School of Packaging short course

This three-day workshop offers full insight in all aspects of food packaging to reduce food waste including function, materials, systems and processes, basic principles and commercial status of selected conventional and advanced packaging technologies, distribution, food security, packaging trends and more! You will leave this course better prepared to implement functional design elements and sustainability practices to your company’s packaging and related operations.

Cost: $1695.00 per person, includes one dinner and three lunches

Food Packaging Basics Course - Sample Topics:

  • Materials in Food Packaging
  • Packaging Strategies to prevent food waste-Conventional Packaging
  • Packaging for Fast Moving Goods
  • Virtual Design Tools for Food Packaging
  • Brand Protection and Packaging
  • Packaging Strategies to Prevent Food Waste-Advanced Packaging
  • Food Packaging Trends
  • Using  Packaging to Communicate Brand
  • Distribution Dynamics and Supply Chain
  • Machinery in Food Packaging
  • Plastics Processing for Food Packaging

This is a 2-day intensive course on active packaging. It includes lectures, discussions, and hands-on laboratory sessions on different types of active packaging including antimicrobial, oxygen-removing, antioxidant, humidity-regulating, ethylene-removing, light-absorbing, and fragrance-releasing packaging.

The course will be offered in English and Spanish if there is demand for both languages.

Prepare for an immersive learner-centric experience as you discover the possible ways active packaging may improve your business!

Cost: $1995.00 per person, includes one dinner and two lunches

Sample Course Topics:

  • Antimicrobial
  • Oxygen-removing
  • Antioxidant
  • Ethylene-removing
  • Humidity-regulating
  • Light-absorbing
  • Frangrance-releasers
  • and more!

A block of rooms will be available at a group rate at the East Lansing Marriott. 

MSU School of Packaging
448 Wilson Rd.
East Lansing, MI 48824


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For information contact Cimberly Weir, Outreach Coordinator; Associate Director, Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability at 517-353-6797.