Why Everyday Should Be World Oceans Day

When people ask at work what you’re doing for the weekend, how many times do you answer with something beach-related? 3 times out of 10? 10 out of 10? Going to beautiful beaches and enjoying beach culture is part-and-parcel of a Sydney-sider’s way of life. Getting to relax and unwind in Australia’s incredible beaches and swim in pristine ocean water are some of the best things about living downunder.

The MAJOR problem here: pollution is building in the world’s oceans at an alarming rate.

GETTING DOWN TO THE (S)PACIFICS

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Here are a few stats about the world’s oceans that might make you cringe a bit (but don’t worry it’s for a purpose).

Plastic is the most common element found in the ocean; there is actually a garbage island floating in the Pacific Ocean that’s twice the size of Texas – it’s called the North Pacific Gyre.

Another issue is plastic doesn’t break down naturally in the ocean. Instead it breaks down into millions of tiny pieces called ‘micro-fibres’. These micro-fibres absorb the toxic chemicals already polluting the ocean, so when fish eat micro-fibre plastic, they consume those toxic chemicals too. Fish, as well as mussels, oysters etc. are consistently found with plastic micro-fibre in their bodies these days, which means, yep, we are poisoning ourselves whenever we eat seafood.

Wondering why eating seafood is still legal? Rolf Halden from Arizona State University’s Center for Environmental Security states “Currently there are no [health advisory] regulations for plastics and plastic-borne pollutants, as the science is still young.”

WANT TO HELP?

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We can all do small things to help out the ocean. Firstly, make safe, sustainable seafood choices. Secondly, share blogs like this on social media, to raise awareness for World Ocean Day on June 8. Finally, buy fewer petroleum-based, non-biodegradable plastics. Get informed as to what products are biodegradable and eco-friendly (check out our materials glossary to find out about helpful biodegradable substitutes and their properties). And, if you are shopping around for plastic products, consider supporting those brands and food packaging suppliers who supply biodegradable plastic choices.

WHICH WHOLESALEPAK PRODUCTS ARE OCEAN-FRIENDLY?

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To see where WholesalePak keeps it’s eco-friendly, biodegradable packaging materials, click on our eco-packaging page. There you’ll find a huge variety of eco-plastics to substitute from your traditional petroluem-based ones. Check out our plastic eco-cups, our sugarcane containers, INEGO PLA salad bowls and plenty more.

Please share this post or any other shareable content that’s related to World Oceans Day on June 8th this year. Get the hashtag #worldoceansday going. If you’re a cafe or restaurant, consider making the switch to greener food packaging. The more we care and make simple simple choices towards a healthier planet, the better for us and the fish.

Instagram: How Important Is It To Your Business?

Instagram has become a huge marketing tool for any business, period. But for food-service operators of all kinds, Instagram has brought on a revolution in marketing and audience communication. Every restaurateur, hotel, delivery service, and cafe worth their salt (pardon the pun) should be getting on the Instagram train, and here’s why.

IT’S A MARKETING MONSTER

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If you’re in an industry that sells beautiful products, such as hospitality, it’s a missed opportunity if you don’t take advantage of a highly visual platform like Instagram. Delicious #foodstagram and #foodporn is always trending on Insta – and unlike its parent company, Facebook – Instagram doesn’t use an algorithm for what appears on your audience’s newsfeed. This means everyone following your page will see your posts as you publish and better yet, the likes are freely shared. Again, unlike on Facebook, Instagram’s audience doesn’t have to worry that their likes will get shared with their friends – meaning people can get in the 10,000+ range for likes and followers.

Depending on how smart you play the game the benefits of Instagram can be massive. Although you can pay for targeted ads based on analytics, you can also create an exciting feed that’s completely free.

IMPROVES CRM

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CRM (for the uninitiated) stands for ‘customer relationship management’. It basically means how you manage your relationship with your customer, including what strategies, technologies and data you’re picking up from them. With Instagram, you can drastically improve your CRM by using their new tool – Instagram Direct. It’s a direct messaging feature that allows customers can message your brand in private about any questions they may have. The same goes for sponsors and influencers.

As you can see the ability to network is then endless as well. You can collect tons of data and almost run a customer service help desk depending on how much you want to use the feature. On the flip side, you can respond to comments on your posts and enter into a dialogue with your viewers, thereby spreading the love for your brand – definite food for thought.

ENHANCE YOUR BRANDING & REP

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Are you a laid back wholefoods cafe, a glamorous nightclub or like us, a food packaging company with some always-cool clients to showcase? With Instagram, you can really celebrate and build your brand’s image and personality. Build up an atmospheric personal by filtering your images. Or collage together pictures and overlay text to show you are fast-paced and innovative. Alternatively, show an intimate side to your brand and personalise yourself by snapping the ‘behind the scenes’ aspects of your work in the hospitality industry. The creative branding opportunities are endless.

Have we inspired you? If you want to see what we’re talking about, how about starting by checking out WholesalePak’s Instagram? We’re posting pics regularly that showcase our favourite client’s beautiful food spreads, flaunting our gorgeous packaging and tableware. If you want any tips or advice, or if you’re one of our clients and you want to be featured on our page more – let us know.

Get in touch and we’ll sort you out 😉

What Is Packaging Greenwashing?

At the moment, people are having a bit of a crisis of confidence when it comes to recyclable packaging. It seems each week new recyclable materials are invented that are biodegradable, compostable, reusable – anything you want.

But in reality, is this just “greenwashing“?

THE PLA CONTROVERSY

PLA stands for polylactic acid. It’s a plastic derived from natural materials such as cornstarch, tapioca, and sugarcane. You can check out a more detailed description of PLA on our materials glossary page, which provides you with an in depth description of some of WholesalePak’s most commonly sourced materials.

