QUARTERLY NEWS UPDATE
Guest Editor, Bob Lilienfeld
Publisher, The ULS (Use Less Stuff) Report
Here's a quick review of current sustainable food service packaging news, with details in the articles listed below:
- Consumers, the media, and regulators remain focused on reducing the use of single-use foodservice packaging that can only be landfilled. Straws are the current target. Disposable cups are also in the crosshairs. Reuse, recyclability, compostability, and sourcing from plant-based materials are all considered to be viable sustainability strategies. Product lines such as EarthChoice continue to see strong interest and growth potential.
- Millennials are particularly interested in sustainable packaging innovations and messaging. Thus, sustainable packaging can play a significant role in building brand value and product appreciation. In fact, studies indicate that sustainable packaging can translate into positive perceptions regarding the quality and wholesomeness of the food packed within.
- Packaging has a strong role to play in the desire to reduce food waste. This is especially valuable as home delivery from restaurants takes share away from both traditional supermarket sales and newer meal delivery services. Innovative to-go packaging that helps provide portion control, ease of preparation, reheat/reuse instructions, and other food waste reduction opportunities should see considerable growth in the future.
How Overproduction is Food Waste’s Biggest Culprit and Opportunity (Waste 360)
Chipotle Commits to Reducing Waste (Fast Casual)
REUSE & RECYCLE
Pressure group challenges foodservice giants on cups (Plastics News)
FPI is pleased to announce the launch of www.RecycleFSPinCA.org, a new website dedicated to recycling and composting of foodservice packaging in California
How to service up packaging that’s a natural fit for millennials (QSR)