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Colpac has extended its Platters range to incorporate two new, smaller individual sized options in a bid to meet demand from the meetings and events sectors for innovative, hygienic alternatives to the shared buffet experience.
Post-COVID, buffets have largely become obsolete. However, the shared eating experience is still an integral element at meetings and events. In response to this, Colpac has launched a small (324/304mm), and an extra small (230/210mm) platter box. These outer sleeves utilise the medium and large platter inserts, to create new single portion alternatives for the platter range.
Each can hold an array of buffet style foods ideal for one to two people, from sandwiches and wraps along with savoury and sweet baked products. They also answer to the evolution in this market for afternoon teas, well-presented room service and outdoor events such as individual picnics.
The kraft material of the platters provide an artisan look and feel for the contents that is appealing to the consumer, and paperboard platters have seen a huge rise in popularity due to the ease of recycling. For the best end of life outcome any food waste should be removed before recycling and, the film can be easily detached and recycled/composted separately.
The boxes are easy to assemble and are delivered flat, providing a space efficient solution that caterers/back of house teams, can construct in advance and stack ready to use. Both the base and the box are manufactured from high grade paperboard to provide the rigidity required for transport and the wide window aperture on the box provides excellent visibility of the contents,
Pop-out handles on the bases allows for simple and hygienic handling without risking contamination, and the tuck end boxes provide security once the platter is filled for onward transport.
“Due to our agile in-house design and manufacturing capabilities, Colpac is uniquely placed to quickly create packaging solutions which meets customer needs,” said Kate Berry, Colpac’s Head of Marketing & Product. “Our platters range is testament to our creativity and, the capabilities of paperboard. The addition of these two new, smaller options has enabled us to offer a solution which not only caters to demand for individual portion sizes, but a recyclable option which helps customers meet sustainable objectives.”