Center for Packaging Value Chain


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. Cal Poly will build 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.

Under the resources of a new Center for Packaging Value Chain, