Blog May 2015

Catering Season Is Upon Us!

Posted On: May 15, 2015

It’s been a slow Catering Season transition into spring, but as the birds and flowers begin to reappear, as do the weddings and other spirited gatherings. We want to help you prepare by stocking the best of green catering packaging. At The Complete Package there are many options to suit every size and style of catered event.

The Square Bowl by Sabert comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, 8-64oz. and 80, 160 and 320oz. They’re visually attractive with a black base and clear lid, have an efficient design for stacking and space saving, and crack and crush resistant because when you’re transporting large, weighty orders, durability is important.

Fineline is one of the most visually impressive manufacturers of catering goods, and we’re excited to offer you a wide selection of their products for the most special of events. Take a look at Fineline‘s containers and see for yourself why they’re ideal for creative displays.

For an emphasis on catering green, the Ultra Green Compostable Catering Trays are a great choice. Made from 100% renewable natural resources, biodegradable tray, and 100% recyclable lid. The tray is strong and sturdy, won’t allow oil or liquid to soak through.

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Versatile Box For Catering

Posted On: May 15, 2015

The Catering Box is a great new product we offer that comes in 2 sizes and is perfect for a variety of catering trays. Made to keep hot food hot and cold food cold, these boxes absorb minor spills and are ideal for both catering delivery and customer pick-up. They’re shipped to you flat to save space, and are easily assemble, stack nicely and is a versatile box for catering.

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Great Vibe At The Food Show

Posted On: May 15, 2015

Imperial Bag & Paper showcased at the International Restaurant and Foodservice Show.

–Catering Box
–Pack n Wood
–Verterra Palm Leaf Dinnerware 
-Perfect pairing salad container insert and parfait cup insert
-CMS flavorseal sous vide bags, seasoned roasting bags, & water bath cooking appliances
–Floor buffing machine

2013 International Restaurant & Foodservice Show

This year’s Imperial Bag & Paper booth had a ton of action going on throughout the 3 days of the show. The theme of our booth was “Imperial Bag & Paper AND Our Customers….A Perfect Marriage.” Our booth was the creation of our “mad genius” sales manager, Chris Freeman. He has come up with some creative ideas on how to show off our eco-friendly and traditional food containers in the past, but I think to date, this one takes the cake……..or to keep with the theme, the wedding cake! We had a huge booth this year, broken down into 3 main sections: 1) the wedding area, 2) a create & innovate area with some great food packaging ideas and 3) a live webcast studio area.

The wedding area was a hit with many of the show attendees. We had a Mr. & Mrs. Imperial Bag & Paper, both dressed in wedding appropriate attire. Mr. & Mrs. Imperial Bag & Paper were regularly bringing prospective customers and current Imperial customers into our booth to be “married to their Imperial salesperson” or to Mr or Mrs Imperial. Definitely a different idea for a stuffy trade show!

For our products area, we had several great vendors showing off their food packaging products. We had 1) CMS Flavorseal demonstrating their sous vide and flavor bags, 2)VerTerra making a strong comeback with their plates and bowls made out of sustainably collected leaves 3) a href=”http://the-complete-package.com/site/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/PACKNWOOD-Catalog_lowres.pdf” target=”_blank”>Pack n Wood had their entire line of eco-friendly food containers and catering disposables on display 4) Letica BIODEGRADABLE plastic cups 5) Inline Plastics salad bowl and parfait cups with their respective inserts and perhaps the biggest success story of our booth (aside from the lucky men who got married off to Mrs Imperial) 6) the Catering Box!

CMS Flavorseal got things cooking literally and figuratively speaking! They had their corporate chef cooking up delicious meats that were flavored by their flavor bags and cooked in their sous vide bags. What exactly is sous vide cooking? Unless you’re a contestant on Top Chef, you probably need an education like I did! In a nutshell, sous vide, is a method of cooking food placed in a heavy duty heat resistant bag, which is then cooked in a high heat water bath. The foods flavor and juices, as well as nutrients and color are maintained, if not increased by sous vide. I also learned that cooking with sous vide increases the yield of meat by about 10% because of the juices being maintained in the meat there is virtually zero shrinkage. This will definitely help increase foodservice operators’ profits!

VerTerra leaf bowls and plates are a great eco-friendly option for catering and events. They hold up to silverware great, make a great impression with function guests, and are also a great story. VerTerra plates and bowls are made from sustainably collected leaves. The leaves are not harvested, but are actually collected from the forest floor! These leaves are then brought to the manufacturing facility where they are created into plates and bowls through a proprietary process using pressure to fuse the leaves together. No glue or bonding agents are used to create these sustainable catering plates and bowls!

