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COVID’s Continuing Impact on Our Industry

In early 2020, in the midst of a global pandemic that had major ramifications on the foodservice packaging industry, we conducted a new-to-us survey — our COVID-19 survey. We did it to capture a snapshot of the North American foodservice packaging manufacturing space. While we hoped we would be in a different position by the end […]

Out with the Old, in with the New

2020 is almost over! I think we can all breathe a sigh of relief knowing that this challenge of a year is nearly complete. It’s hard to believe that at this time last year I wrote about how much I looked forward to the new year, knowing exactly how this year turned out. 2020, or […]

What Goes Around, Comes Around

2020 has been an unprecedented year. We’re living in a COVID world and the impact of the pandemic has been felt globally, touching nearly every aspect of life — including the 2020 Trends Report! More than a ‘trend setter,’ this year is more accurately a ‘trend accelerator.’ Every year we collect opinions from companies throughout the […]

Legislation – What is Going on with Foodservice Packaging?

  Despite a global pandemic, and economic downturn, high priority policy issues have continued to advance through the political process. These proposals have the ability to dramatically alter our industry and our customer’s supply chains. The past months have challenged our industry in new ways – online testimonies, virtual advocacy, and the emphasis of clear […]

#FPIFall2020 – FPI is Going Virtual

This past spring, we at FPI had to do the unthinkable and cancel our spring conference due to COVID-19 (You can read our blog post about that here.).  At the time, we thought we would put all of our focus on our fall conference in New Orleans.  However, as soon as June rolled around, it […]

What’s Your ROI on FPI?

Every year, we ask our members to decide whether or not they will continue to support FPI. Every year, we hope members see their return on investment – and want to continue to invest.  This year, in what might be the strangest year on record for most of us, FPI is still working to deliver […]

Takeout Packaging Remains Prevalent During Pandemic

As restrictions begin to loosen up in many states, restaurants are reopening and folks can now dine at their favorite restaurants. This all comes with certain boundaries, though, such as limited capacities, social distancing procedures, proper employee protocols, indoor vs. outdoor dining, etc. Yet, even with lessening of regulations, one thing that has remained consistent […]

State of the Industry — Pandemic Edition

For the past 21 years, we’ve been conducting our annual State of the Industry Survey. It’s our opportunity to hear from the industry and compile that information to get a true snapshot of what today’s foodservice packaging industry looks like. As you can imagine, things didn’t go exactly as planned this year. Typically, this survey […]

#FPISpring2020 – the Conference that Never Was

March 31 was a tough day for FPI staff.  Why? This was the day we announced the cancellation of our spring 2020 conference due to COVID-19.  Our mid-May dates were unfortunately still in the “danger zone” as far as lockdowns and inability to gather in large groups. On the date this blog was posted, FPI […]

Foodservice Packaging: How Did It All Begin?

With so much going on in our present and an uncertain future, we thought we would take this back to our roots with a look at the past.  We at FPI hope you are safe and healthy and enjoy this brief look at the history of foodservice packaging. Foodservice packaging owes its creation to Dr. […]