For Immediate Release
April 5, 2017

Contact: Koushik Saha
805-756-1677; ksaha@calpoly.edu

Cal Poly Packaging Program to Host Fresh Produce Packaging Seminar May 22 to 24

SAN LUIS OBISPO — Cal Poly’s Packaging Program faculty will host freshPACKmoves, an educational seminar focused on fresh produce packaging, May 22 to 24 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Monterey, Calif.

The event will look specifically at e-commerce’s growing role in the fresh produce packaging industry as home-delivery services for consumers become increasingly popular.

Several industry speakers are scheduled to take part; there will be keynote presentations from the leaders of Blue Apron, UPS Customer Solutions and Imperfect Produce. The event will also include expert panels and interactive discussions on packaging’s role in food waste, traceabilty and food safety, and consumer expectations in e-commerce and retail. On the final day, attendees will tour farms in the Salinas area to survey the complete supply chain from grower, to packer, to shipper.

“In true Learn by Doing spirit, we want the attendees to have hands-on experiences and walk away with a competitive edge in their field,” said Cal Poly Packaging Program Director Jay Singh.

The seminar, now in its fourth year, is especially suited to professionals responsible for translating perishable quality initiatives into packaging, supply chain, logistics and food safety solutions for their companies. Content will be geared toward product development directors, regulators, industry suppliers, transportation directors and operations managers.

For more information and registration, visit www.freshpackmoves.com.

About Cal Poly’s Packaging Program:
Cal Poly’s Packaging Program is part of the Orfalea College of Business. As the only program of its kind in a business school, it combines the full continuum of packaging design, development and testing with supply chain logistics and business strategy. The curriculum is rooted in applied research and the university’s Learn by Doing philosophy. Cal Poly’s Packaging Program serves leading companies in agriculture, retail, technology and manufacturing by providing top talent and valuable research.

Stephen Youmans, a packaging analyst at California Giant Berry Farms, addresses a group at the 2016 freshPACKmoves.

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