RJ Schinner Joins Foodservice Packaging Institute
RJ Schinner Redistribution is pleased to announce our membership with the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), adding us to their growing list of converters, suppliers, and affiliate members.
For over 75 years, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has been the material-neutral trade association for converters, raw material and machinery suppliers of single-use foodservice packaging products.
Our membership with FPI will enable us to stay abreast of knowledge related to the industry, giving us deeper insight into market trends, product information, and valuable market research that will enable us to help you better serve your customers.
This membership comes at a time when prepared and ready-to-eat food sales have been growing exponentially, with supermarket prepared foods alone expected to increase by 3.5% each year for the next two years. According to a study done by Fare Digest, prepared foods accounted for 52.5% of total supermarket deli sales in 2011, which was a 6.7% increase over the previous year. The trend towards fast, convenient meals does not seem to be diminishing, and in an economy that is trending towards more cost-effective options, packaged prepared food sales will likely continue their upward growth.
Foodservice packaging has seen many changes over the past few years, as the perception of plastics and styrene have become increasingly negative. In fact, the FPI website has offered insightful information highlighting the benefits of single-serve food packaging that serves to refute many customer’s objections:
Did you know that….
- According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, paper and plastic single-use foodservice packaging discarded in the country’s municipal solid waste stream accounted for only 1.3 percent in 2009 (by weight).
- While the majority of foodservice packaging is destined for landfills, a growing number of localities offer recycling and composting options for these products. Another option is waste-to-energy facilities, where, for example, the energy contained within single-use foodservice packaging can be almost fully recovered. Burning polystyrene, for example, generates 17,800 BTUs per pound of energy, double the BTU value of coal.
- Only four percent of the world’s petroleum resources are used to manufacture ALL plastics. And plastic foodservice packaging account for a very small portion of the world’s plastic.
- It eliminates the need for costly dishwashers and other support equipment (racks, carts, dollies, shelving, bins, etc.). Plus, saves money on water, detergents and energy used by dishwashers; Single-use foodservice packaging also saves time and labor by eliminating the need to scrape, wash, rinse, dry and store dishes.
- Single-use foodservice packaging isn’t the only part of a sanitary dining experience. According to a study conducted in 2006 by the University of Wisconsin – Oshkosh, “single-use placemats were shown, on average, to have over 7 times fewer bacteria than uncovered tables in restaurants.”
- An NSF study in 2005 found that reusable cafeteria trays typically have more germs than most other surfaces in school.
Foodservice packaging definitely has a strong need in today’s society, and the possibilities are endless. At RJ Schinner, we currently offer hundreds of options for all of your packaging needs, including many made from green and renewable resources. To view our foodservice packaging options, visit our website, or utilize our Literature by Vendor section of the blog to view our vendor catalogs and sell sheets.
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