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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.


Microwave Containers on the Rise With Increase in Smart Phone Usage

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Do you have a smart phone? I have a smart phone. My husband has a smart phone. My co-workers have smart phones. Everyone I know has a smart phone. Actually more than 56% of the US population has a smart phone. Eighty percent of young people, ages 18-34, own a smart phone. No wonder every website has a mobile version.

But that’s not what I’m getting at. With our population becoming more and more attached to their phone, restaurants need to get to consumers in different ways. Enter online ordering from your favorite fast casual restaurant. You can now get take-out food without even talking to someone. Catering decisions can be made quickly. Placing an order for your favorite dish right before you leave from work and picking it up on the way home just became more convenient. No one trying to up sell you on an appetizer or dessert. With the ease of ordering take-out food we have seen the increase in usage of our microwave safe containers.

Smart Set Pro FP035Our Smart Set Pro and Harvest Pro product lines fit right in. Take away soups, appetizers and full meals can all be accommodated in these products. Smart Set Pro comes in two pieces black and clear bottoms with clear lids. You can still show off your products while keeping them hot. Don’t forget you can put your brand on the lids! Smart Set Pro containers are reusable.Harvest Pro

Why not cement that idea of take-out from your restaurant even further when they are using it to store left-overs from home. Our Harvest Pro products are hinged containers made of polypropylene and natural minerals. Both of these options are leak resistant, recyclable, and microwave safe.
And don’t forget there’s an app for that. With the boom of the iPhone and Android, many restaurants now have loyalty apps that reward you with points, or coupons right in the palm of your hand, encouraging you to take-out, dine in, eat more, and bring friends.

Beyond the Soup and Salad Bar

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Have you ever noticed the increasing gourmet options now located in the deli section of your local grocer? How about the fact there are now more and more options in the deli take-out section, beyond meats and cheeses? Your local grocery store is now a gourmet food court. Take-out options have matured.

As we all live busy lives, our nutrition or urge to clear hinged deli containerscook may start to dwindle. And to top it off, it’s SUMMER! You’d rather be doing anything else besides cooking. So why not stop at your local grocer for take-out. Pizza, rotisserie chicken, containers of salads, pasta and meatballs, fresh fish, or some lasagna. More and more deli sections are expanding to include new concepts such as cook to order stations. Mexican bars featuring tacos, enchiladas, chili rellenos and other Mexican specialties, or Asian woks featuring your favorite kung pao scallops. Your options are becoming increasingly upscale, offering you a better food experience.

With all that being said, the gourmet options you are purchasing for your family needs to go in a take-out container that’s going to support the weight, heat or cold, and have a secure closure to avoid messes in the car. At Genpak, we produce the best deli containers, hinged containers, microwave safe containers as well as compostable food packaging options.

Our hinged deli containers display cold foods wonderfully. They feature a full 360° leak resistant seal and a convenient hinged lid that can be opened and closed multiple times. They are also produced using 30% post consumer recycled content and are #1 curb-side recyclable.

Compostable food containersWe have the absolute widest selection of take out, foam hinged containers available today. Whether the application is for the salad bar or those gourmet cook to order stations, a foam hinged container is the most economical choice that can be made.

microwave safe containersFor food products than require a heat lamp or must be warmed up at home, go with our excellent selection of microwave safe food packaging. We have rounds and rectangles with one, two or three compartment options.

At Genpak we also offer a complete line of biodegradable and compostable food packaging with our Harvest Fiber line. All Harvest Fiber products are compostable and 100% all natural. Choose from plates, bowls, platters and a full range of hinged take-out containers too.

Enjoying your meal at home as it was intended is the job of the food container. Choosing the right container can make or break that intention. Let your friends at Genpak be Your Food Packaging Company, and help guide you through that process. Drop us a line today and let us know how we can help.

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.