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41 pages, B/w illus

Practical Action Publishing

Paperback | Dec 1996 | #56444 | ISBN: 1853393347
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Packaging can perform three functions: it acts as a container, enabling a chosen quantity of a product to be handled as a unit during distribution and storage; it helps to protect against damage and spoilage; and it can communicate information about the contents. 'Packaging' discusses these functions in detail and looks at traditional and mechanized packaging systems for use by small-scale producers. Case studies from around the world examine the introduction of improved packaging technology, and there are useful lists of manufacturers and organizations which can help small businesses.


Part 1 The importance of packaging: principles of packaging; health and safety; types of packaging materials; constraints to adequate packaging; packaged food classification; socio-economic considerations. Part 2 Traditional food packaging systems: plant materials; animal-based containers; earthenware; wood. Part 3 New packaging materials and techniques: paper packaging; metal containers; glass containers; caps and closures; plastics; summary. Part 4 Case studies: packaging kitul treacle, Sri Lanka; yoghurt packaging, Sri Lanka; packaging of tea, Peru; cashew nut packaging, Honduras; fruit juice and jam packaging, Ghana. Appendices: Alternative trading organizations; packaging research institutes; other useful addresses.

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