Lesson 14: Packaging, labeling and Costing of Food Products
Importance of Packaging
All preserved food items require packaging so as to make the product available to the user/ consumer in desired quality and form. Packaging material protects the products in all aspects, from the point of origin until their consumption. The importance of packaging is illustrated in following points:
An adequate packaging extends the shelf-life of the surpluses of food and allows the distribution of food to other areas resulting in more choices to consumers in terms of food availability, equitable distribution of food resources, and income to producers from their produce.
Correct packaging prevents any wastage, such as leakage or deterioration, while transportation and distribution.
Good packaging and presentation promote consumers to buy products.