Category: packaging

plastic bag ban

Getting a Handle on Plastic Bag Bans

In a previous post, we examined some important legislation that passed this summer focusing on polystyrene containers and cups.  Additionally, there has also been much momentum in the push for plastic bag bans in certain municipalities. Legislation like his has been attempted in the past, only to dissolve before it ever comes to fruition. Whether that is the case for this go-round has yet to be seen, but with the nature of the green movement it is highly likely that more environmental shifts will be occurring within the packaging industry. A perfect harbinger of change is the recent acquisition of Duro Bag...

polystyrene

Working With Polystyrene Foam (EPS) Bans

This summer, a number of cities in the United States have passed Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) packaging legislation aimed at reducing the environmental impacts of those products in foodservice.  In this post, we will examine the bans passed this summer affecting polystyrene takeout containers and cups, while offering a number of alternatives for impacted customers. Local governments are becoming increasingly concerned with polystyrene foam in food packaging (although many argue that the effects of polystyrene foam on the environment are often overstated.) For a side by side comparison of polystyrene foam versus paper, check out our blog post: Foam or Paper? An...

Genpak Reinvents Take-Out with Innovative Close-Off Dinner Container

Have you ever taken leftovers or a carry-out meal home in a portioned clamshell container, only to arrive home and find noodles in your dessert? It’s an unfortunate side effect of the segmented carry-out container, and one that restaurant owners try to circumvent with the use of portion containers and lids. While portion cups keep food where it belongs, it also equates to an added expense and another case of product in the kitchen. While this setup may be less than ideal, it is a best practice in ensuring that customers enjoy a meal that isn’t an impromptu casserole. While it...

Prepare Your Customers For the Seasonal Harvest!

While it’s winding down, it is still summertime, and along with that comes the best time of year for seasonal fruits and vegetables! As we get closer to fall, the cornucopia will be overflowing with the results of the summer harvest, leading to an increase in fruits and vegetable sold, bought, and consumed. This is the time of year to take advantage of this seasonal trend, and promote the goods needed to accommodate your customer’s fresh-picked bounty. The journey from the farm to the store or restaurant is the easy part, as everything travels in bushels. Once it reaches the...

Clorox Discontinues 182oz and 96oz 6.15% Bleach to Make Way for 8.25% Concentration

Clorox has chosen to discontinue production of the 6.15% Ultra Concentrated Bleach. The formula offered has transitioned to an 8.25% sodium hypochlorite concentration, which will now be sold in 64oz (#31009) and 121oz (#30966) bottles, replacing the 96oz and 182oz bottles. (View Sell Sheet here.) Why the change? 1. Increased kill claims: New 5 minute C. Diff kill time 39 vs. 38 kill claims 3 vs. 1 influenza kill claim 2. Better disinfecting value: 20% use cost savings in 121 oz pkg. 13% use cost savings in 64 oz pkg. New 1/2 cup vs. 1 cup dilution 3. Better bottle...

A Seller’s Guide to Summer Parties- Part 2

As a continuation of A Seller’s Guide to Summer Parties- Part 1 which addressed tableware and food service supplies, this post wraps up all of the other supplies, cookware, and clean-up products that take a party from good to great- before, during, and after the celebration. A good party is often judged by what the guests actually see and experience, but more often than not, it is the preparation and work on the back end of the party that determines how successful it will be. The following product categories are critical to any good party. Helping your customers select the...

Clorox Innovates Cleaning with New Smart Tube Bottles

As the saying goes, “you get what you pay for,” but with certain cleaning products packaging design, that isn’t always true. Have you ever had to consolidate partial bottles because they were too empty to work properly? Have you had to tilt the sprayer at awkward angles just to squeeze out those last few drops or avoid misfires? Or worse yet, have you just thrown away the entire bottle with product still in it-  just because your spray tube wasn’t long enough to reach the bottom? Clorox recognized that this problem was generally universal when it comes to the current...

Clorox Re-Brands Dispatch Products

Your customers may have already noticed an exciting new packaging change from Clorox, which became effective at the beginning of this year. The DISPATCH line of products, which are geared towards healthcare use, are now being re-branded as Clorox Healthcare. This change only effects the name and packaging, as the product itself including the formula, kill claims, and EPA-registration numbers will remain the same, as will UPCs and pricing. The following UPC’s will now feature the new look, and the Clorox Healthcare name: Clorox Healthcare 32 oz. Spray- UPC 2996968970 Clorox Healthcare 32oz. Pull Top- UPC 2996968832 Clorox Healthcare 128oz....

P&G Case Pack Change to Dawn and Joy Reflects Commitment to Sustainability

Proctor & Gamble is converting case packaging of their 1 Gallon bottles of Dawn and Joy Commercial Dishwashing detergents. The change is no surprise to many in the industry, as the current industry standard uses case packs of 4/1 Gallon, whereas Dawn and Joy, until recently, was sold in 3/1 gallon case packs. Nothing about the product itself or the individual bottles’ packaging will change, but the case pack change does support P&G’s commitment to sustainability. P&G’s sustainability/operations goal for the future is as follows: “Deliver an additional 20% reduction in energy consumption, CO2 emissions, disposed waste and water consumption...

Down, Set, EAT! Preparing Your Customers for Super Bowl Parties

Get ready to strap on your party helmet and loosen up your belt buckles, it’s football time! In America, Super Bowl Sunday has become one of the largest at-home events of the year. With television and food as the focal points of the party, the menu is usually more casual as opposed to a formal sit-down dinner, allowing the food to be easily enjoyed without missing the game. This event is also a massive opportunity for food service establishments to prepare and sell increased quantities of taco dips, chicken wings, and other ready-to-serve foods! Rivaled only by the other pot-luck...