Waddington North America (WNA; Covington, KY), a Novolex brand, has introduced Cutlerease, a single-piece cutlery utensil dispensing system. The patented, innovative product is designed to provide self-service patrons with convenient, hygienic access to eating utensils while offering foodservice operators savings and versatility to meet their evolving needs. Cutlerease will be featured at the 2019 National Restaurant Association Show in the Novolex booth (1819) in Chicago on May 18 to 21.
“The launch of Cutlerease provides Novolex customers with a tremendous opportunity, as we expand our foodservice portfolio by offering a complete cutlery dispensing system,” said Rich Mills, President, WNA. “Cutlerease continues our tradition of leadership with our latest entry into the dispensing system market that will provide our customers with more options to adapt and choose what’s best for them and their customers.”
Cutlery used in the Cutlerease dispensing system is unpackaged and offers improved hygiene, reduced waste and incomparable versatility for front- and back-of-the-house operations. The tape-tabbed cutlery refill is loaded (untouched by an operator) for sanitary handling for fast and easy pickup and restocking into the dispenser cartridges. The dispensing system has no trays or levers, which reduces accumulation and transfer of germs and bacteria. Handle-first delivery maintains sanitation. “The end of the first piece of cutlery is ready to be taken; when it is, the end of the next one comes out,” Mary Jane McCraven, Novolex-WNA’s Director of Strategic Marketing Communications, told PlasticsToday. The single-piece dispensing also reduces waste.
The adaptable design of the dispensing system gives operators the flexibility to insert cutlery types that meet their business needs. Cutlerease’s compact footprint offers significant counterfront space savings over other brands and reduces refill frequency by holding up to 360 pieces of cutlery. No plugs or batteries are required, giving operators the flexibility to place Cutlerease where patrons are best served.
Currently, WNA’s cutlery is from Novolex and is molded from general purpose polystyrene. However, later this year, cutlery made from renewable resources will be added. Sarah Martinez, Eco-Products’ Director of Marketing, explained to PlasticsToday that the new compostable cutlery that will be used in Cutlerease will be certified by the Biodegradable Products Institute (BPI), a third-party certification body that verifies products break down in a reasonable amount of time and leave nothing behind that is toxic to plants or soil.
Responding to PlasticsToday’s question about the lack of wide-scale compostability of cutlery, depending on the compost facility, Martinez noted that “every composter runs their operation differently, and not all are suited to process packaging. To ensure composters who accept packaging that this cutlery will break down in their system, this cutlery will be tested for approval by CMA, the Compost Manufacturing Alliance,” she added.
Gary Muczko, Vice President of Sales for Eco-Products, commented, “Our goal has always been to provide a breadth of options for foodservice operators looking for environmentally responsible alternatives. The availability of the Cutlerease dispenser coupled with cutlery that is made from compostable materials can offer operators and self-serve patrons compostable options while delivering a more hygienic and sustainable cutlery dispensing experience.”