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Come on and say it with me: “Pee-fas.” If you are in any of the restaurant, food service, packaging, environmental or consumer waste industries, you no doubt have heard the term – often highlighted in news stories as “PFAS-Free Food Packaging.” It’s a big buzzword these days, yet for many, it’s definition may still be somewhat of a mystery. Let’s try to change that.

We’ll take a look at what it means, why it’s such a hot-button issue and how it impacts the food service industry as a whole.


defines pfasDefining PFAS

As explained by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, on its website, The per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances are a collection of chemicals used to make coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. They can be used in a range of products that include clothing, furniture, adhesives, food packaging, heat-resistant nonstick cooking surfaces and more.

They are a concern because they:

  • Do not break down in the environment
  • Can move through soils and contaminate drinking water sources
  • And build up (bioaccumulate) in fish and wildlife.

And according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, because of their widespread use and longevity in the environment, PFAS are now being found in water, air, fish and soil across the nation and the globe. Scientific studies have shown that exposure to high levels of some PFAS in the environment could be linked to harmful health effects in humans and animals.


old chemical bottlesHow did PFAS come to be?

LiveScience.com reveals that the first PFAS were invented in the 1930s to be used mainly in nonstick and waterproof coatings, according to the Interstate Technology and Regulatory Council. In the 1960s, after a deadly fire aboard U.S. Navy aircraft carrier The USS Forestal (1967), development of these chemicals greatly increased. They were seen as the best component at the time for creation of aqueous film forming foam, or AFFF, for firefighting purposes.


More evidence

Safer States, on its website saferstates.com, reports that more than 2,800 sites in all 50 states are contaminated by PFAS, forcing states and localities to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up pollution and ensure safe drinking water.

“Nearly every American has PFAS in their body. They are found in blood, breast milk and even umbilical cord blood of new babies,” the report stated.

Safer States reveals that although one of the first and biggest avenues for PFAS exposure has been Teflon or other nonstick pans, the chemicals found in take-out containers and other food packaging migrates into the food we eat. Hunters are being warned not to eat deer because they are contaminated. In Minnesota and Wisconsin, residents have been told to limit the number of fish they eat because of PFAS contamination. And farmers in Michigan and Wisconsin have seen their beef cattle contaminated due to polluted wastewater that winds up in fertilizers.

Scarier still, we drink PFAS chemicals in our own drinking water and even breathe them in our air.

It is for these reasons that PFAS-Free Food Packaging is becoming more desirable – and necessary — in the food service industry.


How can you take action?

The Natural Resources Defense Council, or NRDC (founded in 1970 by a group of law students and attorneys at the forefront of the environmental movement), gives some advice on minimizing your exposure to PFAS:

  • You can avoid the most obvious offenders by replacing nonstick pans with stainless steel, cast iron, glass or ceramic alternatives.
  • Do NOT heat up food that’s wrapped in grease-resistant packaging. Make popcorn on the stovetop instead of in PFAS-treated microwave bags.

Keep in mind that, starting a couple of years ago, compostable packaging that’s BPI (Biodegradable Products Institute) certified does NOT contain PFAS.

This is the case with many of our products at MrTakeOutBags.com. For example, our food service tissues and many of our takeout meal boxes are free of PFAS. And that’s just the beginning. We have a full line of PFAS-Free Packaging Products to offer.


pfas state law mapWhere has PFAS already been banned?

Many states have taken action to ban or regulate the use of PFAS in everything from cookware to children’s clothing – even firefighting gear.

Among the 26 current policies in 8 states and 104 adopted policies in 23 states, PFAS chemicals have been banned in the manufacture and distribution of food packaging in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Maryland, Minnesota, New York, Rhode Island, Vermont and Washington. Many of these new policies go into effect in 2023 and 2024, with some having begun last year.

Many other states, including Pennsylvania, have bills in progress to ban PFAS food service packaging altogether.


microscopeUnder the microscope

Government agencies have taken the lead in studying the impact of PFAS.

  • The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences is “supporting an aggressive program of research on human exposure to PFAS chemicals and the potential for PFAS exposure to cause harm to children’s cognitive and neurobehavioral development, immune system dysfunction, endocrine disruption, obesity, diabetes, lipid metabolism and certain cancers.”
  • The EPA is leading a national drive to not only understand PFAS, but also to reduce their risks to the public. The agency is partnering with other federal agencies, states and local communities to protect human health and, “where necessary and appropriate, to limit human exposure to potentially harmful levels of PFAS in the environment.”
  • According to Safer States, scientists from all over the globe are calling on governments to eliminate the entire class of PFAS where possible, due to the significant human health and environmental impacts. In fact, a 2022 UN Human Rights Commission report urged countries to ban all uses of PFAS.

We’re being proactive with PFAS Free Food Packaging

MrTakeOutBags.com is taking an active approach, reaching out to our partner manufacturers to determine whether or not PFAS is used in the Grease Resistant paper products that we sell on our website – it is important to us to keep our customers informed – and to introduce as much PFAS-Free Food Packaging as possible. To that end:

  • MrTakeOutBags.com will be expanding its catalogue of PFAS-Free Food Packaging products.
  • Our product pages now include icons indicating which packaging products are PFAS-free. Here are just a couple of examples:
  • PFAS-Free category page
  • PFAS-free items available.
  • In addition, a wide range of our paper bakery bags will be transitioned to PFAS-Free paper versions.
  • We also want to keep you informed. Check out our video explaining PFAS-Free Food Packaging

Manufacturers are lining up to comply. According to an article on Environmental Health News’ website dated August 2021, American manufacturers not only are working to create PFAS-Free grease-resistant containers and bags, they are also looking into open sourcing so that others can follow suit. Zume and Solenis are leading the way. The California based food company and American manufacturer of specialty chemicals partnered up and are turning to a new recipe for these paper products that does not contain the offensive chemicals found in PFAS.

While it seems that every year we have new threats to worry about, as far as food additives, chemicals and our environment, rest assured knowing that there are alternatives out there already and being created every day to ease the concern. And here at MrTakeOutBags.com, we’ll do all we can to keep you educated, answer your questions and, above all, help your business to thrive by keeping you and your customers safe.

Bakers rejoice! It’s that time of year when the scents of cinnamon, gingerbread and something oh-so-chocolatey draw customers into your shops and friends into your kitchen. As you organize your measuring spoons, eggs, flour and recipes on your baking counter, it can be daunting to have all the tools you need on hand – keeping things simple can be difficult when you’re baking for a crowd. One solution: Disposable baking cups. And we’ve got them – a nice selection at MrTakeOutBags.com to make the season easier on you and tastier for your guests.


historical baking paintingWhen did baking ‘rise’ to prominence?

According to historyextra.com, in the medieval period, baking cakes and breads was a luxury left to but a few. Those who could afford a wood-burning stove (and the wood to heat it) would start by baking bread. It became known that the better the quality, the higher up the social order you were.

Ovens were not a standard appliance, so it wasn’t until the 16- and 1700s that baking was transformed by globalization. Plump cakes and bready doughs with lots of butter, cream and raisins became popular as trade between countries started to be the norm.

By the late 17th century, sugar was cheap, so you saw “the emergence of mince pies as we know them, made with sugar and spices. And with the refinement of flour, you saw the development of gingerbread as we know it.”

Along with the rise in popularity of baking came the need for pans shaped for breads, cakes, pies and cookies. Over the years, that industry has exploded. And now, the packaging segment offers a disposable option for bakers with businesses big and small.

