Glossary

A B C D E F G H I L M N O P Q R S T U V W
AIB

AIB International is a corporation founded by the North American wholesale and retail baking industries in 1919 as a technology transfer center for bakers and food processors. AIB International is committed to protecting the safety of the food supply chain and delivering high value technical and educational programs.
www.aibonline.org

Aluminum Foil

As aluminum foil acts as a complete barrier to light and oxygen (which cause fats to oxidize or become rancid), odors and flavors, moisture, and bacteria, it is used extensively in food and pharmaceutical packaging. Aluminum foil laminates are also used to package many other oxygen or moisture sensitive foods, in the form of pouches, sachets and tubes, and as tamper evident closures. Aluminum foil containers and trays are used to bake pies and to pack takeaway meals, ready snacks and long life pet foods. Aluminum foil is widely sold into the consumer market, usually in rolls of around 50 centimeters width and several meters in length. It is used for wrapping food in order to preserve it, for example when storing leftover food in a refrigerator (where it serves the additional purpose of preventing odor exchange), when taking sandwiches on a journey, or when selling some kinds of take-away or fast food. Aluminum foil is also used for barbecuing more delicate foods such as mushrooms and vegetables; food is wrapped in foil then placed on the grill, preventing loss of moisture that may result in a less appealing texture. As is the case with all metallic items, aluminum foil reacts to being microwave. This is due to the effect of electric fields of the microwaves causing a build up of charge to form between the sharp points in the aluminum; if enough charge accumulates it will discharge to a different place on the foil, creating a spark (i.e., arcing). Due to frequent use in food services, this commonly leads to kitchen fires.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aluminium_foil

AnchorFoil™

Anchor's line of aluminum foil cutter box rolls, popup sheets, and pans & lids. Recyclable.

AnchorWrap™

Premium-grade foodservice film with excellent cling and puncture properties. A blue tinted film, with outstanding clarity for food service professionals. All of our cutter boxes come with lock top design, improved film exit slot, and hand holes for easy transportation. A plastic safety blade is included in each box which clips to the front panel while keeping the lid closed. The blade is enclosed in a plastic trolley which cuts in both directions. Anchor Packaging has added a DRI-GARD grease and water box protectant to our premium film lines.

ASI

ASI Food Safety Consultants is a full-service provider of food safety audits, GMP audits, seminars, and HACCP setups, as well as HACCP verification. ASI's approach to food safety is client-oriented with a strong emphasis placed on complete and well-documented food safety systems. ASI audits thoroughly address every vital concern of your valuable facility including food safety, pest control, employee practices, and facility conditions.
www.asifood.com

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Bagasse

The dry, fibrous residue remaining after the extraction of juice from the crushed stalks of sugar cane, used as a source of cellulose for some paper products.
www.answers.com/topic/bagasse

Bakery

An establishment which produces or/and sells bread, pies, pastries, cakes, biscuits, cookies, etc.

Biodegradable Waste

Biodegradable waste is a type of waste, typically originating from plant or animal sources, which may be broken down by other living organisms. Waste that cannot be broken down by other living organisms may be called non-biodegradable. Biodegradable waste can be commonly found in municipal solid waste (sometimes called biodegradable municipal waste, or BMW) as green waste, food waste, paper waste, and biodegradable plastics. Biodegradable waste is an important substance due to its links with global warming. When it is disposed of in landfills, it breaks down under uncontrolled anaerobic conditions. This produces landfill gas which, if not harnessed, escapes into the atmosphere. Landfill gas contains methane, a more potent greenhouse gas than carbon dioxide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Biodegradable_waste

Blast Freezer

An upright freezer in which air, at a very low temperature, is circulated by blowers; used to freeze foods in minimum time.
http://www.answers.com/topic/blast-freezer

Blown Film Extrusion
The die is an upright cylinder with a circular opening similar to a pipe die. The diameter can be a few centimeters to more than three meters across. Around the die sits an air-ring. The air-ring cools the film as it travels upwards. In the centre of the die is an air outlet from which compressed air can be forced into the centre of the extruded circular profile, creating a bubble. This expands the extruded circular cross section by some ratio. This film can then be spooled or printed on, cut into shapes, and heat sealed into bags or other items.
BonFaire®

Rigid containers and lids designed for food service catering and airline in flight disposable meals. The black or blue base and clear lid enhances any meal presentation. Choose from various size trays and lids for full meals, light meals, or snacks.

