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NEW ORLEANS -- Hot Stuff Foods’ new Big Stuff Crowd Pleaser Pizza container captured first place in the newly created category—"The Wow! Factor"—at the 2008 Packaging Awards, sponsored by the Foodservice Packaging Institute (FPI), an international trade association headquartered in Fairfax, Va.
FPI noted "The Wow! Factor" honors foodservice packaging that increases sales because it makes consumers say, "Wow!" In addition, FPI reported "the foodservice packaging should be creative, and specifically designed to get consumers’ attention. It marries good physical design, great graphics and/or technological enhancements."
Hot Stuff’s CEO John Fontana accepted the honor at a dinner reception and awards ceremony held at the Windsor Court Hotel in New Orleans. "I accept this award on behalf of the entire Hot Stuff Foods team and our innovative supply and design partners," he said. "To receive the highest honor in ‘The Wow! Factor’ category supports our objective to achieve ‘wow!’ in every dimension that we provide our franchisees. From appearance, to taste and quality, to innovative marketing and franchise support, our goal is to get both our franchisees and their customers to say ‘wow!’"
Hot Stuff Foods, based in Sioux Falls, S.D., franchises and/or licenses its branded food concepts including Hot Stuff Foods, SmashHits Deli and Hot Stuff Food On the Go in more than 1,400 locations throughout the U.S., Canada, Europe and Asia. Hot Stuff Foods also offers Lettieri’s Food To Go through distributors across the United States.