Let’s take a look at some of the fantastic disposable baking cups available at MrTakeOutBags.com.


colorful cupcakes in baking cups Paper baking cups brighten treats

Whether you are looking for the simplicity of a plain paper baking cup, the whimsicality of tulip-shaped or printed ones or the subtle shine of a gold or silver foil baking cup, we’ve got your cupcakes and muffins covered.

  • Our white paper baking cups come in several sizes, from mini (3/4-ounce) to regular (2 ounce) or jumbo (5 ounce), these simple and clean cups are ideal for any business in the baking industry. They’re made from an emulsified waxed paper and are approved by the FDA for direct food contact. Tolerating heat up to 450 degrees, they work perfectly for cupcakes, muffins, souffles and a range of baked goods.
  • Daisy combo baking cups lend an air of design to your baked goods. Perfect for “regular sized” cupcakes or muffins, they add a polished presentation to your buffet or party table. Coming in a combination of pink and yellow, the best part is that no baking pans are needed. Just fill them up and place on a cookie sheet and you’re good to go at temperatures up to 400 degrees. They’re grease-proof and separate easily, too.
  • We’ve all seen how pretty all those yummy muffins look nested in tulip style paper liners. And at MrTakeOutBags.com, there are a multitude of colors and styles to turn to when it comes to paper lotus and tulip cupcake liners. Available in small (3 to 4 ounce) and large (4 to 5 ounce), you can choose between natural kraft, white, yellow and black with a silver swirl. Or get creative with the polka dot 4-color combo pack. The unique pointed edges resembling a flower add the perfect touch to any celebration table. They are grease-proof and can withstand a 425-degree oven.
  • Silver fluted baking cups and gold fluted baking cups are a no-brainer choice when you want to add a festive shine to your event or restaurant. Offered in a mini truffle size (3/4-ounce) and regular size (2 ounce), these fluted cups are constructed of waxed paper laminated with foil and also approved for direct food contact. They’ll hold up to 450 degrees and fit perfectly in regular sized inserts and bakery boxes – just like all of our paper baking cups. The gold ones are available only in the regular 2-ounce size.

flatbread in large trayBigger job, bigger baking cups

Many folks in the baking industry are looking for ways to streamline their work and be sustainable, too. Enter baking cups made for larger jobs. Let’s take a closer look at what I mean.

  • Solut! Brown kraft baking cups with compostable coating hold 8 ounces of product, are sustainable and disposable – perfect for individual portions. Dual ovenable, they stand up in a 400-degree oven for up to an hour. They eliminate metal or foil to ensure safety and minimize liability, and better still, they are lined with silicone-based coating, meaning you most likely won’t need a separate release coating. Since there’s no assembly required, you can nest them easily to eliminate set-up labor and they can even be handled immediately after baking. Our Solut! brown kraft round baking cups, which have a 10-ounce capacity and release coating offer all of the same great properties.
  • Next up, take a look at our 5.7-ounce fluted round baking cups with grease barrier coating. Made of kraft paper, they are safe in an oven up to 400 degrees, or a microwave. They’re environmentally friendly, freezer safe and easy to handle – just like their cousins above.

bread loaf in mini trayStill more for your baking needs

If it’s not cupcakes or muffins you’re churning out in your bakery, that’s OK, too. We have some unique accessories to help you along:

  • Kraft loaf baking pans in two sizes are an attractive, cost-effective way to bake, transport, sell and serve. With a designer print for elegant presentation, they have an available dome lid and are made with grease-resistant heavy kraft paper that turns up its nose at grease wicking and spotting. Just fill and bake. They’re safe for cooking or reheating in both the microwave and conventional oven.
  • Just the thing for egg bite mini souffles or meatball appetizers, these attractive and unique dual cups can take 400 degrees for up to an hour and are made with recycled, renewable resources. They are coated with quick-release material, too.
  • Solut! baking trays make for a quick cleanup when preparing a casserole, sheet cake or cookies. They come in black or kraft and have an available lid for easy transport. And like all of our baking supplies, they are sustainable, easy to store and oh-so versatile.

So go ahead, get that flour all over your apron. Give that mixer a heavy workout. We’ve got the supplies to make your baking fun and simple.

Almost all of us have one – that stash, bin or dispenser of plastic bags we’ve rescued from the grocery haul just sitting there in our homes. We don’t give much thought to the power of the plastic bag when it comes to having a good solution for our patrons in the restaurant, coffee shop or boutique. But when it comes to the oft-maligned plastic bag, it may be worth giving another thought.

Plastic bags offer a multitude of benefits and many these days are, in fact, eco-friendly compared with their ancestors in the packaging world.

It’s true that some towns across the country are enacting plastic bag bans – many others are not. And while paper shopping bags and non-woven reusable bags are filling the gap beautifully for MrTakeOutBags customers and others, there are still reasons to continue to purchase and offer plastic takeout bags to your customers.


floating plastic bagsWhat are the perks to plastic bags?

There are several advantages to selecting plastic takeout bags when you are deciding how best to package your products for your customers.

COST – Because plastic bags can be mass-produced in larger quantities (from fewer resources), they often cost less than other packaging solutions. And for companies like MrTakeOutBags.com, that is a cost savings that is easily passed on to  you, our own valued customers.

STORAGE AND SHIPPING – Plastic bags are relatively thin and lightweight, meaning they take up less space when they are packed as well as stored. This has a ripple effect, leading to a lower cost when shipping cases of them to your business.

AVAILABILITY – Coming back to being mass-produced, plastic bags are manufactured all over the country and generally well stocked in packaging and distribution businesses such as MrTakeOutBags. They come in a vast range of sizes, weights and styles; no matter what you are offering, we likely have a plastic bag that will work for you and your clients.

DURABILITY – If you’ve ever had a grocery clerk fill one too full or had moisture from that takeout meal leak into the bottom of the bag, you know the mess that can happen when it breaks. Plastic bags can handle weight and moisture, they stretch well and offer peace of mind when transporting goods.


The practical popularity of plastic bags

According to an article on the history of plastic bags from the United Nations Environment Programme, plastic shopping bags, which were “a novelty in the 1970s,” can now be found in every corner of the world.
They are produced at a rate of up to a trillion bags a year and show up everywhere from the ocean to Mount Everest. And while this widespread use raises a number of environmental challenges, their popularity has not yet begun to wane.

Let’s look at a timeline:

1933 — Polyethylene, the most commonly used plastic, was created by accident at a chemical plant in Northwich,
England. Though polyethene had been created in small batches before, this was the first “synthesis of the material that was industrially practical. Seeing its potential, it was initially used in secret by the British military during World War II.”

1965 – The one-piece polyethylene shopping bag was patented by Swedish company Celloplast. Its design quickly replaces cloth and paper throughout Europe.

1979 – Already controlling about 80 percent of the bag market in Europe, plastic bags begin to spread to the United States and other nations worldwide. Plastic manufacturers begin to aggressively market their single-use product as superior and more cost-effective to paper and other reusable bags.

1982 – Safeway and Kroger – two top supermarket chains in the United States, switch to plastic bags. Though they were yet to be fully accepted by shoppers, because these single-use bags are cheaper than alternatives, more stores follow the lead of Safeway and Kroger and make the switch. By the end of the decade, plastic bags almost entirely replaced paper around the world.


different types of bagsA bag for every reason

No matter what you need to pack up in a plastic bag, there is a safe, high-quality option available.

BEVERAGE CARRYOUT BAGS – Yes, you can have your takeout customers tote their drinks in bags. You can secure your drinks while carrying them easily with one hand in Wave Style Cup Carrier Bags. The square bottom in these clear plastic bags allows your drinks to stay in place without tipping or causing messes.

