Building a Better Bagel Bucket

Building a Better Bagel
Executive Summary

A redesigned bagel bucket helps Einstein Bros. save money, boost efficiency, lower its carbon footprint and showcase its bagels and schmear.

Business Problem

Einstein Bros. Bagels needed a new sustainable box for its bagels and schmear that would make loading easier and more efficient and speed service.


HAVI designed a 100 percent recyclable bagel bucket with side-loading inserts to hold two schmear tubs. The inserts speed operations by allowing the crew to drop the schmears directly into a filled bucket without opening and reclosing it. The bucket features a closure that can be pre-constructed and stacked for space savings and has an interlocking handle to be more ergonomic.

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Benefits/Return on Investment
Cost Savings

The new buckets allowed Einstein to replace two bags, eliminate a paper liner and reduce total weight of the package saving the company $400,000-$500,000.


The 100 percent recyclable design made from 100 percent renewable materials reduced the board weight and allowed for flat shipping for greater pallet and truck utilization.


Restaurant operations were streamlined as the bucket can be pre-assembled and nested for even greater speed and economy of space in restaurant prep areas. And customers had shorter wait times for order fulfillment.