A Beginner’s Guide into Food Packaging
Opening a new restaurant or cafe carries connotations of big money and bigger commitments. And when it comes to disposable food containers, beginners then to overspend or overstock and later regret their decision. These simple tips will help you make wiser decisions for food packaging.
1. Start with a Low Quantity
We often get these questions – “If we buy more biodegradable lunch box, can get more discount?” “If I get three cartons of paper cups, will you deliver to our doorsteps?”
Yes, for sure you shall get your benefits but what if your food presentation approach changes within a week or there’s not enough space to store the cartons? Just like your food menu, food packaging takes time to settle.
2. Opt for Environmentally Friendly Packaging
An eco-friendly trend is an uplifting trend. Imagine vouching about your health-centric meals, made from premium ingredients and packed with nutrients. And then to be served in plastic or polystyrene packaging, which are harmful to the environment and the consumers. Be on the par with your goal and set an image for your business. Go Green.
3. Less Is More
You may be tempted to stock up a variety of food and drink packaging but get ones that fit two or more dishes. For instance, buy a paper bowl which you can serve noodles, meatballs and even fresh yoghurt. Just like our 390cc paper bowl. Another example, our biodegradable lunch box. The brown-coloured food box can be used to serve rice, noodles, spaghetti, bagels and more. You save your budget and the kitchen flow don’t get disoriented.
4. Limit Your Branding
Yes, you read that right. Getting your business name all over the place may seem correct at first but it could return to haunt. Embossing logo onto biodegradable plates and lunch boxes or printing on paper food containers utilises a huge part of your funds and as mentioned before, you need to spend on storage too. Use that money on free food samples, social media promotions and more. For a start, just opt for your logo to be printed on napkins. Don’t go overboard.
5. Don’t Get the Full Set
For instance, wooden cutleries are eco-friendly, eye-catching and comfortable, but they don’t come cheap. Therefore, opt for either fork, spoon or knife, or any two of them, depending on your dishes. Slid in only a wooden spoon for fried rice, fork alone is enough for any kind of spaghetti and knife is commonly added only for Western food.
6. Quality Over Quantity
Particularly for a hot beverage. Even if your espresso is deemed as the best in town, serving it in a low-quality single wall cup which eventually spills, ruins it completely. If you’re serving iced beverage, opt for 16oz and 22oz paper cups, to balance the ratio of ice cubes and the drink itself.
7. No Straws or Only Paper Straws
Environmentally friendly straws come in various diameters to suit all kinds of beverage. Bubble teas, smoothies and shakes require paper straws but soft drinks and juices may well be given without straw.
8. Explain to Your Customers
Everyone knows eco-packaging products cost more than the harmful ones. For a single scoop ice cream, allowing customers to grab 2 or 3 wooden ice cream spoons, or simply taking home colourful paper straws are a big no. Explain to your regulars about the budget and they will fairly understand.
9. Promote Your Packaging as Being Eco-Friendly
Social media loves to see the bright side of anything. Delicious food, of course, and why not food packaging as well? Your business will not only gain recognition for going plastic-free but also set an example for other restaurants out there. Trust us, this is a powerful method.
Tips are given based on the writer’s own experience and ideas from customers.