Currently, PLA is marketed as a recyclable, biodegradable material and, as a result, it’s fast becoming a popular food packaging material. However, recently PLA has come under fire because it’s only recyclable if it’s composted commercially, under high temperatures. Some argue PLA takes such a long time to decompose in traditional landfills, it doesn’t deserve the title of biodegradable.

WHAT WE THINK

WholesalePak still thinks of PLA as a sustainable product because it is made from abundant natural materials, which is far better than petroleum-based plastics. It is also fine to use if you live in a city or state that has a commercial compost to sort PLA products into. However, we understand the other side of the argument.

WHY ARE WE TALKING ABOUT PLA?

Many straws are made out of PLA plastics. You might be wondering, what are WholesalePak’s straws made out of? Introducing our new, biodegradable eco-straws. Made from Oxo Biodegradable plastic and compliant with the Australian ASTM D6954-04 (2013) standards for exposing and testing of degradable plastics, Oxo Biodegradable is the perfect compromise.

HOW DOES OXO BIODEGRADABLE WORK?

Oxo Biodegradable plastics combine traditional (non-degradable) plastics such as PE, PP and PET with a pro-degradant additive called ‘reverte’. This breaks the polymer’s molecular chains, meaning at the end of OB’s life – the product falls apart. The oxidisation process then allows the product to break even further down in a biodegradable sense, either in a landfill environment or even in an open environment within 9 months. The straw will eventually become carbon dioxide, water and biomass. Yay for science!

What’s the lesson here? We think it’s that, unfortunately, there is no lazy man or women’s way when it comes to living an environmentally-friendly lifestyle. We should always support eco-product and industry, but it’s up to us at the end of the day to do our homework and check whether our plastics are recyclable. That being said, do your homework and check out WholesalePak’s new biodegradable straws! They’re environmentally sustainable, and importantly a step in the right direction towards protecting planet Earth.

If you’d like more information or any specific details regarding the certifications of these products, please get in touch with Wholesalepak.

Our Top 5 Sydney Date Spots

Got a hot date? Not sure where to go? Don’t worry, WholesalePak has got your back.

We’ve picked 5 Sydney restaurants for 5 different dating scenarios. So, whether you’re meeting for the first time, or falling in love, we’ve got you covered!

1. THE NO-EXPENSE-SPARED DATE: BAR MACHIAVELLI

Bar Machiavelli Casual Date

Bar Machiavelli is the sister restaurant to the famous Machiavelli Ristorante, which has become a Sydney institution after 29 years. That alone should impress your special date, however, Bar Machiavelli has its own charm. Positioned in a heritage style warehouse in Rushcutters Bay, it specialises in handmade pasta and classic cocktails. The exposed brick walls feature a montage of projections and the bar is always pumping, making it the place to be and be seen for most of the Eastern Suburbs.

2. THE AFTER-WORK DATE: THE LOBO PLANTATION

Lobo Plantation Casual Date

If you and your partner both work in or near Sydney’s CBD, The Lobo Plantation is the perfect after-work date spot. Just a short trip from Wynyard and Town Hall Stations, The Lobo is an underground restaurant off Clarence St that features quirky, Caribbean décor and 250 different types of rum. Sit back, enjoy the cane light fittings, lush green wall paper and potted plants while you and your partner sip on one of The Lobo’s famous rum cocktails. You’ll truly feel as if you have been transported to another time and place, where you leave work stress behind.

3. THE ‘LET’S BE YOUNG & FUN’ DATE: BIG POPPA’S

Big Poppa's Casual Date

Love hip hop, cheese and wine? If you do, you have something in common with the owners of Big Poppa’s. Kick back upstairs and enjoy industrial décor plus great Italian food, or get funky at the cocktail bar in the downstairs area. Just make sure your date doesn’t mind old school hip hop – that’s all Big Poppa’s plays, which is fair enough because it’s named after the 1994 Biggy Smalls smash hit of the same name.

4. THE SOCIAL DATE: THE TERRACE BAR (AT WOOLLAHRA HOTEL)

The Terrace Casual Date

The Terrace Bar at the top of the Woollahra Hotel (affectionately named the WoHo for short) is a great way to relax in a pub environment that’s still date friendly. A multipurpose space that features a retractable roof, The Terrace Bar is a great way to socialise with Sydney’s best and brightest while sipping on cocktails and enjoying the sunshine. Alternatively, enjoy fantastic and affordable modern Australian pub fare by the fire. Later on you can get down on the dance floor to enjoy the tunes resident DJ’s play each weekend.

5. THE POSH DATE: THE DARLO COUNTRY CLUB

Darlo Country Club Casual Date

Drawing inspiration from Californian country clubs, the DCC, positioned in the heart of Darlinghurst, provides a fun, comfortable setting for socialising, drinking, dinning and maybe even a little dancing. With an ambience of sporting luxury, you and your date can expect an emphasis on service, presentation and quality. Enjoy more intimate areas or the buzzing cocktail bar and dinner, it’s up to you. One things for sure, you’ll experience first class service for the evening.

These are our top five date spots for five drastically different dating situations. Let us know you and your date went! Oh and by the way, while you’re there at any of these restaurants, check out their tableware: it’s all supplied by WholesalePak


Scouring Sydney For The Perfect Cup of Coffee

One of the many benefits of living in the beautiful city of Sydney is its coffee game. At WholesalePak, we firmly believe that Sydney sets the international standard for a consistently exceptional brew. But with so many cafés popping up on a daily basis, all claiming to provide an unmatched quality of coffee, it can be difficult separating the good from the immaculate. To help you cut through the noise, we’ve shortlisted four of our favourite local venues you have to visit for a truly memorable coffee experience!