BPA-Free
BPA  (Bisphenol A) is a man-made carbon-based synthetic compound used in the manufacture of certain plastics.  Anchor Packaging products are BPA-free.
BRC
British Retail Consortium, the leading safety and quality certification program to ensure that manufacturers fulfill their legal obligations and provide protection for the end user. To protect the consumer, GFSI was created to establish benchmark standards for retailers worldwide to ensure food safety and consistency along each step of the supply chain. BRC Global Standards is the certification program required by many companies to ensure their suppliers are following these standards.  Anchor Packaging holds BRC Global Standard for Packaging – High Hygiene certification for rigid plastics.  The “high hygiene” indicates direct food contact has been certified acceptable.
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C-Store
Convenience Store.  A small retail business that stocks a range of everyday items such as groceries, snack foods, confectionery, soft drinks, beer and wine, tobacco products, over-the-counter drugs, and magazines. A convenience store may be part of a gas station so customers can purchase goods conveniently while filling their vehicle with fuel.
Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA)

The CFIA is mandated to safeguard Canada's food supply and the plants and animals upon which safe and high-quality food depends.
http://www.inspection.gc.ca/english/toce.shtml

Carbon Footprint

A "measure of the impact human activities have on the environment in terms of the amount of greenhouse gases produced, measured in units of carbon dioxide".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carbon_footprint

Carry Out

Food purchased at a restaurant but eaten elsewhere. The restaurant may or may not provide table service. In the United States and Canada, food ordered this way (especially in fast food) is ordered to go.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Take-out

Case Cube
Cubic volume used to calculate the space needed to transport and store finished goods.
Casual Dining Restaurant

A restaurant that serves moderately-priced food in a casual atmosphere. Except for buffet-style restaurants, casual dining restaurants typically provide table service. Casual dining comprises a market segment between fast food establishments and fine dining restaurants (see also Fast casual restaurant).Casual dining restaurants usually have a full bar with separate bar staff, a larger beer menu and a limited wine menu.
http://www.answers.com/topic/types-of-restaurants

Catering

To provide food service for, usually delivered to the customer's or a neutral site.

CFSAN
Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, in conjunction with the Agency's field staff, is part of the FDA responsible for promoting and protecting the public's health by ensuring that the nation's food supply is safe, sanitary, wholesome, and honestly labeled, and that cosmetic products are safe and properly labeled. http://www.fda.gov/aboutfda/centersoffices/officeoffoods/cfsan/default.htm        
Clamshell

A foodservice package with a hinged lid attached to the base.

Cling Film

A thin plastic film that sticks to itself; used for wrapping food.

Co-extrusion

Extrusion of multiple layers of material simultaneously. This type of extrusion utilizes two or more extruders to melt and deliver a steady volumetric throughput of different molten plastics to a single extrusion head which combines the materials in the desired shape.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastics_extrusion

Combo Pack

A case that includes both bases and matching lids in equal quantities.

Compostable

Biodegrades substantially under composting conditions, into carbon dioxide, methane, water and compost biomass. Carbon dioxide and methane are considered to be greenhouse gases.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Composting

CONEG

Created in 1976, the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG) is a non-partisan association of the Governors of the eight Northeastern states. Members include the Governors of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Rhode Island and Vermont. CONEG encourages intergovernmental cooperation in the Northeast on issues relating to the economic, environmental and social well-being of the Northeast states. Certification states that none of the toxic elements: Cadmium, Hexavalent Chromium, Lead, or Mercury are added in the production of said products. (Anchor products are CONEG certified).
www.coneg.org

Cookware

Container designed for cooking in the oven or stovetop.

Copolymer

Plastic consisting of 2 or more compatible polymers, mixed to provide a specific set of performance criteria.

CPET

Crystalline Polyethylene Terephthalate. Used primarily for frozen dinner trays and takeout entree containers that need to be heated in an oven or microwave. Good for merchandising in the freezer, hot or cold cases. It has good crack resistance when frozen. Dual-ovenable with wide temperature range. It can be heated in a regular oven to 400° or frozen to -40°.

Crystal Classics®
Crystal Classics® salad bowls provide excellent structural strength and crack-resistance. Stands up to cold temperatures and won't break even when dropped. Inner/outer double-seal provides a leak-resistant seal. Large textured tabs on the bowl and lids, provide for easy opening by customers. An interlocking feature on the bowl and lid assures positive stacking on display or in the bag. Available with black or clear bases and clear lids, and in classic or low-profile heights (24 or 32 oz capacities), Crystal Classics provide the perfect showcase for your product. Made of #1 PET, eligible for recycling.
CrystalWrap™

Heavy-duty foodservice film with excellent cling and puncture properties. A blue tinted film, with outstanding clarity for food service professionals. All of our cutter boxes come with lock top design, improved film exit slot, and hand holes for easy transportation. Anchor Packaging has added a DRI-GARD grease and water box protectant to our CrystalWrap PLUS cutterboxes.

