TNI Packaging, LLC, formerly Tie Net International Inc., was founded in 1968 as a manufacturer of netting and other packaging products used in the food industry and located in West Chicago, IL.
The netting manufacturing arm of Tie Net International, was purchased by Tipper-Tie, a division of Dover Industries in 1994. TNI continued on with the manufacturing portion of the company that produced the pre-tied covered elastic loops marketed under the name CHICKEN TUCKERS®, producing nearly 3 million of these food loops each week.
In 1999, the company applied for and was issued U.S. Patent 5816905 for colored ties. The color-coded food loops are used primarily to identify certain ingredients, spices, rubs or marinades. Red, for example, might be used for hot or spicy sauces, Burgundy for barbecue, a Tan for garlic, Yellow for lemon pepper, and so on. Color ties also provide added eye appeal to any food product.
TNI Packaging, LLC can also produce these handy ties in multi-colors so as to emulate customers’ logo colors, the color of country’s flags, for ethnic identity, etc.
The loops as manufactured by TNI meet all specifications and requirements of the United States Department of Agriculture, Food and Drug Administration and Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
These pre-tied food loops are used primarily for the tying of rotisserie chicken, but can be used for tying corn husk wrapped tamales, holding bacon on filets, tournedos, rolled roasts, sliced hams, and can by used to replace any for of hand tying or on so many food items around the kitchen.
TNI’s sister company is MISTER TENDERIZER, Inc., the manufacturer of the counter top mechanical meat tenderizing device that can marinate, flatten and tenderize all at the same time. This unique and patented device (US Pat. Nos. 5454753 and 5738578) is also available from the West Chicago, IL facility and is used by the at-home chef, restaurants and by hunters.