Summer food packaging - What's hot in 2019

With temperatures soaring above 35 degrees in the UK this month, we're all looking for the next thirst quenching summer cooler or sizzling farm reared hot dogs fresh from the BBQ. We thought we would get your tastebuds tingling by showcasing a handful of mouthwateringly delicious culinary creations for summer 2019. 

#1 Nonna Gelato


"The Best Ice Cream In London" TIME OUT

It all started 85 years ago with one wonderful, little Italian woman, Nonna! A family run business using only local seasonal produce with great quality ingredients. Their Italian / British flavour fusions bring together some exciting gelato combinations such as the refreshingly delicious chocolate & Sicilian blood orange marmalade sorbet or salted toffee apple! Mmmm!


Nonna's are using clean white ice cream tubs. This really focuses on the striking colour combinations of the ice cream and the strong simple branding on the tub. They have also been playful with multiple designs on their tubs to keep things fresh and evolving. They have achieved this with custom printed round stickers (that are about 36mm plus) to give a nice clear brand visual against the simple white background. By having these multiple sticker designs, it allows them to chop and change as much as they like. This works particularly with different flavour combos or promotions. Custom printed round stickers / labels can be found HERE available in different sizes and finishes to suit. This is a quick and cost effective way of branding our your ice cream tubs. An alternative option would be to screen print a single colour directly onto the tubs. This also gives an authentic print finish but with slightly less detail. The beauty of this is less time sticking! Custom printed ice cream tubs can be found HEREThey are available in sizes: 4oz / 6oz / 8oz / 12oz / 16oz and start at print runs as low as 500 printed cups.

Where to find Nonna's:

Every Saturday at BROADWAY MARKET, Hackney.

Every Sunday (From May 6th) at CHURCH STREET MARKET, Stoke Newington.

Nonna's are also part of KERB serving all over London.


#2 Only Jerkin


Only Jerkin celebrates the spirit of the Caribbean through jaw dropping, lip smacking, damn tasty street food! It all began in the family kitchen as kids, cooking traditional family recipes. All their chicken is marinated for 48 hours and triple dipped in their home made signature batters . This gives that extra depth of flavour and super tender chicken with a crunch! Not forgetting their mouth watering home made gravy and creamy slaws to dip your skin on fries in! Take me there now!


A masterclass in presenting street food to the max! They use a rustic authentic kraft nested tray as a base, this oozes quality and is 100% biodegradable as it doesn't have a plastic lining. Then to finish; line with biodegradable custom printed greaseproof paper with their logo on. An alternative would be to use plain greaseproof sheets as a tray liner. We love the way the slaw is simply heaped on top of the fries - so tasty! Paper sauce pots (or paper soufflé dipping pots as they are sometimes called) are perfect for homemade creamy dipping sauces and ketchups, plus they are eco-friendly. They come in 1oz / 2oz / 4oz sizes - perfect if you're serving thicker slaws and sauces. 

Where to find Only Jerkin:

KERB Camden Monday - Friday 11 - 6 Saturday / Sunday 11 - 7

KERB Markets Granary Sqaure / West India Quay / Gherkin / Paddington / St Katherine Docks

Street Food Union Soho - Wednesday - Friday 11 - 2

Digbeth Dining Club - https://www.digbethdiningclub.com/


#3 Biff's Jack Shack


Biff's Jack Shack is hell bent on making the world’s filthiest, most indulgent vegan junk food out of ‘Jack Fruit’. They are on a mission to create innovative, playful and exciting food for plant based folk and meat eaters alike. Smashing preconceptions of what fruit can be.


Packaging to match an innovative and playful brand. Jack Fruit burgers served and wrapped in a simple foil sheet liner - reflecting the creative take on vegan food - giving off space age vibes. To finish it off; a playful custom sticker is placed on the outside of the foil to give us a comical clue to what's inside. Get your custom printed stickers HERE - available in lots of different sizes and finishes; so get your thinking hats on and felt tips out!

Where to find Biff's Jack Shack:

2-10 Bethnal Green Rd, London, E1 6GY - Monday - Sunday

Inside Spar Supermarket (EAT 17), 24-26 Ortford Rd, London E16 9NJ - Wednesday - Sunday

Inside EAT-17, 64-66 Brooksby's Walk, Homerton E9 6DA - Thursdat - Sunday


#4 Mother Flippers


Mother Flipper make flippin' awesome tasty burgers! If you haven't had a chance to check these burger wizards out, make it one of your summer priorities!


These guys are all about focusing on the jaw-dropping burgers. They keep the packaging simple to enhance their food offering; either in a eco-friendly 6" bagasse burger box or recently showcasing their brand a little more by using a 4" burger tray with a custom printed round sticker label stuck on the side. It's a nice touch and gives a hand made / finished feel.

Where to find Mother Flipper:

KERB - West India Quay London - Fridays

#5 The Athenian


The Athenian is reshaping the image of Greek cuisine. Set up by two Londoners born and raised in Athens and Cyprus. Efthymios and Neofytos set up a small street food venture in 2014 which now has more than six sites, aiming to make souvlaki part of an every day diet. These food bros make souvlaki the way it is meant to be made: simple, fresh and authentically Greek!


Beautifully presented food harmonises with organic bagasse trays covered with a small custom printed grease proof sheet to present food on. For takeaway or deliveroo packaging options, they are using leakproof biodegradable kraft food boxes for safe and easy transport, keeping food hotter and fresher for longer. Sauce dipping pots with lids are also a benefit when transporting food through a delivery service to limit spillage.

Where to find The Athenian:

London: White City / Victoria / Tooting / Shoreditch / Wembley / Canary Wharf


So what have we noticed for 2019?

3 Driving factors have caught our attention this summer:

  • DIY Branding - Custom Stickers For Food Packaging - Quick and easy to produce and relatively low cost to dip your toes into pack branding. 
  • Greaseproof Sheets Printed - Massively versatile, effective and compliment your food whilst maximising brand exposure at a low cost point.
  • Home Delivery - With deliveroo and Uber Eats rapidly growing so will your packaging solution for these types of home delivery services. Check out our last blog on: How to package drinks for home delivery.

    If you're looking for help with packaging for your business then please get in touch with us. We would love to hear from you and have a chat. We're always happy to give advice and knowledge about packaging that will best suit you, your food and business. Phone PackGenie.co.uk 02034 882200 or email us: help@packgenie.co.uk