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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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The Best Way to Implement Eco-Takeouts® Reusable Food Containers

Secondary education dining facilities around the country are switching from disposable polystyrene food containers (such as Styrofoam™ clamshells)  to a more cost-effective and sustainable program with Eco-Takeouts® reusable food containers. In these programs, university dining facilities and students work together to reduce waste and save money.
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What is the Difference Between Commercial Grade and Retail Melamine Dinnerware?

Is there a difference between commercial and retail grade melamine dinnerware?

We are frequently asked this question from customers, especially when they are looking to understand if the value of commercial grade melamine justifies the investment in it as opposed to buying retail grade melamine. After all, isn’t it all the same?

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What is the Normal Lifespan of a Melamine Plate

Ever get asked a question expecting a definitive answer only to receive an answer of “it depends”? Well, we're about to answer this question with “it depends” and provide you the considerations wrapped up in this answer. So, when trying to determine the lifespan of a melamine plate you must consider the following:

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How to Prevent Scratching on Your Melamine Dinnerware

Like all dinnerware options, your melamine dinnerware will be susceptible to normal wear and tear throughout its lifespan, and scratches will be a large part of that wear. Alternately, one of the benefits of melamine as an alternative material for dinnerware is its extreme durability vs. most traditional materials like ceramic and china. In the blog, I would like to share some easy tips you can follow to prevent and minimize scratching so that you can keep your melamine dinnerware looking like new for as long as possible.

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