Foodservice Packaging Rewarded for Innovation

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Convenient stackable container made with sugarcane takes top honor at the 2013 Foodservice Packaging Award ceremony held by Foodservice Packaging Institute, Inc. (FPI) and QSR magazine.

This year marks the seventh time the trade association and trade publication have collaborated on these awards, which recognize innovations in the foodservice packaging industry.

This year marks the seventh time the trade association and trade publication have collaborated on these awards, which recognize innovations in the foodservice packaging industry.

Foodservice packaging is an integral part of a consumer’s dining experience and is used in virtually all restaurants and other eateries. These industry awards reward better solutions for how foodservice operators provide their offerings to customers.

A to-go container made with sugarcane took home the top honor at the 2013 Foodservice Packaging Award ceremony held by Foodservice Packaging Institute, Inc. (FPI) and QSR magazine.

This year marks the seventh time the trade association and trade publication have collaborated on these awards, which recognize innovations in the foodservice packaging industry. More than 120 products were submitted, including cups, platters, lids, bags, utensils, straws and more.

“Foodservice packaging is an integral part of a consumer’s dining experience and is used in virtually all restaurants and other eateries,” said Lynn M. Dyer, president of FPI. “These industry awards reward better solutions for how foodservice operators provide their offerings to customers."

Judges reviewed entries based on innovation in brand delivery, convenience, performance, sustainability and the “wow” factor. Top award winners included Carvajal Pulp & Paper, Eco-Products, Georgia-Pacific Professional, Inventure Foods, Inc., MicroGREEN Polymers, Inc., and Yum Restaurant Co, Ltd.

Eco-Products received the “2013 Foodservice Package of the Year” for their stackable Folia take-out containers. Judges appreciated the convenience to operators for storing, filling and stacking and the practicality to consumers for the tear away flaps, separate compartments for food, condiments and cutlery. The packaging is made with 100-percent renewable and reclaimed resources, including sugarcane.

Recognized at the association’s Fall Meeting in Memphis last month, award recipients are featured in the November 2013 print and online editions of QSR.

Plans for the 2015 competition are underway.

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ABOUT FPI: Founded in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI) is the leading authority for the North American foodservice packaging industry. FPI encourages the responsible use of all foodservice packaging through promotion of its benefits and members’ products. Serving as the voice of the industry to educate and influence stakeholders, FPI provides a legal forum to address the challenges and opportunities facing the foodservice packaging industry. Members include foodservice packaging manufacturers and their raw material and machinery suppliers, restaurants, grocery and convenience stores, distributors and nearly 50 school districts, colleges and universities. Learn more at http://www.fpi.org.

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