Pack N Wood eco-friendly packaging has so many different options. You really should check out the link to their products page because I cannot do the product justice in a blog. Whatever your disposable catering needs are, use Pack n Wood. Their products are made from recycled cardboard, bamboo, sustainably forested wood, and other sustainable materials. They have skewers, boxes, food cones, food trays, bowls, and many other items.
Letica Biodegradable PET Plastic Cups are just like your clear iced coffee cups except these are biodegradable. The way this works is that when plastic is formed the organic matter in the petrol based raw material are removed. Well with the biodegradable cups, this organic matter is not removed. When these cups are disposed of in an active landfill, the micro-organisms that help with decomposition are attracted to the organic matter that is still present in the biodegradable cups. While the biodegradation process does take a bit of time (3-4 years), the cups do biodegrade with no chemical additives. Also these cups can be placed into the recycling loop as PET is the plastic that is most commonly recycled.
Inline Plastics has a tamper evident salad bowl (TR32) and grab and go cup (TS12CCR) now have inserts. The insert for the salad bowl, can hold 5 salad toppings separately from the greens. This helps keep the salad greens as well as the toppings fresher longer, thus increasing shelf life. This is the same concept for the grab and go cup insert. Keep the granola separate from the yogurt or the hummus separate from the chips in the same container. Definitely makes a nice presentation and point of sale offering!

The Catering Box was definitely the big hit at the show. Hundreds of people walked away from our booth with a sample of the Catering Box. This box is designed to hold 1 full size steam table full of catered food, or 2 ½ size steam tables full of catered food. It also has a little bit of extra room for utensils, serving spoons, serving tongs, etc. There are 2 depths available the regular box holds the medium or shallow pans, while the jumbo will hold the deep pans.

This year all the action and excitement experienced at the Imperial Bag & Paper Company Show Booth #1631 was broadcasted LIVE on the Internet. Watch the videos below to see all the fun we had.

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Grab And Go Product Feature

Posted On: May 15, 2015

Fabri-Kal Greenware Square Grab and Go – These new compostable takeout containers by Fabrikal are fantastic! We have had many requests over the years for a container with 4 equal compartments and now there is one readily available! The other 2 containers are great, but the 4 compartment is the clear winner among meals with copious amounts of flavors that are not meant to run together! It’s perfect for separating finger foods from their dip, or portions of different sauces while keeping them safe from odor/flavor transfer. Like many of our products, this Grab and Go is made from 100% plant based materials and is compostable.

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Chemical Dosages

Posted On: May 15, 2015

chemdoseThe Hydro AutoDose Dispensing System is a foolproof way to keep chemical dosage precise and at timed intervals. When there’s no room for human error in a busy restaurant, it’s an effortless way to keep grease traps maintained and drains from backing up. The AutoDose’s reliability makes it every professional kitchen owner’s dream turned reality with it’s simple programming and affordable price. Housed in a corrosion resistant cabinet, the Hydro AutoDose is durable and sealed against moisture. Simply mount on top of a 5-gallon pail, choose between an AC power adapter and/or eight D-size batteries, program flow rate/dispense volume/frequency, and clear your conscious knowing the job is under control. Now bask in the amazement of your first robot employee! Hard-working, keeps to himself and doesn’t request a paycheck!

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Order Your Custom Print Jobs Now

Posted On: May 15, 2015

front_hi-resIt’s a new year and time to take a fresh approach to your branding.  We all have things that we have been wanting to do for years and never get around to. I imagine that getting personalized products for your location has always been something you were curious about, but didn’t know where to start.

I take pride in going the extra step for my clients and to be sure they stand out from competition and highly recommend customizing items such as bags, cups,coffee sleeves, napkins and boxes.  These simple items make a big impact on brand recognition and I take pride in offering the most popular products.

If you want to get your personalized products in time for Spring we need to get started on your artwork for approval as there is a 6-8 week lead time.  Please email dpokorny@imperialbag.com for a consultation on the best options for your location.

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Ultragreen Opening In ND

Posted On: May 15, 2015

The US is going green with Ultragreen as the first company to manufacturer biodegrable, compostable and sustainable products made from wheat straw. They’ve done away with the environmental nightmare of petroleum-based plastics that take hundreds of years to break down, contaminate our soil, groundwater and oceans.

This is a great step towards making our country a cleaner place and huge growth opportunity for local farmers and community.   If you would like to learn more about Ultragreen, their expansion or product line please contact me directly or download the product PDF.

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Foam Aroma Is A Cafe Dream Come True

Posted On: May 15, 2015

foama aroma lidThe latest and greatest innovation in coffee to-go is undeniably the FoamAroma coffee lid. As its name suggests, its first priorities include delivering the same foam experience you’d get if you were drinking an espresso drink without a lid, and to allow the aroma of the beverage to be enjoyed as you sip. The unique inverted triangle shape and angle of the drink hole allows the consumer to get foam at the same time as steamed milk and espresso. Side-by-side tests have proved that the FoamAroma leaves little foam behind, in comparison to the conventional lid which has a lot of foam stuck to the lid after the beverage is finished. The other major advantage, the air vent hole, is positioned under the nose to allow the aroma to be enjoyed by the consumer. This is perfect because we all know the smell is such an important part of the flavor!

Many other advantages about the FoamAroma make this the new must-have lid for any cafe. The design allows the consumer to better see the beverage level inside the cup to anticipate the tilt when enjoying their next sip. Because of the size and position of the holes, there is the benefit of airflow which controls the temperature of the drink to prevent a scalding hot sip which can burn the tongue and the taster’s ability to enjoy the rest of their coffee or tea. The holes are also large enough to accommodate two large straws without pinching them as the conventional lid does.

This lid offers so many advantages to the consumer, it’s no wonder those who have used it now ask for it by name.

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