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
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.
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
In a busy food service kitchen, Sterling King Products foil pop-ups are used in a variety of ways. How about wrapping baked potatoes to accompany a steak dinner? Or wrapping tacos and burritos? Burgers, sandwiches, and hot dogs can all be wrapped in foil pop-ups to stay warm and fresh. Foil pop-ups are a necessary food service packaging item – and quality counts as much as cost. Good quality at a low cost Top quality at an affordable price – this defines the Sterling King Products brand. Our pop-ups are strong, durable and easy to handle and use. The pop-ups are inner folder – one sheet is folded inside another – so the pop-ups work all the way to the bottom sheet. Sterling King Products foil pop-ups can withstand the demands of your food service kitchen. But we know that your margins are getting squeezed all the time. So our foil pop-ups are reasonably priced. Rest assured – you don’t have to sacrifice quality when buying our affordable foil pop-ups. Well-designed packaging Sterling King Products foil pop-ups feature heavy duty packaging that is water repellent, unlike our competitors. Their boxes are made from cheap chipboard that is porous. When it
The Sterling King Product brand has added round deli containers to its line of high quality, low cost containers. These containers are ready-to-ship and our stocked in our warehouses to serve customers nationally. Buy direct and save money while getting a high clarity round deli container to keep your foods fresh! Manufactured at a state-of-the-art facility, our Sterling King Product deli cups provide high quality at a reasonable price. How do we do this? We buy in volume and lock in the prices annually We negotiate the best price whenever possible by monitoring the raw material index We design and source product development in-house Customers buy directly from us – the manufacturer – and we ship from our warehouses We are a small, family-owned business – so we can keep our costs low. Every penny we save, we pass on to our customers We offer convenient purchasing options – from a few individual sleeves to bulk packs – so you can tailor your purchase to your needs. Make Sterling King Product the brand you turn to and trust for quality deli cups at fair prices. Let us show you how we work. For more information, contact us at 888-722-9976. Or visit our
Almost every chain restaurant has procedures in place for portion control. Making sure ingredients are being measured and the correct amount of product is going out every time is very important. Without portion controls in place, restaurants can lose a great deal of money. By keeping close control over portion sizes, chain restaurants ensure healthy profit margins. But even for small, independent restaurants, portion control plays an important role in keeping a business profitable. Types of packaging for portion control Some types of food packaging can be key to keeping portions exact, increasing your revenue long term. Portion cups with lids, or mini cups, can hold set amounts of sauces like guacamole or salsa. The portion cups reduce food waste and keep sauces, dips and dressings fresh. Tight fitting lids reduce waste by preventing spillage messes. Portion cups also come in a variety of sizes – an ounce for every need. Made from polypropylene (PP), clear portion cups and lids show off the sauces while keeping condiments such as jalapenos or hot peppers secure. Another benefit for PP portion or mini cups is that they are recyclable and offer an environmentally friendly option for restaurants that are concerned about how
The KangaBox Insulated Food Carrier gives your catering operation a green alternative to traditional thermobox and coolers. KangaBoxes are made from expanded polypropylene (EPP), a plastic foam material that is exceptionally eco-friendly, flexible and versatile.* Today’s customer is more environmentally conscious than ever before and an eco-friendly or green choice is a key factor in many catering decisions. EPP is not plastic covered – it is actually made out of small plastic beads. This means the KangaBox is 100% recyclable. EPP manufacturing requires no VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), chlorofluorocarbon or other environmentally damaging compounds, adding to its eco-friendly profile.* Another EPP feature is exceptional heating and cooling due to EPP’s thermal insulation properties. EPP is also designed for lightweight applications, which makes it perfect for the ultra lightweight KangaBox, another advantage that KangaBox has over its bulky and heavy competitors. * Source: www.epp.com
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