers really don’t know who makes the food packaging that carries their favorite to-go meal, dip, almonds or cup cake. But, after you work in the food packaging market for some time you start to spot packaging whenever you see it used in commercials. Especially if it is a package made by the company you work for. Here are a couple of very recent commercials for household name brands, that feature great food…and a Genpak container. If you can spot them, congratulations, you are a food packaging nerd. If not, don’t worry, we will not hold it against you. Enjoy!

The second one is from our friends at Blue Apron.  It’s not a You Tube, but click the link to go to the ad.

Blue Apron Heirloom Tomato spot

Okay did you spot the packaging? I’ll give you a hint. The Colonel used one of our Smart Set Pro products and Blue Apron had one of our Clear Hinged Deli Containers.

Until next time…

NRA 2013

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2013 National Restaurant Association Show

Did you know we will be at the National Restaurant Association trade show in Chicago? You should stop by our booth (#1626) to chat with us about our new Harvest Pro line.

More and more restaurants are moving to a more environmentally friendly option. Our Harvest Pro line combines quality and responsibility to bring you a recyclable, non-absorbent, cut resistant, microwavable clamshell. Produced with 40% natural minerals Harvest Pro offers a great way to reduce your environmental impact, but not reduce the quality. Harvest Pro is also leak resistant because of the double lock closures with tab opening. These containers also come in a vented option for hot foods. These options are everything you could ever want in a hinged container.

Harvest Pro comes in a range of sizes, from the most popular size, 9″ x 7″, general purpose container for burgers and fries or chicken wings, to the 6″ x 6″ sandwich container. If portion control is an issue Harvest Pro offers two three-compartment containers. Having different size options helps with portion control but also keeps your look consistent.

Harvest Pro black hinged containers

Harvest Pro is:

  • Non-absorbent – your food isn’t soaked into the container. You don’t lose any flavor in your meal.
  • Cut resistant – you don’t end up cutting your table, losing dressing or sauce due to slices in the packaging.
  • Microwave safe – heat up your leftovers without burning your hands, melting the container, or blowing up the microwave.
  • Recyclable – when you are through, toss it in with the rest of your recyclables.

Did you say you wanted something with a design on it? Well Harvest Pro can do that too. We have embossing options available to suit your needs.

Remember Genpak’s Harvest Pro next time you are thinking about being “Responsible, Renewable & Reliable.”

Stop by our booth for a chance to win a Summer Survival Kit containing cutlery, cups, plates, and bowls; everything you need for a party! See you soon.

Food Packaging – Yeah We Really Need It

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Superbags and packagingIt seems like every time I turn around there’s yet another municipality or some internet “guru” throwing stones and food packaging. It’s the same old tired blah blah droning going on. “There’s too much of it, it’s toxic, it gave me acne”…the list gets more ridiculous and far fetched with each new post. The problem is, there are not enough people or organizations firing back about the actual TRUTHS and virtues of food packaging. The real experts about food packaging are those companies who actually produce it, and the companies who directly use it, such as food processors and restaurants. Therefore is seems to make sense that we should be the source to talk about why food packaging is in fact, necessary. Here’s a list I came up with, in no particular order of importance.

  • It protects our food from damage. Think of your favorite brand of cookies. Now try to picture buying those cookies from a bulk bin like you might buy nuts or granola. Not a very pretty image is it, that is unless you like crumbs. That’s just one example. Without food packaging, I’d wager 90% of what you buy at the supermarket would not be possible.
  • It prevents food from spoiling. Again, using the supermarket as an example, think of those wonderful bags or clear containers of cut lettuce. By placing those delicate produce items in packaging that protects it from the outside environment, the shelf life is extended both at the supermarket and when you get the products home. This allows you to consume all the food before it goes bad.
  • It educates consumers on what’s actually inside. Allergic to gluten, nuts or wheat? Your food packaging allows for great graphics that will tell you all the pertinent nutritional values needed to make informed decisions before purchasing. Caloric count, ingredients, allergens…you name it and the packaging can advise it.
  • Keeps foods at temperature longer for an enjoyable experience. This also goes back to the spoilage issue. You are more apt to throw food away if it is not at the desired temperature, be it hot or cold.
  • It simply fits our lifestyle. Statistics show more and more of us order take-out meals, be it breakfast, lunch or dinner. Why, because we are busy. More demands on us to do more and be more productive chews up time. It would be very difficult to have a take-out meal without take-out packaging.

My challenge is for you to think of all the positive ways food packaging fits into your life. Then try to picture a day without it.

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 100% all natural and BPI certified 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.

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