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‘Take it out’ on Us

By: Mya Koch
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Think back to 15-plus months ago – We would much rather have taken a seat among our neighbors and enjoyed the din of conversation and cling-clang of real plates, cups and silverware.

Today, we are beginning to enjoy those sounds again. Thank goodness.

But during those tense months, we found solace in the simplest of concepts: Take-out meals.

We were able to support our local eateries and favorite chain restaurants by pulling up to the curb, dialing in and having a kind, masked restaurant staffer hand us off our burgers, sushi and fried chicken dinners.

We enjoyed them safely in the comforts of our own homes. And you know what? We really, really like that. While take-out always was a “thing,” as they say, business is boomin’! And it’s because of Covid 19 that we all realized that on those days when we’d rather eat our Pad Thai while watching a crime drama in our PJs, grab-and-go is a godsend.

Look around your house. We’ve all got them: Plastic bags, cups and boxes emblazoned with the logos of our favorite cafes and restaurants. Hopefully if you’re like me, you find ways to re-use and re-use them — or at least recycle.

But as restaurants open up again full steam, another side effect is happening: A shortage of these very packages that brought us all so much comfort.

Take Starbucks, for example.

According to QSR (Quick Service Restaurant), the online publication of Restaurant Brands International (also stock symbol QSR), the coffee giant is having difficulty keeping its fans fueled with their favorites due to a shortage in needed supplies, such as cups, cup stoppers and such.

Upon arriving in line, as well as online, customers are greeted with a sign stating, “Due to current supply shortages, some of your favorites may be temporarily out of stock. We’re sorry for the inconvenience.”

An online report by Restaurant Business Feb. 27 put a spotlight on the explosion in demand for to-go packaging, stating “Any restaurant or food service operation that was fortunate to remain open … is using a lot more take-out and delivery containers. For a while in March and April of last year, … demand outpaced supply. … Operators also had to scramble to procure any packaging they could.”

And we are seeing that with many of our busiest clients in the restaurant sector across the nation and beyond. We are facing obstacles every day in making sure they have the boxes, bowls and fry bags they need to provide the foods that all of you enjoy.

At MrTakeOutBags, we are sourcing all of these precious packages, keeping the supply chain moving and overseeing shipments to make sure all of your favorite places to nosh have all of the packages ready to let you do just that while parked on the couch, or around the dinner table with family members relieved they don’t have to cook. We are helping business owners all across America to get back on their feet – so you can get off of yours and enjoy!

 

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Mya L Koch is a Sales Order Specialist for MrTakeOutBags.com who has vast experience as a journalist, writer and editor for publications such as The Wilmington Star-News and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, where she managed staffs of young writers and photographers and helmed daily, monthly and annual publications seen throughout the region. Her writings have been published in magazines, newspapers and most recently in a hard-cover book for the national Bring Music Home initiative. She has extensive experience as an editor, manager and in retail sales. She welcomes your ideas and suggestions for her blog post as part of the BABCOR Packaging / MrTakeOutBags.com team.

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