Course Catalog

Fundamentals of Food Packaging

The introduction to the course will cover a brief history of food packaging. The main part of the course will cover the basics of the different types of packaging materials used for food packaging. For each type of packaging, information will be presented on how the materials are made, what they are used for and what specific properties they have to provide the necessary protection to foods. Examples will be presented of different types of food and how packaging can be used to help prevent various degradation reactions. Throughout all of the discussions, sustainability of packaging and foods will be addressed.

Course Details

Key Topics

  • History of food packaging
  • Manufacture, properties and applications for:
    • Plastics
    • Metal
    • Glass
    • Paper and paperboard
  • Active packaging
  • Sustainability of food packaging

Information

The introduction to the course will cover a brief history of food packaging. The main part of the course will cover the basics of the different types of packaging materials used for food packaging. For each type of packaging, information will be presented on how the materials are made, what they are used for and what specific properties they have to provide the necessary protection to foods. Examples will be presented of different types of food and how packaging can be used to help prevent various degradation reactions. Throughout all of the discussions, sustainability of packaging and foods will be addressed.

Who Should Attend

People in the food industry or academia who work in research, product development and marketing of foods. Also quality control and quality assurance personnel.

Benefits

Attendees will gain an understanding of different types of packaging materials and how they can be used to provide protection to food products to maintain quality and extend shelf-life. They will also learn about sustainability and the competing issues of less packaging versus product protection.

Agenda

  1. History of packaging
    1. Early types of packaging
    2. How different types of packaging developed
    3. Why packaging developed
  2. Paper and paperboard
    1. How it is made
    2. Where it is used
    3. Properties of the materials
  3. Glass and metal packaging
    1. How it is made
    2. Where it is used
    3. Properties of the materials
  4. Plastic packaging
    1. Different types of plastics
    2. How they are made
    3. Where they are used
    4. Properties of the materials
  5. Distribution
    1. How is product distributed
    2. What will it be exposed to
    3. How can it be protected
  6. Consumer attitudes toward packaging
    1. Brand recognition
    2. Package appearance
  7. Recent innovations in food packaging
    1. Microwave packaging
    2. Fresh cut produce
    3. Active packaging
  8. Sustainability of food packaging
    1. Current issues
    2. Efforts to make packaging more sustainable
    3. Challenges in product protection

 

Course Locations

Date

TBA

Check-in opens at 7:30 a.m. on the first day of the course.

Course runs from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. each day.

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Venue

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The course fee includes a course binder and a continental breakfast each day.

Five for Four! Register five people for one course, one person for five courses, or any combination in between and your fifth registration is free. Note: This discount is only available if you register by fax or mail and mention this discount. May not be combined with any other offer.


Pricing
  Member Non-Member
Advanced $895 $1,095
Standard $1,095 $1,295

About the Instructor

  • Sara Risch

    is the principal in Science by Design, a consulting firm she founded in 1993.