Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Fast Foods set for Growth with Launch of Biodegradable Food Packaging

Once wax paper was wrapped around your hamburger so it would not ‘leak’ into the bag as you took your meal home to eat.  Then came coated carboard, plastic, and everything in between.  Fast food outlets now long blamed for endless litter left by customer on the streets is about to change all of that according to Steven Johnson, Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions®.
Now Danimer Scientific, a leading developer and manufacturer of biodegradable materials, and Genpak, the leading manufacturer of food packaging, are partnering to create a new line of biodegradable food containers. The eco-friendly foodservice items created by the two companies will help reduce the environmental impacts of non-biodegradable packaging produced annually worldwide. Thus driving in a new era and halo of better for you messaging for fresh fast food outlets according to Johnson.
With a multi-year agreement in place, Danimer Scientific will deliver several million pounds of biodegradable resins that Genpak will use exclusively for the manufacture of its new GenZero line of food packaging products. Danimer Scientific will include its signature biopolymer, Nodax polyhydroxyalkanoate (PHA), among the resins that it produces for GenZero food containers.
Note: Nodax PHA is a plant-based material that was verified as a reliable biodegradable alternative to traditional petrochemical plastics in a 2018 study led by University of Georgia (UGA) researchers and members of the UGA New Materials Institute. Millennials will love this messaging according to Johnson.
Stephen Croskrey, CEO of Danimer Scientific stated, "The national conversation around packaging waste has zeroed in on single-use drinking straws in recent years, as seen by the bans implemented in Seattle and other cities, but straws are only part of the equation,"
Croskrey continued; "Plastic is a universal material used in countless everyday products, especially in the food and beverage industries, so it's imperative to broaden the conversation around the type of items we can make with biodegradable materials. That is why we are excited to work with Genpak in creating an entirely new type of eco-friendly food packaging option."
Kevin Kelly, President at Genpak stated,  "Innovation is a core foundation of our manufacturing philosophy, and it has driven the development of some of our most durable and sustainable packaging items," says. "Partnering with Danimer Scientific provides us with the cutting-edge material we need to take the next step in our dedication to our Purpose Statement of advancing innovative packaging to enhance the human experience."  How are you evolving your branded messaging?
Note: All of Danimer Scientific's biopolymers, including its Nodax PHA, are FDA approved for food contact.
For international corporate presentations, regional chain presentations, local educational forums, or keynotes contact: Steven Johnson Grocerant Guru® at Tacoma, WA based Foodservice Solutions.  His extensive experience as a multi-unit restaurant operator, consultant, brand / product positioning expert and public speaking will leave success clues for all. For more information visit or call 1-253-759-7869

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