Food safety is a vital indicator of a successful foodservice operation. No matter what else a restaurateur does, protecting the health and wellbeing of customers and employees is integral to success. This means new challenges when you partner with third-party delivery companies for off-premise dining.
“As the popularity of third-party delivery grows, manufacturers are thinking about innovative packaging solutions that could keep food better sealed and safer during transport,” says Joe Firmin, category lead for the Dixie® delivery division at GP PRO.
“Because third-party delivery is still new territory,” Firmin says “restaurateurs and delivery services need to work together to find innovative ways to deliver food and drink under sanitary and untampered conditions.”
Innovations in delivery also require innovations in safety and security, notes Firmin: “That’s why we’re all looking at incorporating innovative, tamper-resistant packaging into the delivery service.”
Indeed, some of the big QSRs are training staff members to bag drinks and seal them to make tampering more difficult—with methods such as securing delivery bags with double-sided tape that seal from the inside.
Do the benefits outweigh the costs? That’s the test for manufacturers developing these higher-priced packaging products. They must ensure customer acceptance before moving ahead with production.
Here are four reasons some manufacturers are developing more innovative, safer packaging:
On-demand delivery is growing, and packaging innovations will be critical to its continued success. To make sure you’re protecting your guests, profitability and reputation, stay on top of the latest food safety innovations and best practices.
Source: National Restaurant Association