Aaron L. Brody

Containment of foods and beverages within packages for purposes of protection through distribution is a commendable primary objective. But if the consumer cannot retrieve the contents when and where needed or desired, protection becomes a moot issue.

Some of the many types of closures that are being used to provide convenience to the consumer. Top row, from left: soup can with easy-open steel end; twist cap for aluminum bottles; peelable membrane closures for metal cans; Silgan Dot-Top vacuum can; dual-open (pull tab or can opener) full-panel easy-open can. Center row, from left: peelable membrane plus plastic overcap for reclosure; dry-beverage canister with easy-open measuring cap; slide reclosure on shredded-cheese pouch; peel-off heat-seal flexible closure with reclosure feature. Bottom row, from left: condiment bottle with dispensing closure; mayonnaise bottle with easy-open dispensing feature; flip-top standup tube for spreading peanut butter; water bottle with easy twist-opening reclosure; gable-top paperboard composite carton with screw-top closure.For the first millennia of food packaging, packaging was either so flimsy and fragile that opening was a trivial act, or was so strong that the contents were not accessible without the work of several powerful individuals aided by major tools. Some o…

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