First-Ever Sourcing Guide Aids Purchasers of Foodservice Packaging

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The Foodservice Packaging Institute has published a Strategic Sourcing Guide to provide direction to foodservice operators as they navigate the complex world of foodservice packaging.

FPI's Strategic Sourcing Guide takes foodservice operators through the details to help organize their foodservice packaging purchase decisions.

FPI's Strategic Sourcing Guide takes foodservice operators through the details to help organize their foodservice packaging purchase decisions.

This first-of-its-kind guide provides an unbiased, question-by-question review of everything to consider to make knowledgeable foodservice package purchase decisions.

More than 90 percent of foodservice operators use foodservice packaging, making it an integral part of their business. A newly published Strategic Sourcing Guide provides direction to foodservice operators as they navigate the complex world of foodservice packaging.

Foodservice packaging refers to single-use cups, containers, bags, wraps, cutlery, etc., used by restaurants and other establishments that offer prepared foods and beverages. These items, made from a variety of materials like paper, plastic and aluminum, allow foodservice operators to serve their customers in a sanitary, convenient and economical manner.

Developed by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), the free guide takes foodservice operators through the details to help organize their foodservice packaging purchase decisions — what’s being packaged, the look and feel desired, annual volume and more.

“Today’s foodservice packaging is designed with the foodservice industry in mind. This first-of-its-kind guide provides an unbiased, question-by-question review of everything to consider to make knowledgeable foodservice package purchase decisions,” said Lynn M. Dyer, president of FPI. “Whether used in its entirety or just parts, we know foodservice operators will find value in it.”

The manual is packed with do’s and don’ts and summarizes the available options for sourcing new packaging. The question and answer section, developed as a request for proposal, can be completed and distributed to potential foodservice packaging suppliers It covers items as varied as a foodservice operator’s distribution plans to what they expect a customer to do with the package when done with it.

The guide is being released in advance of the upcoming Natural Restaurant Association Show, the foodservice industry’s largest trade show in North America. More than 100 foodservice packaging suppliers are exhibiting at the show, which attracts about 45,000 industry players.

The Strategic Sourcing Guide is available on FPI’s website at http://www.fpi.org/products.

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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