At 1.30 mils, they are heavy-duty and ensure secure transportation.

Up to two 32-ounce drinks fit comfortably inside of these translucent carriers that come ready to use with no printing. That being said, they also are fully customizable to show off your restaurant’s brand or logo.

Even better, there’s a Seal-2-Go option that offers a unique tamper evident delivery style with today’s home-delivery market in mind. There’s a permanent closure adhesive strip and a perforated line for opening, as well as a wide opening at the top that makes for easy loading. Providing peace of mind, this style ensures that no delivery driver can sneak a sip or contaminate your customer’s order – or your good name.

Check out our Beverage Carryout Bags here.

woman with mask and bagTAMPER EVIDENT PLASTIC BAGS – With the popularity of meal delivery services such as Grub Hub and Post-Mates that use third-party drivers to deliver food from your business to your customers, it’s more important than ever to protect the integrity of your products.

Tamper-evident plastic takeout bags remove the worry and leave control in your hands. At MrTakeOutBags.com, we offer two main styles:

  • Seal 2 Go — The main functionality of these poly bags lies in an adhesive strip across the top of each bag. Once the protective covering is removed, line up the handles and press the adhesive strip onto the other side of the bag and you’ll have a seal that only can be broken by destroying the bag. This makes it abundantly clear if anyone tried to get inside of the bag and deters would-be snackers from trying in the first place. Check out a video all about how they work here.
  • Deliver Safe – These tamper evident plastic carryout bags come with a permanent closure adhesive strip and are clearly printed with the “Deliver Safe” design and “Tamper-Resistant Delivery Bag.” Their attractive soft loop single handle provides upscale look and their large gusset bottom allows for takeout boxes to rest flat. They’re fully customizable with your brand or logo and can carry quite the meal, coming in 1.75 mil and the heavier-duty 2.25 mil weights. Take a look at the Deliver Safe option.

WAVE BAGS – With their convenient carry handle, multitude of colors and flexibility, plastic wave bags have become a go-to choice for to-go food services:

  • Super Frost – These unique and distinctive bags will add a touch of style to your business’ offerings. Durable and compact, they keep food secure and reduce hassle for your staff and clients. Available in multiple colors and sizes, they are 2.0 / 2.25 mils thick, providing support and security, while their flat bottom adds ease and convenience. Available in lagoon blue, sizzling pink, lime, purple and clear, they can be customized with your business name and come in three sizes. Have a look for yourself.
  • Super Wave – At MrTakeOutBags.com, our Super Wave style takeout bags have larger gusset bottoms and heavier gauge poly that provides superior strength. In fact, they can take on double to triple the weight of the average plastic bag and accommodate just about any type of takeout container.
    From leftovers to platters and trays, leaking and spilling chances are greatly reduced. Some even sport an attractive “Enjoy” design that is appealing to restaurant owners and diners alike. Take a look at the wide range of Super Wave bags available.
  • Biodegradable – Yes, Virginia, there are environmentally friendly plastic bags. Our most popular wave-style bags are now available with fully degradable plastic additive, making them among the most eco-friendly takeout bags on the market. The plastic is created using TDPA — which stands for totally degradable plastic additive – added to the normal poly, making it perfect for bake shops, coffee houses and all restaurants.
    These attractive bags are non-toxic and FDA approved for direct food contact. They come in four versatile sizes.

And now, we can offer a new look with our biodegradable black wave bags, which are quickly becoming a popular choice among eatery owners, boutique operators and dozens of other industries. Take a look at them here.

Keep in mind, too, our heavier-duty plastic carryout bags help to protect the environment, because folks tend to  hang onto them and reuse them long after the leftovers are gone.

T-SHIRT BAGS – These are the ones we all know and love – and pick up almost everywhere we shop. T-shirt bags are the most economical plastic carryout bags out there. Thin but strong, coming in 0.52 to 0.60 mils depending on their size, most come with no printing and are available in a wide range of sizes and colors.

Some do sport a multilingual “Thank You” design, but as always, can be personalized with your business name and colors. Take a look at our customizable T-shirt bags then give us a call to get yours.

CLEAR FOOD SERVICE BAGS – Do you offer candies, pretzels or popcorn in your store? Maybe a special coffee you’d like to show off. We’ve got you covered there, too. Our poly bags with a crimped bottom perfectly hold and showcase chocolate covered pretzels, lollipops and more. Add your own ribbon for a special touch.

In addition, we can offer clear frosted tin tie bags with a chipboard bottom. Easy to fill and use, they are the perfect home for coffee, loose tea, popcorn or even high-end bath products.

Ready to check them out for yourself? Have a look here.

RIGID HANDLE BAGS – Caterers are always in need of a good, strong bag when families come in for a feast. With several options available, our poly takeout bags fill the bill.

  • Clear takeout bag with handleSuper Clear Polypropylene Cupcake Bags are specifically designed to fit many of our cupcake boxes — even a mix-and-match of sizes that easily stack within. Use them for pie or cake boxes, takeout meals and more. We have another one that’s just as accommodating, in a slightly smaller size.
  • Black Poly Takeout Bags with White Handle – Dress up your fast casual offerings with this stylish matte black poly bag. It’s ideal for everything from BioPak meal boxes to plastic containers, oversized catering lunch boxes and baked goods. See for yourself how wondferful they look and remember, your logo would look great on them, too.

SOFT LOOP HANDLE BAGS –  If what you are needing is a larger, more durable bag to handle bigger takeout orders, you’ve found it. Soft-loop handled plastic carryout bags stand up to more weight and hotter temperatures. The strong soft loop handles provide ease of transportation and there are several styles and sizes to select from.

The half tray bag can carry up to two half-size catering trays and the full tray bags can haul up to three full-size catering trays. The heat-sealed square bottoms help to prevent leaks and messes and as always, they are fully customizable.

DIE-CUT HEAVY DUTY PLASTIC CARRYOUT BAGS – These extra heavy duty bags come in thicknesses of up to 2.5 mils, making them perfect for heavy deliveries as well as for reuse. The patch reinforced die-cut handles won’t break or give out on you and the flat bottom allows for ease of packing small containers such as burger and sandwich clamshells or desserts.

Manufactured with low-density polyethylene, they are strong, versatile and flexible. Have a peek at the range of sizes available through MrTakeOutbags.


polymerchainHi-density vs. low-density

According to the website aaapolymer.com, high-density bags will have a more stiff feeling and sound “crunchier.” In contrast, low-density poly bags will be quieter when carried or opened and have a softer feel.

And while hi-density plastic is thinner, it can still maintain its strength and can be more cost-effective, especially for a business just starting out.


The choice is yours; the pleasure is ours

Whichever style, color or size plastic bag you are in need of, we have the selection and the staff to help make it easy for you. Give us a call, send us your logo. We’d love to be your one-stop shop for all of your packaging needs. And that’s a promise you can carry with you.

There’s a bit of a chill in the air. It’s getting dark a bit earlier. The kids are in school and the football team’s on the field. It’s soup time, folks! And as caterers, wedding planners and restaurant owners open their recipe books to their most successful offerings, it’s time to consider the perfect disposable soup containers to help get all that goodness delivered to your guests.

Today, we’re going to take a closer look at the soup trend, as well as how best to protect these warming blends.


paper soup container with crackers A brief history lesson

A quick look at Wikipedia reveals the interesting history not only of soup, but of where to enjoy it. The word “restaurant,” which originally meant “(something) restoring,” was first used in France during the 16th century, when it referred to a highly concentrated, inexpensive soup sold by street vendors. It was advertised as an antidote back then to physical exhaustion.