LOCAL MBASSY

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Located in Wattle St, Ultimo, Local MBassy is a coffee connoisseur’s paradise. If you like unusual blends like red velvet, taro purple, coconut, or chocolate mocha, MBassy is the place to be. They’re also adventurous with their food, their signature dish being the red velvet pancake with delicious in-house mascarpone. Set to décor as quirky as their coffee, they’re daring brews are poured into WholesalePak’s ceramic mugs and glasses.

PORCH & PARLOUR

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Pourch & Parlour is Bondi café lifestyle at its best. Come in on a Sunday for amazing poached eggs with spinach, a bloody mary and of course a fantastic coffee that many customers highly rate. We should know, we’ve tried their coffee because we designed they’re branded takeaway cups! They use Will & Co beans, which are fast making a name for themselves amongst Sydney siders as one of the tastiest, richest blends available today. Check it out next time you need a good feed on Sunday. If you’re so inclined, you can also get your hands on the #turmericlatte that is all the rage right now.

FOUR LITTLE FOXES

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If you want a place where the beans are blended exclusively by the owner, and the coffee is “absolutely perfect” in the words of one customer, Four Little Foxes located in Milperra, Western Sydney is outstanding. And it’s not just the customers who are raving. Four Little Foxes house coffee blend is award winning. WholesalePak has the honour of designing and supplying FLF’s custom branded cups. Be sure to check them out soon.

LIZË + BATH

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Tucked away in the bustling CBD of Sydney, lize + bath is making ‘gourmet tuckshop’ the latest craze. Specialising in rustic, mouth-watering menu items, lize + bath also make a seriously good cup of jo, and if you’re lucky, they’ll give you one with their signature coffee art. Maybe you’ll get a swan, a love heart or a perfect leaf. One things for sure, you’ll see WholesalePak products at lize + bath. We supply all their food packaging and tabletop wear.

Those are our top nominations for the best coffee in Sydney. Did we miss any? If we did, get in touch and let us know. If you’d like to see any of WholesalePak’s ceramic mugs, latte glasses, or branded coffee cups feel free to explore our full range today!

The 3 Most Instagrammed Sydney Dishes

There are two types of people in this world: those that take photos of their food and those who pretend they don’t.

#foodporn represents a revolution in the way we consume food (and in turn, Instagram), the way we follow food trends and the food choices of our friends. Cafes and restaurants are going above and beyond to put up dishes that don’t just tick all the right boxes that constitute a delicious meal, but also have that ‘insta’ flair.

We’ve put together some of our favourite Sydney food crazes that are making our mouths water and blitzing our Instagram feeds.

1. SPEEDOS VEGAN PANCAKE STACK

Speedos Vegan Pancake Stack

It’s hard to imagine something more photographed than the view from the grassy knoll at Bondi Beach but the vegan pancake stack at Speedos are a real contender.

Featuring all the colours of the rainbow with poached berries, fig, pistachio crumble, maple syrup and cocowhip as an optional extra; this gorgeous dish is vegan friendly but even the biggest dairy fiend will find it hard to resist.

No strategic angles or sophisticated lighting required, this dish arrives perfectly stacked and ready to snap! Have you dined at Speedos recently? Then you’ve enjoyed a meal served atop a premium WholesalePak plate or bowl!

2. MISTER GEE’S BURGER TRUCK BURGERS

Mister Gee Burger Truck

These guys have a cult following in Sydney with their mobile burger offering tantalising and teasing those in the know. Using Instagram to update their changing location gives the burgers from Mister Gee’s burgers the elusive factor for all insta-dish photographers.

With names like the Truffe, Stonersrevenge, M.S Gee and other witty and delicious burgers on a rotating menu, hit up Mister Gee’s and get snapping this summer. You can check out just how delicious their burgers look via their Instagram, but we just had to use the image space above to show you how amazingly our custom branded packaging turned out! 🙂

3. DR DOUGH’S DONUT BOX

Donut Box

It’s hard to remember what life was like before the doughnut trend hit Sydney because when it hit, it hit hard.

One night in Sydney, we went to bed to cronuts and woke up the next morning in a glaze-filled doughnut blaze of holey glory.

Krispy who? Dr Dough’s Donut Box has dominated the heart, mind, bellies and Instagram feeds of foodies for good reason; they’re curing first world problems with their doughnuts. And of course, their beautiful customised branded packaging is brought to you by WholesalePak 😉

So if you’re ready to get your Instagram looking damn delicious, order your Dr. Dough’s Donut Box on Ubereats or Deliveroo and get snapping. Have you checked out WholesalePak’s official Instagram yet? It’s full of only the most spectacular dishes brought to you by all of our friends and partners across Sydney!

Which foods are dominating your Instagram? We’d love to hear from you!

Your Guide To Alcoholic Drink Glasses

Because life isn’t a college party where generic red cups set the standard, you need to get your alcoholic beverage drinkware right for every tipple and occasion.

That’s because it’s not just about looking the part and feeling classy – there is science behind all of those different glass shapes and sizes for different alcoholic drinks, and it’s your job to know when you’re serving your customers. The shape and size influence the drink’s aroma and body and can optimise its flavour, as well as regulate how much you should serve and how quickly the customer can drink it. So here’s your guide to getting it right.

BEER

At WholesalePak, we know better than most that there’s more to beer than just the common pint! Normally quite simple shapes, beer glasses typically widen at the top, making them suitable for larger amounts of liquid and meaning it’s easier to drink. They also come in smaller sizes, slender shapes like the pilsner and much bigger jugs like steins. WholesalePak’s extensive drinkware collection ensures there’s a beer glass to suit any taste or occasion. Check out our beer glass range to see for yourself!

