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About FPI

Established in 1933, the Foodservice Packaging Institute is the trade association for the foodservice packaging industry in North America. FPI's members include raw material and machinery suppliers, packaging converters, foodservice distributors and operators/retailers.  Read more...

  • Stewardship

    FPI supports the responsible manufacture, distribution, use and disposal of foodservice packaging products

  • Resources

    FPI is the leading authority on foodservice packaging and offers valuable resources related to the industry and its products

  • Products

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Foodservice packaging is THE sensible solution.

Here's why...                                   


For Sanitation...

Studies conducted at foodservice operations prove that single-use foodservice packaging products are more sanitary than reusable china and glassware.

  • A 2012 study in Sacramento County, Calif. found that nearly 30 percent of reusable items tested had
    higher than acceptable bacterial counts.
  • A 2007 study in Wisconsin found that unprotected tables and trays had seven to 23 times higher bacterial counts than those with single-use place-mats and tray covers.
  • A 2002 study in Las Vegas found 18 percent of reusable items tested had higher than acceptable bacterial counts.
To show its commitment to sanitation, and honor our industry's history, FPI sponsors the Crumbine Award.

For Water and Energy Savings...

Single-use foodservice packaging saves operators the water, energy and detergents required to sanitize reusables.  And, when faced with failures in dishwashing equipment, foodservice operators are mandated by the U.S. Food Code to use single-use products.

For Eliminating Breakage...

Single-use packaging relieves operators from the worry and liability of worker injuries associated with reusables.

For Storage...

Compact, nested and efficient, single-use items require much less storage than reusables.

All with less impact on the environment than you think...

According to the latest available data from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, paper and plastic single-use packaging items make up only 1.4 percent of municipal
solid waste.

For more reasons why foodservice packaging is the sensible solution, visit our Resources section.