Culinary Basics®
Culinary Basics® hinged packages will withstand temperatures up to 230°F when used under heat lamps, in warming units, and in microwaves. The clear lid is designed with anti-fog technology, and is vented to allow steam to dissipate, keeping fried foods crisp and your product visible to assure order accuracy. Stacking will not block the vents. Secure snap closure ensures freshness, and eliminates spills when transporting. The crack-resistant, cut-resistant polypropylene base allows your customers to eat right out of the container. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.
Culinary Classics®

Culinary Classics can withstand temperatures up to 230°F when used under heat lamps, in warming units, and in microwaves. The clear lid is designed with anti-fog technology, and is vented to allow steam to dissipate, keeping fried foods crisp and your product visible to assure order accuracy. Stacking will not block the vents. Secure snap closure ensures freshness, and eliminates spills when transporting. The crack-resistant, cut-resistant polypropylene base allows your customers to eat right out of the container. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

Culinary Series™
See Culinary Classics®, Culinary Basics®, and Culinary Squares® packages.
Culinary Squares®
Culinary Squares® two-piece packages will withstand temperatures up to 230°F when used under heat lamps, in warming units, and in microwaves. The clear lid is designed with anti-fog technology, and is vented to allow steam to dissipate, keeping fried foods crisp and your product visible to assure order accuracy. Stacking will not block the vents. Secure snap closure ensures freshness, and eliminates spills when transporting. The crack-resistant, cut-resistant polypropylene base allows your customers to eat right out of the container. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.
Cutterbox

A box used for holding and dispensing rolls of foodservice film or aluminum foil. The cutter box includes a serrated edge or some other tool for cutting sheets to the proper length.

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DeliView™

Clear packaging for fresh and chilled foods. Very good frozen and refrigerated performance. Good moisture and oxygen barrier properties with brilliant clarity. Made of #1 PET, eligible for recycling.

Dishwasher-Safe

Designed to withstand the rigors (hot water, detergents, drying) of a dishwasher cleaning, when properly placed in the top shelf of the appliance.

Dispenser

Primarily refers to a box or piece of equipment designed to hold and dispense rolls of foodservice films or foils

Disposable
Something that can be thrown away after use, such as paper or plastic cups, plates, or containers.
Dri-Gard®

Anchor Packaging has added a DRI-GARD grease and water box protectant to our premium film lines. DRI-GARD is a revolutionary box coating that will give added resistance to moisture, grease, and spills that are commonplace in the kitchen. DRI-GARD will not only preserve the box integrity but also keep it more sanitary since it can be wiped clean with a damp cloth.

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Entrée

A dish served as the main course of a meal.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

EPA leads the nation's environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. The mission of the Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human health and the environment. Since 1970, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier environment for the American people.
http://www.epa.gov/epahome/aboutepa.htm

EPA Ozone Depleting Substance Compliance Letter

Letter certifying that food packaging is certified, to the best of a manufacturer's knowledge, with no Class I or Class II Ozone Depleting Substances, such as "chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), halons, carbon tetrachloride, or methyl chloroform". (Anchor's products are certified).

EPS
Expanded Polystyrene. Usually white and made of pre-expanded polystyrene beads. Used for clamshells and other hinged-lid containers, tableware, meat trays. Often used for restaurant take-out containers/doggie bags. Used for coffee and other hot beverages. It has good heat retention and cold insulation. Strong, lightweight, won't allow soak-through. Snap on domes work well on plates. Moderate temperature resistance. It can hold hot foods and is not recommended for microwave reheat as certain hot foods such as bones of ribs and pork can burn through. Not particularly leak-resistant. Subject to municipal and state-wide bans in some areas as a single-use disposable package.  Polystyrene is very slow to biodegrade and is therefore a focus of controversy among environmentalists.
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FDA Letter of Compliance

Letter stating that food packaging complies with Food and Drug Administration, Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations 177.1520.Additionally, each ingredient of the colorant used to manufacture these products complies with the following sections of Title 21, Code of Federal Regulations: 177.1350 178.329 177.1620 178.2010 181.28 (Anchor's products comply).

Film Exit Slot

A long cutout slot in a film (or foil) cutter box, usually in the top, where the film exits the box and can access the box cutting edge.

Film-Sealable


When referring to food packaging trays, a flat surface on the rim of a container that can receive a lidding film to seal the food in.

