The purpose of this study was to determine the packaging usage of the foodservice industry in today's marketplace. It summarized the foodservice packaging formats in terms of relative volume related to usage, as well as the packaging materials broken down by sector. The opinions of industry professionals toward food packaging formats were evaluated. Two different measurement instruments were used to obtain information. A survey was used to obtain the opinions of foodservice professionals in regards to the different packaging formats, and an audit form was used to inventory the packaging formats within the different segments. It was determined that foodservice professionals like packaging that is re-closeable, provides easy access to the product, that is quick and easy to open, and that is easy to handle. It was also determined that plastic is the most stocked material within the foodservice industry, and pouches are the most stocked format.

Library of Congress Subject Headings

Food--Packaging; Food service; Food service--Equipment and supplies--Statistics; Food--Packaging--Statistics

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Manufacturing and Mechanical Engineering Technology (CAST)


Hartman, Eric

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Jacobs, Deanna

Advisor/Committee Member

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