CHAMPAGNE

A champagne glass, otherwise known as a flute, is narrow, tulip-shaped and mandatory for weddings, toasts and celebrations. Why the shape? It’s all about maintaining the fizz and showing off those bubbles. Looking to add a touch of elegance to your restaurant, bar or even your next dinner party? Browse WholesalePak’s stunning champagne flute collection!

COCKTAILS

Think the famous Martini and beyond, the weird yet sexy shape of a cocktail glass actually helps prevent the mixed ingredients from separating, while the thin stem means your warm hands don’t warm the drink. From an Aperol Spritz to a White Russian, WholesalePak’s cocktail range will most certainly have you covered!

HIGHBALL

High-what? This tall glass might look unassuming but it’s tailor-made for fizzy cocktails and mixers, like a gin and tonic, ensuring your drink will not go flat too soon. Ranging from classic to contemporary, browse our Highball range, brought to you by some of WholesalePak’s most popular brands!

TUMBLER

The opposite of a Highball is a Lowball – or tumbler. This is what you drink a scotch or brandy on the rocks out of because they’re just the right size to accommodate a small measure and a few chunks of ice. Whether it’s a bulk purchase of something casual and colourful or something that exudes class and sophistication, WholesalePak’s tumbler range has something for everyone.

SHOT GLASS

We all know what a shot glass is – it measures a standard ‘shot’ of alcohol which is usually drunk in one go. But there are also versions that are designed to be sipped from, like a fancy liqueur glass. WholesalePak’s shot glass range varies in style and size, ensuring we have something for those who’d like a shot of vodka or tequila as well as those who like to wash down their dinners with a nice, stomach-settling shot of limoncello!

RED AND WHITE WINE

The white wine glass is typically slender and tulip shaped, which is good for keeping that chill in the drink. Glasses for your favourite red are typically larger and bowl-shaped, allowing the different aromas to mingle. And as I’m sure you’d have guessed by now, WholesalePak has a wine glass range so extensive that you simply couldn’t not find something you love!

There are so many variations on alcoholic drink glasses and we stock almost every option you’re looking for in our range of ecofriendly drinkware, all of which can be bought in bulk for your event and catering needs. Wondering how our glassware looks in action? Check out the Instagram page for the iconic Sydney establishment Bar Machiavelli, all drinkware supplied exclusively by WholesalePak!

Why Restaurants Need To Stop Littering

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If you consider that glass bottles take up to a million years to break down, plastic bags between 10 to 20 years, and plastic bottles 450 years, it quickly becomes apparent that litter is a bigger problem than you might have previously thought.

In Sydney last year, 267,000 tonnes of commercial and industrial waste was collected, while half of this was recycled, the rest became landfill.

Restaurants are probably the biggest repeat offenders when it comes to littering.

Some of the biggest offenders for littering locally are Sydney restaurants, who don’t adequately dispose of their litter or provide bins for customers where they can put their rubbish. Around fast food restaurants littering is common and it’s not unusual to see packaging and cups tossed carelessly on sidewalks and gutters. So how can we make a difference?

Here at WholesalePak, we offer many types of bio-degradable packaging that are made from sustainable materials at environmentally friendly factories. If even half of the restaurants of Sydney switched to a more sustainable option for their takeaway containers, we’d be a much cleaner and healthier city.

THE EFFECTS OF LITTERING

While some litter may be recovered, the rest often makes its ways into waterways, where it affects and even kills aquatic life. Litter also blocks storm water drains, causing flooding and becoming a fire hazard. This is why it’s so important to use sustainable materials for your food packaging. You can read more about this in our blog on the unsung perks of using eco-friendly takeaway containers. These carbon neutral products are for those restaurants that truly care, so keep an eye out for them at Bondi Tony’s, Speedos, and many more!

SO HOW DO LOCAL RESTAURANTS STOP LITTERING OCCURRING?

Recyclable and biodegradable packaging breaks down much quicker than plastic, for a more environmentally friendly alternative. If you’re looking for top quality recyclable and biodegradable packaging products as an alternative to polystyrene, we specialise in eco-packaging, manufactured from fully sustainable materials.

Contact the team at WholesalePak for assistance with all of your food packaging needs. You can also send us an email if you have any questions you’d like answered.

In addition to embracing more eco-friendly packaging, it is crucial that restaurants invest in recycling and ensure their rubbish is picked up regularly. Restaurants also need to provide bins around their premises so that customers have somewhere to dispose of their rubbish.We appreciate any comments on our article, so if you have further insight into how to stop or minimise littering around Sydney restaurants, let us know on Facebook or shoot us an email!

Give Your Menu That Feeling of Summer

 

What can we say, this year’s weather has so far been particularly cold and drab, but the good news is that there is light at the end of the tunnel – the sun is finally coming out. Not only that, it’s coming out just in time for you to make the most of it with some fresh, new ideas for that summer menu!

So let’s take a look at a couple of special summer items for your starter, main and dessert selections that simply scream that indescribable feeling of clear blue skies, summer sea breezes and warm sunset-lit romantic evenings.

SUMMER STARTERS:

  • How about salmon – with a sweet twist?
Grilled salmon is all about summer, but why not really freshen it up by grilling it with brown sugar and presenting with zucchini and fennel?
  • Or a new summer salad?
It’s still spring, so why not deconstruct a spring roll and present it as a summer salad, complete with rice noodles?

SUMMER MAINS:

  • Summer is all about eating light while enjoying a relaxing beer or two – so let’s combine the two, because everyone knows we love a great burger.
Give your favourite pulled-chicken summer sliders that unmistakable beer flavour by pickling the onion in a bottle of high quality pale ale.
  • And let’s stay with the summery chicken theme with a novel cutlet idea.
Serve your chicken cutlets as a summery salad, with plenty of red onion for that vibrant, summer colour, and replace the usual tomatoes with oh-so-summery juicy peaches.

