Sourcing Paper Sanitation Solutions: What To Know

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Nittany Paper paper sanitation solutions

When you think of your paper supplier, you probably do not think about all that goes into it. Nittany Paper Company provides its customers with the best possible eco-friendly sanitation paper products with the best customer service available.

Total Food Service spoke with Nittany Paper about what your restaurant or foodservice operations needs to know about sourcing paper sanitation solutions.

So when it comes to buying paper, why not just buy the cheapest? Why not just buy it from a cash and carry?

Buying the cheapest will result in spending more because you will use more to get the job done. Savings in paper buying relies more on the dispensers in use rather than the paper itself. Dispensers need to be serviced and a cash and carry store won’t provide this service at no charge. A big part of paper expense is pilferage. Even honest employees seem to justify bringing rolls of paper home. Sending an employee to a cash n carry may increase the likelihood of pilferage.

Why should buying Made In America make a difference in selecting paper?

Paper products in the restroom are one of the most important products when it comes to personal hygiene. Buying paper made in America increases the likelihood that the paper was made using safe components and under hygienic conditions.

How should a restaurant approach its selection of paper towels and toilet tissue? Other than common sense any research on the impact of a restroom visit on a customer’s restaurant experience?

Many customers judge the sanitary conditions of a restaurant by the condition of the restroom. Clean, sanitary and aesthetically pleasing dispensers are a big factor.We’ve seen an increase in the use of bamboo and sugar cane in the manufacturing of tissue. What should a foodservice operator know about those materials? Do they require additional cost?

We’ve seen an increase in the use of bamboo and sugar cane in the manufacturing of tissue. What should a foodservice operator know about those materials? Do they require additional cost? (Proj. ROI?)

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Bamboo and sugar cane are products of Asia. They are sustainable products and do not cost more.

What should a restaurateur know about Green Seal Certification? What is the statement that an operator is making when they choose Green Seal?

Green Seal is a for-profit entity which certifies that paper meets certain standards. It adds cost to the product. Most paper products produced in the US are already made of recycled fiber.

What advice do you have for an operator with the selection of towel dispensers? Mechanical vs. hand free.

We have a good selection of dispensers to match the Decor of a restroom including touch-free operation, lifetime warranty, and consumption reducing features.

How should an operator approach the purchase of soaps? From a sanitation standpoint? From a P&L perspective?

Soaps should be dispensed from sealed cartridges that generate foam.

Our marketplace is changing radically with an eventual increase to $15 per hour wage? How can a break room and the basic amenities (paper etc.) impact the message/commitment to a restaurant’s employees?

Employees need to be conscious of the need to wash hands for customers’ protection. Dispensers should be in all break room locations.

What are the advantages of working with a distributor like Nittany vs. a broadliner in building a paper/sanitation strategy?

Nittany is a manufacturer not a distributor. We sell to broadliners and Jan-San.

Anything out there in terms of industry standards or local law regarding restroom sanitation etc. that an operator needs to know about?

There are federal and state laws with regards to having paper in a food establishment. Operators should find out what regulations exist in their respective area.


To learn more about Nittany Paper, please visit their website.