Should pre-packed foods be considered whilst we navigate the ‘new normal’?
Although it is very unlikely that COVID-19 is transmitted through food or food packaging, the government has issued guidance. Based on this global pandemic and in order to keep customers safe, your establishment may well have to adapt menus and reconsider the way that food is served and packaged.
Opportunities for self-serving food options must be kept to a minimum. It is recommended that, as far as possible, food that is served and/or displayed should be individually wrapped. This will enhance consumer confidence and minimise contact and help avoid any possible potential spread of infection.
When individually wrapped products benefit out of home establishments
For the likes of coffee shops, food-to-go sandwich shops etc., pre-packed foods are easy swaps to make. In catering establishments like workplace restaurants, department stores or garden and leisure cafes, it may be necessary, however, to revisit the product offer to look at new, pre-packed lines that will keep customers safe.
There are many benefits to adding individually wrapped food products to menus:
- Portion Control
- Quick & easy options
- Avoids cross-contamination (especially for allergens like coeliacs)
- Reduces food waste
- Promotes product safety
- Increases customer loyalty
- Reduces the risk of damaged products
But we also have to consider …
- Excess packaging
- New ways to display pre-packed
- The limitations of the product offer
Easy swaps that a catering business can make …
There are some great swaps that a caterer can make within their menu offer. Kara provides a wide selection of sweet and savoury bakery for food wholesalers. as the range is supplied frozen, this in itself brings about multiple benefits including extended shelf-life, fresh tasting products and the ability to reduce food waste by only defrosting and serving just what you need.
Sweet swaps …
For food-to-go and family sharing, why not give Kara’s Mini Doughnuts a whirl? They’re a great grab-and-go option or something that families can share whilst enjoying drinks in the coffee shop. There is a choice – Mini Jam Filled Doughnut (deliciously rich with a real fruity flavour) and Mini Chocolate Filled Doughnut (perfect for chocoholics). They can be packed into grab-and-go bags (supplied) with each bag taking around 5 doughnuts. There’s also space on the front of the pack for you to add your preferred selling price.
Chocolate Tray Bakes to wrap and serve …
Kara has two delicious traybakes that are cleverly packed in sleeves of five portions which can be defrosted and wrapped before heading to the counter. There is Majestic Mint and Spiced Salted Caramel Brownie.
Make mine a Muffin …
And for Afternoon Tea …
To make a cream tea absolutely safe, why not serve a pre-packed Giant Sultana Scone with a small jar of jam and tub of rich clotted cream?
For Savoury Tastes
Genius is a great gluten-free range that is suitable for coeliacs and also those who prefer to follow a gluten-free diet. There are two individually-wrapped rolls that caterers can use. The Genius Gluten Free Individually Wrapped Brioche Roll is also conveniently pre-sliced making it perfect for burger too. The Genius Gluten Free Individually Wrapped Seeded Roll is a fine mix of sunflower seeds, brown linseed, brown flaxseed, millet and poppy seeds making it a tasty partner for soups and salads.
Kara are foodservice bakers that make wholesale frozen sweet and savoury bakery for out-of-home catering establishments like restaurants, bars, pubs, hotels, en-route as well as the likes of education and contract catering.