The spread of COVID-19 might be giving customers second thoughts about ordering take out and delivery. After all, food delivery drivers come into contact with many restaurants and many customers. But with the right tamperproof packaging, you can protect your customers and food from COVID-19 and reassure any customer doubts about the safety of your prepared foods.
Why Should I Use Tamperproof Packaging?
A take out box with a proper seal minimizes the chances of your products being purposely or accidentally opened by employees or customers that have not yet purchased an item. For customers that have purchased an item, seeing a food container that hasn't been meddled with gives them a sense of relief because they know that their purchase has not been touched by germy hands or contaminated with harmful bacteria.
Plus, it builds trust amongst consumers about your establishment, as the extra thought put into your food packaging implies that your business cares about the well-being of your customers. This is why it's more important than ever to wrap up your meals with tamperproof packaging.
How Do I Tamperproof My Food Packaging?
Whether you’re a new or experienced restaurateur, it’s never too late to learn how to tamperproof your packaging. There is essential information you need to know before we dive into sealing up your food, such as how the FDA defines tamperproof packaging and the different types that are available to you. With this knowledge, you’ll be able to choose the types of tamperproof packaging that are suitable for you and your customers.
What Is Tamperproof Packaging?
Tamperproof packaging typically falls under two categories: tamper-evident packaging (TEP) and tamper-resistant packaging (TRP). According to the Food and Drug Administration, TEP provides evidence that a package has not been opened while TRP is designed to resist access to the package.
Thankfully, the food industry is not new to tamperproofing. There have been instances where delivery drivers have sampled a few fries from customers’ orders which can contaminate meals and minimize portions. This is one of the many reasons why the food industry has developed tamperproofing methods to prevent similar instances from happening again.
What Types Of Tamperproof Packaging Are There?
There are several types of food packaging containers and methods available for foodservice establishments, but not all may be right for your meal or customers. Take a look at the most common examples of tamperproof packaging:
- TEP/TRP food containers and bottles: Securely seal meals and leave evidence of tampering.
- Sticker seals: Designed to seal containers and leave traces when removed to indicate that the container has been opened.
- Heat-sealable bags: With a heat sealer, you can seal bags that cannot be resealed without showing that they have been previously opened.
- Foodservice film: Clings to meals and is visibly looser if it’s been unwrapped. It's notable to include that this is not completely reliable.
While choosing a type of packaging container, keep in mind that customers also value tamperproof packaging that can be opened without too much difficulty. It is also a good idea to let your customers know about your tamperproof packaging by promoting your tamper-evident containers on your social media platforms, as this will set your business apart from the competition. You can also leave a small note in the delivery bags to remind them to check each item before they are opened to show customers you care.
Protect Your Meals & Your Customers
Packaged take out and delivery meals are now more important than ever because of the coronavirus pandemic. This virus has forced the government and the foodservice industry to take drastic measures, such as closing restaurant dining areas and ordering restaurants to switch to only take out and delivery services.
This virus has forced countries to practice “social distancing” which has caused restaurant dining to go down 42% in the U.S., according to OpenTable. With more people staying home, customers will be swapping the in-person restaurant experience for delivery orders. Now more than ever before, tamperproofing your delivery or take out orders is essential in preventing cross-contamination and minimizing food waste in restaurants with delivery services.