World Centric has unveiled a 100% tree-free, plant-based compostable pizza container for delivery restaurants.
Dubbed PizzaRound, the box is said to offer operational, environmental & customer benefits.
It will reduce packaging waste as well as grease and sogginess which can occur with traditional cardboard pizza boxes.
The container is made from 80% sugarcane and 20% bamboo, which are both renewable resources. It supports restaurants’ efforts to minimise their environmental impact.
The PizzaRound features built-in grease grooves as well as raised dimples that will maintain crispness. It can be placed into an oven for reheating products and features a removable top that doubles as a server and dish.
It eliminates the need to fold containers and offers nesting storage that reduces space needs.
World Pizza Champion Glenn Cybulski, who consulted World Centric on the design and tested its performance, said: "The PizzaRound is the future of pizza boxes.
“Takeout and delivery pizzas can now be hotter, crisper and free of the cardboard taste that often transfers to the pie in paper containers, reheated in the box they come in, and more sustainable and efficient for pizza restaurants at the same time. World Centric has reinvented everything except the pizza itself."
The new PizzaRound box will expand World Centric’s line of plates, utensils, cups and other plant-based compostable food service ware that already support restaurant operators across the US and in Canada. These products help restaurateurs make an impact on the environment and support global giving.
The PizzaRound will be available for 12" and 14" pizzas. 16" size will be added later this year. The company also stated that it takes custom imprinting orders.
World Centric Sales senior vice president Mark Stephany said: "Our focus for the past 14 years has been to help the foodservice industry reduce waste and improve its stewardship of the earth.
"Our new PizzaRound not only continues that initiative but also provides true functional innovations that make it possible to deliver a great quality pizza from the oven to the customer's house."
Image: World Centric’s PizzaRound pizza box. Photo: Courtesy of PRNewswire.