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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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New York City's New Organic Food Law

Posted On: October 26, 2017

New York City passed a new law on July 19, 2016 requiring many food businesses in the area to separate normal food waste from organic food waste. This new law is pushing for a more environmentally friendly approach to waste management. The law pertains to various food businesses including hotels with at least 150 rooms, arena and stadium vendors, food manufacturers and wholesalers. Facilities under the new law's coverage must adhere to strict packaging and food laws requiring that all organic waste be privately digested or composted rather than delivered to landfills.

How Can Your Business Follow The Law?

A great first step to making your business more eco-friendly is to figure out how you would like your organic waste processed. You can either have on-site waste pickup from a private composter, delivery the waste to a composter yourself or process the waste yourself. Another option is to use more eco-friendly food packaging components for your products. Since these packaging options break down easier, there will be less trash taking up landfills and a more positive impact on the environment.

Help your employees understand the benefits of this new law and how they can dispose of all organic waste cleanly and efficiently. Training your employees on proper recycling and composting protocol will not benefit your business as well as the rest of New York City and the world. For more information on our eco-friendly food packaging and food containers, please call one of our courteous representatives today. 

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Now Search Our Product Database

Posted On: May 15, 2015

Screen Shot 2013-09-09 at 1.40.29 PMHave you been to The Database of Complete Package website lately?

After much planning and effort to polish up our internet storefront we are pleased to have our new website up and running, ready for your packaging needs. You can browse through our staple categories, choose from Quick Service Restaurants, Catering & Event Planning,Coffee & Tea Houses; or use our favorite option for ease of use, the Product Search bar! All items have tags and keywords attached to help pull up the item you’re looking for in a flash.

While you’re perusing the containers, enjoy the fresh look with custom graphics that reflect our commitment to supplying a wide variety of restaurant needs that are environmentally minded and gentle on the budget.

Beyond the product, we also have toolbar links to customer references, links to manufacturers we carry, credit and resale forms, and a catalog of our past blogs. Take a look around and let us know how well the new set-up works for you. We appreciate your feedback since we created the layout with you, the customer, in mind.

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Debate Continues Over Drink Sizes

Posted On: May 15, 2015

The ban is proposed to eliminate large-size sodas and other sugar-sweetened beverages from the city’s restaurants, delis, sports arena vendors, movie theaters and food carts.
“The proposal would also keep restaurants from offering self-service cups bigger than 16-ounces and would impose a fine of as much as $200 per violation.”  Read More online at CBS News.

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