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Supermarket Foam Trays Buying Guide

Popular in grocery stores, farmers’ markets, and delis, supermarket trays are important to have on hand in any place raw meats, poultry, seafood, or even fruit and vegetables are being sold. Not only do these trays enhance the look of your products, but they also provide a contained packaging system that assists in maintaining sanitary conditions for both the tray’s contents and other foods and surfaces that may come in contact with the tray.

Pros and Cons to Foam Trays

Foam trays are known for their basic, yet highly functional design, and remain common in the food industry due to the variety of sizes that can be made to be compatible with many types of food. Despite some drawbacks, these trays are sure to deliver on their primary purpose.
Benefits
Limitations

Resists bending

Features inner sleeve protection to prevent dust and debris from entering the foam air pockets during transport

Disposable construction prevents multiple uses and cross-contamination

Simple design focuses attention on the products inside

Comes in a variety of sizes and colors

Compatible with auto wrapping equipment to help ensure freshness

Less eco-friendly than other options such as molded fiber / pulp trays, butcher paper, and freezer / coated kraft paper

Non-microwaveable

Prone to cracking or shrinking

Supermarket Foam Tray Sizes and Colors

Foam Tray Sizes

The products meant for supermarket foam trays come in a large variety of cuts and portions. As a result, we offer a large range of sizes to best suit your needs. Make sure you choose the proper size for your product so you can get the most efficient use out of the tray!
Foam Tray Size Guide

Larger foam tray sizes are usually ideal for high-volume and heavier products such as ground beef and chicken breasts, while smaller trays work well for individual portions of products like single beef patties or even sliced vegetables.

Foam Tray Colors

Genpak 1042 (#42) Foam Meat Tray Green 8 5/8 inch x 6 1/2 inch x 2 3/8 inch - 250/Case
Colored trays allow you and your staff to quickly identify product within your refrigerated storage, while also helping to keep inventory up to date. While there is no official color-coding system for foam trays, your establishment can certainly implement one catered to your menu based on the Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Points, or HACCP, standard color guidelines. This system will help prevent biological, chemical, and physical hazards within your food production process.

Green: Mostly used for fruit or produce of any type.

Yellow: Mainly used for chicken.

Red: Primarily used for pork or red meat products.
Genpak 1010S (#10S) Foam Meat Tray Blue 10 3/4 inch x 5 3/4 inch x 1/2 inch - 500/Case


Blue: Traditionally used for seafood products such as fish and crab cakes.

Black: Used for each type of food, but mostly higher end cuts of red meat.

White: Also used for each type of food, specifically regular cuts of meat.
Expert Tip


Curious about other ways to use foam trays? Consider serving pre-made meals on them in your supermarket or cafe for a simple, lightweight alternative to plastic containers!

Common Accessories for Supermarket Foam Trays

To ensure the best results when using supermarket trays, it’s a good idea to utilize the variety of accessories offered. Consider the following to enhance the capabilities of your trays before selling your product.
Accessory
Uses
Benefits
  • Pads which line the bottom of foam trays to absorb excess liquid and juices from product
  • Reduces the chance of messes or spills
  • Increases sanitation and prolongs product shelf life
  • Comes in various absorbency levels measured by the amount of grams of liquid it can hold
  • Heavy-duty wrap option for foam trays
  • Seals in your food’s freshness
  • Built-in track and cutter move in both directions for ease of use
  • Accuracy eliminates excess waste
  • Educational sticker meant to inform customers of proper practices for handling meats, poultry, and seafood
  • Clear instructions are accompanied by graphics for quick identification
  • Permanent design makes it great for use in cold environments
  • A lightweight container used to help transport produce or wrapped foam trays while providing an extra layer of protection
  • Perforated edges allow both staff and customers to tear off individual bags
  • Easy product identification thanks to the transparent design

Additional Food Wrapping Options

24'' x 700' 40# Peach Treated Butcher Paper Roll
Looking for additional or alternative options for food wrapping in your establishment? Butcher paper, freezer paper, and coated kraft paper are some popular examples of products that offer increased flexibility and environmentally-friendly properties. They lack the visibility of foam trays, but they offer a more compact packaging system that is often more ideal for temporary packing situations. To learn more, check out our food wrapping paper buying guide!

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