In 1765, a Parisian entrepreneur opened a little shop specializing in these healing pots of broth, which prompted the use of the modern word “restaurant” for those eating establishments.

According to the folks at Campbell’s Soup, in Xianrendong Cave, Jiangxi Province, China, the first example of a soup bowl was discovered, thought to date all the way back to 20,000 BC. The scorch marks found on it indicated to the scientists that unearthed it that the user was creating a hot soup of some kind. “Ancient soup makers may have simply dug a pit, lined it with animal skin or gut, filled this ‘pot’ with water and dropped in some hot rocks,” The Campbell’s Website noted.

Thankfully, soup has evolved over many years into thousands of delicious variations a lot more nutritious – and in need of the perfect packaging in which to serve them.


pho disposable takeout containerOptions abound for disposable soup containers

Spend a little time at MrTakeOutBags.com and you’re sure to discover a soup container to fit your needs as a restaurant owner, caterer or school administrator.

They come in single serving, multi-serving and even large serving / catering options. The nice thing about those is that they come with a convenient, safe outer carrying case. Take a look.

To make it even easier for you, our disposable soup containers come in several types of materials, too.

PAPER

  • KraftKraft Paper soup containers are a sturdy and environmentally sound way to package your customers’ favorite soups for takeout. They function like a soup bowl and offer easy transport. Vented lids allow steam to escape while keeping the contents inside from splashing out. Available in four sizes, they’re leak resistant, but it’s important to note they’re not completely leak-proof.
  • White – With much the same properties as the kraft version, these White Paper Soup Containers are both microwaveable and freezer safe. Their inner and outer liners – just like the kraft – make them leak resistant and keep food fresh and hot. Their gloss exterior helps to prevent condensation from weakening the paperboard and they are sold as a convenient combo, with lids.
  • Compostable Paper – If going green is important to you (and it is to many of us), no need to keep looking. These Compostable Paper Soup Containers are made from all-natural materials. They’re stackable, leak resistant and durable, too.
  • Compostable Bagasse – Made from 100% sugar cane fiber (a byproduct of sugar refining), Compostable Bagasse Bowls are 100 percent tree and plastic free, making them a great choice for sustainability. Microwaveable and freezer safe, they are oil and cut resistant and compostable both in the home and in commercial facilities.
  • Paper lids – Many of our soup containers either come with or have available paper lids. These are a great choice for their leak-resistance and ability to keep heat in. They generally won’t let your soup or sauce out, but will let air pressure and steam out to keep your product its freshest. This is a result of non-aligned steam holes in the lids – through two layers of paper.

PLASTIC

  • Classic Delitainers – A practical choice for safely serving and transporting soups and sauces, Newspring Delitainers are extremely durable and leak-proof bowls perfect for hot or cold contents. The lid snaps and seals tightly to prevent messes and their strong plastic is able to withstand high heats up to 250 degrees, as well as freezing temperatures. They come in four sizes and because they are clear, you can show off your gourmet goodies in the store or the takeout bag.
  • Ramen Bowls – Our Asian-inspired Takeout Ramen Soup Bowls come in various sizes great for single portions or family sizes. Extremely durable, air-tight and leak-resistant, they’re microwaveable, dishwasher safe and freezer friendly. Made with food safe FDA approved materials, they can hold anything from soup to pastas to sauces and are 100% recyclable (Type 5). Another perk is that their raised flat-top lids allow for them to be stacked while also increasing interior capacity a great deal. Check them out, but keep in mind these are a “special order” product and could take up to a week to ship out to you or your restaurant staff.

A size for every serving

When you visit MrTakeOutBags.com and begin to peruse the offerings in the category of disposable soup containers, you’ll discover what a wide range of sizes are available. Listed in fluid-ounce capacity, we have them to accommodate servings of 8, 12, 16, 32 and 64 ounce.

Caterers and restaurateurs serving bigger crowds might want to take a closer look at our 64-ounce combo deal, which comes with the large paper soup container with lid that’s also a good fit for ice cream, side dishes or pastas. This time of year, they’re a popular choice for gatherings. And best of all, you can save 15 percent compared with buying the components separately.


lentil soup closeupAccessorize your Disposable Soup Containers

LADLES

Your clients and diners won’t have to worry about how to get that delicious fall soup from the container into their bellies. We have some great suggestions for accessories.

For starters, our ladles make for an elegant, mess-free presentation. Made of premium quality heavy-duty high gloss plastic, they are reusable and have the look of permanent wear.

The 1.75 oz serving size aids with portion control, has a pouring spout on each side, a comfortable wide handle and can be used for soup, sauce, or dressing. They’re recyclable, too. Also available in a 3.5-ounce size, they’re even great for serving punch or festive holiday drinks.

SOUP SPOONS

Your diners will need spoons, too. At MrTakeOutBags, our disposable soup spoons have the look and appeal of stainless steel flatware, while being made of durable polypropylene and offering the ease of one-time use. This offers a path to a formal presentation without the high cost of renting, owning or cleaning permanent flatware.

They’re made in the USA and available right here.

We also can offer individually wrapped black soup spoons that are just the right choice for business meetings, lunches or banquets.


paper disposable soup containersVersatile Disposable Soup Containers a hallmark of autumn

With the rising popularity of Ramen and Pho around the world – and the versatility the products have to offer – Disposable Soup Containers are more than just that – from soup to nuts (especially customized with your brand or logo), they are the logical and lovely choice for a cornucopia of fall delights.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a steaming to-go bowl of my favorite chicken noodle waiting.

For so many of us – and our customers – great spirits can be the final ingredient to a perfect night. A good bottle of wine can make all the difference. Just like you wouldn’t slap any old label on any old bottle, you wouldn’t use just any box to package it in. There are many wine packaging boxes on the market, so it can be difficult to know which one to choose. Here’s what to look for in wine packaging boxes, along with some tips on selecting the right one.


refucilo wine bottle Why is Wine Packaging So Important To My Business?

There’s a reason why food packaging is such an important business, with so many people fighting for your attention, your awareness –  and your money. Food packaging must not only be useful; it needs to be attractive, too – and a few other things you might not have thought of.

We can look to the master of marketing himself, Steve Jobs, for a lesson on the importance of making sure every aspect of a product – from its price to its design – must reflect the intrinsic quality of the product itself. “We may have the best product, the highest quality, the most useful software etc.; if we represent them in a slipshod manner, they will be perceived as slipshod; if we present them in a creative, professional manner, we will impute the desired qualities,” Jobs has said.

Jobs used the term “impute,” which is the process by which an impression of a product is formed by mentally transferring the characteristics of the communicating media to the product.

If you’ve ever opened an Apple product, then you already know the profound impact the right packaging can have on purchasing choices. This holds true whether you are in the business of selling tech products or top-shelf wines.


custom wine boxesDo Wine Packaging Boxes Make My Wine Look Good?

When it comes to wine packaging boxes, presentation matters. A wine box is more than just a container; it’s an extension of your brand. It needs to protect your wine and keep it safe from damage during transport, but it also needs to look good doing it.

Think about the last time you were in a store and you saw a wine box that caught your eye. It might have been the color, the design or the way it was displayed. Whichever it was, you stopped, looked and maybe even purchased the wine inside.

Now think about the last time you were in a store and you saw a wine box that looked like it was made out of cardboard and duct tape. It probably didn’t make you want to buy the wine.

With boxes such as the wine presentation boxes from MrTakeOutBags.com, you can have the best of both worlds: a box that looks good and protects your wine.

The wine presentation boxes by MrTakeOutBags.com are made out of high-quality materials, like cardboard and kraft paper, and they’re designed to protect your vintage. They’re also easy to assemble, so you can get your wine from the store to your customers’ homes without damage.