SUMMER DESSERTS:

  • You’ve been waiting for summer, because … strawberries
There is no summer dessert menu without strawberries, because who doesn’t love them when they’re at their best? Make the most of it with a double strawberry pie, not forgetting to top it off with whipped cream. For a simple and delicious recipe, check out this one from food.com
  • And because it’s summer, make sure you have a no-bake option
When it’s really hot, you’ll want to finish off a great dinner outing with something sweet and cold, so how about a frozen dessert topped with honeyed peaches?

The ideas to make the most of summer when it comes to your menu selections are quite literally endless, so if you have a favourite or a clever suggestion, don’t be shy to let us know in the comments. Be sure to check out our blog page for the latest updates on Sydney trends, packaging and tableware tips and much more!

Let’s Talk About Sydney Burger Fever

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Sydney’s burger craze has been gaining some serious momentum, with restaurants all over the city vying for the title of ‘best burger’. Burger lovers of Sydney can rejoice, as it means new and exciting burger varieties are popping up with reckless abandon.

We’re not sure about you, but at WholesalePak we believe that when your tummy starts rumbling there’s nothing more tantalising than a burger from your favourite restaurant or café; whether it be a classic steak house, a trendy Bondi establishment, or one of those 1950’s traditional American style diners you’ve seen popping up all over.

WHAT GETS OUR JUICES FLOWING

We’re not just talking about any old burger. What we love is a good, old fashioned burger, homemade style – dripping with sauces, and so loaded with toppings you struggle to wrap your hands around it, let alone squeeze it into your mouth. The kind of burger that ends up all over your face, with sauce layering the tip of your nose and smeared across your cheeks, and beetroot juice covering the front of your shirt.

While man versus burger is definitely not pretty to watch, savouring the explosion of flavours in your mouth, when devouring the crème de la crème of burgers is nothing short of heaven.

POPULAR BURGER RESTAURANTS

Some of the WholesalePak team’s personal favourites that regularly receive rave reviews in the media include:

At WholesalePak we pride ourselves on providing packaging supplies to some of Sydney’s most esteemed burger establishments – just browse our Instagram to see how sexy we get these burgers looking!

QUALITY INGREDIENTS

Goodtime Burgers

What all of these restaurants have in common is the quality of the ingredients they use and maintaining the perfect balance of melted cheese and sauces to keep the burgers moist. From the highest standard of beef, poultry, pork and seafood, to the softest locally sourced buns, rich and tasty relishes and freshest salad ingredients – they ensure every ingredient is carefully selected to blend together in perfect burger harmony.

It’s well worth trying some of these amazing Sydney burger restaurants out for yourself.

If you enjoyed this article and you’re also a bit of a coffee connoisseur, you’ll find our article on Eastern Suburbs Coffee Etiquette quite entertaining. If you own a cafe or restaurant and you’re looking for quality food packaging and serving products, contact the friendly team here at Wholesalepak for assistance today.

If you’re a restaurant seeking sustainable vessels to carry the burger love, check out our beta board kraft boxes range.

Are Mason Jars Still On Trend?

To Mason jar or not to Mason jar? That is the question. The Mason jar trend took the world by storm several years ago, suddenly appearing on tables at weddings, adorned with fairy lights and filled with wildflowers or in cafes topped up with smoothies, layered varieties of Bircher muesli and one jar salads. Every well meaning hipster around town could be seen clutching a Mason jar reverently to their chest, filled with their favourite beverage or even distributing these at private events to friends keen on sampling their favourite drop of organic wine or boutique beer.

But have Mason jars finished their time in the spotlight, to be left grasping desperately for former glory, kinda like Madonna kissing Britney Spears at the MTV Video Music Awards?

ARE MASON JARS STILL PART OF THE CAFE CULTURE?

Mason Jar Cafe(Credit: @wanderfulcasey)

While Mason jars aren’t seen as prevalent as when they were first introduced on the cafe scene, these are still a popular accessory in restaurants and cafes around Sydney – especially those selling healthy or rustic food and beverage varieties.

As Mason jars are an inexpensive, simple and easy way to serve all types of drinks and dishes, it’s unlikely that any savvy vegetarian or health food and beverage retailer will release their hold on this item. And quite frankly, who could blame them? The Mason jar appeals to our innate desires and products presented in a Mason jar are often seen as more authentic, less mass-produced and of course, more organic.

Just take a look at Perth based company The Juicist if you’re not catching our drift.

 

WHERE ARE MASON JARS GOING IN THE FUTURE?

The Juicist Mason Jar

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Although Mason jars aren’t as big a trend as when first introduced, it’s unlikely we’ll see this homely vessel ride off into the sunset any time soon – if any vegan or hipster worth their weight has anything to do with it!

If you enjoyed this article, you’re sure to love our take on Eastern Suburbs coffee etiquette!

Wanting to add the Mason jar trend to your cafe or restaurant? Take a look at our range of jars and bottles for some beautiful designs!

Eastern Suburbs Coffee Etiquette

While you don’t have to be a hipster to blend in with the coffee connoisseurs frequenting popular Eastern Suburbs cafes such as Porch and ParlourThe Grounds of Alexandria and Lox Stock & Barrel (amongst others), a well manicured beard, and an in-depth understanding of coffee etiquette, are generally considered positives.

As the coffee culture has grown dramatically in popularity, so too has the need to be aware of the unspoken codes of conduct when dropping into your favourite cafe or restaurant for a single or double shot of freshly ground, caffeinated heaven.

#1. DOGS STAY ON THE GROUND

Dog Handbag Coffee

While handbag dogs are cute and adorable, this isn’t Beverley Hills, Los Angeles. This isn’t a scene out of ‘Legally Blonde’ and I’m afraid you aren’t Reece Witherspoon. Quite frankly, staffies rule the roost in Bondi, and fluffy pooches should never be sat down on the counter of a cafe or restaurant or even on your lap once you sit down, because the only hair you’d ever want to find in your coffee (if any) is your own.

