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9. Why are there so many different types of packaging materials?




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This article is from the Food Science FAQ, bypking123@sympatico.ca (Paul E. J. King) with numerous contributions by others.

9. Why are there so many different types of packaging materials?

Most food products can be packed in a variety of alternative
ways. Manufacturers choose the most appropriate type of packaging for
a product, depending on the nature and requirements of the product,
the degree and nature of protection needed, the method of
distribution, the shelf-life and the environmental impact.

 

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