Category Archives: Eco-Friendly Takeout Solutions

What Your Restaurant Needs to Be Successful with Catering

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Entering the catering space is a good way to expand your restaurant. However, there are specific things that you need to do to make your catering business successful. If you plan things right, your catering options can make a big difference for your restaurant. Here is what your restaurant needs to be successful.

Good Understanding of Costs

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One of the most important things that you need to make your catering operations successful is a good understanding of costs. Since you are looking to serve a large number of people in a single event, it is easy to overshoot your costs and eat away at your profits. This problem compounds as the number of people at the event increases. 

When you plan for an event, start by figuring out what your costs are and what they should be. There is a minimum of how much it will cost you to service an event, which is what your costs currently are. Once you know what that is, you can negotiate a profitable price for the service that allows you to increase your costs to provide a better service while maintaining profit margins. That way, you still come in with a profit while being able to spend as much as you need to give the best possible service. 

Beautiful Single Use Catering Supplies

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The supplies that you use for catering make a significant difference in how people perceive your food. People taste with their eyes and food that looks better tastes better. That means that your food needs something beautiful to be served on. 

Start with the single serve items like trays. Sugarcane and bamboo trays offer a clean and Earthy aesthetic while being sturdy and eco-friendly. Larger trays look better when they are made out of natural materials too. You can also add a little flair elements like bamboo skewers or sandwich picks that give food options a classier look. These little elements can significantly chain how people see your food. 

Active Marketing

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For your catering business to find new customers, you need to have active marketing. Catering events put your work in front of a lot of potential customers. Include marketing options where you can. For example, you can have your information or logo printed on sealing elements like stickers or bottle wrappers. That way, potential customers will see it anytime that they interact with these items. 

Food Transportation

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Another thing to consider is food transportation. You want your food to be presentable on arrival. Windowed boxes help with that since it is easier to set up your food and to make a good first impression before the containers are even opened. You can also choose containers with style elements, like specific colors that will help them stand out. 

PacknWood carries a wide selection of packaging containers that you can use to help your catering services stand out. Each option provides a different way of helping your food catch the eye of potential customers. To learn more about our catering and takeout packaging, email us at contact@packnwood.com to request a catalog.

Doggie Bags: A Sign of Awareness Not Embarrassment

When is the last time you asked to take leftovers home from a restaurant? Today, more and more chefs and restaurateurs do not want to see good food go to waste, and encourage the idea of diners taking food home that they haven’t finished. But it wasn’t always this way, and to this day, many diners are still not comfortable with the practice.

doggiebagontable3According to the Smithsonian Institute’s blog Food & Think, the custom of using “doggie bags” started in the U.S. in the 1940’s during the Second World War, when pet owners were encouraged to feed table scraps rather than pet food to their dogs. And in 1943, San Francisco cafes started an initiative against animal cruelty by offering patrons “Pet Pakits” — cartons designed specifically to carry home leftovers for their pets. Around that same time, one Seattle restaurant provided diners with waxed paper bags labeled “Bones for Bowser.” Restaurants around the country started to follow suit, and by the mid 1950’s, doggie bags went into production. Before long, people were requesting doggie bags to take home food for themselves rather than their pets.

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“Green” Packaging for Foods To-Go: What Does It Mean and Does It Matter

Compostable, recyclable, made from recycled material, biodegradable, green, eco-friendly…the list goes on to describe the types of packaging made from sustainable materials.

It seems like everyone in the food industry, from corporate giants to small café owners are jumping on the “green band wagon.” But what does it really mean to be “green”?

It could mean a few different things:
– Green could mean less damage to the environment.
– Green could imply producing packaging from renewable resources.
– Green could involve designing products for environmental sustainability.
– Green could suggest the use of less material and also recyclable and degradable materials.

And do your customers care if their banana bread was baked in a FSC certified wood baking mold, or if they are eating their salad with a biodegradable fork? Yes! Research studies done over the past few years show that they DO care.

In fact, studies* show that factors relating to the environment rank among the top issues that consumers care about, and that sustainability in packaging is not only important but that people are willing to pay more for it.

packnwood-sugarcane-takeoutDesigners are meeting this demand and have found incredibly innovative ways to create both compelling and effective packaging out of sustainable materials. For example, Bagasse – a paper-like substance made from the pulp of sugarcane stalks – used to be burned in fields creating an enormous amount of pollution, and now it can be easily molded into different shapes and sizes to make to make plates, bowls, to go containers, and trays.

packnwood-takeout-boxAs new materials continue to be introduced, some products also incorporate multiple pieces of a package or container that can be independently recycled. For example, at PacknWood, we offer an innovative packing design in our Buckatay Collection that uses paper for the round to-go containers, combined with recyclable transparent plastic lids, and stored in a cardboard carrying case.