#2. A LITTLE FLIRTING DOES A LOT OF DAMAGE

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Do not try to pick up the cute barista while there is a queue, especially early in the morning when customers are getting their breakfast coffee, as you’ll definitely get death stares from the other customers!

#.3 NO-ONE LIKES A WIFI HOG

Coffee

If you’re sitting in a cafe for several hours with friends or while completing work or study, buy more than a single coffee. Remember, cafe and restaurant owners are running a business, so you won’t be popular if you’re taking up space from another paying customer and spending very little. Whether you buy another coffee or grab a sandwich or a muffin, always spend more if you’re going to linger for longer.

#4. WAKE UP!

Grabbing an order to go? Make sure you pay attention, so you’re aware when your name is called out. Baristas hate having to call out for you several times, especially if you decide to go outside and take a call. If worst comes to worst, stay inside, but talk quietly.

For further cafe culture tips, as well as restaurant insights such as our recent article on why the plate is more important than the food be sure to keep following our blog updates! At WholesalePak we stock everything from tabletop supplies to takeaway containers, and place a strong emphasis on ethical practices and the need for eco-packaging to reduce our environment footprint.

Fixing The Halal Snack Pack Frenzy

Halal Snack Pack

  (Credit: @amabelleth)

 

In our humble view, there is only one way the Halal Snack Pack can be improved.

“Hang on … the what?”

If this was your response, you may be the only Aussie who hasn’t heard of this mouth-watering kebab shop craze!

The Halal Snack Pack is one of the country’s great viral social media successes of 2016. Five Sydney mates triggered Halal Snack Pack (HSP) fever when they started a closed Facebook group for people passionate about layers of hot chips, kebab meat, cheese and sauce served mainly in a Styrofoam container.

At last count, the group has over 165,000 members, which is like filling up Sydney’s Olympic Park – twice. Imagine two Sydney Olympic Parks full of people, brought together by a mutual love of hot chips smothered in doner kebab meat and creamy sauces!

Halal Snack Pack Appreciation Society
Right now, it’s pretty much impossible to walk past a kebab shop without seeing people walking out of the door with a HSP.

At WholesalePak, we’re right behind this Aussie-Meets-Multicultural HSP craze – except for just one thing…

That Styrofoam container.

In fact, WholesalePak owner Joel Kahn has a mission.

Joel and WholesalePak are passionate about making packaging sustainable and eco-friendly, which is something Styrofoam is definitely not.

STYROFOAM – IT’S BAD

Halal Snack Pack

(Credit: @forksake)

The iconic HSP container is the disposable ‘clam-shell’ – made from an air-expanded, and therefore super-light, polystyrene.

If you get the feeling that Styrofoam is basically bad, you’d be right. The building block is called ‘styrene’, and exposure to this is bad for your skin, eyes, respiratory and nervous systems, kidneys – the list goes on.

Not only that, polystyrene production is heavily polluting, and is also one of the world’s biggest sources of hazardous liquid and solid waste. It’s also made with petroleum – not only heavily-polluting but also non-renewable and unsustainable. Plastics like polystyrene, which break up, find their way into the waterways, only to choke animals and kill sea-life, make up a huge percentage of all landfills, mainly because they’re hard and expensive to recycle.

In other words, Styrofoam is bad. This is where Joel’s mission comes in.

WHOLESALEPAK PUSHES FOR THE NEXT SUPER-CRAZE

WholesalePak supply containers that are made from managed plantation-sourced pulp, or INGEO plastic, which is 100% renewable, eco-friendly, compostable and sustainable.

So Joel hopes the next craze is the ‘SHSP’ – the Sustainable Halal Snack Pack. Australians are increasingly passionate about ensuring our world, and our business practices, are passed on to our children and grandchildren in better shape.

If Joel contributes to the process of creating a happy, kebab-shop customer walking out into a cleaner, better, world with a delicious SHSP in their hands, his Halal Snack Pack mission will be complete.

If you want to help spread the word about the need for new and improved super-crazes like the SHSP, don’t be shy to get on board and add a comment.

Why The Plate Is More Important Than The Food

Many restaurateurs or café owners forget the minor detail that is choosing the right dinnerware for the establishment. It can be daunting to select a plate to go with every dish in the restaurant, so here’s why it’s important to consider investing in good dinnerware.

REFLECTION ON THE BUSINESS

Pizza Plate

The dinnerware of your café or restaurant is a stage for the food to be presented to your customers. It can make the customer excited to take a photo and enjoy the meal. That will generate buzz around your establishment as well and bring in more customers. You can make a casual pizza place like an upscale restaurant by choosing the plates you use in your business. Check out our great range of pizza plates suitable for home and catering sectors!

LOOKS CAN BE DECEIVING

Eco Friendly Plates

It all depends on the setting of your establishment. Usually, any high-end places opt for light or dark coloured plates to showcase the food more clearly. Smaller establishments lean towards intricate plate details, such as nautical designs for seafood restaurants. Interestingly, research has shown round plates and bowls can be related to food that is sweet, while angular plates are linked to savoury food.

SIZE MATTERS

Plates and Bowls

Plate size makes up a major factor of how the customer distinguishes the value of the meal and compares it to the price. Research discovered that customers are most satisfied to see a plate that is three quarters filled, and anything beyond that customers won’t think it’s worth the price. Similarly, if there is more space on the plate than food, the customer typically perceives it as not worth it. The beautiful Serax Range, pictured above, is now exclusively available at WholesalePak!

