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Sensitivity of selected factors on costs of retort pouch packaging systems



Sensitivity of selected factors on costs of retort pouch packaging systems



Agricultural economics staff paper Michigan State University Dept of Agricultural Economics: 2-25, 1982 (82-55)



The sensitivity of costs of a retort pouch system is tested as a function of selected factors. These factors include energy prices, energy consumption in retorting, container prices, labor use, wage rates, transport distances and discount rates. The price of retort pouch and can containers affects the cost of the packaging systems comparatively more than the other variables considered. Energy consumption reductions in retorting pouches is comparatively less significant. However, retort pouch packaging systems are less energy intensive than canning systems and have some comparative cost advantages attributed to operating the packaging system which should increase as real energy prices rise.

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