Tri-Star Packaging claimed a remarkable ‘one-two’ result at this year’s Café Life Awards, earning both the Winner and Highly Commended spots in the packaging section of the New Café Product (non-food) of the Year category.
The outright winner in the category was Tri-Star’s new Oval Eco Street Bowl, a unique oval bowl for hot and cold food that’s better for the environment and much easier to hold while eating than the usual round and square containers. Made from unbleached bagasse – a fully compostable sugar cane pulp that grows abundantly – the ergonomic Oval Eco Street Bowl is ideal for cafés, street food traders and other caterers serving food to go options such as curries, noodles, pasta, burritos and salads.
Earning Tri-Star a Highly Commended was the Tri-Label Allergen Food Rotation Label, a simple, affordable back-of-house solution helping cafés to provide their customers with information about any allergenic ingredients that may be present in the food they serve. Since 13 December 2014, food-to-go operators have been legally obliged to identify clearly products that could contain allergens. Freezer-safe and featuring a protective UV gloss to repel moisture, food and liquids, the Allergen Food Rotation Label features a tick box for each of the 14 allergens covered by the regulation, as well as ample space to include detailed use-by information.
The winners of the Café Life Awards 2015, held in conjunction with the Lunch! show, were announced at a glittering ceremony at the Grange Tower Bridge Hotel in London on 24 September. The following day, the Oval Eco Street Bowl made it a treble triumph for Tri-Star with a Commended award in the Lunch! Innovation Challenge.
Kevin Curran, Managing Director of Tri-Star, said: “I think it’s fair to say that we were the undisputed packaging kings in the Café Life Awards, and to win a commendation at the Lunch! Innovation Challenge the following day was the icing on the cake. Before we launch any new packaging or labelling product, it has to go through a rigorous process in which we decide whether there’s really a market need for it. This means that when we call our packaging concepts ‘innovations’, it’s not just superficial PR puff – it’s the truth: Our products meet café operators’ unmet needs. They also make life easier for them and increase their profits. It’s for these reasons that we stand apart from other packaging companies, and why we win so many awards!”