Foodservice Packaging Institute's annual Trends Report shows market shifts

Packaging trends include continued interest in sustainable products.

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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...

How company culture drives organic food innovation

Can new food product innovation be driven through changing the corporate culture? Yes ... if it’s the right cultural change. I am writing this blog after spending a week inside the corporate headquarters of Organic Valley Foods in La Farge, Wisc., and meeting with executives, department managers and farmers.

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...

Fro-yo concept 16 Handles relies heavily on customer interaction

Manhattan-based store ready for franchise growth.

Burger King goes pop

New packaging initiative emulates Andy Warhol-inspired art.

Top 10 food product innovation workshop requests

What new food and beverage product innovation workshops would research chefs and food technologists most like to attend? This question was recently posed to almost 800 research chefs and food technologists in a survey sponsored by The Food Innovation Institute™....

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.

The future of compostable packaging for QSRs

Could a Seattle ordinance requiring eco-friendly packaging spark industry-wide change?

The future of compostable packaging for QSRs

Could a Seattle ordinance requiring eco-friendly packaging spark industry-wide change?

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NEWS


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.

Yum! Brands recognizes supplier for KFC Go Cup package

Berry Plastics Group Inc. announced that it has been recognized by Yum! Brands for three separate Supplier Tracking Assessment and Recognition (STAR) awards. According to a news release, all three STAR awards were related to the KFC Go Cup package,...

Dunkin' Donuts unveils new look for packaged hot tea

Dunkin' Donuts unveiled a new look for its packaged hot tea, featuring a new design with modernized graphics. The new boxes of packaged tea, available in black, decaf and green varieties, will be arriving at participating Dunkin' Donuts restaurants nationwide...

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.

McDonald's releases Best of Green environmental report

McDonald's Corp. released its 2012 Best of Green Report this week, a collection of its 90 best practices that focus on the environment and provide an impact for the company's business. The report illustrates progress in eight categories – energy,...

Subway introduces 95-percent recyclable salad bowls

The Subway restaurant chain has announced that its salad bowls and lids are now made from 95 percent post-consumer recycled (PCR) materials; predominately from plastic soda and water bottles. By using the 95 percent PCR, the Subway brand is keeping...

Heinz Dip & Squeeze packet recognized for innovation

H.J. Heinz Company's new Dip & Squeeze Ketchup packet, that allows for both dipping and squeezing and holds three times as much as the traditional Heinz ketchup packet, has been honored with two leading industry awards for innovation. The Dip & Squeeze earned a Silver Award in Innovation from the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation.

Subway shifting to greener menu panels

The Subway restaurant chain has long made a commitment to making its restaurants and operations more environmentally-friendly. In doing so, the company has shifted to 100-percent recycled napkins, towel and tissue products; tapped plants and distribution centers that are strategically...

Chick-fil-A celebrates Heinz’s new ketchup packet

Chick-fil-A restaurants will celebrate Free FryDay March 4 by offering a free medium order of Waffle Potato Fries between 2 and 4 p.m. The giveaway promotion coincides with Heinz’s nationwide launch of its Dip & Squeeze Ketchup, a new packaging...

Dunkin’ introduces heart-shaped donuts

Valentine’s Day always inspires creative limited-time offerings, from heart-shaped pizzas to chocolate-covered everything. And now, Dunkin’ Donuts has introduced its first-ever heart shaped donut for the occasion. Dunkin’ Donuts’ new Cupid’s Choice lineup features heart-shaped, yeast-shell donuts filled with Bavarian...

Carl's Jr. wraps it up

Joining a long list of quick-service chains that now offer a convenient, portable snack wrap for customers on the go, Carl's Jr. has launched its latest menu item: the hand-breaded chicken tender wrappers. Each wrapper features a hand-breaded chicken tender...

KFC accused of encouraging 'greenwashing'

A group of nine environmental organizations has asked KFC to stop using products carrying the Sustainable Forestry Initiative (SFI) certification label. According to Mongabay Environmental News, the Dogwood Alliance, ForestEthics, Green America, Greenpeace US, the Gulf Restoration Network, Heartwood, NRDC,...

McDonald's marks sustainable partnership milestone

McDonald's Corp. has spent the past 20 years working with the Environmental Defense Fund to come up with environmentally friendly innovations. McDonald's was the first Fortune 500 company to work with an environmental group toward achieving sustainable solutions.

Ice cream sales, trends are hot

Global ice cream sales have been hot this year, despite the tumultuous economy and slow restaurant numbers. According to Mintel Global Market Navigator, the combined value of ice cream retailers in the top five European markets - France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - is up to $4.6 billion from $4.1 billion in 2008. Also, the U.S.

The betacup names contest winners of initiative to reduce paper cup consumption

The betacup sustainable drink cup task force has announced the winners of its open innovation challenge to reduce paper cup consumption. Fast casual Starbucks Coffee Co.

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