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Genpak Attends 2019 NACUFS Show - YouTube

Team members of Genpak just attended the 2019 National Association of College & University Food Services or NACUFS trade show, where 750 subscribed members and 350 vendors flocked to Denver, Colorado. NACUFS is an organization that supports colleges and universities nationwide, and we were happy to be present at the show to support operators with a variety of Genpak products.

Sustainability was on everyone’s minds this year, with many booths showcasing plant-based foods, farm raised/grass fed meats, and as for us – biodegradable and compostable containers. That it includes our biodegradable and compostable products, reusable and microwavable containers, and even our grab ‘n go products applicable for deli and bakery food items.

At the show, we were able to converse with many members on the topic of recyclability and compostability. As believers in sustainability and natural ways to provide students with an enjoyable food experience, we showcased our Harvest Fiber Hinged Containers, Taco Trays, and Dinnerware suitable for a variety of food applications for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Our team members also offered resourceful information regarding the benefits of compostable products on campus for the collegiate lifestyle.

We look forward to attending more shows in the future! Up next is the 2019 International Bakery Industry Exposition (IBIE).

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Innovation is truly a confusing buzzword which many in the restaurant industry find it hard to pin point exactly how it applies to their day to day operations. Every Restaurant owner or Franchisee agrees that it is important, but nobody can quite seem to agree on what it actually is or what it means.

In fact, if you ask google for an innovation definition, it is less than helpful, coming up with over 300 million results with thousands of definitions. Its own definition is pretty much useless: “the action or process of innovating”. In today’s episode, we’re taking a look at Genpak’s Innovation Team, and dive into how they see innovation playing a key role in their company’s future success. We then head to Ft. Wayne, In to see this innovation in action.

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.
 

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The popularity of food trucks has exploded over the last decade. It’s no longer a good option to have, but a demand from customers that result in a profit guarantee for food truck operators. Today, millions of restaurants are serving their meals on wheels, growing into a $1.2 billion dollar business, according to QSR. Besides having more access to customers than brick and mortar stores, here are 4 unique mobile trends attracting lucrative food truck business success.

Corporate & Event Catering

Food trucks are increasing brand awareness by popping up at corporate parties, weddings, graduations and other parties and fundraising events. Ranging from 100 to 500 customers per event, food trucks attract many guests. The reason being is in the next topic – menu power.

Operators are developing stronger menu power.

Signature menu items make a very powerful brand statement. If customers don’t remember anything at all, they remember how a food truck’s menu item tasted and how they were affected by the overall experience. With this thought in mind, chefs are setting trends by merging new ingredients into meals that aren’t easily spotted in large chains – and that’s the true advantage of food trucks today. When it comes to building a menu, signature items that showcase innovation and creativity should be at the top of the list.

Leveraging technology via social media and automation. 

Automation is key to an efficient flow throughout the day-to-day operations of food truck business, and operators are on the constant search for the latest developments that support their model. Among several tech solutions include kiosks for digital ordering, mobile order & pay services, and even automated food equipment to lessen the hassle of food preparation on the truck.

Besides the growth of new tech developments in operations, connecting with customers digitally is the most efficient way to increase sales and customer loyalty. Social media is the new “word of mouth” marketing as customers love to post food experiences with their friends. Food trucks are present at the heart of various social environments. Through technology, operators can advertise their business not only on Facebook, but even post visually appealing menu items on platforms like Instagram and Pinterest.

Convenient packaging solutions.

Customers enjoy signature menu items from their favorite food truck, but it’s even better when their food is served in convenient, sturdy, and high-quality food packaging. Some of the most common problems in food packaging involves a container that leaks, doesn’t transport well, or not secure enough to eat in a social setting where food trucks are present. For 50 years, Genpak has delivered innovative food packaging that enhances the human experience.

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Introducing the PV20520CO - All Purpose Close-Off Container - YouTube

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.

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Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.