And because they’re made out of high-quality materials, they have appeal to your potential buyers. The wine presentation boxes by MrTakeOutBags.com come in a variety of colors and designs, so you can find one that fits your brand. And if you want to take your wine presentation to the next level, you can add a custom logo or branding.


How Does This Product Protect My Wine?

A good wine packaging box will not just look great, it will do a good job protecting your product, too. Here are some of the features you’re going to want to keep an eye out for:

How Thick is the Material?

The thicker the material, the better it will be at protecting your wine.

Does it Keep the Wine Secure?

You’re going to want a wine packaging box that can prevent bumps and breaks, and reduces that hair-raising “clinking” noise that bottles make when they knock against each other.

Is it Constructed For Stability?

In addition to a sturdy, durable material, a good wine packaging box will have features such as locking tabs and sturdy bottoms to keep the bottles stable and safe.

Wine packaging boxes from MrTakeOutBags have all of these features and more.


4 and 6 pack wine carriersWhat Types of Wine Packaging Boxes Are There?

The presentation box is the first and most common type of wine packaging box. These wine packaging boxes are designed to be used for special occasions, like weddings or anniversaries. Those available at  MrTakeOutBags.com are made out of high-quality cardboard and come in a variety of colors and designs. These boxes lay flat and have a flat top. They feature separator inserts, too, to keep the wine safe and secure.

And remember, they’re a fantastic option for your company’s special product promotions or holiday gift presentations, too – no matter if you’re in the wine industry, banking, law and so much more.

A wine carrier box is used for wine that will be transported, like when you’re going to a picnic or taking a bottle to a friend’s house. These boxes have locking handles and are made to stand up and be carried. The wine carrier boxes from MrTakeOutBags.com come in a variety of colors and designs, too, and are fully customizable.

What if you want to transport more than one bottle? Not a problem with a 4-6 bottle carrier box  – a box that’s made with the same care for beauty and functionality as the other options you’ll see here.

If you’re looking for reusable bags to replace plastic and other types of bags meant to be repurposed, take a look at some reusable wine totes. They do the job and won’t contribute to clogging up a landfill.

With the quality of materials, appealing looks and protective properties, the variety of wine presentation boxes and wine carrier boxes from MrTakeOutBags.com has you covered. Give us a call and ask about putting your special touch onto these fantastic products. Salut!

Sometimes, it’s hard to understand why some of MrTakeOutBags’ products can be custom printed in smaller quantities than others. And, we hear a lot of questions about why some projects have plates and set-up costs, while others don’t. So today we’re going to do our best to provide some answers to questions about food packaging printing.

Methods for Food Packaging Printing

MrTakeOutBags.com employs a range of different printing methods for different products. Below is an explanation of the different printing methods that we can employ.


food packaging digital printingDigital Printing

Some products can be custom printed using a digital press, which is kind of like a big, expensive, technically advanced copier machine. 

The product (a cup for instance) is fed into the press and ink is sprayed onto the product (the cup) in very precise patterns, based on directions that are translated from the electronic art file. 

Digital printing usually (not always) is printed in “four color process.” Basically, that means that four colors: Cyan (light blue), Magenta (light red), Yellow, and Black inks are combined to give the illusion of a full-color image. 

Obviously, there are no plates or tooling involved in the digital print method. So, set-up costs are low. 

One downside of the digital print method is that the cost per unit doesn’t decrease much as your print quantity goes up. It costs the same cost per case to one case of cups as it does when printing 25 cases – if they’re produced using the digital print method.


food packaging flexographic printingFlexo Printing

Flexo (flexographic) printing is the most commonly employed ink printing method for food packaging. 

Imagine a printing press that is set up with a rubber stamp (the plate) that’s wrapped onto a cylinder on the press. The rubber stamp (plate) is then coated with ink in the image area. That inked image is then transferred to the printing surface.

If the image being produced contains more than one color, a separate rubber stamp plate is made for each color and wrapped onto separate printing units on the press. The press operator makes sure that each color is lined up (registered) to the color from the preceding unit(s). 

Ink colors are often identified using the “Pantone” color system or a CYMK equivalent.

Depending on what sort of paper, plastic or product is being printed, sometimes the colors don’t line up just perfectly. So, you might hear us warn you that the registration on a flexo printed project can float within a specified tolerance.

The upside of flexo is that the press can run very fast. The result is that the more you run, the lower the cost per piece.

 


food packaging printing hot stampHot Stamp Food Packaging Printing

Hot Stamp custom printing is an excellent choice for low-quantity branded boxes and bags.

This process requires a metal etched plate of the art being imprinted. So, the image needs to be fairly simple line art. 

The plate is heated and then pressed under pressure through a film that carries a layer of the preferred color. The heated, raised area of the plate’s image basically irons the film’s color layer onto the box or bag. 

Hot Stamping is a manual, hand-fed process, so it’s best suited for lower quantities.


Inline vs Post-print

Some projects are best suited for printing on the paper or plastic before the product is formed, folded and glued This is referred to as “inline printing.” 

And, some projects are best suited for printing after the product has been formed, folded and glued. This is called “post-print.”

inline printingInline

In-line printing happens at the manufacturing facility prior to the box, bag or cup being produced. 

This process is best for larger quantity orders, and it usually requires longer production and delivery times.

Big advantages of in-line production are:

  • Bags can be printed on the face, back, sides and bottom.
  • It’s a better cost-per-unit option for large volume quantities
  • Some products just don’t avail themselves to being printed after the product has been formed – like semi-auto boxes, or ripple cups

Post-print

Post-print custom printing is accomplished by printing on a product that has already been folded, glued and finished in its final form. 

Post-print can be accomplished via a number of printing methods, including digital, flexo or hot stamp – depending on the specific item and the quantity.

It’s important to keep in mind that post-printing on a product means that the printing is taking place on an imperfect surface. So, there may be some occasional imperfections in the print caused by subtle variations in the fold, glue or forming of the product. 

Post-print also is limited by the “live print area” available for imprinting. A finished product may have folds or seams that the printing equipment may not print well over top of. For instance, a fully assembled shopping bag already has handles glued inside the bag, and a printing plate will not contact the paper evenly. In these cases we have to have a certain margin away from the “non-flat” parts of the bag for proper contact.


custom coffee cupsWe Can Help You with Branded Food Packaging Printing

Your MrTakeOutBags.com Packaging Advisor can help you to sift through all of the possible print options and processes to find the best path for you and your business. We handle custom packaging for most foodservice businesses like restaurants, bakeries, coffee shops, food trucks, caterers etc. We also help non-food specific business like retail stores, hotels and resorts, colleges and universities and professional offices (doctor, dentist, law, realty.)

Our team of trained experts is here to take your call Monday through Friday from 9:00 am EST until 6:00 pm EST at 888-321-2248. Or, send us your info via our Custom Lead Form.

There’s nothing like it. You go to your favorite coffee purveyor, pick out your beans, they bag it up and you travel home. Now, the best part – you unfold those tin ties, unroll the top of the bag and take a big breath in, smelling the aroma of your chosen brew. Tin tie bags are the most wonderful way to showcase a good java.

But did you know, coffee isn’t the only thing that can find a great home in a tin tie bag? Businesses everywhere are discovering their many uses, styles and benefits. Today, we’re going to take a closer look at what tin tie bags have to offer.


What is it about tin tie bags?

Well, for starters, these traditional bags are an easy way to seal and secure the bag and its contents without an additional clip. Simply roll down the top of the bag and fold the wired ties around the ends.

