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
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
Asian food, particularly pho, is gaining in popularity, especially in the fast casual arena. New and trendy foods always get noticed, and Asian food is leading the way in that area and showing solid growth. For proof, consider these numbers: Technomic profiled 11 fast casual Asian/noodle concepts that saw $2.7 billion in sales from 2,273 units, a 23% sales growth and a 14% unit growth over two years’ time. The increased interest in Asian Food is due primarily to four factors:* Unique flavor profile – Asian foods, especially pho, offer flavor variety across the board with fresh and unique tastes Primarily healthy options – The Asian menu is composed of mostly proteins and vegetables. It’s low fat, gluten-free and heart-healthy Customization – Diners can customize their orders very easily Portability – Asian food is well suited for take out, delivery and catering One Asian food in particular is getting a lot of attention and could grow rapidly, especially as a fast casual dining option. Pho, a Vietnamese soup that is made up of steaming hot broth with rice noodles and vegetables, is suddenly gaining in popularity and restaurants specifically devoted to pho are cropping up more and more. What is
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
San Francisco California-based The Melt is a fast-casual restaurant that, using technology, delivers custom grilled cheese sandwiches that stay hot, and remain melted on the inside and crunchy on the outside. Their tagline reads “Grilled Cheese Happiness™” and they aim to meet this goal by using a streamlined online ordering system (an app of course) and delivering these all-natural, creative sandwiches in an eco-friendly way. Their Smart Box delivery system has received some well-deserved attention. The Smart Box keeps the grilled cheese combination sandwiches hot and crunchy for 30 minutes or more. This makes downtown delivery of tasty, hot and wholesome lunch food in San Francisco quick and reliable. As part of their innovative sandwich delivery system, The Melt used a KangaBox Thermal Food Carrier EX6300-RA in orange to complement their smart box. The KangaBox thermal food carrier is ideal for keeping food hot or cold. The ultra-lightweight KangaBox fits on top of the Smart Box, making for a fast and easy delivery. Made from Expandable Polypropylene EPP, the KangaBox is 100% recyclable, so it is truly an eco-friendly solution to hot food transport and storage. The Melt is currently operating 16 locations throughout California. Flip Video founder Jonathan Kaplan leads their
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