Jon Pazona is the owner of Crisp Restaurant in Chicago, a popular restaurant serving Korean American fusion food. When taking stock of his to go food packaging requirements, he looked for a plastic take out bowl that could be reheated and delivered without breaking or spilling. His search led to a soup bowl from Sterling King Products that had both qualities. “(Using the bowls) has been great,” Jon says. “They have been extremely versatile and the lid seals completely.” Jon’s business serves both in dine in and take out food and he is always keen to keep operating costs low. “Being cost-effective is obviously a big part of what we’re looking for.” The microwaveable and affordable Sterling King Products soup bowl improved his business in unexpected ways. “The clear plastic snap on lid has been absolutely spectacular for our number one item, the Big Boy Buddha dish,” he says. Even putting in hot white rice does not cause the bowl to melt and protects the integrity of the dish. John uses the B28 and B40 to suit different serving sizes. The reusability of the bowl is also an important selling point. Once customers have purchased their take out food, the
What the New Study Says About Consumer Dining Priorities As encouraging news arrives for manufacturers, customer concerns continue. For this reason, the food packaging and manufacturing industry stands at a unique place in the market place. John Burke, of the Food Packaging Institute, shares more of his opinions on the state of the industry and its distinguishing markets. As we saw in FPI’s study, things are looking rosier for food packaging. Burke points out specific realities of end-users who are dealing with economic troubles and what the industry’s future holds. “It’s not that our members are not affected by the recession,” Burke says. “If people stop going out to eat, then that would have major impact on us.” However, he says, consumers are mainly adjusting their food behaviors. “Basically what takes place (and consumer trends) is what makes us what I call recession-resistant.” Burke describes the new patterns of customer spending as “dining down.” Customers might dial back their visits to white linen tablecloth establishments and replace it with a single-use, take-out restaurants. Quick Casual, Quick Service restaurants have supplied a different kind of eating opportunity for the public, Burke says, and it marks steadfast output for the industry. In
One Sauce Doesn’t Fit All Marking a trend in foodservice, QSR’s online magazine recently profiled the growing push for individualized meals for customers and highlighted how restaurant owners are creatively meeting this need by looking beyond the main course. Side dishes made for customer’s specific tastes allows take out restaurants to serve a tailored dining item and still control cost. “Restaurants are increasingly using various sauces and dips to provide customers with the ability to construct their own flavor profiles built around existing menu items,” the QSR author writes. According to QSR, restaurants owners need to strike a balance between cost-effective meal choices and serving the specific needs of a customer. Restaurant owners have found a solution, QSR reports, in disposable packaging in portion sizes for sauces and side dishes.
How Reusable Packaging Keeps Your Customers Coming Back Smart restaurant owners give customers an added value after they leave the store with reusable packaging. “In our throwaway society, which is oriented toward convenience and consumption, reusability often is far down the list of potential packaging options. In many cases, however, it might be an excellent option,” Packaging Digest magazine reports. There are several ways customers can get more use out of their meal or its packaging. Diners might choose to reheat their meal and want the convenience to use its original cup, bowl or rectangular container. Microwaveable packaging is a hassle-free way for customers to enjoy their food purchase at home. Additionally, a plastic container gives customers the chance to wash and use the packaging again – both a convenient and earth-friendly practice.
Greening Ability In-mold labeling typifies one of the quieter but positive ecological features of plastic containers. A customized container for a milk or cheese product, for instance, stands apart from normal containers with outstanding art. Besides sharp graphics and design distinction without parallel, in-mold labeling products offer a new outlet for sustainability. These products are considerably washable and support reuse. The same cannot be said of other plastic packaging. Dairy products that come in custom containers not only stand out on visual appeal. Because in-mold labeled containers are made with polypropylene, one of the most recyclable plastics, food processors that use these containers are making a positive contribution to the environment that help them stand apart in the marketplace.
Show or Substance? Is dynamic visual presentation as important as the food inside? As food packaging manufacturers, we know that substance and appearance are connected to each other when it comes to any food product. When both elements work well, the end product entices customers and encourages healthy foodservice business. Surveying a shelf of product containers, consumers use their perception of food and the quality of packaging when making a purchase. An appealing container informs the buyer’s opinion of the food inside. We believe that the presentation or “look and feel” of a food product is of equal importance as the food itself. In-mold labeling gives an intangible element that engages customers and translates to positive attitudes and more sales. Undeniably, a food product with unique packaging receives a favorable response from the consumer. In-mold labeling allows for custom packaging designs. Because in-mold labeling uses machines that insert a company’s graphics and logo, each new product mold establishes the company’s brand identity and facilitates greater brand recognition.
