29 Juni 2011

Excellent Packaging & Supply Adds Verterra and Eco-Gecko to Range of Elegant, Single-Use Catering Solutions

Sustainable place settings communicate a strong commitment to the environment

Excellent Packaging & Supply, an innovator and wholesale distributor of sustainable, biodegradable, and nature-based packaging for foodservice and other applications, has added a complete range of stylish, bio-based dinnerware products from VerTerra™ and Eco-gecko™ to its extensive selection of catering and foodservice products. VerTerra plates, bowls and serving dishes are made from fallen palm leaves and water, yet perform well with hot or cold foods and liquids, including soup. When partnered with Eco-gecko wooden cutlery made from sustainably harvested birch wood, event planners and caterers can deliver the most chic, bio-based and sustainable table setting available today.

The VerTerra and Eco-gecko place settings are designed for event planners and caterers who wish to weave a distinct sustainability message into their services. Most other bio-based and sustainable dinnerware is made from a combination of sugarcane fiber (bagasse), reed, bamboo, tree or wheat pulp. While these materials are environmentally friendly, the resulting on-table image can be somewhat utilitarian. In contrast, every piece of VerTerra dinnerware is a work of art. Since it is made from fallen leaves, VerTerra has a unique look that is simply beautiful and quite unexpected (in catering circles) – while still offering the convenience and practicality of lightweight, single-use/disposable dinnerware.

The elegance of VerTerra dinnerware at a table setting or standing meal is enhanced when partnered with Eco-gecko cutlery. Eco-gecko biodegradable and compostable wooden cutlery is made from FSC-certified birch wood that is taken from re-harvested plantation forests, using a sustainable approach that ensures it can be re-grown and re-harvested, over and over again. Unlike the oil used in plastic cutlery, which takes millions of years to produce, the re-planting and re-harvesting of birch trees is sustainable. Smooth and sturdy, Eco-gecko cutlery contains absolutely no chemicals or coatings.

Gerard Pangaud, executive chef at Marriott International headquarters in Bethesda, MD, says the elegant aesthetics of the VerTerra and Eco-gecko place settings were foremost in his considerations when he recently catered the Castleton Festival, held in rural Rappahannock County, Virginia. “We wanted to accentuate the beautiful, natural setting of the venue with an environmentally sustainable dining experience. Everything – from our choice of ingredients and menu, to the individual place settings – was conceived with that in mind. Several guests complimented us on the use of the VerTerra square plates. After the service, we had only compostable and recyclable waste to manage – and no garbage bags full of plastic knives and forks to dispose of.”

“These planet-friendly dinnerware and cutlery products from VerTerra and Eco-gecko add an extremely refined and chic look to any catered event, party or wedding while communicating an unmistakable commitment to the environment and sustainability,” said Allen King, president of Excellent Packaging & Supply. “It’s no understatement to say that diners marvel over the uniqueness and beauty of plates and bowls made from leaves, and cutlery made from birch wood. Together, these products lend tremendous goodwill to the host and organizer of the event.”

This combination of VerTerra dinnerware and Eco-gecko cutlery is available exclusively through Excellent Packaging’s wholesale division (www.excellentpackaging.com) and its BioMass Packaging® retail division (www.biomasspackaging.com). To learn more about the range of bio-based, sustainable catering products offered by Excellent Packaging, or to enquire about volume pricing, call (800) 317-2737.

About Excellent Packaging & Supply
Excellent Packaging & Supply (www.excellentpackaging.com) is a wholesale distribution company that specializes in nature-based packaging for foodservice and other applications. The company’s range of environmentally sustainable packaging includes compostable, biodegradable and recyclable product lines, as well as traditional packaging solutions. Excellent Packaging brings decades of experience to assist its customers with and inventory-control services, product development, sourcing, quality control, and price negotiation. Excellent Packaging also works with a wide variety of companies and organizations to research, source and deliver custom bio-based and traditional packaging and foodservice products that enable companies to integrate sustainable foodservice solutions into their business. Excellent Packaging markets sustainable foodservice packaging solutions for business, restaurant and home through its BioMass Packaging® division.

Source: SFGate, 2011-06-29.


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