In honor of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Packaging Resources promoted a special on our bright pink KangaBox thermal food carriers. We promised to donate 5% of the proceeds from any sales of the carriers to the American Cancer Society. We are pleased to announce that we have made a donation of $75.00 to the American Cancer Society. Packaging Resources is proud to support the American Cancer Society’s efforts to fight cancer by working towards a cure. Pink is also a color often used on stickers to make people aware of a food allergy or sensitivity. Other customers have mentioned that the pink KangaBox safely stores food and makes people aware to handle the food inside with extra care. In addition to hot pink, the KangaBox comes in a multitude of other bright colors. KangaBox is a stylish and durable thermal food carrier to safely transport whatever food or drink you choose to place in it.
Summer is finally here! Let’s enjoy the sun while we can. Is there a better way to celebrate summer than with a picnic? Here are our top five favorite foods for a picnic and the best way to package them: Hot dogs and Hamburgers Who doesn’t love foil wrapped hot dogs and hamburgers at a picnic? Wrap hot dogs in foil after heating them. They “steam” in the foil, making the buns warm and soft when you get ready to eat them. Keep hamburgers fresh in foil wraps so they are easy to handle and serve. Sandwiches Making sandwiches for your picnic? Keep foil wraps handy so that packing sandwiches into your picnic basket is quick and easy. Corn on the Cob Craving corn on the cob? Try slathering the corn with butter, seasoning it with salt, then using a foil wraps to get it ready for the grill. Foil Packets Are you picnicking at a campsite? Everyone loves food cooked in a foil packet. Just grab two or three foil wraps, layer them, and add in your food. Potatoes and onions, along with butter and spices, make foil packets and pair really well with grilled steak or chicken. Tacos
Summertime is here! Pack your to-go foods in SKP deli containers Summer is here and barbeques, cook-outs, and parties are on the calendar. Your customers will be adding salads and slaw to their menus. Send them home with our best-selling SKP deli-line container. SKP will showcase your deli items but won’t leak or spill. These take out containers are stackable, microwaveable, and recyclable. Our SKP Deli Line is space efficient and cost effective for takeout and carryout businesses. Versatile and Dependable These carry out food containers are perfect for takeout hot or cold food such as salads, pasta, fruit, dips, snacks, and more. The SKP deli line offers clear packaging in three convenient sizes: 8 oz, 16 oz, and 32 oz. Made from Polypropylene (#5), these containers are 100% Recyclable and are FDA graded for food. Visit www.foodpackagingwarehouse.com to see the complete line of SKP deli products.
KangaBox and SKP products were on display at the 2015 National Restaurant Show! KangaBox was a huge hit at NRA! Attendees were impressed with the quality and lightweight, sturdy material of the boxes. They found the KangaBoxes to be very convenient to transport their foods or products for catering, events and delivery services. Packaging Resources has been highlighting Kangabox at the NRA show for the past three years, and the number of people interested in the stylish yet well-constructed thermal food carriers continues to grow. SKP containers and foil were also on display in Booth #123. With summer comes barbeques, cook-outs, and parties, so everyone will be adding salads and slaw to their menus. SKP’s trusted deli-line container shows off deli items but won’t leak or spill. Perfect for takeout hot or cold food such as salads, pasta, fruit, and dips, these take out containers are stackable, microwaveable, and recyclable. The SKP deli line is space efficient and cost effective for takeout and carryout businesses. Wrap your hot dogs and hamburgers with SKP foil, a cost-effective and strong solution for covering your food to keep it warm and protected. Aluminum foil has superior insulation qualities, which makes it a necessary
People’s perceptions of snacking are shifting. It’s no longer considered a bad thing to snack. Ninety-one percent of people say they snack daily, according to Nielsen. In fact, it seems as if snacks are being viewed as a way to eat sensibly. Healthy snacks seem to be the cause of the shift. The snack market expects continued growth (projected increase of 5% by 2018). Where is the growth coming from? Snacks are now seen as a way to get healthy ingredients into our diet. Treats with nutritional benefits are being promoted more and consumers are responding. Protein-rich snacks like jerky and nuts continue to see growth. Health conscious consumers that are active and into exercise like these kinds of snacks. Also three meals a day may be a thing of the past. The new way to eat involves a “grazing” approach. Busy lifestyles force people to eat on the go and snacks seem to be benefiting from the convenience factor. People want to grab and go, so snacks like nuts, dried fruits and bars that are easily portable are more popular. High protein nutrition bars and snacks made with Greek yogurt also appeal to the health conscious consumer. Convenience is
The lightweight and durable Kangabox Tower was a hit at CaterSource 2015! Catersource 2015 brought together industry professionals who learned about the latest developments in the catering and events industry. We were one of the exhibitors at the conference and tradeshow, which took place from March 8-11 in Las Vegas. We had a great time at the show, meeting with customers and talking about our latest addition to the Kangabox line – the Black Kangabox 8350 Tower. The Black Kangabox 8350 Tower caught attendees’ eyes. This isn’t your basic boring black! Not only did the design and style of the Kangabox grab attention, its features also impressed. High temperature resistance for hot or cold food Lightweight material for easy lifting and transport Slide-in grooves for containers and hot or cold packs Locking features for stacking Produced from a single piece of plastic, so it’s seamless for easy cleaning Dishwasher safe Other colors available The Kangabox line of food carriers improve food storage and make food transport easy and effortless. Now that CaterSource 2015 is over, we are already planning for next year’s show. Thanks to all who stopped by the booth to talk with us.
