District of Columbia bans polystyrene food, beverage containers

The Washington Post reports that Washington, D.C. lawmakers voted Tuesday to ban the use of plastic-foam food and drink containers by 2016.

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Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes -- old technology in new packaging

What makes Duncan Hines' new Amazing Glazes so "amazing?" Does it represent new technology? Or do the glazes represent a new application of an old technology? First of all, the new vanilla and chocolate glaze products are amazingly simple to...

Coffee innovation from Starbucks

Darrel Suderman, founder of the Food Innovation Institute, gives Starbucks' VIA ready-brew offering a 5-star salute.

Planning store layouts? Consider the recycling and composting trend

As I travel the country, I see more and more operators, universities, airports and hotels collecting recyclables and compostables. If you’re planning new stores – or renovating existing ones – think about how collection of recyclable or compostable items could...

A four-step approach to expanding recycling and composting

Without consistently available infrastructures to support recycling and composting of foodservice packaging products, the vast majority of these products end up in landfills. You want to be greener, but with the infrastructure hurdles, what’s a foodservice operator to do?  Here are a few tips to get you started: 1.

Making the right choice from the single-use ‘menu’

Ever stare at a menu for an eternity and still find yourself unable to make a decision? Maybe you weren’t sure of your own priorities that day or maybe you simply didn’t have enough information. Making the right choice on...

I’d like the ‘green’ packaging please

I’m often asked by foodservice operators and consumers: What sustainable single-use foodservice products should I use to serve food and beverages? Which products are the greenest? The short answer is that there isn’t an easy, one-size-fits-all solution, and green is just a color. “Sustainable” and “green” mean different things to different people.

NRA to showcase top industry trends

Building, kitchen design and more create exhibit hall of more than 2,100 booths.

To-go packaging: Top 5 trends

When it comes to takeout containers and packaging, fast casuals lead the way.

NRA Show Blows into Windy City

Hotel-Motel Show offers trends, insights and more.

Marketing to small fries isn't child's play

Fast casuals don't need to compromise to market to children.  

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NEWS


Cascades launches environmentally-friendly food packaging line

The packaging company Cascades recently announced the launch of Respak, a new environmentally-friendly food packaging line. Unlike commonly used polycoated cardboard, Respak is made from 50 percent recycled fibers and is recyclable and compostable, according to a company press release....

Starbucks introduces sustainable hot sleeve

Today, Starbucks Coffee Company, LBP Manufacturing and Henkel announced the availability of EarthSleeve, a new hot-cup sleeve that integrates proprietary technology that enables a reduction in overall material usage while at the same time increasing the post-consumer content. These adjustments...

Vacumet launches compostable alternative to foil packaging

Vacumet Corp. has launched its new compostable metallized packaging papers, geared toward the quick-service and fast casual restaurant segments.

Panda Express tests Paw Plate

Guests at select Panda Express locations will experience a new way of dining during a market test this month, when the chain replaces its traditional two item plate with the newly designed Paw Plate. Designed to provide guests with more...

NRA show will embrace innovation

The National Restaurant Association is seeking innovative food and beverage products that have made a significant impact on the industry, and will recognize these products at the 2011 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show May 21-24 at Chicago's McCormick Place....

FPI publishes 2008 foodservice packaging report

FALLS CHURCH, Va. — The Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) has announced the release of its 2008 "State of the Industry Report." The more than 200-page report seeks to provide a snapshot of the foodservice packaging industry and contains eight sections:...

Planet Smoothie issues call for green inventors

ATLANTA — Planet Smoothie has announce its "New Year! New Look! New You!" campaign. The promotion kicks off this month and includes wellness and weight-loss offerings and an eco-aware initiative with a call to action for planet-conscious consumers. Planet Smoothie's...

SCA Tissue honored as top supplier

PHILADELPHIA — Global provider of sales, marketing, e-commerce and business solutions AFFLINK recently presented SCA Tissue with its 2007 Pinnacle Award, the top honor for a supplier in its Healthcare Program. In announcing the award, AFFLINK praised SCA Tissue for...

NRA show tops 74,000 attendees

CHICAGO — The National Restaurant Association's 2007 Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show completed a record-breaking, four-day run at McCormick Place in Chicago May 22. The event drew nearly 74,000 attendees from all 50 states and 110 countries looking for products and services...

The NRA show Top 10

United States Sen. Fred Thompson is set to Keynote the 2007 National Restaurant Association Restaurant, Hotel-Motel Show, May 19-22, at McCormick Place in Chicago.

New coffee lid changes color with temperature

SYDNEY, Australia — Product development company Smart Lid Systems has launched a new color-changing coffee lid, to be manufactured by Hong-Kong-based Thermo International after an international license agreement is secured by the company. The innovative lid alerts consumers their coffee/tea...

Breakfast business to reach $83 billion by 2015

NEW YORK — The business of breakfast is booming, according to The Revolution in Dayparts: Breakfast in the Foodservice Market, a new report from Packaged Facts.   The report says the current breakfast market is $65 billion, and it estimates it will grow to $83 billion by 2015.

Consumer demand drives premium coffee offering

ATLANTA — As noticeable trends in the coffee industry point to lifestyle branding for image-conscious consumers, the increase in premium coffee offerings reflects a shift in customer value trends, both in the coffee itself and in packaging options. Dixie Foodservice...

Frozen food market to hit $32 billion by 2010

NEW YORK — Premium fare promising higher quality, home-made freshness, and natural/organic ingredients is a key factor to invigorating the slow-growing behemoth that is the frozen foods industry, according to Frozen Foods in the U.S., a new report from market...

Green Mountain Coffee Roasters offers all-natural hot-beverage cup

WATERBURY, Vt. — Green Mountain Coffee Roasters and International Paper launched an all-natural paper hot beverage cup July 12.

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