In addition, by having the ability to roll down and reclose the bag as its contents are used, you’ll have a visual reference for how much of the product inside you have remaining.

Relatively inexpensive, too, tin ties are easy to fill up with a small scoop or a funnel. Just be sure to leave enough room at the top to roll it down as you go.

Another version of these bags now comes with a popular zipper seal. Take a look at those here.


A bag for many uses

COFFEE

Tin tie bags are perfect for coffee because they are designed to block moisture or oxygen from contaminating fresh coffee beans or ground coffee. Some even come with valves to help release gasses.

According to the folks at CDC.gov, Diacetyl, 2, 3-pentanedione, other volatile organic compounds and gases such as carbon monoxide and carbon dioxide are naturally produced during coffee roasting and released (off-gassed) during and after roasting. Bags fitted with one-way valves allow the coffee to off-gas after it is packaged.

Inside these bags, there’s a small plastic, one-way valve. The valve not only allows the gasses to escape, but also prevents oxygen from entering the bag, which would reduce shelf life and cause your favorite java to go stale. Read more about this helpful invention.

SNACK FOODS

Tin tie bags are a optimal way to store – and showcase – your most popular (or your customers’ favorite) snacks, such as:

  • Popcorn – Those kernels fit snugly inside a tin tie bag, yet the salts and butters don’t leak through. Companies across the country have found the benefits of using them, including Pittsburgh Popcorn, a thriving business for decades in the heart of the Steel City’s Strip District.
  • Candy – Think M&Ms, wrapped caramels, small lollipops or bridge mix. Even homemade hard candies or chocolates would work well. Just remember to store them in a cool, dry location.
  • Nuts – Grease resistant liners mean that oils are contained in the bag, and candied nuts will stay fresh and not clump together.
  • Pretzels – Mini pretzels look fantastic and stay fresh inside a nice tin tie bag.
  • Chips – Many restaurants showcase their homemade potato chips and offer them to take home inside of a tin tie bag. This provides yet another way to make money from your restaurant or café.

BAKED GOODS

  • Biscotti – These tasty treats (that are awesome with a hot cup of coffee, by the way) line up nicely in a tin tie bag.
  • Cookies – All sorts of shapes and sizes of chocolate chip, oatmeal, shortbread and more can be easily tucked away inside one of these great bags.
  • Mini Donuts – You’ve seen in the grocery store how Little Debbie uses tin tie sacks for their donuts. You can, too, and with your label instead of theirs.

SOME MORE UNIQUE USES FOR TIN TIE BAGS

Many of our clients here at MrTakeOutBags have found the benefits of using tin tie bags for unique items, such as:

  • Soil samples — Because tin ties can pack flat, easily close and be written on in the field, they are a great choice for this industry. Their strength and moisture barrier with the poly lined option make them a practical pick.
  • Bath products — Many boutique fragrance shops use tin tie bags for their bath salts, bath bombs and potpourris.
  • Beading and jewelry supplies — Smaller tin tie bags are a great choice for folks browsing through bead bins or crystals.

black tin tie bag laying downTin ties bags take shape

Tin tie bags have four walls and a gusset, created from a single sheet of paper. A peak is created at the top when the bag is sealed.

Because they have a flat bottom, they stand upright. There are several benefits to this. They display beautifully and are easily stocked on shelves. In addition, they can easily sit flat inside of other, larger flat-bottom bags.

Tin tie bag sizes are generally based on dry weight measurements. They are available in a wide range, from half-pound to 5-pound capacity.

There’s a style for every use, too, including:

  • Poly lined, which keeps contents free from contamination
  • PLA lined – the perfect choice for any eco-friendly coffee shop or business.
  • Poly / plastic laminate bags, which use a combination of these materials merged together to provide a barrier for your products.
  • Window tin ties, which are a great way to show off those specialty items in your shop
  • Heat sealable. With these bags, the top opening can be sealed (with your own heat sealer) to provide a durable and secure fit. Once sealed, the top of the bag becomes tamper evident, with tear notches for the buyer to remove.
  • Chalkboard black is a popular choice for shops that use a white ink pen to personalize their items. These also are available with a PLA liner.

Are they earth-friendly?

In short, it depends. Tin tie bags generally are not recyclable if they’re made of a paper-poly combination. In addition, you’ll need to remove the actual tin tie by tearing it off before recycling the rest of the bag. This holds true for the PLA version as well.

PLA or pure paper tin tie bags are fully recyclable. The PLA version is made from 40 percent recycled, unbleached natural kraft paper that contains 25 percent post-consumer content. They are compostable as well.

Many plastic tin tie bags, which are becoming more popular, can be recycled with other plastic items. If you use these, be sure to check the bottom to see if the recycle number matches your area’s guidelines.


custom label on a tin tie bagPut your name on it!

Tin tie bags can easily be customized to showcase your brand or company logo. Hot stamping or full-color printing are two ways to accomplish this.

Another great idea that many shop owners employ is having a custom label made for the front of the bag.

In some cases, you can even request a custom color for the tin tie itself.

Check out some ideas for customizing your tin tie bags here. And if it’s a custom label you’re leaning toward, here’s a place to start.

No matter what size, color or style you choose, a great tin-tie bag is the perfect addition to your business and your customers’ pantries.

Just about three years ago now, we all were plunged headlong into the life-changing effects of the Covid 19 pandemic. This horrible disease altered the way we do everything – including getting food from our favorite eateries and coffee shops.

Suddenly, takeout was king. It was the only way to get our restaurant meals. But there was a lack of peace of mind with that, too. So a means of protecting our foods became queen. We had to safeguard our gourmet goodies not only from the elements and Coronavirus, but also pilfering delivery drivers.

Tamper-evident takeout packaging became a way of life and has not gone away since. The fact is, tamper-evident and tamper-proof packaging is not going anywhere. We all rely upon it now.


stats surrounding food deliveryStats around the need for tamper-evident takeout packaging

“Circuit,” a route optimization software for delivery drivers, surveyed both drivers and customers — and some of what they found was shocking.

  • A survey of 1,066 American food delivery customers, published April 25 of this year, found that 54% of Americans have on occasion suspected their delivery driver consumed parts of their food or beverage prior to delivery.
  • A survey of delivery drivers, published April 20, showed that a whopping 79% of drivers admitted to eating customers’ foods.
  • And a US Foods Delivery Study from 2019 showed 85% of respondents answered “Yes” to whether they wanted restaurants to use tamper-evident labels to address delivery drivers eating their food.

Just last week, a DoorDash customer posted a now-viral video on TikTok about how his driver only delivered just the remaining bones of a WingStop order, along with an empty fry tray and note apologizing because he was “broke and hungry.” The New York Post – along with a plethora of other sites – covered the story. You can check it out here.


food delivery safetyHow we eat, how we order

EduMe.com revealed some interesting numbers when it comes to our eating habits, too, with its article just back on May 5th, 2022:

  • Americans use on average at least 5 food delivery services a month.
  • 45% stated they have become dependent on food delivery for themselves or members of their households.
  • Four in 10 Americans are ordering food for delivery at least once a month.
  • More than one in 10, or 13%, order delivery meals an astounding two to six times a week.
  • And oddly enough, survey results show that 60% of U.S. consumers spend more money now on food delivery every month than they did at the height of the pandemic.

With all of those burgers, baked goods, pizzas and pastrami sandwiches going out the door, knowing they’re safe should be a top priority.


Tamper-evident takeout vs. tamper proof

No disposable packaging can ever truly be tamper “proof.” After all, those bags and boxes are made of plastic and paper. Tamper proof items are nearly impossible to get into.

