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SupplyCaddy: Sustainability and customization lead the foodservice packaging sector

#SupplyCaddy: Sustainability and customization lead the foodservice packaging sector

18 Oct 2023 — SupplyCaddy is witnessing several significant trends in the foodservice packaging segment led by environmental sustainability. The industry emphasizes reducing environmental impact using recyclable, compostable or reusable packaging materials. 

Another trend the biodegradable packaging supplier identities is the increasing preference for customized packaging that reflects a brand’s identity. Restaurants and foodservice brands want packaging that serves a functional purpose and enhances their brand image. 

Bradley Saveth, president and chief operating officer at SupplyCaddy, tells Packaging Insights that the company is committed to staying at the forefront of these industry trends. “We’ve significantly expanded our portfolio of sustainable packaging options, including products made from renewable and recyclable materials.” 

“Our customization capabilities are second to none, allowing our clients to create packaging that aligns with their brand identity and values. We actively engage with our clients to understand their evolving needs and collaborate on innovative packaging solutions,” asserts Saveth.

Bradley Saveth, president and chief operating officer at SupplyCaddy.The foodservice packaging sector aims to reduce its footprint through recyclable, compostable or reusable materials, says Bradley Saveth, president and COO at SupplyCaddy.Versatility and reliability are key
SupplyCaddy offers a variety of packaging and disposables tailored to the unique needs of the food service industry. Its product range includes paper bags, boxes, cups, napkins, food containers, plastic cups and portion cups. 

“We have a wide range of eco-friendly options from materials such as bagasse, bamboo and bioplastics. We understand that the foodservice industry requires versatile and reliable packaging solutions, and we have continuously evolved our offerings to meet those demands,” says Saveth.

“Our product development efforts have focused on innovation, quality and [environmental] sustainability over the years. We’ve expanded our range to include eco-friendly packaging options that align with the growing consumer preference for environmentally responsible choices.” The company aims to have a wide range of material options suitable for hot, cold and greasy foods. 

“Unique” challenges
Developing food-contact-safe and ecological packaging presents unique technical challenges. Ensuring that the materials used are safe for contact with food, environmentally responsible and able to successfully carry greasy or hot food requires rigorous testing and compliance with regulatory standards. 

“At SupplyCaddy, we overcome these challenges through a meticulous quality assurance process. We work closely with industry experts and adhere to strict guidelines to guarantee the safety of our packaging materials,” asserts the company’s president and chief operating officer.

The company’s manufacturing facilities have state-of-the-art technology to maintain high hygiene and safety standards. “To address sustainability challenges, we continually research and invest in eco-friendly materials and production methods. We collaborate with suppliers who share our commitment to sustainability, ensuring that our packaging solutions meet the highest environmental standards.”

SupplyCaddy’s R&D currently focuses on environmental sustainability, customization and food safety. Cake on single-use plastic plate.Saveth says packagers must ensure that foodservice packaging materials are food contact save and sustainable.

“We are constantly researching and developing new materials and production techniques to reduce our environmental footprint. This includes exploring biodegradable and compostable options and innovative recycling processes,” explains Saveth.

“We’re investing in advanced printing and design capabilities to offer our clients more opportunities for customized packaging. Furthermore, we continue to enhance our food safety measures to meet the evolving needs of the foodservice industry.”

Foodservice pack updates
Last month, Chinese researchers discovered that incorporating “green nudges” into foodservice apps, by which single-use cutlery (SUC) is not automatically included in orders, reduces the quantity of packaging consumed. The study followed new regulations in several major Chinese cities that prohibit online food-delivery companies from including SUC unless explicitly requested.

Meanwhile, the UK government enforced a ban on all types of single-use plastic, including biodegradable, compostable and recycled items. Martin Kersh, executive director at the Food Packaging Association, told us that the association’s key concern over the recent single-use packaging ban is that the UK government has done little to make foodservice operators aware.

In the Netherlands, businesses are also no longer allowed to offer free disposable cups and trays containing plastic in the Netherlands. The rules place a premium on takeaway packaging. Catering businesses, restaurants, food stalls at festivals and other points of F&B sale including ready-to-consume food containers sold in supermarkets must now offer reusable alternatives to single-use items.

By Natalie Schwertheim

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