Packaging Technology and Science

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Early View (Online Version of Record published before inclusion in an issue)

Editors-in-Chief: David Shires, Diana Twede

Impact Factor: 1.706

ISI Journal Citation Reports © Ranking: 2014: 11/40 (Engineering Manufacturing); 47/123 (Food Science & Technology)

Online ISSN: 1099-1522


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  1. Research Articles

    1. A Supply Chain Perspective on Green Packaging Development-Theory Versus Practice

      Katrin Molina-Besch and Henrik Pålsson

      Article first published online: 26 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2186

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      This paper provides empirical data about how companies work during packaging development to reduce negative environmental impact along supply chains. The findings indicate that companies apply a variety of green packaging approaches, but focus on approaches with economic benefits. To address the identified gap between theory and practice, companies should develop packaging that reduces environmental impact from the consumer phase, use local packaging adaptation to address varying supply chain conditions and avoid brand recognition through packaging size and shape.

    2. Sustainable Packaging Development for Fresh Food Supply Chains

      Daria Battini, Martina Calzavara, Alessandro Persona and Fabio Sgarbossa

      Article first published online: 26 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2185

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      This research analyzes two existing fresh food packaging solutions and develops two alternative packaging solutions able to overcome the current containers main limitations, mainly focusing on packaging sustainability. This analysis is performed both from an economic and from an environmental point of view, proposing different analytical models that allow the consideration of different factors in various supply network scenarios. The provided results and the corresponding considerations help the understanding of the more suitable packaging solution for each proposed supply network.

    3. Consumer Perceptions of Food Packaging: Contributing to or Counteracting Environmentally Sustainable Development?

      Helena Lindh, Annika Olsson and Helen Williams

      Article first published online: 18 NOV 2015 | DOI: 10.1002/pts.2184

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      The study found that Swedish consumers, especially organic food consumers, consider the environmental impact of packaging when purchasing food and are willing to pay more for environmentally sustainable alternatives. They think it is a matter of material and strongly prefer paper-based. A majority are aware of their shortcomings in judging the environmental status of packaging, indicating a need for guidance; otherwise, consumer choices can unintendedly counteract environmentally sustainable intentions.


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