It’s always nice when someone suddenly points out something that you had already noticed. Asking ‘why’ about something is a very healthy exercise. For example, why is one website more successful than another? Why does a good advertising agent design the creative content of their ads in a certain way? Why does a photographer frame something one way but not the other? By the end of the day, hundreds – if not thousands – of visual images have passed before our eyes and knowing how to grab your customer’s attention to maximise impact is now more important than ever.
So let’s ask ourselves, what differentiates a good menu from a bad one at a café or restaurant? A good menu on one of our García de Pou blackboards, for example, can be easily distinguished from a bad one by any number of visual elements, but also by the way in which the information is laid out.
It seems like everyone who wants a date has to get one on the Internet. Naturally, this offers a great opportunity to make a surprising first impression. You’ve never seen each other before. You can’t get it wrong… Of course, surprising someone often means having to be original or cutting edge. Perhaps you’ve decided – or better said, managed – to get a dinner date and you suggest going for Poke to take away or eat at a restaurant.
Poke? Yes, poke. A new trend? Maybe. Or perhaps it’s here to stay, like South American ceviche. More and more people are enjoying ceviche and now its competitor has arrived: Poke. And it’s arriving on a surfboard… because it’s from Hawaii. Like ceviche, its base is made from raw diced and marinated fish. It’s a typical fisherman’s dish from the Pacific islands that can be complemented in many different ways: with avocado, rice, quinoa, seaweed, mango, cucumber, lettuce, edamame… and topped off with a sauce – soya sauce is a good choice but there are many options. The combinations are limited only by your imagination and it’s a very complete and healthy dish.
With this week’s post, we would like to finish presenting all the news from our catalogue
. As we’ve seen in recent posts, the new additions to our catalogue offer eco-friendly solutions and reflect a major commitment by García de Pou to sustainability in our products.
One new feature in this regard are the additions to our entire range of paper straws made from liquid-resistant cellulose supplied in eco-friendly packaging. We boast a wide range of variations: flexible or straight, standard or jumbo straws for slushy drinks, short straws for cocktails, wrapped or unwrapped, with or without a spoon and much more, together with new selections and some kids’ variations.
Here we are, presenting even more new items from the García de Pou catalogue. This time, we want to present a number of items from the stylish, reusable and robust dining set and tableware
ranges that are available in our catalogue.
We have a galvanised steel buffet collection that is ideal for setting tables, displays and canteens for a retro or rural look, as well as a new melamine line in black with a brown stripe aimed at hotels, restaurants and catering companies that maintains the elegant look of porcelain while incorporating a more modern touch.
Focusing on the galvanised steel collection, you can see how the metal composition offers a rustic and original finish. This steel has been treated with a special lacquer for increased resistance to wear and to allow contact with food items. The collection consists of three round trays, a pitcher, an oval tray and a truncated mini cup, the perfect collection for using on buffets and table service as it can be used to hold all sorts of food and cutlery.
This novelties instalment
comes full of fresh products that we’re very excited to tell you about. First of all, we have some new products that we think offer the best properties while also being as environmentally-friendly as possible. We would particularly like to highlight the cutlery items, salad containers, cups and snack cup holders made from biodegradable materials.
In order to comply with the new European Directive on reducing disposable plastics, which will come into force in 2021, we are focusing on sustainable materials; in other words, those that are made from renewable resources.
In this post, we are emphasising two new alternative materials to oil derivatives. Although they are very different, all three are considered to be eco-friendly materials because they are 100% biodegradable, additive-free and contain no toxins, thereby fully respecting the environment.
The new García de Pou catalogue is now a reality, containing more than 300 new products and 5,000 already popular ones. There is also a strong commitment to the eco-friendly range and items made from sustainable, recyclable and biodegradable materials.
First of all, we would like to highlight the new “Vichy” design by Like-Linen, a classic design that emulates a fabric table cloth look to evoke a feeling of home-made traditional cuisine. This set of high-quality serviettes, table covers and table cloth rolls are made from Spunlace, a complex viscose and cellulose compound. This material produces strong products that are pleasant to touch, making it seem like they are made from textile fabric. Furthermore, both the raw material and the inks are biodegradable and compostable, so they help look after the environment.
“Tired of ferrying souls across the river Acheron in exchange for coin, Charon has become a food and pizza delivery guy. As he rides a flying container, he zips weightlessly back and forth across an imaginary, ethereal world”. This is the description provided by Quim Hereu of his work for the cover of the 2019-2020 García de Pou catalogue. The artwork depicts Charon’s old boat empty and unused, as well as various “strambotic beings watching his movements which are worthy of the best French acrobat. In the background, a snail of Time hands out eternal youth to anyone who wants it”. This is a hugely characteristic piece by Quim Hereu, a Catalan painter considered to be the leading exponent of Strambotism, an artistic offshoot that was begun by Joan Fuster Gimpera in the 1970’s in L’Empordà. Gimpera passed down the art of Strambotism to Hereu so he could be his successor and revitalise it. By applying his unique style to the underlying essence of the products by García de Pou, he has produced a piece of exquisite quality.
There must be a reason why the Times design by García de Pou for bags, wraps and cones is one of our best sellers. Besides being practical and functional, it exudes a vintage charm reminiscent of the early 20th century or even earlier. However, it not only just reflects those years but actually recreates them. Times is an original and unique design that imitates newspaper paper and reproduces real adverts from old magazines, in English. We use genuine adverts, we don’t make them up; hence the originality of Times. These adverts are not chosen at random either but rather with the utmost care and always bearing in mind that the multifarious bags, wraps and cones on which this design is used usually contain food. We know that whoever has a Times in their hands will end up reading the adverts, just because; because they catch your eye, because they reflect trends in aesthetics, fashion, health, music, business… In other words, a whole era. That’s why we painstakingly check and assess the suitability of each advert printed on some 40 different items, whether on white or kraft brown.
Until recently, most of the thousands of tonnes of disposable plates, cups and cutlery consumed every year in Europe was made from plastics, while only a small number of these products were fully biodegradable. As people have become more conscious of our impact on the environment, we have gradually changed the composition of these products and opted to use more environmentally-friendly materials. This trend is on the increase. We are firmly committed to sustainable materials at García de Pou, and paper/cardboard is the best example of them.