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Packaging functions

A. Emblem,     London College of Fashion, UK

Abstract:

This chapter examines in some detail the different functions of packaging. Emphasis is placed on understanding the properties of the product and the hazards it will face in the supply chain, including the demands of the consumer. There are different and sometimes conflicting requirements and expectations at each stage of the life of the product, and these must be understood before appropriate packaging solutions can be sought.

Key words

functions

containment

protection

physical damage

shock

vibration

compression

humidity

water

light

oxygen

pilferage

tampering

tamper evidence

journey hazards

preservation

biotic spoilage

abiotic spoilage

shelf life

water activity ...

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