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Why NSF Certification is the Most Important Foodservice Credential You've Never Heard Of

Foodservice is all about bringing people together around a table and creating experiences that make people happy. Even though the end result is about as hyper-local as you can get - sitting around a table - a global industry works hard in the background to make these great experiences happen. 

Many of the tabletop items used in commercial foodservice are manufactured overseas, then distributed and sold to American restaurateurs. But America (and Europe, for that matter) has some of the most stringent regulations when it comes to food safety, including the products used to make, store, and serve food. So how do we know which companies are making the best products that also live up to American regulatory standards? 

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Plastic vs. Glass Drinkware for Commercial Foodservice: Which is Better?

From intimate dining rooms to service for thousands, every foodservice establishment needs beverage service to accompany their menu. Drinks can be as commonplace as tea and water or as complex as craft cocktails. Regardless of your beverage service style, you can't serve drinks without drinkware. 

But do you go with plastic or glass? These days plastic drinkware often looks just as sharp, shiny, and clear as their glass counterparts. And it's super easy to add custom branded logos and designs to plastic drinkware. So how do you choose? 

Both excellent choices, these two materials can impact service flow and your bottom line in different ways. We're going to take a look at plastic and glass drinkware to see how they stack up. We'll cover a few key areas that can have the most impact on foodservice operations: costs, aesthetics, and broken glass' affect on operations. 

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Is Melamine Dinnerware Microwave-Safe?

Melamine dinnerware has enjoyed recent surges in popularity among foodservice operators thanks to advances in alternative materials design. Now available in an array of styles, foodservice operators enjoy the different décor themes supported by modern-day melamine. From elegant and understated to modern cosmopolitan, melamine dinnerware resembles china but is also break-resistant, dishwasher-safe, and often less expensive than china. 

But of all the advantages melamine dinnerware brings to foodservice, there’s at least one thing it doesn't do well: Melamine dinnerware is not a great candidate for the microwave. G.E.T. is one of the foremost authorities on melamine dinnerware with more than 30 years of experience. We’ll tell you why we recommend keeping your melamine dinnerware out of the microwave if you're in commercial foodservice and what will happen if you microwave it anyway. We all break the rules sometimes, right? 

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4 Reasons Caterers and Mobile Foodservice Operators Adore Takeaway Cones

It’s 4:00 a.m. on a Tuesday. The rest of the world asleep, you walk into the commissary ready to prep for a long day of serving the masses. Coffee nearby, you inspect your product for quality, selecting only the freshest meats and veggies before slicing them up to fulfill your weekday pars. Your days are long, your feet and back rarely rested, but this is where you thrive: Making food that people love, which makes them happy, which makes you happy.

If you can relate to mornings like this, you probably work, or have worked in catering or maybe even have a food truck or similar style of mobile foodservice you call your own. Offsite foodservice dictates unique needs like often having to prep food in one place, but cooking and serving in another. Then there’s the equipment to schlep, not to mention the challenge of coming up with great presentations for guests eating on the go.

You probably agree catering and mobile foodservice are complex operations that prosper when simplicity prevails, which is where takeaway cones come into play. Caterers and mobile foodservice operators adore these portable vessels from G.E.T. for four reasons: they’re stylish, sturdy, incredibly convenient, and can be branded with custom logos and designs.
 

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Foodservice Baskets & Paper Liners: How to Find the Perfect Pairing

So you’ve just gone through the process of researching, selecting, and buying tabletop baskets that perfectly fit your foodservice operation’s brand. Maybe they’re metal baskets. Maybe they’re plastic. Maybe they’re round, square, oval- or cone-shaped, or even a tray. Regardless of the material, shape, or size of the baskets you chose, there's one thing missing: food-safe paper liners.

Considering the seemingly endless options for foodservice baskets, how do you even begin sorting through food-safe tissue paper to accompany them? We’re going to help you steer through some of the more popular options on the market to make your journey toward excellent food presentation a pleasant one.

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What Are Eco-Takeouts® Reusable To-Go Containers & Their Benefits?

Offering takeaway meals at colleges, universities, businesses, and industrial sites is a familiar practice because being able to eat on the go is an attractive option for busy students and professionals alike. However, disposable to-go food containers commonly used for carryout meals can create a lot of unnecessary waste and cost for your foodservice operation.

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6 Benefits of Melamine Dinnerware for Indoor Dining

A few decades ago, most folks regarded melamine plateware primarily as a superior option to paper plates for outdoor dining only. Even today, many people still perceive melamine dinnerware to be for poolside or patio use only because it is commonly shown in retail stores for outdoor entertainment solutions. However, just like most of us have moved on from dial-up modems to connect, melamine tableware has entered the 21st century in style due to advancements in alternative materials, design, and manufacturing. 

These advancements are exciting because it means that you now have plenty of elegant options for your foodservice operation, whether you're serving inside or outside.

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Reusable vs Disposable Dinnerware: Costs & Benefits for a Foodservice Operation

Reusable and disposable dinnerware are both popular choices for foodservice operations. Some operators opt for using disposables because they’re fast, easy to clean up, and seem more economical. Others choose to go with reusable dinnerware because it is more sustainable and can greatly improve the perception of their brand and the accompanying menu.

In a recent study, consumers were asked what they would like to eat their food on when dining out. They responded that they did not want to eat on paper/Styrofoam™, and they did want their plates to be clean and not chipped or cracked.

Here at G.E.T., we've heard from many foodservice operators wondering what the cost difference between, and benefits of these two options might look like. We're going to dig in to how product and operational costs compare between reusable and disposable dinnerware so you can see which choice is best for you. 

Because every operation is unique, from labor costs to rent and beyond, we're taking a broad approach to our calculations. We want to give operators guiding hypothetical calculations upon which they can build a snapshot of the cost difference between disposables and reusables that reflects their specific operational needs. 

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PC vs SAN Plastic Tumblers: What's the Difference?

Plastic tumblers are a popular drinkware option in foodservice because of the operational benefits of durability, which is a cost-saver, and because there are plenty of new designs to elevate tabletop presentation. We're going to unpack two common types of plastic used to manufacture tumblers, PC and SAN (polycarbonate and styrene-acrylonitrile, respectively), to help you understand their differences and similarities so that you can find the right material for your operation.  

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6 Melamine Dinnerware Myths: Debunking Common Misconceptions

When you think melamine dinnerware, what’s the first thing that comes to mind? Do you think of elegant, contemporary tableware, or do you think of poolside plates from 30 years ago? If you answered the latter you’re not alone, but you’re also not up to speed on modern melamine. Today’s melamine is anything but utilitarian: it’s modern, on-trend, and sophisticated.

As industry leaders of on-trend melamine tableware, we at G.E.T. know there are a lot of outdated perceptions about what melamine can and can’t do. Let’s debunk them, shall we?

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