Fine Dining Restaurant

Full service restaurants with specific dedicated meal courses. Décor of such restaurants feature higher quality materials with an eye towards the "atmosphere" desired by the restaurateur. The wait staff is usually highly trained and often wears more formal attire.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fine_dining

Flexible Packaging

Flexible packaging can refer to food service packaging that comes in materials that are not rigid, usually bags or films.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA)

The FDA is responsible for protecting the public health by assuring the safety, efficacy, and security of human and veterinary drugs, biological products, medical devices, our nation’s food supply, cosmetics, and products that emit radiation. The FDA is also responsible for advancing the public health by helping to speed innovations that make medicines and foods more effective, safer, and more affordable; and helping the public get the accurate, science-based information they need to use medicines and foods to improve their health.
http://www.fda.gov/opacom/morechoices/mission.html

Food Processor

Manufacturer that prepares raw and cooked foods for distribution to retailers in foodservice and retail outlets. Products are usually packaged for longer shelf-life than other fresh foods.

Food Service

The practice or business of making, transporting, and serving or dispensing prepared foods, as in a restaurant or commissary.
http://www.answers.com/topic/food-service

Fresh Foods

Usually designated foods that have not been cooked, and may not need to be cooked.

Fresh Meat

Designates raw beef, pork, and other meats.

FreshView™

Clear hinged packaging for fresh and chilled foods. Very good frozen and refrigerated performance. Good moisture and oxygen barrier properties with brilliant clarity. Made of #1 PET, eligible for recycling.

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GHG

Green House Gases, such as methane and carbon dioxide that contribute to global warming.

Glass

Any of a large class of materials with highly variable mechanical and optical properties that solidify from the molten state without crystallization, are typically made by silicates fusing with boric oxide, aluminum oxide, or phosphorus pentoxide, are generally hard, brittle, and transparent or translucent, and are considered to be supercooled liquids rather than true solids.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Glass
Glass recycling uses less energy than manufacturing glass from sand, lime and soda. Every tonne of waste glass recycled into new items saves 315 kg of carbon dioxide.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Glass_recycling

Gourmet Classics®
Gourmet Classics® containers have an upscale look and perceived value for impulse sales. One-piece clamshell eliminates the need to stock separate lids. Grid bottoms allow juices to drain, and adds stability to the container. Improved lid fit ensures freshness, eliminating spills when transporting. Made of #1 PET, eligible for recycling.
Green Packaging

Packaging that denotes environmentally friendly, recycled and/or recyclable material, reduced by weight, or reusable.

GTIN

Global Trade Item Number. Used in 8, 12, 13, 14 digits to identify a unique product. GTIN-12 is a 12-digit number used primarily in North America (the original UPC was a GTIN12 and barcode). The number consists of a company UPC prefix number, a sequential number and a check digit. A GTIN-14 is used on case packaging, and consists of an indicator digit, company UPC prefix, sequential number, and check digit.

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HACCP

Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points. Systematic preventive approach to food safety and pharmaceutical safety that addresses physical, chemical, and biological hazards as a means of prevention rather than finished product inspection.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HACCP

HDPE


High Density Polyethylene #2 Recycling Code.

Heat Lamp

Heat lamps are usually used to keep takeout foods warm after prepared/cooked, and prior to purchase.

Heat-tolerant

Tolerant of certain heat temperatures. For example, when referring to polypropylene containers, a heat-tolerant discussion may include that the food packaging is designed to withstand temperatures found under heat lamps, hot boxes, warming tunnels/displays (up to 230F). Some products are not heat-tolerant at some temperatures, and will deform, or put out unacceptable aromas and flavors as the plastic breaks down under heat.

Heated Display

A display case with glass viewing that maintains the proper temperature of prepared/cooked foods prior to purchase.

HIPS

High Impact Polystyrene. Polybutadiene is added during polymerization it can become chemically bonded to the polystyrene, forming a graft copolymer resulting in high-impact polystyrene or HIPS, often called "high-impact plastic".
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene

Homopolymer

Single polymer, consisting of single species of monomer.

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IDDBA

The International Dairy·Deli·Bakery Association™ (IDDBA) was founded in 1964. Mission is to expand leadership role in promoting the growth and development of dairy, deli, and bakery sales in the food industry. www.iddba.org

In-line Thermoforming

Sheet extrusion, thermoforming, and trimming are all done continuously "in-line", as opposed to off-line thermoforming, which takes previously produced sheet and forms and trims.

