Fast food lovers are saying Bonjour to crepes and waving goodbye to the humble chip, according to a North East packaging expert. Graham Montague, managing director at GM Packaging in North Tyneside, supplies packaging for food companies across the world.

And he says demand for containers to house more exotic foods such as crepes, waffles and flatbreads have completely overtaken packaging for chips.“One of the most recent changes we’ve noticed is a call for containers for completely different kinds of food,” said Graham, who has run his company for more than 20 years.

“Packaging for pancakes and crepes, waffles and flatbreads are best sellers, completely eclipsing the numbers of cartons we now sell for chips.

“It’s an obvious reflection of how people’s food tastes are changing and how there is an ever-increasing demand for foods that are far more exotic.”

Based at Tyne Tunnel Industrial Estate in North Shields, GM Packaging was set up by Mr Montague 21 years ago. From its humble beginnings selling printed carrier bags, it has grown into a strong and profitable business with a £2million turnover this year and a worldwide customer base.

The company supplies around 1000 product lines to a number of high profile companies, along with local authorities, hospitals and food chains.It also provides personalised packaging for a number of leading organisations as well as being able to corner the market in specialised, smaller volume orders.

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