Tamper evident, however, may not keep someone’s fingers out of your fries, but it will show you that they’ve been there. Think tear-away strips on plastic deli containers, tamper-evident labels and boxes that seal when they’re packaged but show when they are compromised.

Tamper-evident takeout packaging also prevents “crimes of opportunity”, where someone might pilfer some food if it’s right there and easy to get to – but would think twice when there’s an obstacle stopping them.


food delivery processWe’ve got your peace-of-mind packaging

BAGS

Seal 2 Go bags come in both plastic and paper and can be customized with your brand or logo for safety and style.

These bags have an adhesive strip at the top that allows the preparer to seal in food for delivery. This creates a tear-away top so that the bag cannot be re-opened without creating noticeable evidence of tampering.

Take a look at our video about how these awesome bags work.

Deliver Safe bags are another great choice. These clear bags in two different sizes end the worry about delivery drivers jeopardizing your good name.

They are a clear frosted poly bag with a permanent closure adhesive strip at the top. They’re printed with a bold “Deliver Safe” design and “Tamper-Resistant Delivery Bag” on the front, all while providing a sophisticated look and ease of filling, thanks to their flexible bottom gusset.

In addition, they’re fully customizable and made of a thicker plastic that will handle your heavier dishes.

BOXES

Tamper-evident takeout boxes are the perfect option for packing up your customers’ lunches, leftovers and more.

They have a “lock” that won’t keep a hungry driver out of your box, but will make it abundantly clear if someone attempted to open it. This, in itself, keeps roaming fingers at bay.

Vented to keep items crisp and some with a window option, they are large enough to accommodate a variety of complete meals, and made of hefty 16-point paperboard.

Not only are they easy to use and store, they also look amazing branded with your restaurant’s logo. Take a look at our tamper-evident lunch boxes here.

BioPak Protect tamper-evident takeout boxes feature an adhesive seal, tear-away tab and viewing window for confirming contents. On the end of the top flap of the box, there’s an adhesive seal with a covering that reads “To Expose Adhesive, Remove Liner.” This allows a fold over the box that sticks securely once pressed. It will not come off without damaging the paper on the front of the box.

With their single-piece construction and sturdy shape, there is no assembly required. They’re grease-resistant, leak resistant and contain no fluorine-based chemicals. They hold in heat, release steam and discourage anyone from reaching in for a bite. Something to keep in mind, though, is that they are not intended to go into the microwave.

 Take a closer look at all these boxes have to offer at MrTakeOutBags.com.

CLEAR PLASTIC CONTAINERS

With dozens of shapes and styles – from round to rectangular to square and large to small – these clear hinged plastic containers are both tamper resistant and tamper evident.

Great for pre-packed retail food items or takeout containers, they are leak resistant, stackable clamshells that showcase products while assuring that the contents inside have not been contaminated.

They’re simple to use and economical, featuring a tear strip to get inside that is proof positive of any tampering. See all of them right here.


tamper evident labels with perforationsTurn regular packaging into tamper-evident takeout packaging

If you already have a nice cache of boxes or bags, but you’re still concerned about how to keep your food safe, we can offer ways to make it easy for you.

  • A simple sticker or label is the perfect solution. And best of all, we can help you to customize them with your brand or logo. Once applied to a box or bag, there will be clear evidence if they’ve been torn to get inside. See our custom label options. Some labels can even feature an open area for writing your own information, allowing for easier order sorting and delivering.
  • Delivery seals are available in several colors, or we can help you to customize them. They cannot be peeled off without obvious signs of tampering.

We know how important your customers’ food safety is to you. After all, your reputation is at stake. Tamper-evident takeout packaging may have been something restaurants didn’t prioritize until a few years ago, but now it’s of the utmost importance. And knowing that there are the products at MrTakeOutBags.com and elsewhere to calm that worry is just one less thing to have on your plate.

SOS! OK, now that I have your attention, I’m not really in need of any help. Instead, I’m here to offer some. No doubt as a business owner, you have folks needing to take items out of your store. And for more than 130 years, SOS bags – or Self Opening Sacks – have come to the rescue.

Invented in 1882 by Ohio-born mechanical engineer Charles Stilwell, SOS bags have been a favorite for those many years for its ability to stand and easily be filled. This invention improved the store owners’ and shoppers’ experience and led to the creation of handled shopping bags in 1912.

According to Ohio History Central, “Charles Stilwell was a resident of Fremont, Ohio. He fought in the American Civil War in the Union military. Following the conflict, Stilwell returned to Fremont, where he embarked upon a career as a mechanical engineer.

sos bag patent

Stilwell dedicated his free time to manufacturing an improved paper bag. Paper or grocery bags already existed, but they were not easy to fold or to store. They also could not stand on their own because of their V-shaped bottom. On June 12, 1883, the U.S. Patent Office granted Stilwell a patent for a machine that manufactured a square-bottom bag. The bag also had pleated sides. The square bottom allowed the bags to stand on their own, while the pleats permitted easy folding and storage of the bag when it was not in use. …

Stilwell’s invention dramatically improved the paper bag, making it much more desirable to American consumers. In essence, Stilwell’s bag was the precursor of modern-day paper bags. In 2000, Americans used approximately forty billion grocery bags based on Stilwell’s original design.”

Take a look at Stilwell’s patent.


sos paper lunch bag sizesBy the pound

When you visit MrTakeOutBags.com and look for an S.O.S. bag, you’ll see them referred to by “pounds,” for example, 8# SOS bags. This naming convention has its roots in history, too.

Back in the day, neighborhood grocers actually would fill your bags with dry ingredients such as flour and sugar for purchase. A 4# bag would fit just about 4 pounds of sugar and leave enough room at the top to be able to fold the bag down to seal it. Back then, they even referred to “barrel sizes,” which would fit about “1/6th of a barrel of flour.”

Interestingly – and if you’ve used them before you know this – the thickness of the paper used to make the S.O.S. bag increases along with the size of the bag to be able to support more weight.

Standard S.O.S. bags come in white or kraft paper and often many colors as well.

Grease-resistant S.O.S. sacks have a coating that makes them not only heavier, but resistant to oils. These are best for donuts, tortilla chips and fries, to name a few.

S.O.S. bags also come in what’s known as a “hardware” bag. These will hold up to a pound of nails just fine.


variety of sos bag typesSpecial styles cover all needs

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the special types of S.O.S. bags we offer:

  • As previously mentioned, grease-resistant S.O.S. sacks will protect food – and your client’s hands, car seats and clothing. Available in three sizes, they prevent messes while being made from 100-percent recycled paper.
  • Windowed candy / bakery bags are fantastic for point-of-purchase display, allowing your customers to see the product inside. Best of all, they’re grease-resistant, too. They’re available in kraft and white and sized at 4#, 6# and 8#. These are great for movie theaters, promotions, cookies, snacks and many other uses.
  • Perfect for lunches, bakery items and snacks, the double wax S.O.S. bag also is available in 4#, 6# and 8# versions. They stand up on their own to fill and keep food items fresh. With their superior grease resistance, they also can be used to freeze foods without the extra step of additional wrapping.
  • Sometimes the best things come in small packages, especially when you’re in the mood for fries, chips or a fresh-made bagel. That’s where our snack sacks come in. Available in two sizes, they’ll hold just the right amount of tater tots, onion rings, chicken nuggets or even berries. They’re poly-lined for grease resistance and fold flat to easily tuck away in your storage room. They work great for breakfast sandwiches and small burgers, too.

different paper lunch bag colorsA couple more stellar features of SOS bags

  • Many have a thumb notch to make them easy to open and fill. Just pinch the top and flick your arm downward and voila! Ready to go.
  • They come in a variety of color options to compliment your brand. The white option provides for a clean, classic and elegant look. The kraft is the most eco-friendly and offers a more rustic appearance. In addition, unique colors can match just about any color scheme or different colors can even be used to designate size. Check out all the colors here.

wide variety of paper lunch sacksSustainable, eco-friendly, recyclable

S.O.S. bags are a great choice to help our environment. Let’s take a look at why.