Incinerate

Waste treatment technology that involves the combustion of organic materials and/or substances. Incineration and other high temperature waste treatment systems are described as "thermal treatment". Incineration of waste materials converts the waste into incinerator bottom ash, flue gases, particulates, and heat, which can in turn be used to generate electric power. The flue gases are cleaned of pollutants before they are dispersed in the atmosphere.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Incinerator

Incredi-Bowls®
Black polypropylene bowls that can withstand temperatures of up to 230° F under heat lamps, or in warming units/tunnels or in microwaves. Incredi-Bowls® containers are made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.
Injection Molding

Manufacturing process for producing parts from both thermoplastic and thermosetting plastic materials. Molten plastic is injected at high pressure into a mold, which is the inverse of the product's shape.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Injection_molding

Internal Anti-Fogging Lids

Technology used in Anchor clear polypropylene lids, that when heated, the lids are designed to remain clear for better visibility, merchandizing, order accuracy.

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Laminated

Multiple layers of different plastics, designed with specific performance criteria.

Land Fill

A site for the disposal of waste materials by burial and is the oldest form of waste treatment.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Landfill

LDPE

Low Density Polyethylene, #4 Recycling Code

Leak-resistant

Designed to prevent leaking, when properly closed and handled.

Life-Cycle Assessment

A life cycle assessment (LCA, also known as life cycle analysis, ecobalance, and cradle-to-grave analysis) is the investigation and valuation of the environmental impacts of a given product or service caused or necessitated by its existence.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Cycle_Assessment

Life-Cycle Inventory

Data collection and modeling of the product system, as well as description and verification of data. This encompasses all data related to environmental (e.g. CO2) and technical (e.g. intermediate chemicals) quantities for all relevant unit processes within the study boundaries that compose the product system.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Life_Cycle_Assessment

LLDPE

Linear Low Density Polyethylene. LLDPE has penetrated almost all traditional markets for polyethylene, it is used for plastic bags and sheets (where it allows using lower thickness than comparable LDPE), plastic wrap, stretch wrap, pouches, toys, lids, pipes, buckets and containers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Linear_low_density_polyethylene

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Mega-Meal™

Black polypropylene family pack tray that can withstand temperatures of up to 230° F under heat lamps, or in warming units/tunnels, in catering hot boxes, or in microwaves. Half-pan size is excellent for use in steam tables when used in hot water trays. Holds up to 5 lbs. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

MicroLite®

Microwaveable containers that are tough, light and re-usable. They can go from the refrigerator to the microwave to the dishwasher without fear of damage. Microlite containers are also resistant to fats and oils. These containers and lids are available in 4 color custom print. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

MicroRaves®

Microwaveable packaging with heat tolerance up to 230° F in the microwave or display case. This product is one of the toughest and lightest plastics. Unique design promotes structural integrity. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

MicroRounds®

Black polypropylene handled bowls that can withstand temperatures of up to 230° F under heat lamps, or in warming units/tunnels or in microwaves. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

Microwave-safe

Designed to withstand microwave heating.

Modified Atmosphere Packaging (MAP)
Modified atmosphere is a common technical definition that describes the practice of modifying the composition of the internal atmosphere of a package (commonly food packages, but this technique is also used for drugs) in order to improve the shelf life. The modification process often tries to lower the amount of oxygen (O2), moving it from 20% to 0%, In order to slow down the growth of aerobic life forms and the speed of oxidation reactions. The removed oxygen can be replaced with nitrogen (N2), commonly acknowledged as an inert gas, or carbon dioxide (CO2), which can lower the pH or inhibit the growth of bacteria. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modified_Atmosphere_Packaging
Molded fiber

Used for plates, beverage carriers, fruit trays, and French-fry boats. Molded Fiber may be off white or gray, depending on the amount of recycled newspaper content (plates that touch food directly must be made with virgin paper stock). It has superior strength and cut resistance. It can be made to absorb grease from fried foods and to repel oil and water to prevent soak-through. It can be filmed over with PET. It can be microwaved but not for use in the conventional oven.

MSDS

Material Safety Data Sheet, provides information on products regarding their safe use and handling.

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Nation's Restaurant News

Weekly industry foodservice magazine with topics ranging from food trends and financial matters to consumer trends and the latest equipment innovations, which includes CIA graduates and former restaurant, hotel and on-site executives

National Restaurant Association

Founded in 1919, the National Restaurant Association is the leading business association for the restaurant industry. Together with the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation, the Association's mission is to represent, educate and promote a rapidly growing industry that is comprised of 945,000 restaurant and foodservice outlets employing 13.1 million people.
http://www.restaurant.org/aboutus/

NFRA

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association was founded in 1945 Mission is to Promote the Sales and Consumption of Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Through: Education, Training, Research, Sales Planning, and Providing a Forum for Industry Dialogue.
http://www.nfraweb.org

NSF

NSF International, formerly National Sanitation Foundation, is a not-for-profit, non-governmental organization that develops standards and provides product certification and education in the field of public health and safety.  (Anchor is certified).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Sanitation_Foundation

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Off-line thermoforming

Rolls of sheet or individual sheets are heated and thermoformed, and then trimmed.

