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Bowls for grab-and-go diners

February 6, 2012
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Polystyrene-foam clamshells are mainstays for restaurant take-out meals, with the notable exception of Chinese restaurants’ coated-paperboard containers. But direct-to-landfill foam for food is being legislated out of existence in a growing number of West Coast communities, and interest in healthier, portion-controlled meals is leaving foodservice groping for alternatives.Enter the Cruiser Bowl, a line of 10 bowls and two lids from D&W Fine Pack.

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Microwave reheating is becoming an important feature in carryoutfood containers, particularly with deli-style meals sold in supermarkets. Source: D&W Fine Pack.

“In California and the Pacific Northwest, foam is being legislated out of cities and is being replaced with paper and polypropylene containers,” says Karen Williams-Roman, director of product management at Fountain Inn, SC-based D&W. But microwave heating is an issue with paper, and polypropylene comes at a premium over foam, she points out. To trim cost, the Cruiser Bowl line reduces resin content by sandwiching a layer of talc or calcium between two sheets of polypropylene. The denser minerals provide greater structural integrity, even at a thinner gauge.

“The downside of calcium or talc is that they are stone, and they tend to be rough on the molds when they get compounded,” Williams-Roman allows. The material lacks the clarity of polypropylene, as well. But for “homey foods like mashed potatoes and macaroni & cheese, the container is perfect,” she adds.
The line also includes an eight-ounce bowl with a tapered base that fits in a car’s cup holder. “We’re seeing a trend to smaller-sized packages,” she says, and bowls as small as five and six ounces are part of the line.  

For more information:

Karen Williams-Roman, D&W Fine Pack, 864-409-4448, 
kroman@dwfinepack.com

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