In the foodservice industry, operators and consumers are looking for a sustainable, green alternative by making use of the materials around us. With hopes produce healthier outcomes for the future, Here are the following ways that you can make sustainable. Several markets within the industry are looking for a food packaging product that blends the day-to-day convenience of food packaging with the sustainability needed to implement environmental change. One of those changes involves emphasis on waste management in the 3R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle.  At Genpak, we proudly promote sustainability in five ways:

1 | Composting

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.

2 | Source Reduction

We firmly believe source reduction should be practiced. But, unlike our competitors, we don’t just lightweight products for the sake of light weighting. We do not believe our customers want to sacrifice functionality for a lighter and cheaper part. We therefore achieve source reduction via other means such as product design and R&D work. Smart Set Pro  is a source reduced product made of Genpak’s exclusive textured, polypropylene material. Not only is the product stellar in its performance, it is also made 24% lighter  without any compromise to product functionality.

3 | Recycling

Recycling is one of the most common ways to conserve the enviroment. We implement that responsibility through the use of curbside recyclable products. Our clear packaging solutions make all the difference as they are made of PET plastic and up to 30% post-consumer recycled content. Our polypropylene products like Clover, ProView, and Smart Set Pro are also curbside recyclable. So not only can they be enjoyed at your favorite establishment, or on-the-go, once finished they can be thrown in your backyard recycling bin and will be accepted by recycling facilities.

4 | Reuse 

Reuse is an essential way to minimize the amount of waste affecting our world today. Genpak’s mirowavable, dual ovenable, and deli, containers can be reused for storing items and are washable.

5| Post-Consumer Recycled Content

Genpak was one of the first companies back in 2007, to start utilizing post-consumer content in the production of our clear P.E.T. products. On average we use over 10.5 million pounds of post-consumer material per year.

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.

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Earth Day was founded by United States Senator Gaylord Nelson as an environmental teach-in first held on April 22, 1970. Nelson was later awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom award in recognition of his work.

In the foodservice industry, operators and consumers are looking for a sustainable, green alternative by making use of the materials around us. With hopes produce healthier outcomes for the future, Here are the following ways that you can make sustainable. Several markets within the industry are looking for a food packaging product that blends the day-to-day convenience of food packaging with the sustainability needed to implement environmental change. One of those changes involves emphasis on waste management in the 3R’s of sustainability: reduce, reuse, and recycle.  At Genpak, we proudly promote sustainability in five ways:

1 | Composting

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.

2 | Source Reduction

We firmly believe source reduction should be practiced. But, unlike our competitors, we don’t just lightweight products for the sake of light weighting. We do not believe our customers want to sacrifice functionality for a lighter and cheaper part. We therefore achieve source reduction via other means such as product design and R&D work. Smart Set Pro  is a source reduced product made of Genpak’s exclusive textured, polypropylene material. Not only is the product stellar in its performance, it is also made 24% lighter  without any compromise to product functionality.

3 | Recycling

Recycling is one of the most common ways to conserve the enviroment. We implement that responsibility through the use of curbside recyclable products. Our clear packaging solutions make all the difference as they are made of PET plastic and up to 30% post-consumer recycled content. Our polypropylene products like Clover, ProView, and Smart Set Pro are also curbside recyclable. So not only can they be enjoyed at your favorite establishment, or on-the-go, once finished they can be thrown in your backyard recycling bin and will be accepted by recycling facilities.

4 | Reuse 

Reuse is an essential way to minimize the amount of waste affecting our world today. Genpak’s mirowavable, dual ovenable, and deli, containers can be reused for storing items and are washable.

5| Post-Consumer Recycled Content

Genpak was one of the first companies back in 2007, to start utilizing post-consumer content in the production of our clear P.E.T. products. On average we use over 10.5 million pounds of post-consumer material per year.

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.