One2Four®

Black polypropylene platter that can withstand temperatures of up to 230° F under heat lamps, or in warming units/tunnels or in microwaves. 1 footprint, 2 bases and lids, 4 packaging solutions. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

OPS
Oriented Polystyrene is produced by stretching extruded PS (polystyrene) film, improving visibility through the material by reducing haziness and increasing stiffness. This is often used in packaging where the manufacturer would like the consumer to see the enclosed product. Some benefits to OPS are that it is less expensive to produce than other clear plastics such as PP, PET, and HIPS, and it is less hazy than HIPS or PP. The main disadvantage to OPS is that it is brittle, and will crack or tear easily.  See Polystyrene for additional information. #6 Recycle Symbol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene
Orthodox Union

The Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America (UOJCA), more popularly known as the Orthodox Union, or OU, is one of the oldest Orthodox Jewish organizations in the United States. It is best known for its kosher supervision service, with the circled-U symbol found on the labels of many commercial and consumer food products. (Anchor is certified).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orthodox_Union

Ovenable

Designed to withstand specific higher oven temperatures.

Ozone

Ground-level ozone is an air pollutant with harmful effects on the respiratory systems of animals and humans. Ozone in the upper atmosphere filters potentially damaging ultraviolet light from reaching the Earth's surface. It is present in low concentrations throughout the Earth's atmosphere. It has many industrial and consumer applications. Excessive levels also are believed to contribute to global warming by trapping heat that is emitted by the earth.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ozone

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Perforated Films

Rolls of film that include a perforated "cut line" (parallel to the roll) that facilitates tearing/removing a specific sized sheet from the roll.

PET
Polyethylene Terephthalate. Also referred to as APET and PETE.  Especially good for merchandising cold foods, snack items and bakery items in ambient temperatures. It is used for deli, produce, and catering. It is a good clamshell for sandwiches and used as domes for cakes, pies, and party platters. PET is also good for drinking cups and excellent for frozen foods. PET has high clarity and can be colored. PET is durable and tough. PET has very low temperature resistance to zero degrees or below. It starts to melt before 140° and cannot be used in the oven, hot case, or microwave. #1 Recycle Symbol.  Used in water bottles and the most recycled material nationwide.
PGA

Polyglycolide or Polyglycolic acid is a biodegradable, thermoplastic polymer. Often used in water-soluble sutures in medicine.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyglycolic_acid

PHA

Polyhydroxyalkanoates or PHAs are linear polyesters produced in nature by bacterial fermentation of sugar or lipids. More than 150 different monomers can be combined within this family to give materials with extremely different properties. They can be either thermoplastic or elastomeric materials, with melting points ranging from 40 to 180 °C.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyhydroxyalkanoates

PLA

Polylactide Acid. Biopolymer made from natural sugar sources, which can be used as a substitute for petroleum-based polymers.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polylactic_acid

Polypropylene
The most common takeout packaging material, used for chicken roasters, deli tubs, bakery and microwaveable takeout containers. Although some companies such as Anchor, use polypropylene for domes and lids. It is also used for beverage containers and excellent for ready-to-heat. Usually made in black or clear. If clear, it's somewhat hazy. It can easily be made into many shapes, sizes and compartments and molded with design elements. Very rigid, crack resistant, leak resistant. It can be film-sealed if the rim is wide enough. Clear lids can also be coated with or include an internal anti-fog material to retain clarity. Preferred material for microwave and hot case. It can resist temperatures up to 220° to 240°. Bones and high-fat foods that retain extra heat will not burn through. #5 Recycle Symbol
Polystyrene
Polystyrene (PS) is a synthetic aromatic polymer made from the monomer styrene. Polystyrene can be solid or foamed. General-purpose polystyrene is clear, hard, and rather brittle. It is one of the most widely used plastics. It is naturally transparent, but can be colored with colorants. Uses include protective packaging (such as packing peanuts), containers (such as "clamshells"), lids, bottles, trays, tumblers, and disposable cutlery. Polystyrene is very slow to biodegrade and is therefore a focus of controversy among environmentalists. #6 Recycle Symbol https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polystyrene  
Portion

Usually refers to a quantity of food, usually enough to serve one.

Prepared foods

Foods previously prepared and cooked for immediate consumption or reheating.

Pressed paperboard

Used in frozen applications or fresh, film-sealed meals. Ideal for high-speed equipment processing in mass production. It is also used in supermarkets for ready-to-cook meals and other takeout. It has terrific printed graphic capability, and good for branding. It can be made in a variety of colors and patterns. Paperboard has superior strength when made with a uni-body construction (no seams). It can be used with film seal or board lid but not as tight a seal with plastic dome lid snapped on. One of the widest temperature ranges available. It can be microwaved or placed in the oven up to 400° for one hour and frozen to -40°.

