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Issue Date: Vol. 49, No.12, December 2009, Posted On: 11/29/2009

InnoWare Microwaveable Foodservice Packaging Reduces Plastic By 30%

by Staff Reporter
InnoWare Plastic Inc., microwaveable Expressions, OctaView, Advanta, foodservice, food containers, office coffee service, OCS, vending, vending machine, vending operator, vendor, vending business, automatic retailing

ATLANTA -- InnoWare Plastic Inc. is helping foodservice operators reduce their environmental footprint with the new microwaveable Expressions two-piece line of foodservice containers. The bases are made from Advanta, a proprietary polypropylene blend that uses up to 30% less plastic than standard polypropylene.

Two key advantages provided by the Advanta blend are significantly improved rigidity and better material insulation properties compared to standard polypropylene. The Advanta material also maintains food-serving temperatures longer, which is especially important for take-out and catering operations. The clear polypropylene lids are vented to maintain quality and enhance the appearance of the food inside. Both bases and lids are reusable, recyclable and carry the #5 recycle mark.

InnoWare's Expressions line has a black satin finish and features a sleek, square plate-like design. It comes in shallow, deep and three-compartment configurations. The mix-and-match lids and bases close firmly on all four corners and maintain a tight seal. The line also features secure nesting and stacking for storage, preparation and to-go applications. The containers can hold food from -20°F. to 250°F.

Rounding out the portfolio of earth-friendly containers are InnoWare's Expressions and OctaView lines in PETE, which are safe for cold foods and made from at least 50% post-industrial recycled material. Expressions lids in PETE are crystal clear, and designed to fit the black, microwaveable, polypropylene Advanta bases as well.

In addition, both the Expressions and OctaView product lines are available in InnoWare's eco-friendly "Return to Nature" brand. The cold food containers are made from sustainable plant material and are commercially compostable.

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