Pkg 460 Sweetwater Donut Project

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This project was done to help develop a package to transport Sweetwater donuts via small parcel from Kalamazoo Michigan to any ware in the U.S., while considering integrity, quality, appearance, and shelf life of the donuts.

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Pkg 460 Sweetwater Donut Project

  1. 1. Sweetwater Donut Project PKG 460 – Team Awesome David Brennan Stephen Grabowski Brad Valenta JK Kim Drew Dowden
  2. 2. Chosen Design: Box Drawing
  3. 3. Sample Cutting
  4. 6. Alternative Design
  5. 7. The Container <ul><li>Partitioned, tuck E-flute box </li></ul><ul><ul><li>No manufacturer’s joint </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No glue or staples needed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Only tape required for sealing </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Strong setup </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Folds on top and middle to create extra walls for extra strength </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Can separate donuts as needed </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Different densities </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Different toppings </li></ul></ul><ul><li>One piece design </li></ul><ul><li>Visually appealing </li></ul>
  6. 8. Recommendations <ul><li>Use Reynolds wax sandwich bags </li></ul><ul><li>Item # size MFG. NO. Case Pack </li></ul><ul><li>158992 6”x7” 7950 6/1,000 </li></ul><ul><li>Found at Gordon Food Service </li></ul><ul><li>Moisture barrier </li></ul><ul><li>Separates donuts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less topping/frosting transfer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Individual donut package </li></ul></ul>http://blogs.nashvillescene.com/bites/GFS%20Market.jpg
  7. 9. Approximate Shelf Life
  8. 10. Shelf Life: Sensory Evaluation <ul><li>Donuts left in box were good for 2 days </li></ul><ul><li>Donuts left in plastic wrap lasted longer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Taste test: 4-5 days </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Estimated shelf life of about 5 days </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Filled donuts lasted longer </li></ul><ul><li>Cake donuts lasted not as long </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Got dry faster </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Wrapped donuts looked less appealing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Frosting stuck to bag </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Some toppings scattered in bag </li></ul></ul>
  9. 11. Advantages <ul><li>Both the shipping container and the primary package </li></ul><ul><li>Separate compartments for different density/weight donuts </li></ul><ul><li>High compression strength </li></ul><ul><li>Acceptable drop damage </li></ul><ul><li>Adequate moisture barrier from individual bags </li></ul>
  10. 12. Compression Test
  11. 14. Random Vibration – ISTA 3C for 20 min
  12. 16. Drop Test – ISTA 3A
  13. 18. Results
  14. 26. Conclusions <ul><li>The new packaging helped to a certain extent </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better, but not perfect </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Some damage still shown on the donuts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Damage more of a concern on dryer donuts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Softer donuts may get a flat side </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Filled donuts may leak </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Extends shelf life of donuts </li></ul><ul><li>ISTA 3C is a harsh test </li></ul>
  15. 27. Questions http://talkwiththepreacher.files.wordpress.com/2009/03/pink_sprinkled_donut.jpg

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