Millennial food choices are getting attention and for good reason. According to a recent Forbes article, there are 80 million millennials in America today (about a quarter of the population) who represent about $200 billion in buying power. This eye-catching statistic makes you take notice and corporations are starting to pay attention. In particular, corporations are interested in millennial food choices. Just take a look at McDonald’s recent woes and you can see how this generation is a major influence and factor in food today. To begin with, about half of the 80 million identify themselves as “foodies.” Food and beverage is not just for sustenance – it’s a form of expression. Social media drives that expression so, in order to build a successful food brand and stay relevant, companies will need to actively engage this generation on multiple platforms. One area that continues to dominate the food industry is the growth of the fast-casual restaurant concept. Millennials are choosing restaurants like Panera, Five Guys, Chipotle, and now Shake Shack, over traditional fast-food outlets. The fast-casual meal offers a better dining experience, and natural and hormone-free ingredients. In many cases, these restaurants use sustainable materials in both their design and packaging. Traditional fast
Restaurant diners are seeking out locally sourced natural food. According to the National Restaurant Association, which surveys chefs each year for feedback on trends for the upcoming year, consumers want local, natural and organic. Locally sourced and grown foods were named in four out of the top ten trends. Also named were natural foods and sustainability with an emphasis on organic, healthy foods. Once again, concern for the environment is important. Consumers are also becoming more health conscious and educated in their food choices. Locally sourced meats, seafood and produce are in demand as people become more conscious of their health and the type of food they are purchasing and eating. This trend is not just limited to foodies. Consumers are more food savvy and are embracing the hyper-local food trend, where every part of a meal is sourced locally. Diners want to know where their food is coming from, and eating seasonally and locally keeps us close to nature. Local sourcing supports small, local farms and keeps them economically healthy, hopefully allowing for the farms to flourish and stay productive. This is one reason that ordering and embracing the local food movement is important to the restaurant industry. Another key trend
Sustainability is a key issue in food packaging. Almost 60% of consumers want their packaging to be more sustainable and 40% are willing to pay a little more in the process. (source: Asia Pulp and Paper 2013 survey) The fast food, consumer goods and beverage markets, in particular, have work to do on their sustainable packaging. Sustainability standards are measured in four areas: recyclability, compostability, recycled content, and source production. The US lags behind other countries in its recycling efforts – its recycling rate is 34.5% compared to other countries, and packaging recycling is at about 51%. Current packaging practices such as the use of black plastic and the increase in flexible packaging should be looked at, since these two packaging options are not recyclable. (Source: As You Sow & The National Resource Defense Council, Waste and Opportunity 2015) The fast food industry especially is a big user of plastic food packaging. The truth remains that the majority of fast food packaging will end up in a landfill. The industry is not doing much to solve this problem. Pressure is on to
More than 48,400 attendees and 2,352 exhibitors participated in the 2014 PACK EXPO International that took place in Chicago this past November. On November 5, Jeff Lukas, National Sales for IML North America, presented as part of the Innovation Stage at McCormick Place in Chicago. During his presentation, Igniting Sales with Market-Leading Packaging, Jeff discussed how product packaging can create change in the marketplace. The type of change could be as simple as a company reinvigorating a tired brand or as dramatic as a company creating a new market where one did not exist before. The key take away – companies that are willing to lead by being the first to innovate with new packaging can realize tremendous benefits. “You don’t ignite sales by just striding water. You are going to be trapped in the water, trying not to drown. We are not talking about incremental changes but being a market leader.” “The risks of change are high. You will have equipment to change over, a new marketing message, a new shelf space configuration, and sales team to re-engage. It is expensive and risky to do anything different. However, if you do not change, the consequence is far more expensive.
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