Produce

Vegetables, fruit.

PSM

Plastarch Material, a biodegradable resin manufactured from cornstarch versus petroleum.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Plastarch_Material

PurityWrap™

Premium-grade foodservice film with excellent cling and puncture properties. A blue tinted film, with outstanding clarity for food service professionals. All of our cutter boxes come with lock top design, improved film exit slot, and hand holes for easy transportation. Our improved cutting edge and extended front flap allow the box to maintain structural integrity. Our cutter box film products are available in 3 color custom prints. Anchor Packaging has added a DRI-GARD grease and water box protectant to our premium film lines.

PVA

Polyvinyl Alcohol, a water-soluble plastic
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polyvinyl_alcohol

PVC

Good for merchandising cold foods, snack items and bakery items. Used for deli, produce, and catering. It is a good clamshell for sandwiches. It is used as domes for cakes, pies, and party platters. It is also good for drinking cups and excellent for frozen foods. PVC has extremely high clarity, and is durable, tough. It is flexible Coke-bottle material and creates durable hinges. It can also be made into two-piece containers. It will flex rather than crack under the weight of food and resists cracking in the freezer. Moderate temperature resistance. PVC will start to melt before 140° and cannot be used in the oven, hot case, or microwave.

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QSR

Quick Serve Restaurant.

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Random copolymer

Resin copolymer in which the molecules of each monomer are randomly arranged in the polymer backbone.

Recyclable

Has the potential for recycling into a new product.

Recycle

To treat or process (used or waste materials) so as to make suitable for reuse.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/recycling

Recycled

New product made from used or waste materials that were treated or processed so as to make suitable for reuse.

Recycled content

Contains some percentage of recycled materials. May contain virgin materials.

Reduce

To bring down to a smaller extent, size, amount, number, etc.
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/reduce

Renewable

Relating to a natural resource, such as solar energy, water, or wood, that is never used up or that can be replaced by new growth. Resources that are dependent on regrowth can sometimes be depleted beyond the point of renewability, as when the deforestation of land leads to desertification or when a commercially valuable species is harvested to extinction. Pollution can also make a renewable resource such as water unusable in a particular location.
http://www.thefreedictionary.com/renewable

Restaurant

An establishment where meals are served to customers. 1827, from Fr. restaurant "a restaurant" (said to have been used in Paris c.1765 by Boulanger), originally "food that restores".
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/Restaurant

Retailers

A merchant who sells goods at retail

Reusable

A product that can be used in its current state, more than 1 time.

Reuse

Use again without altering current state.

Reusecontainers.com

Website designed to encourage and review more sustainable packaging methods, including reduce, reuse, and recycle.

Rigid packaging

Food service takeout containers that are made from materials that are not flexible, i.e. Polypropylene, PET, PS, etc.

Roaster Grande™

Holds roasters up to 6 pounds*. Both dome lid and base are made with microwavable polypropylene. Lids are easily secured and will not crack like those made of polystyrene. Leak resistant lid fit eliminates the need to over wrap with film or tape. Double vents allow steam to escape more freely to reduce condensation buildup. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

Roaster sleeve

Colorful, high quality, heat- and moisture-resistant Roaster Sleeve that fits the original Roaster container.

RPET
Recycled Polyethylene Terephthalate.   The re-use of recycled PET.  Anchor Packaging utilizes almost 100% of it's own raw material scrap  in its manufacturing process.  In addition, a minimum of 10% FDA approved, post-consumer recycled PET is blended in the material used for rigid containers.  See PET for additional information.
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Safety cutter

A slide cutter with a hidden blade, used to cut foodservice film or foil to size when used on the front edge of a cutter box. Used instead of a serrated cutting edge, and considered safer.

Sealing platen

Heating unit used to seal foodservice film after wrapping a food item.

Sheet extrusion

Production of sheet from polymer, regrind, additives fed into an extruder, through a die, and onto a roll stack. The sheet is cut to size and stacked, or collected as on continuous sheet on rolls.

Shrink film

Shrink wrap, also shrink film, is a material made up of polymer plastic film. When heat is applied to this material it shrinks tightly over whatever it is covering. Shrink wrap is commonly used as an overwrap on many types of packaging: It can be the primary covering for some foods such as cheese and meats.

Side-by-side extrusion thermoforming

Two or more extrusions of sheet, whereby the hot melt is welded together during the cooling process on the roll stack. Used frequently with hinged black and clear containers.

