Packaging products company Southern Champion Tray has successfully completed The Catering Institute’s certified supply chain program, created to certify and connect industry consultants and suppliers with restaurants and their takeout, delivery  and catering operations.

The Catering Institute focuses on helping restaurant operators, franchisors, franchisees and their catering team members to implement the standards of the 5 Pillars of Successful Restaurant Takeout, Delivery & Catering.  These learning tools also extend to suppliers in the restaurant and foodservice industries.  This education helps them to further understand the operations of restaurant companies specific to takeout, delivery and catering, which in turn helps suppliers design their products and services at a very strategic level.

The Catering Institute’s mission is to help restaurant operators grow sales and increase profits by teaching them to become experts at feeding their customers where they live, work and play.  The Catering Institute’s supply chain partner certification designation is relevant for industry partners looking to become certified in The Five Pillars of Successful Restaurant Takeout, Delivery and Catering.  Education and certification programs are focused on the areas of:


Centralized Services

Sales and Marketing



Southern Champion Tray is the newest addition to the Supply Chain Certification Program and is joined by ClearPath Solutions, Voice Teleservices, Punchh, Paytronix, PepsiCo Foodservice, SYNQ3 Restaurant Solutions, Robust Promotions, War Room, Primary Color, LBP Packaging, and Inktel.

For nearly 90 years, Southern Champion Tray has been manufacturing quality bakery, food service and catering paperboard and corrugated packaging, food and drink carriers and molded fiber tableware.  Markets served include: bakery, foodservice, frozen foods, supermarket, institutional, medical, pharmaceutical, personal care, cosmetic, retail, electronics, and more.

"Packaging is such a crucial part of any takeout, delivery and catering operation, which is why we thought it was both important and necessary to invest in becoming a Catering Institute supply chain partner," says Stokes Smith, national accounts manager with Southern Champion Tray. "This certification will help us better serve our foodservice clients and understand the packaging needs they have, as they strive to build world class off-premise businesses.”

Throughout the certification process the team at Southern Champion Tray participated in training classes, were provided with educational manuals, and received ongoing progress assessments. This partnership means that Southern Champion Tray can continue to work in tandem with

The Catering Institute to provide superior service to restaurant companies and to help foodservice operations optimize their takeout, delivery and catering packaging.

The Catering Institute’s Supply Chain Certification Program is available to restaurant and foodservice consultants, supply chain vendors and service providers who are dedicated to providing exceptional customer service to restaurants in the takeout, delivery and catering revenue channel.

“Packaging is a key investment that restaurant operators need to make for their off-premise sales channels.  Southern Champion Tray has made this investment in their team, so that they can help our restaurant community formulate an effective packaging solution for their takeout, delivery and catering operations," adds Erle Dardick, CEO of MonkeyMedia Software and founder of the Catering Institute.

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