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Food Service Supplies

From cutlery to napkins, Egyptian has the food service supplies you need for dining in, carryout, and beyond. 

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Food Service Products & Supplies for Your Restaurant

From fast-food chains to five-star restaurants, you need the right food service supplies. One of the most important things to consider when purchasing these products is the material they are made of. Different materials will serve different purposes, have economic and environmental benefits, and provide better durability. 

 

Food Service Apparel: Gloves

Gloves are essential to have in stock any foodservice business. They help to maintain both a sanitary and safe workplace. Gloves come in many different materials, each serving a different purpose. You should choose the material that gives you cut & heat resistance. But don't compromise on employee comfort, as many people are allergic to latex.

All glove types come in different thicknesses, and not all are made equal. You might choose a thicker low-quality glove or a higher quality material such as nitrile with thinner specs. Although very different, both get the job done.

All are materials available in powdered or powdered free versions. 

(Note: Per FDA regulation, all food handling requires powder-free gloves.)

Polyethylene (PE)

  • Most economical choice
  • Best for light applications
  • Come off & on easily
  • Tear easily
  • Not heat-resistant

Vinyl

  • Used for a variety of applications
  • Best for prep work & cooking
  • Heat resistant

Natural Rubber Latex (NRL)

  • Good for sensitivity & dexterity
  • Cake decorating
  • Sushi rolling
  • Latex can cause allergic reactions

Nitrile

  • Latex-free
  • Most commonly used in foodservice
  • Better quality than vinyl
  • More durable than latex
  • More resistant than vinyl & PE

 

Cutlery: Forks, Knives, Spoons

When you spend so much time preparing food, its important that employees, patients, and customers have the utensils to eat it! Although there are different weights to consider, these are not as important as the materials your cutlery can be made out of.

While weight is loosely regulated and varies from manufacturer to manufacture, the quality of materials will remain more or less constant. Not only do they have different price points, but they range in durability and environmentally friendly features. 

Note: Whichever material you choose, opt for a cutlery dispensing solution. The typical method of putting the utensils into a large container and letting users choose is highly unsanitary. Reaching in can spread germs and contaminate the other cutlery. Whether they’re mounted no a wall or tabletop, dispensers eliminate this factor by producing one piece of cutlery at a time.

Poly Propylene

  • Typically the most cost-effective
  • Most flexible before breaking
  • Typically non-recyclable

Polystyrene

  • 2nd most cost-effective option
  • more rigid & durable than polypropylene
  • Breaks under pressure
  • Typically non-recyclable

Plant Starch Material

  • Plant materials & plastics blended together
  • More expensive
  • Plastic gives it flexibility
  • Highly durable
  • Typically non-recyclable

Crystallized Polylactic Acid (CPLA)

  • Most expensive option
  • Cheapest environmental option
  • Recyclable
  • Rigid & breaks under pressure

 

Dinnerware: Plates & Bowls

The dinnerware you choose for your foodservice can help promote your company culture, boost morale, and add a splash of color to your services if you so choose. This is because plates and bowls come in a variety of colors, patterns, and sizes. However, the first thing you should consider when choosing your dinnerware is the material. Depending on your needs, certain materials will perform best for your business.

 

Napkins & Dispensing Options

Business owners have seen significant savings when they switch from tabletop dispensers to counter dispensers. It's wise to look at the napkin usage in your business— it may be in your best interest to do the same. Choosing cheaper napkins won't reduce your overall cost. When napkins are flimsy, patrons use more of them. On the other hand, higher-end napkins get used less and set a better impression of your business.

Paper

Uncoated Paper
  • Typically microwave safe
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Absorbs grease
  • Very flimsy
  • Least expensive option
Coated Paper
  • Coated with polyethylene (PE) plastic
  • Has a moisture barrier
  • Good for hot, wet, or oily foods
  • More rigid

Bagasse

  • Fiber that remains after the extraction of juice from sugarcane
  • Thicker and more rigid than paper plates
  • Microwave safe
  • Eco-friendly
  • Good for hot, wet, or oily foods

Foam

  • Lightweight
  • Cost-effective
  • Good insulating benefits
  • Not suitable for microwave
  • Not eco-friendly
  • Breaks easily

Molded Fiber

  • Made from pre-consumer recycled fiber material
  • Lightweight
  • Microwave safe
  • Eco-friendly
  • High quality
  • Good for all foods

Sugarcane

  • Made from sugarcane & renewable resources
  • Strong
  • Grease & cut-resistant
  • Compostable
  • Good for all foods

 

Are You Ready to Make a Decision?

Do you still have questions about our selection of food service supplies? Are you interested in learning more about the single-vendor approach and how it can save you money?

Your partners at Egyptian are here to help! One of our dedicated account managers will be happy to meet with you and answer all of your questions. Schedule your free consultation today!

 

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