Cutting down on paper napkins does not help in food box packaging.
Disposable food packaging is essential in a kitchen. These days, most restaurants are getting much of their revenue from takeaway and food delivery. Often eateries are stuck in between lessening cost and not ruining the takeout experience. In this article, we have compiled some tricks and tips that could help you.
Limit the Usage of Coffee Cup Tray
Habitually, beverage takeaway requires paper cup holders. Cup holders are a necessity when drinks are brought from one point to another. But, customers tend to drink right away as they walk out. And there goes the need of the coffee cup tray. Just like questioning “Do you need a paper straw?”, ask “Are you drinking it right away? Is a paper tray required?”
This would hint to the customer if he really needs a tray since he is about to consume the drink immediately.
Ready Made and Right Sized Food Box
You can do so much with a paper lunch box. Don’t stop with savoury dishes such as sandwiches and nasi lemak. This cost-friendly lunch box is ideal for cheesecakes too. Commonly, cafes stick with paper cake boxes for cheesecakes yet that extra space makes it less presentable. Not forgetting snacks and bites that fit in the box.
Not all food boxes need to align with their single purpose. For instance, our bio lunch box is dubbed by many as a biryani container. Versatility doesn’t necessarily need variety. Get disposable food containers that can pack several dishes.
Lower the Inventory
Yes, you read that right. Most of the time, you tend to have more than what you really need. Be it ingredients or food box packaging. Evaluate your disposable packaging inventory and on how much you estimate you will actually use for the next order.
There is a plus point in ordering items like disposable paper straws and coffee stirrers in bulk. These are common runners and don’t take much space. Nevertheless, disposable food boxes and napkins take up a lot of areas.
Use More Paper Bags over Lunch Boxes
Food grade paper bags to be precise. As low as RM0.05 per piece, you can load up potato chips, puffs, pies and churros in this brown bag. You don’t really need a large disposable box to get the job done. Do note that it would be easier to eat from a paper bag too.
Give a Proper Paper Napkin
Easily torn, rough and single layer serviettes are not only annoying but they can be extra costly too. After all the hard work in perfecting the dishes and customer service, the last thing you want is the customer using a low-quality napkin. If he/she comes over to get another piece of serviette, there goes your goal of cutting the cost.
For food delivery, only one piece of a 2-ply paper napkin is enough. For dine-in, if you have a hand towel dispenser near the washing area, tissue holders on the tables are unnecessary. If you don’t use hand towels, it would be appropriate to place a tissue holder either at the counter or the table itself.
First In, First Out
This not only applies to fresh produces and ingredients but disposable food packaging too. Some natural food box packaging have a lifespan too. Our biodegradable bowl with lid are made from cornstarch and they are 100% eco friendly. As such they have shelf-life of approximately 1 year. Place a note on the carton and use accordingly.
Cutting Resources, Not Cost
The word resource defines as a stock or supply of money or material to function effectively.
By now you sure know the trick of only providing either a wooden fork or a wooden spoon for a single order. If a customer askes for an extra spoon or a fork to pair, responding as “cutting cost” may sound devaluating of a meal. Try addressing as reducing resources and your efforts in going green. The customer would appreciate the usage of an eco spoon over a plastic spoon too.
Make the Most a Single Takeaway Box
Burger and fries are an evergreen combo. They are best eaten together, so pack them together! Not all dishes require separate food containers. Streamline your menu to see which items can go for a all-in-one packaging.
There you have it: Cost-friendly strategies that would increase your profit without sacrificing customer experience. Do let us know if you have other tips that would help cut food box packaging costs.
Also Read: What is Biodegradable?