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Who's News in Catering for December 4, 2022

Products on the Market

Gordon Food Service® unveiled its newest effort toward waste reduction and education with Re.Source, a comprehensive range of sustainable food packaging, available exclusively through the company.  Re.Source products will begin rolling out December 2021 and throughout 2022. Re.Source is compostable, recyclable, and reusable packaging that supports both beginning and end-of-life sustainability.


UltraThinPE Tec™ is a new innovation from Stora Enso that significantly reduces the share of plastic coating in foodservice [board (FSB) and applications such as single-use paper cups. With the help of UltraThinPE Tec™, Stora Enso has developed the thinnest polymer coating for FSB products on the market. This achievement allows for paper cup designs with less than 5% plastic – an important step in helping packaging converters, brand-owners, and retailers meet their plastics reduction targets. The technology is presently used in the production of UltraThinPE coatings for Stora Enso’s Cupforma product range for paper cups.  Paperboard material used for producing paper cups requires a barrier – commonly made from plastic – that offers both protection against liquid and functionality in converting. UltraThinPE Tec™ greatly improves the sustainability of paper cups by yielding the lowest plastic coating weight available on the market and reducing the overall carbon footprint of the finished product.  UltraThinPE Tec™ reduces plastic coating weight by up to 40% when compared to Cupforma Natura products with 15 g/m2 PE (polyethylene) or renewable PE Green coatings (bio-based polyethylene), therefore enabling a share of greater than 95% paperboard. Achieving a plastic share of less than 5% helps brand-owners meet the composite threshold for packaging in some European countries. As a result, UltraThinPE Tec™ coatings can significantly reduce extended producer responsibility (EPR) fees by as much as 75% in countries such as Germany.  

People on the Move

Vulcan, the leading provider of commercial cooking equipment, is welcoming two new chefs to its staff who will support Vulcan’s ongoing evolution and establish Vulcan’s new Center of Excellence as a full resource for its rep groups, dealers and end users. Chef Pete Schellenbach recently joined Vulcan as a Culinary Specialist. Chef Hank Sawtelle also joins Vulcan as a Culinary Specialist to support product development efforts and customer opportunities nationwide. 


Great Performances, New York’s City’s premier catering, events and hospitality company, announced today the appointment of Andrew Smith, the former executive chef Riverpark, the city’s forward thinking dining concept and multifaceted event venue, to the position of the company’s culinary director.  In his new role at Great Performances (GP), known for its commitment to transparent local sourcing, seasonal ingredients and innovative presentations, Smith will oversee: menu development for GP’s catering, venue and corporate dining operations; research and development; the production team; and tastings. 

Hot Off the Presses

Bill Hansen Catering announces a new partnership with Alexander Event Catering and Different Look, two leading brands that have served South Florida’s wedding and special events market for more than 15 years. The equal partnership between Bill Hansen and = Monica Festinger, who is staying on board as founder and co-owner of Different Look and Alexander Event Catering, will build upon the brand expertise that Bill Hansen and his team have brought to South Florida for over 40 years.  Both Alexander Event Catering and Different Look will continue to operate as usual, servicing private events and weddings out of their facility in Deerfield Beach. The difference is now they’ll receive expertise, guidance, and support from Bill Hansen and his team. Bill Hansen Catering will continue to invest in brand growth for each unit under the Bill Hansen umbrella, offering new infrastructure, processes, staffing, training, and more. This partnership will bring a new standard of luxury to South Florida events as a whole. 



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