BUDGET-WISE PLATES

The Corner House

You don’t have to break the bank to get the best plates, but that doesn’t mean you should be a scrooge on buying cheap quality dinnerware as well. Purchasing good quality dinnerware can make you save more, as it won’t chip and wear easy in the long run, and it makes your restaurant more environmentally friendly, too. The goal is to get good quality plates that fit your budget and the setting of the restaurant.

Creating the ambience of your business with a simple choice of dinnerware can make your customers’ dining experience highly enjoyable and you’ll leave them coming back for more. Why not tell us how much this small change has affected your business for the better?

Check out the Churchill collection, and other beautiful designs for plates and bowls are available exclusively at WholesalePak!

Three Sustainable Materials Used For Food Packaging

Sustainable business practices are the future.

These days, customers are becoming increasingly conscious of their environmental impact and are increasingly concerned about the origins of the materials they use. If you are a business looking to make your food packaging more sustainable, then consider these three eco-friendly materials.

#1. FALLEN PALM LEAVES

Palm Leaves

If you’ve ever owned a palm tree, you’ll know just how many palm fronds fall off your tree each year. They end up on the ground and eventually in the bin, so why not use all of these fallen leaves to make disposable food packaging? There are many companies that use compostable fallen palm leaves and water to create Eco-packaging with a beautiful wood-like colour and sleek texture – this way, trees no longer need to be cut down.

#2. BAMBOO

Bamboo

If you are into sustainability, then you have no doubt heard about the Eco-wonder that is bamboo. Bamboo is one of the most abundant plant species on Earth and, as it is technically a grass and not wood, it is extremely fast growing and can be harvested every four to five years. This bamboo can then be pulped and pressed to create disposable food packaging. Bamboo dinnerware is 100% biodegradable and Eco-friendly, as well as being strong and sturdy. Bamboo food packaging also has a natural woody colour and smooth texture.

#3. SUGARCANE

Sugarcane

Sugarcane food packaging is made by processing and pressing sugarcane pulp. Like bamboo, sugar cane is fast-growing and can be harvested a lot quicker than most commercial woods. Likewise, it can be used to create sturdy and versatile dinnerware that can house a wide variety of foods. Sugarcane food packaging is becoming increasingly popular due to the fact that it is grease and water resistant, fridge and freezer safe and microwave safe (up to 220°C). Sugarcane food packaging is 100% renewable and compostable.

At WholesalePak we know that sustainable business practices are the key to a sustainable future. If you need some inspiration for sustainable food packaging, check our large range of Ecoware products.

Three Unsung Perks of Using Eco-Friendly Takeaway Containers

Sandwich wrappings, plastic containers, polystyrene coffee cups, etc… The number of things we use once and throw away is almost endless – piling high in our landfills and littering the ocean.

If you run a business that uses disposable packaging, then the solution to this huge environmental problem is simple – switch to using eco-friendly packaging.

After all, cutting out packaging that takes hundreds of years to decompose and replacing it with products like biocane plates and cups made from sugarcane pulp is far more beneficial for the preservation of our planet.

Our environmental footprint is, of course, extremely crucial to the well-being of the planet on which we inhabit, but what about your business? Here are some of the business-related perks of eco-friendly packaging that do not get as much attention as they perhaps should…

#1. IMMEDIATELY STRENGTHEN YOUR BRAND

Up until a few years ago, flying the flag for your company’s environmental credentials put you in rare company. However, with issues like global warming and ecological damage from human activity now at the forefront of sociopolitical concerns and debates, environmental matters have begun to dominate the media and shape the ways we think about the environment.

Taking this into account, many cafes and restaurants are incorporating sustainable packaging materials for their customers to use – which reflects a burning desire and an increased commitment to do their part, no matter how big or small, to help preserve the planet. Ecoware has become both trendy and essential in ensuring that your business reflects this message.

 

 

When you incorporate eco-friendly packaging into your business, you are signalling that your business is one that is ready to adopt a sense of leadership and take positive steps in order to ensure the preservation of our planet and all of its natural beauty. Your company is hence recognised as relevant, smart and caring as opposed to wasteful. As your clients become more mindful of this, they will feel more inclined to purchase your products and far more content when doing so!

#2. INCREASE CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

The best kind of business is, of course, repeat business. With this in mind, what better way is there to ensure that you keep your customers coming back than to use eco-friendly containers, which ensures a guilt-free experience for both them and for you?

Your customers are sure to be impressed by the eco-friendly packaging you provide, so much so that it may ultimately prompt them to consider your establishment as a cut above the rest; those who do not pay attention to eco-friendly packaging

By differentiating yourself from the competition through something positive, you will gain social cachet – customers will talk about your packaging and praise your business, enhancing your reputation and, therefore, your profitability.

#3. FEEL BETTER ABOUT THE WORK YOU’RE DOING

In business, just as in life, knowing that you’ve made a difference is an extremely rewarding feeling. By switching to eco-friendly packaging in your business, you will make a tangible change that greatly benefits planet Earth, makes your customers feel good about purchasing your product and may even bring you a smile or two.

At WholesalePak we are passionate about using our Ecoware products to change the world. By making the switch, you have an opportunity to to define your business as environmentally friendly, strengthen brand recognition and improve customer experience. All you have to do is make the change – you can see our range of products right here.

The Trend Towards Branded Packaging: Why It’s Great For Your Business

Failing to fully embrace and exploit the immense power of branding is something your business cannot afford. You work hard to develop and differentiate your brand – stirring the emotions and loyalty of your customers and standing out in the marketplace – so why would you not apply that to every aspect of your business, from top to bottom? It is easy to assume that, because your product and your customer service are excellent, the packaging doesn’t really matter. But it has been demonstrated that, in many or in fact in most cases, the quality of custom packaging – how it looks on the shelf and is presented to the world – can be just as important as the product itself. If it’s down to a choice between your product and your main competitor’s, it could be the quality of your packaging that makes the difference between a one-off purchase and then a lifetime of loyalty, or simply missing the bus altogether.