Source reduction

The design and manufacture of products and packaging with minimum volume of material, and/or longer useful life.

Steel
Primarily used in cans, with reference to the food industry. The design and manufacture of products and packaging with minimum volume of material, and/or longer useful life.  It is cheaper to recycle steel than to mine iron ore and manipulate it through the production process to form 'new' steel. Steel does not lose any of its inherent physical properties during the recycling process, and has drastically reduced energy and material requirements compared with refinement from iron ore. The energy saved by recycling reduces the annual energy consumption of the industry by about 75%, which is enough to power eighteen million homes for one year. Recycling one ton of steel saves 1,100 kilograms of iron ore, 630 kilograms of coal, and 55 kilograms of limestone. 76 million tons of steel were recycled in 2005. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steel
Stretch film

Food service films that have additional tear-resistance and elasticity for wrapping and heat-sealing fresh meats, poultry, fish, produce, etc.

Supermarket News

Nationally circulated weekly trade magazine for the food distribution industry.

Sustainability
The endurance of systems and processes.  Sustainability can also be defined as a socio-ecological process characterized by the pursuit of a common ideal.  Healthy ecosystems and environments are necessary to the survival of humans and other organisms. Ways of reducing negative human impact are environmentally-friendly chemical engineering, environmental resources management and environmental protection. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sustainability
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Tableware

Refers to foodservice products (disposable, reusable, recyclable) that are used to serve food items ("from the table").

Takeout

Used to designate a service provided by foodservice outlets, that provides the consumer with a prepared food item that is taken from the restaurant or other foodservice outlet for immediate or delayed consumption. Product is stored in a disposable, recyclable, reusable container.

The Miler®

1 full mile of all purpose cling film. Used in conjunction with Anchor Miler dispenser for restaurant and foodservice institutions.

The Roaster™

Both dome lid and base are made with microwavable polypropylene. Lids are easily secured and will not crack like those make of polystyrene. Leak resistant lid fit eliminates the need to over wrap with film or tape. Double vents allow steam to escape more freely to reduce condensation buildup. Unique stacking feature keeps container secure without blocking the vents in the lid. Revolutionary V-lock system prevents moisture from collecting around the flange to eliminate leakage and improve lid fit. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

The Roaster™ Series

Family of Roaster' containers for small, medium, low-dome, and extra-large Roaster Entrees. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

Thermoforming

Heating plastic sheet to forming temperature and applying some combination of air pressure, vacuum, and mechanical assist to form the part in a male or female mold cavity. The cavity cools the sheet to where it can be removed, after its shape is held.

Ti/Hi

Palletization configuration consisting of the number of units "tied" together in a layer, and the number of layers high.

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UltraWrap™

Ultra Meat and produce films have been reformulated to provide a softer feel while giving you a greater yield per role. Improved stretch ability reduces physical strain associated with hand wrapping.

Underwriter's Laboratories (UL)

Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) is an independent product safety certification organization that has been testing products and writing Standards for Safety for over a century. UL evaluates more than 19,000 types of products, components, materials and systems annually with 21 billion UL Marks appearing on 72,000 manufacturers' products each year. UL's worldwide family of companies and network of service providers includes 62 laboratory, testing and certification facilities serving customers in 99 countries.
http://www.ul.com/about/

UPC code

GTIN-12 code, including an 11-digit number plus a check digit.

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Valu-Bowl™

Black polypropylene bowl that can withstand temperatures of up to 230° F under heat lamps, or in warming units/tunnels or in microwaves. Made of #5PP, dishwasher-safe, consumer reusable, and eligible for recycling.

ValueWrap™

Light-duty foodservice film with excellent cling and puncture properties. A  tinted film, with outstanding clarity for food service professionals. All of our cutter boxes come with lock top design, improved film exit slot, and hand holes for easy transportation. 

Vented lid

Small openings in a clear lid (usually polypropylene) that provide for steam release during heating.

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Warming unit

Heated unit designed to maintain proper internal food temperatures of cooked prepared foods at safe levels prior to purchase and consumption.

Waste management

The processes involved in dealing with the waste of humans and organisms, including minimization, handling, processing, storage, recycling, transport, and final disposal
http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/waste+management

Waste-to-energy (WTE)

Any waste treatment that creates energy in the form of electricity or heat from a waste source. Such technologies reduce or eliminate waste that otherwise would be transferred to a "greenhouse gas" emitting landfill. WTE is a form of energy recovery. Most WTE processes produce electricity directly through combustion, or produce a combustible fuel commodity, such as methane, methanol, ethanol or synthetic fuels. Many plastics have BTU energy ratings higher than other forms of fuel.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waste-to-energy

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