Cal Poly’s Packaging Program aims to be the global leader in packaging value chain technology, education and research. Packaging value chain is a strategic business function aimed at creating value across procurement, research and development, marketing, sales and sustainability while defining margins and profitability. The industry is forecasted to reach $1 trillion USD in sales by 2018. As the only packaging program within a business school, Cal Poly builds on its strong value chain curriculum rooted in Learn by Doing and its ties to leading employers and research partners in agriculture, retail, technology and manufacturing.
The program is rooted firmly in undergraduate education, within Cal Poly’s industrial technology and packaging major, the consumer packaging solutions concentration and the packaging minor. Cal Poly packaging graduates often command some of the highest starting salaries of all Orfalea College of Business graduates from companies in tech, e-commerce and food and beverage industries.
The program is also home to a group of industry-leading faculty who hold patents and produce applied research that pushes the packaging industry forward. Faculty and industry partners often collaborate on research projects via the Cal Poly Packaging Consortium that focuses on testing and evolving food and beverage packaging.
The program has recently established the Packaging Value Chain Center, which will support professional certificates in packaging value chain and logistics beginning in fall 2017 and a Master of Science in Packaging Value Chain program beginning in fall 2018 — both of which will be offered 100-percent online. The center will also expand research capabilities to verticals including health care and technology.