ABOUT US: THE SPIFORK BRAND STORY

PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS


The Classic version of our Spifork sports a number of key features not seen in utensil designs currently in the marketplace. Namely:


  • A highly integrated design incorporating the functionality of three eating utensils in one single package that never permits anyone to omit or forget the inclusion of a specific utensil in an order or purchase, thereby making it an ideal companion to those customers who are constantly 'on‑the‑go',


  • A readily manufactured design which effectively produces three utensils in a single machine cycle,


  • A significant space and weight savings permitting valuable storage space to be utilized to its optimum effect versus standard utensil designs, in addition to optimizing shipping costs,


  • A reduced manufacturing production time resulting in energy/utility cost savings and a faster turnaround completion time on orders versus the production of standard separate/multiple utensils,


  • A greener design incorporating less plastics material usage per unit, directly resulting in a greatly reduced impact on our environment from a standpoint of plastics waste disposal versus standard separate utensil designs,


  • Reduced overhead costs for restaurateurs and suppliers,


  • Safely and easily snaps apart at a breakable point located roughly midway along the handle if the knife facility is desired for cutting,


  • And a compact, lightweight design weighing only ~5.5 grams with overall footprint dimensions of 9.89 inches long (251.2 mm) x 0.54 inches deep (13.6 mm) x 1.30 inches wide (33.0 mm).


TECH TALK: THE NUTS AND BOLTS BEHIND THE SPIFORK BRAND



Thank you for your interest in learning more about the Spifork brand of utensils!


The actualization of the Spifork brand originally began in earnest in April of 2011 with our initial prototype design of the Classic 'Snap Apart' version of the Spifork, as depicted at the above left side of your screen. The Classic Spifork is a single piece construction, combination 'all-in-one' disposable eating utensil.


It features a combined fork and spoon bowl at one end with a knife at the opposite end, thereby essentially providing the functionality of three separate utensils in one convenient package!


If the knife is desired for cutting, the Classic Spifork safely and easily snaps apart via a breakable perforation located at roughly the midpoint of its handle.


Following four long years of development and continued refinements, in June of 2015, while following through on a suggestion for a design modification from a prominent national food service company, the Spifork Minis designs came into being, which feature a separate Spifork Mini-Sfork and a separate Spifork Mini-Knife. The prototypes for the Spifork Minis designs were produced in July of 2015 and feature important design modifications, including strengthening ribs on the underside of the spoon bowl neck and at the base of the knife blade, thereby remedying a prior weakness in the Classic Spifork design. Additionally, based upon a recommendation received from various sources, the handle of the Spifork Mini-Sfork was increased in length by approximately thirteen (13) millimeters (~0.5 inches) versus that of the Classic 'Snap Apart' Spifork design.


The new Spifork Minis utensils significantly increase the overall scope of the Spifork brand itself, as the Spifork Minis designs would tend to have a much wider appeal to customers in the restaurant and boxed meals industries, in addition to the fact that in venues where a plastic wrapper is considered essential, the Spifork Minis designs would utilize far less non-biodegradable plastic wrapping material than would the Classic 'Snap Apart' Spifork design.



THE GRAND UNIFICATION OF CUTLERY IS UPON US!



Together, the Classic Spifork and the Spifork Minis comprise the Spifork brand of disposable eating utensils.


The primary purposes of the Spifork brand of utensils are to drive major cost reductions for our customers while significantly reducing the impact of plastics waste on the environment.


Our Spifork brand designs are emblematic of the sweeping trend in the food and packaging industries towards waste reduction, especially involving items that are produced from non-biodegradable materials.


For instance, those who are old enough to remember may recall that styrofoam 'burger boxes' were once quite popular among the larger fast food chains a number of years ago, but these have since given way to more environmentally sound paper food wrappers.


In fact, one would be hard pressed to find any major restaurant chain where styrofoam packaging for sandwiches is still in wide use nowadays!


You may have noticed as well that this trend towards non-biodegradable material waste reduction has extended to far more than just the elimination of styrofoam burger boxes.


To outline but a few common examples, plastic water bottles generally now feature thinner walls and shorter caps than original versions from earlier years.


Six pack plastic yokes, mainly for use on aluminum beverage cans, have largely been displaced in favor of more environmentally friendly paper packaging.


Governments the world over have taken action to either ban the sale of lightweight plastic bags, charge customers for their use, or generate tax revenues from those businesses that choose to continue to utilize them. Major countries such as China, Taiwan, Macedonia, and South Africa have established a total ban on such bags, while Italy has established a complete ban on plastic bags that do not emanate from a biodegradable source.


In 2007, San Francisco led the way by enacting the very first ban in the country on the use of plastic shopping bags at stores and restaurants, and in May of 2012, Los Angeles became the largest city in the nation to approve a ban on the use of lightweight plastic bags at supermarket checkout lines.


In 2014, San Francsico enacted a ban on the sale of single use plastic water bottles on its city properties and other public areas. Many U.S. national parks also ban the sale of single use plastic water bottles, as does Concord, Massachusetts.


In March of 2016, Karnataka in India enacted a total ban on the use of plastics across the entire state.


And, most recently, in September of 2016, France set a major precedent by becoming the first country in the world to enact a nationwide ban on the sale and distribution of plastic cups, plates, and cutlery, which is due to take effect in the year 2020.


Of course, as would be expected, the above list goes on and on.


With the above listed trends towards waste reduction in mind, we, at DMECH, Inc., note that through our use of a standard waste reduction technique which involves utilizing less material to produce essentially equivalent results, truly believe that the highly integrated, environmentally friendlier Spifork brand designs have a very bright future ahead of them!


We wholeheartedly invite you to become a part of that future as we wish you and your business every success going forward!