An alternative to foam clamshell takeout packaging was recently launched by St. Louis-based Anchor Packaging, an over 50-yr old consumer plastics packaging company.
Calling it the “ultimate replacement for clamshells…and a truly affordable upgrade to foam”, the company says this latest addition to its product line of Culinary Squares bases and lids offers increased value to the operator looking for ways to improve their image while controlling costs. The new product offers the same inside food space as a 9in. by 9 in. foam clamshell. But Anchor says this line was designed to maximize performance, with its durable, cut-resistant bases and the food visibility provided by the clear lids, providing an optimal combination of an upscale presentation at a value price.
Made from crystal clear PP with the company’s integral Clear Guard anti-fog technology is the new, deeper dome lid—now added to Anchor’s existing single and three-compartment, vented lids. Meanwhile, the matching 8.5 in. square, black PP bases, available in single and three-compartment designs, accept all three lids designed with secure, leak-resistant closures to preserve the food and avoid messy spills. These packages reportedly withstand temperatures to 230F in warming units, under heat lamps, or in the microwave—eliminating the need to re-plate chilled, prepared foods when reheated in the microwave. Bases and lids are dishwasher safe for reusability and are recyclable curbside. Anchor also notes that all of its containers utilize natural mineral additives that reduce the use of petroleum-based resin by 40%.
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