Packaging Matters Is It Time to Move on?

by: Maria Teresa M. Fajardo

Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Length: 7 pages
Product ID#: 1-004-800

Core Disciplines: Operations Management/Supply Chain, Strategy & Management

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Pamela Sanchez is a raw material quality analyst at the Marion City, Philippines-based Del Valley Fruit Products. She is deeply troubled by a distributor’s discovery — a bulging can. It seems the company’s pineapple was delivered this way, but Sanchez wonders how. This could indicate that there are leaks in the can or that bacteria have colonized inside. This is a serious matter and she and her team will have to get to the bottom of it. They also must find a solution, but which alternative packaging material will do the job?

Teaching Objectives

After reading and discussing the material, students should:

  • List three packaging materials that can be used to replace tin cans.
  • Compare the listed packaging materials in terms of their ability to prevent food contamination, ability to ensure food safety, and ease of handling and storage.
  • Choose the best alternative packaging material.