BE PRODUCT PROUD

Just as your brand represents what your product stands for, how you wrap it up and present it to your loyal customers shows how proud you are of your business – and how they can be too. Anyone who has bought and unpacked a top-of-the-line, premium watch or electrical product, for instance, will tell you that superb product packaging is a crucial and important part of the overall experience of consuming. It makes you feel good about what you have bought even before you have fully unwrapped it.

Effective brand packaging is an extremely powerful marketing tool

EXPAND YOUR OFFERING

Presenting your product with beautiful, quality packaging extends your level of customer service and pride in your brand to the very experience of seeing it on the shelf and unwrapping it. It says as much about your brand and your product as anything else can, and – in a market where 95% of all new products ultimately fail – it can be the difference between success and failure.

STAND OUT FROM THE CROWD

It is a fundamental mistake to think packaging is purely practical: ‘It’s only there to protect the product from damage’. Wrong.

In an often crowded marketplace, great packaging makes your product stand out. It catches the eye of a busy consumer. It represents better quality, the right values, an affinity with the intended market and that it is better than the alternatives. For this reason, companies can often notice a marked improvement – or decline – in how a product sells simply based on wise or unwise changes to packaging design.

Wholesalepak Teams Up With Deliveroo

 

Have there been times when you’ve ordered a home-delivered meal, only to have it squashed and grease dripping down the side? A usually frustrating aspect of home delivery!

In a recent partnership, WholesalePak has teamed up with Deliveroo to help supply Sydney with the highest quality takeaway boxes and eco-friendly brown kraft trays. The deal means Deliveroo customers will now receive exclusive offers through WholesalePak and value added service for Deliveroo.

The inspiration for Joel Kahn, CEO, to align WholesalePak with Deliveroo came from observing the lacklustre takeaway containers that were currently being served. “So often I would see restaurants serve plastic containers to their customers …I want to improve the experience of eating at home by encouraging restaurants to purchase better quality boxes that help with the presentation of the food…”

However Joel is quick to state “Quality of packaging is only half the equation. As consumers become increasingly environmentally-aware, restaurants must now align themselves with eco-friendly takeaway boxes. That is exactly what Beta Board provides”.

beta board

With the meteoric rise of Instagram, presentation of food has become in some cases more important than the taste. Beta Board preserves the presentation of the meal –  “I want customers of my clients to Instagram and tag their home-delivered meals because they look so good. I want to redefine the experience of eating at home or in the office.”

Deliveroo customers will also be given an exclusive discount if they wish to use their logo or brand on the Beta Board packaging. This will allow restaurants greater brand exposure and reach. Joel believes packaging is an under-rated element of marketing “I like to look at bland packaging as wasted potential– creative branding of your packaging  will bring your meals to life – who said home-delivered containers had to be boring?!”

Wholesalepak is an online premium food packaging business. It supplies restaurants and cafés with high quality products. You can keep up to date with the latest products here https://www.wholesalepak.com.au/collections/new-products .

For further product information contact:

Joel Kahn

joel@wholesalepak.com.au

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Why You Need Ecoware and Printed Packaging in 2016

Want your business to shine in 2016? Then you must put attention to the details; and this starts with selecting the right packaging.

IS ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY IMPORTANT TO YOUR BRAND VOICE?

By embracing the latest ecoware you demonstrate first-hand your commitment to the environment and how you wish to contribute to sustainability. Being ‘Green’ is no longer a buzz-word but a philosophy that your business adopts to reduce its carbon foot-print.

Eco-friendly packaging isn’t just about biodegradable packaging – it’s about minimising waste through the entire lifecycle of the product, from production to waste. Customers are becoming more conscious of sustainability efforts, and will look for providers that engage in environmentally safe practices. The terms disposable and take-away have negative connotations of ‘waste’ and ‘rubbish’ and ‘pollution’. Show your customers this doesn’t have to be the case by using Ecoware food packaging.

Many cafes and restaurants are now viewing eco-friendly products as must-have
I’m sure there are owners or managers who might be asking – but how much extra would all this Ecoware cost? For a disposable coffee cup – it will only cost an extra couple CENTS per cup. Not a bad price to pay for looking after the environment is it?

The environment should no longer be an afterthought in 2016, and the businesses that will shine will be those that are perceived as environmentally-conscious.

Check out our latest Ecoware range here.

HAVE A GREAT BRAND, BUT DIFFICULTY CUTTING THROUGH THE NOISE?

Branded packaging is one way you can build exposure to your business.

Do you have social media contests and hashtags you want your customers to participate in? Advertise these promotions on your coffee cups or burger boxes to help build engagement. Creativity is what will separate businesses’ in 2016 and you need to make sure you aren’t left behind!

Custom-printed packaging provides benefits outside of social media contests as well. What about that fantastic logo you have that you feel doesn’t get enough awareness? Inserting the logo in creative ways on your take-away coffee cups, containers, and boxes can really help brand recognition – just try to think of something original and don’t shy away from doing what your competitors won’t! This broad reach will maximise the impact of your marketing dollar.

Custom printed supplies can add to your brand’s voice 

Thinking for the perspective of your customers – whenever they are checking in, following, liking, friending and sharing your brand – your products will stand out thanks to your creative packaging. Food packaging doesn’t have to be bland and boring – get the competitive edge and invest in custom-printed products today!  Your customers will love you for it.

To get Custom Packaging – fill out our form here.

At WholesalePak we believe Ecoware and custom-printed food packaging will help differentiate your brand in 2016. These two approaches will help define your business as environmentally friendly while assisting with brand recognition. Don’t be left in the dark in 2016 – propel your brand with WholesalePak.