Tri-Star gears up to show off its street cred

Innovative and environmentally friendly packaging for ‘street food’ will take centre-stage for Tri-Star Packaging at this year’s Lunch! show (24-25 September 2015, Business Design Centre, London).

Exhibiting once again on Stand M101, Tri-Star will unveil its new Eco Street compostable containers for hot and cold food such as pasta, curry, noodles and salad. Perfect for street food traders, cafés, takeaways and caterers offering food-to-go, the Eco Street range is available in round, square and rectangular options, with different depths on offer, as well as platters.

The new Taste range
The new Taste range

Eco Street containers are made from bagasse, a fully compostable sugar cane pulp that grows abundantly and is therefore renewable. They are available with ultra-clear heat resistant rPET lids made from recycled and recyclable materials and offering superb visibility and presentation – as well as excellent stackability. The bowls are freezer, microwave and oven-safe, so meals can be heated directly inside, and they offer good thermal properties to keep food warm.

Meanwhile, for those times when vendors need to keep food hotter for longer, Tri-Star is introducing the new Taste range of kraft brown packaging for takeaway foods. In the range are fluted packs for hot wraps and sandwiches, food-to-go boxes with integrated lids, and pizza boxes with a unique window feature that offers great visibility.

What makes the Taste packs really special is that as well as keeping hot food warm for longer, they do so without ever making the packaging too hot to hold. This means they’re perfect for eating on the go. As well as having great eco-credentials – all of the packs are recyclable and the hot sandwich packs are also biodegradable – the Taste range can also be printed for customised branding.

Kevin Curran, Managing Director of Tri-Star, said: “Street food is on-trend right now and it’s time that packaging caught up. Our new Eco Street and Taste containers provide perfect solutions for eating on the move and will keep hot food hot even in the coldest weather. They’re also perfect for chilled food, so there’s no need to double up on your inventory, which is important for street food vendors as they always have limited space.”

Also on the Tri-Star stand will be other recent innovations, including an exclusive new highly ergonomic flatbread pack and the Portabottle® range of bottle carriers. These cutting-edge, flat-pack carriers, designed to carry up to six bottles of beer or wine, are now available in smaller sizes for fruit juices and smoothies. Re-useable, recyclable and fully brandable, Portabottle® is the ideal solution for carrying multiple bottles easily and securely.

The new Portabottle® for juices and smoothies
The new Portabottle® for juices and smoothies

Other great concepts on show will be Coalesce™, Tri-Star’s dazzling new hinged hybrid pack that makes it easy for food-to-go operators to display salads, sushi and bakery products in their full glory. Now available in bespoke print, Coalesce™ features a unique design comprising an ultra-clear hinged lid attached to a board base that can be printed internally and externally for greater brand presence and ultimate shelf impact. The see-through rPET lid creates a large viewing area for increased visibility, helping to drive impulse purchases and boost sales.

There will also be a chance to see the award-winning Tri-Pot™, a stylish, sturdy and versatile container that’s perfect for products such as pasta salads, couscous, olives, yoghurt & granola, and chopped fruit. It offers superb presentation on-shelf and excellent levels of clarity, making it ideal for encouraging impulse purchases. The Tri-Pot™ also has pleasing soft curves that fit perfectly in the hand.

Kevin added: “Lunch! gives us the perfect opportunity to demonstrate face-to-face to people why our packaging concepts can make a real positive difference to the efficiency and profitability of their food-to-go business. With street food the big thing right now, we’re confident visitors to the show will find our solutions are second to none in terms of delivering functionality, superb appearance and sustainability.”