Foodservice Supply and Ingredients Trends: Cryovac Marinades Success, McCormick Spices Up Portfolio

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Foodservice Supply and Ingredients Trends: Cryovac Marinades Success, McCormick Spices Up Portfolio

By Bob Ingram - 04/04/2010
Sealed Air/Cryovac’s Marinade on Demand Package was awarded the Highest Achievement trophy and the Gold Flexible Packaging Achievement Award for Technical Innovation for 2010 by the Flexible Packaging Association (FPA).

Produced in conjunction with Chicago Meat Authority for Schwan’s Home Service, Inc., the award-winning package combines marinade and fresh meat or poultry in a single package, remaining in separate pockets until the end-user is ready to marinade and cook. This is the second consecutive year Cryovac has received the trade group’s Highest Achievement honors.

Keeping the marinade separate from the meat allows the use of functional marinade ingredients such as acids, alcohols, and tenderizers that can’t be used in pre-marinaded meats because they can affect product texture and flavor over time.

The packaging application offers a wide range of benefits for the foodservice industry, including making menu expansion possible with a variety of marinades that can be used in different packages, as opposed to large-batch marination. Also, the package provides food safety benefits with hands-free marinating, reducing sanitation concerns and labor associated with restaurant batch marination. Direct contact with meat is reduced, and employees don’t have to clean large containers used for batch marinating.

Other foodservice supply and ingredients innovations include:

- McCormick For Chefs – Food Away From Home Division is revitalizing its portfolio of five brands: McCormick Culinary, Lawry’s, Old Bay, Zatarain;s, and Thai Kitchen. The initiative includes realigning its core set of professional-grade spices, herbs, and seasoning under a new brand, McCormick Culinary, as well as redesigning the packaging for all of its product brands based on feedback from chefs and operators.

In 2010, each of the portfolio is debuting new user-centric designs like clear plastic bottles that easily identify spices and seasonings and lock in freshness, illustrations of ingredients for instant recognition, bold and bilingual labeling to reduce potential confusion, contemporary designs for “open kitchens,” and consistency among each brand for faster, easier identification.

- Eco-Products has introduced a clear cold beverage cup made from 50% recycled PET bottles. The new cup is offered in 9, 12, 16, 20, and 24-ounce sizes and can be custom designed and branded.

Colorado-based New Belgium Brewery is the first customer to use the new recycled content cups. “Using recycled content cups from Eco-Products will allow us to cut our use of virgin plastic, specific to festival cups, in half, “ said Bryan Simpson, director of media relations at New Belgium Brewery.

-, a DisplayShops specialty website, has launched a new selection of clear food covers fabricated from clear polycarbonate plastic that come in a variety of shapes and sizes. The food storage lids feature a simple lift-off design, which also helps preserve the temperature of displayed goods.

“These food covers are designed to keep your displayed food protected from germs and pests,” says Jennifer Somers, new product marketer for “Because they are made from highly durable polycarbonate plastic, they can withstand temperatures up to 248F.” specializes in food dispensers, bulk food bins, and other food-related displays. Condiment racks, menu boards, and table tents are also available.