With continued high demand for takeout, restaurateurs are looking for ways to provide a delicious at-home dining experience. And, while that may certainly start with the food itself, how it’s packaged to-go is nearly, if not, as important.
Packaging is essentially the first impression of takeout. Does it uphold the quality of food within it? Does it give your customers confidence in the safety of their food? Is it preserving your menu items to mimic (as closely as possible) the in-restaurant experience?
When looking for takeout packaging that upholds food safety and maintains food quality, including temperature and texture, ProPak® offers everything you need. ProPak takeaway containers are available in a variety of materials including foam, aluminum and plastic with hinged polystyrene.
Foam packaging is lightweight and fairly inexpensive. It is good at maintaining the food’s temperature, but the texture of the food does not hold up over time. Given this, fried foods do not fare well with foam containers, however, rice or grilled chicken would be great in them.
Aluminum containers are popular for a variety of reasons. They are durable enough to stand up to dishes with heavy sauces and they are one of the most recyclable materials out there. While they can’t be microwaved, they can handle heavier items like beans, cheesy pastas and ribs.
Plastic packaging is the most preferred by customers as it works very well for maintaining quality and texture. Plus, the hinged options available from ProPak make for convenient venting and resealing.
Remember to utilize ProPak souffle cups to package sauces and condiments separately to preserve food integrity.
Before deciding on your perfect packaging options, conduct a test run to see how your dishes hold up to travel in various packaging. You can also talk to your Shamrock Foods Sales Representative to learn more about your which options will work for you and your establishment’s cuisine.
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