* Most S.O.S. bags are recyclable, since they’re made of paper. The natural brown kraft version is the most eco-friendly option since it’s made using post-consumer content. White S.O.S. bags, while still recyclable, often are bleached or made with “virgin” fibers.

* Window bags are recyclable if the plastic window is removed.

* Many grease-resistant bags actually are PFAS free, which is becoming more common. Per- and Poly-fluoralkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of chemicals used to make coatings and products that resist heat, oil, stains, grease and water. Some studies have associated them with cancer, liver damage and increased risk of asthma if used extensively and over time.


top of paper lunch bagWhy do SOS. bags have a serrated top?

This saw-tooth pattern at the top of the bag not only makes it easier to open and pick up. It can help to prevent paper cuts, too, since flat edges tend to be sharper to the touch.

In addition, smooth paper edges tend to stick together. The small “teeth” created by the serrated cut bend just enough to give some separation between layers.

custom printed sos bagEasily customizable S.O.S. bags are a hit

No reason your fancy food should have a Plain Jane presentation. We make customizing your S.O.S. bags a breeze at MrTakeOutBags.com.

With a simple, one-color design, we can hot stamp your bags with your brand or logo right here in house. If you want something more complex that showcases all of your colors, that’s no problem either. We will help you through the whole process.

In fact, we pride ourselves on becoming a partner to you throughout it all. See what we mean on our Customization page.

A variety of options. Quality. Presentation. Customer Service. It’s all in the bag!

You know the feeling. The backpacks are loaded up, the school buses are rolling, summer’s almost gone – and we’re all thinking about those warm drinks again. With coffee season and cold weather brewing, now’s the time to get moving on stocking up on the best paper coffee cups (a.k.a hot cups) – especially those sporting your custom design or logo. Customizing your coffee cups can take a little time, and you don’t want to miss out on getting your name out there to the pumpkin spice latte loving masses.

Paper coffee cups are better (in general) for those hot drinks. Plastic cups should be reserved for cold drinks since it can melt and warp if filled with hot beverages. Paper coffee cups will help keep your customers’ drinks warm and their hands safe. And the best part is, there’s a wide range of options from which to choose.


graph showing popular espresso drinksDid You Know…?

Americans love their Lattes – Cappuccino too. According to the National Coffee Association’s National Coffee Data Trends 2022 report, those two are the most popular espresso based beverages in America. Bringing up the rest of the roster, in order of popularity, are Espresso, Café Mocha, Americano, Macchiato and lastly, Flat White.

I lean toward the Lattes, but they’re all a comforting respite during a busy day.


Our Cups Runneth Over

If your customers are looking for one of those espressos or lattes, we’ve got you covered with just the right size – no matter what you go through the most.

When it comes to providing options for paper coffee cups for your store, MrTakeOutBags.com has several fantastic styles. Let’s take a closer look:

  • Ripple Wrapped – Our ripple wrapped paper coffee cups create air channel gaps that promote insulation. The corrugated style keeps customers from scorching their hands and keeps drinks hot, meaning that with this style, no sleeve is necessary. They are price competitive versus purchasing sleeves and cups separately. And, they’re made using responsible forestry practices. Take a look at our Ripple Wrapped Coffee Cups
  • Double Wall – Having to shield your customers with a sleeve to protect their hands is no longer a worry with the two layers of paper making up the double wall coffee cup. Made with premium paperboard, many of these cups are 100 percent compostable, microwave safe, contain a lining made with plant-based materials and can be custom printed in up to four colors. See our selection of Double Wall Coffee Cups
  • Single Wall – For a business just starting out or an office that goes through a lot of paper coffee cups, this is the most economical option. That being said, for direct-pour drinks such as hot coffee, a second layer of some type might be in order. Many of our coffee shop clients purchase coffee sleeves – which also can be customized – or double up the cups when they serve the hottest drinks. Here’s a peek at our whole selection of Paper Coffee Cups, including many single wall options.

different types of coffee cups lidsMatch your Paper Coffee Cups with the Correct Lids

Once you’ve selected the right paper coffee cup for your business, the next step is just as important – a lid that fits.

Without a tight-fitting lid that’s made to pair with the cup you’ve purchased, all that delicious roasted coffee may wind up on the ground – or worse. Here at MrTakeOutBags.com, we make it super easy to avoid that mistake.

When you select a coffee cup on our website, just click on the thumbnail to get all of the details then scroll down and look at the right side of the page. There, you’ll find our Related Products section, which will point you to the right lid for your cup.

Some of our hot cup lids feature cream, sugar and decaf buttons to push in for your customers’ convenience when sorting out that office coffee run order. In addition, we offer black, white and brown lids that complement and contrast the color of both our stock cups and can best match your brand colors.

Want to see for yourself? Check out our Lids for Paper Coffee Cups right here.

It’s just as important to make sure your coffee cup lids don’t leak. There are a few important tips that can help assure that, such as making sure your lids snap into place. We’ve put together a short educational video to show you how.


compostable coffee cupsAre my Paper Coffee Cups Recyclable?

While the Earth-friendliness varies from cup to cup, most paper coffee cups use a “poly” or plastic liner that deems them NOT recyclable. The reason for this is that the paper and plastic components are not easily separated.

That being said, compostable coffee cups do exist, such as our ripple and double-wall options. In addition, coffee cup lids come with an embossed recycling code with a number, which will indicate how they can be recycled. Again, this will vary from lid to lid and region to region. Check your municipality’s rules on which codes can be tossed into that recycling bin.

Our compostable lids are what’s known as PLA. This stands for Polylactic Acid. In simpler terms, that means it’s the type of plastic that is derived from renewable resources, such as cornstarch.

The bottom line here is to do your research. Read the descriptions on MrTakeOutBags.com for the cups and lids you are interested in and look carefully at the “green” symbols above the description details for each item.


cafetano custom coffee cupsHow do I get Branded Paper Coffee Cups?

So you’ve opened your shop, you’ve selected your cups. All that’s left is to put your name on them. No sweat! There are multiple ways to get your logo to the java loving masses:

  • For starters, you may want to consider a branded coffee sleeve. These sleeves may cost less than having your cups printed, they fit various cup sizes, and some have a glue dot to help keep them in place on the hot cup. While this will also mean another product to inventory and stock, it may be a fantastic option to get you started. Here’s a look at our branded coffee sleeves.
  • While branded cups may cost a little more, the “WOW” factor can be a whole lot more. No matter what your color scheme is, we can help you to show it off on a multitude of sizes and styles of paper coffee cup. Want to take a closer look? Here’s a primer on custom paper coffee cups. There, you’ll see a slew of beautiful cups we’ve done for our special clients like you.
  • Can’t go the custom printed route just yet? You can still stand out in the crowd. Our red, blue or black ripple cups can help to set your shop apart until you’re ready to brand your takeout packaging with your unique logo.

To sum it up, we not only offer a great selection of stock items for your café or coffee shop – we also give you the tools, time and talent to make them “all yours.”

Now go ahead, grab a piping hot cup o’ Joe, pull out that laptop and give us a look at MrTakeOutBags.com, your coffee cup go-to for a successful customer experience.

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