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The fast food industry is expanding with startups introducing healthy fast food and merging global flavors at the drive-thru. Aside from some of the most popular chains like Panda Express, Subway, and McDonald’s are flourishing chains ready to serve up new food concepts in minutes. Today’s top 5 newcomers in fast food are ready to takeover in 2019.

As a forerunner in manufacturing premium quality, single-use foodservice packaging products, we ensure top quality food packaging that is both sustainable and eco-friendly. Here, you can find the latest food trends, product spotlight, and additional tips from your packaging pros.

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Genpak is once again expanding its very popular, Harvest® Fiber line of earth friendly food packaging with four new innovative designs.  Each item was designed to support its customers ever growing, home delivery and off-premise dining markets.

Four food containers make up the newest additions to the line.  The HF2X2 and HF4CC are hinged containers with unique compartment configurations.  The HF2X2 is designed to hold two tacos and two sides while the HF4CC is designed to hold four tacos.  Of course, other foods will work perfectly well such as kabobs, hot dogs and gyros to name a few.

Rounding out the new additions are the HF2X2T and HF3TT food trays.  Both have similar compartment design features as the hinged items, but are trays giving them the added flexibility to be used as a dine-in option.  Or, simply add the 95388 clear over-cap lid and they become excellent to-go containers.

Just like the rest of the Harvest® Fiber line, these great new food packaging items are produced using natural fibers, are GMO free and are compostable.  They offer unmatched grease and oil resistance and come standard in our natural kraft color.  The clear 95388 APET lid is curb-side recyclable and fits both tray options!

If you have not made the leap into alternative substrate food packaging, now is the time.  Let Genpak help guide you through noise with our steady, consistent quality that has made Harvest® Fiber the number one choice of food operators both large and small.

For more information on our newest Harvest® Fiber products, please visit www.harvestfiber.com.

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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  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 Sates.

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.

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Every year at this time, we look at what we have accomplished the year prior. For us at Genpak, 2018 was pretty dang busy. We worked on tons of custom projects with our partners, but also developed the new Clover hinged containers. The line offers a bridge from polystyrene packaging to a recyclable option without breaking the bank. At 100% recyclable, unlike our competition, Clover is a microwave safe, sturdy, and environmentally preferred option. Clover has been a hit across the country.

While we were building a new product line, we also introduced new products to our current ones. ProView saw the introduction of the Close-Off containers, which provide separation for sides and mains. Customers told restaurants presentation is important. Getting restaurant quality food at home was key to delivery success.

The introduction of Harvest Fiber rectangles, offer a different aesthetic for all kinds of foods. Grease and oil resistance just like our other top-of-the-line Harvest Fiber items. the rectangle design matches up with our existing FPR lids making the transition into fiber from Smart Set Pro an easy one. Fiber is sustainable, renewable, and commercially compostable.

Our office here in Charlotte has united since we’ve been here a full year now. Comradery, collaboration, and commitment brings Genpak success. Our employees are committed to helping the communities where we work. Support for the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte started with our National Sales Meeting in January with a scavenger hunt for need items, and ended with collecting coats, food, clothing and monetary donations throughout the fall. Our US and Canadian team members collected over 5,200 food items for local food banks in 11 different states and provinces in the month of October. During the unfortunate natural disasters our country faced, Genpak provided food packaging for nonprofits feeding the first responders, volunteers, and families on the ground. The holidays are the biggest time of giving around the world; at Genpak it continued. Our York County Adopt-A-Family enjoyed many gifts, the children at Lancaster Children’s Home got a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, and Operation Warm collected new and used coats to help those who needed them the most. Our Jean Day donations throughout the year raised monies for Samaritan’s Purse, HopeWay Foundation, Charlotte Rotary, Susan G. Komen Foundation, Rock Hill Redskins, Second Harvest Food Bank, among others.

2019 will be a great year for Genpak. We will introduce new innovative packaging, continue to develop our employees, and work within our communities.
Wishing you a very happy, healthy, and harmonious 2019!

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