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close this bookAppropriate Food Packaging (ILO)
View the documentPreface
View the documentAcknowledgements
close this folder1 Food and packaging
View the document1.1 The importance of food processing
View the document1.2 What is good packaging?
View the document1.3 Environmental and economic aspects
View the document1.4 The aim of this book
Open this folder and view contents2 Types of food and prevention of deterioration
Open this folder and view contents3 Packaging materials
Open this folder and view contents4 Filling and labelling
Open this folder and view contents5 Production, re-use and re-cycling of packaging
Open this folder and view contents6 Implications of introducing packaging
Open this folder and view contents7 Benefits and costs of food packaging
View the documentGlossary
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1.4 The aim of this book

It is hoped that this book will assist the small and medium food manufacturer to consider not only which packaging is best for their product but other related aspects. The whole package including its materials, label and shipping container should be considered as part of the overall business plan and not, as often happens, as an afterthought. The book is mainly written for entrepreneurs who wish to increase their sales and competitiveness by improving their business. Some of the technologies described may appear too large and costly for the very small cottage industry sector. In many cases, however, it is companies from this sector which, with advice and good management, have grown into well known brand names.

It is also hoped that this publication will be of interest to food research institutions, non-government organizations, development workers and extension workers who are involved in projects to improve the small-scale food processing industry sector.

It is believed that this book is somewhat unique in the bibliography of packaging, concentrating as it does on the small-scale application of packaging against a background of basic food technology.

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