7 Benefits and costs of food packaging
In previous chapters the benefits of food packaging to small-scale food processors have been described in detail. To summarise, these benefits include:
- improved protection for the food and an increased shelf-life,
However there are also a number of costs associated with the introduction or improvement of food packaging in a process. In some cases these costs may be higher than the other production costs combined and it is therefore important for a producer to weigh up the costs involved and find out whether the likely benefits to be gained are worthwhile.
This chapter aims to assist extension agents and producers to do this by first describing the various costs in more detail. It then gives a simple example of how to calculate packaging costs.
The main costs associated with the introduction of packaging to a small scale business are as follows:
- changes to existing production facilities and processing techniques
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