If you have a bakery, restaurant, or catering company, making the choice to purchase sustainable packaging supplies, and serving your to-go food on green disposables is one of the ways that you can grow the reputation of your business AND please the growing number of your eco-conscious customers.

At PacknWood we use a range of materials to make our always evolving and innovative products: different types of wood, palm leaf and bamboo, sugarcane, and a number of paper products. It’s always our priority to bring you new and original products that meet your unique demands. (Click here to see the full line.)

* To read more about the study done by WARP (Waste and Resources Action Programme) on consumer attitudes towards food packaging, go to http://www.suedpack.co.uk/2014/04/28/consumer-attitudes-towards-food-packaging/

Our New Line of To-Go Packaging Hits The Streets

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There’s no question that food trucks are here to stay.  A natural evolution of the restaurant industry, the mobile food industry continues to undergo major growth around North America.

From small suburbs to major cities, more and more people continue to embrace food trucks as a new way of eating. We love it because it’s fast, convenient, and affordable. And the diversity and quality just keep getting better.

According to Ross Resnick, founder of Roaming Hunger, from 2011 to 2013, there was nearly a 200% increase in the number of food vendors entering the industry. He estimates that by 2017 there will be more than 20,000 trucks nationwide. To hear more on this, click here.

What do we think when we see those statistics? You can probably guess. That all of those people eating all of that food on-the-go requires a lot of disposables and produces a whole lot of waste.

And whether you are a restaurant OR a street vendor, we also understand how valuable presentation is to bringing in customers.

As the industry grows, more food truck owners are starting to go green, taking steps to be more environmentally responsible. To meet the demands of their eco-conscious customers and also cut costs, sometrucks are:


Using alternative fuel (turning leftover cooking oil into biofuel)


Building solar-powered kitchens


Serving local organic ingredients


Choosing recyclable and biodegradable to-go packaging


This inspired our designers to develop the new Street Food Collection!

Check out our bamboo leaf boats and wood cones, news printed containers, bagel boxes and crepe holders, and more — all recyclable and biodegradable.

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For our complete new Street Food Packaging Collection, click here.

For our complete line of Take Out Packaging, click here.

Plus:  Visit the US Food Trucks at the 2015 World Fair!

Estimated to bring together 144 countries and 30 million visitors, the 2015 Expo Milano, to take place in Italy this summer, will address the challenge of how we are going to feed 9 billion people by the year 2050. Food trucks (along with flying acrobats and vertical gardens) are slated to be one of the features at the extraordinarily ambitious US Pavillion where visitors will be able to experience and taste the rich diversity of the US. For more information and the latest news on this huge event, you can visit www.expo2015.org/en.

Takeout Lunch Boxes – What To Choose

When it comes to lunch boxes, you always have plenty of options and it is not always easy to pick yours. Here is something to help you out a little. First of all, ditch the plastic or foam clamshells. Not only foam containers are about to be banned anyway (read more about this here), but plastic containers are not Eco-friendly and are terrible for the environment. When you choose your takeout solutions – the ones you want to offer your customers – make sure you go for Eco-friendly ones.

Are you looking for an easy way to pack your food to go, something that could help you transport different meals all together and keep your food safe? We’ve got you covered! Take a look at those pretty, yet functional, takeout round containers. Microwavable, grease resistant and even stackable, they are perfect to transport any type of food home or even to work. Soup, salad, past… Just name it!
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The best part is that as they are stackable, you can prepare lunch combinations, put them in one of these amazing takeout lunch boxes and carry them all together. Big enough to fit a box for your appetizer, a box for your entree and even a box for your dessert, this takeout lunch box is the perfect to-go solution and guess what, it is Eco-friendly! 100% recyclable, containers and lunch boxes make a great couple and you just can’t be disappointed in them.

kray-blogIf you are looking for square takeout boxes instead of the round buckets, the takeout lunch box can also fit those beautiful Kray boxes. Brown or white and available in many different sizes, they make it really easy to offer very personalized solutions to all of your customers!

Think out of the box and start preparing delicious combination to be taken-out, you will make your customers very happy.

Check out all of our Eco-friendly solutions at www.packnwood.com