Cold Cups, Hot Desserts and Lids for all Occasions From large to small liquid servings, PRI represents products that satisfy a host of packaging needs. One of our distinctive and successful product partners offers soufflé cups, 1 to 5.5 oz. as well as a multipurpose assortment of beverage lids and cups. Black, clear and natural plastic are available for soufflé cups orders. Clear soufflé cup lids correspond to each size of cups. These special serving items are suitable for desserts, dressing, side dishes and many other packaging possibilities. Clear beverage lids fit to and protect all sizes of beverage cups. These lids are designed in a flat style, including an x-shaped straw slot, domed lids with a sealed top as well as dome lids with hole. With cup sizes ranging from 9 to 32 oz., the complete cups and lids program can meet a considerable number of beverage occasions. Made from P.E.T. material, all cup items are produced using thermoforming making each sturdy and pleasing packaging. Like many companies operating in this climate, our proud partner has formed effective methods to meet the needs of manufacturers, distributors and, ultimately, the consumer. With interchangeable lids and cups,
Creative Cost-Cutting with Soufflé Cups Like many businesses, the restaurant industry has been challenged to get customers inside their doors to dine during difficult financial times. Even as conditions improve for the industry, keeping costs down (and customers inside the restaurant) is still a major concern. Food Network celebrity chef Tyler Florence opened his recent food venture by stocking up on large-quantity inventory. If restaurateurs are purchasing food and packaging in bulk, it opens up another opportunity to serve clients and save on individual packaging. Catering companies, restaurants and retailers can present desserts and sauces in disposable soufflé cups in a wide-variety of sizes, ranging from 1 to 5.5 oz, and made with No. 5 recyclable material. Restaurant owners who buy in bulk can cut costs and add convenience. Side sauces, desserts and dressing items give something extra to diners and can be bought in large quantities. Restaurant staff can use soufflé cups to measure portions of salsa, for example, and serve in economic sizes. Adding a compatible lid to salsa soufflé cups allows versatility as a take out to-go container. Dining flexibility, like a dine-in or to-go option, is another way for restaurants to
The Shipping and Serving Benefits of Foam Packaging Owing to professional partnership, PRI presents a unique blend of disposable material packaging product services, original automated manufacturing process and advanced shipping practices. PRI’s and its manufacturing collaborators deliver multi-faceted products with customer-satisfying solutions. This arrangement of black and white plates, platters, bowls, trays and many convenient items are supported by leading production technology and versatile offering of materials. Foam, plastic, film and clear packaging comprise one arm of PRI’s represented products. Both square and rectangular hinged lid foam containers (ideal for to go and take out orders) are available to aid all levels of food distribution and retail. Compartmented foam containers give take-out and dine-in flexibility. With PRI, the line has also made space economy a keen focus in their shipping. A savvy management of fill items and floor-loaded trucks allows the customer’s items delivered intact and at minimum cost. This line of products has stationed itself at the forefront of the industry by introducing specialty anti-bacterial food wrapping film and dispenser for caterer and restaurant kitchens. It supplies an advantage for every food distributor, caterer, restaurant and retailer. As a thoroughly forward-minded company, this international
Fast paced foodservice: How plastic film wrap works quickly and easily The first objective in a busy kitchen is immediate response to customers. Minimizing waste of plastic food film wrap or any food packaging is an essential and cost-effective way to operate. Grease-resistant boxes are designed with a safe slide cutter to prevent wasting plastic film. The safety slide cutter dispenses exactly the length that the server requires. Cooks, chefs, and caterers report that they can also cut the plastic film using only one free hand. When caterers need food wrapped up and moved, cleanliness is another necessity. Effective plastic film wrap limits spills and contains mess. Boxes that are wipeable with an anti-humidity barrier (like PRI’s) keep the entire roll of plastic film clean and kitchen spaces more tidy. All 12, 18 and 24 inch plastic food film wrap rolls are fitted with rubber feet that, like the slide cutter, prevent slipping and add convenience.
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