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Publication type: Article in scientific journal
Type of review: Peer review (publication)
Title: Evaluation of the accessibility of selected packaging by comparison of quantitative measurements of the opening forces and qualitative surveys through focus group studies
Authors: Miescher, Susanna
Brombach, Christine
Artigas, Gràcia
Järvenpää, Eila
Steinemann, Nina
Ziesemer, Katrin
Yildirim, Selçuk
DOI: 10.21256/zhaw-2682
Published in: Packaging Technology and Science
Volume(Issue): 29
Issue: 11
Pages: 559
Pages to: 570
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher / Ed. Institution: Wiley
ISSN: 0894-3214
Language: English
Subjects: Easy open; Packaging
Subject (DDC): 658.5: Production management
Abstract: It can be expected that many elderly people have impaired opening capacity of food packaging bearing in mind the changes in functionality and physical strength that occur during ageing. This study determined the relation of the quantitative force required to open selected food packaging systems with findings derived from qualitative focus group studies to retrieve comprehensive information on the specific needs of seniors. The focus group studies revealed that the assessment of the ease of opening is very subjective and can vary from objective measurements. The quantitative measurement of the force required to open the ‘easy to open’ thermoformed tray resulted in considerably higher peel initiation forces of 22.50 ± 1.62N compared to the standard tray (12.80 ± 1.93 N). However, the packaging type was still felt to be easier to open because of the enlarged tab and peeling corner, which was said to be easy to grip. Conversely, the stand-up pouches with twist-off caps could only be opened with difficulty because of the small caps and the difficulty in breaking seals, despite the substantially lower opening forces of 0.46 ± 0.06Nm compared with the other torque closures. The evaluation of a package was found to be only partly dependent on the required opening force but strongly influenced by various design factors and consumer’s expectations as well as experiences.
Fulltext version: Published version
License (according to publishing contract): Licence according to publishing contract
Departement: Life Sciences and Facility Management
Organisational Unit: Institute of Food and Beverage Innovation (ILGI)
Appears in collections:Publikationen Life Sciences und Facility Management

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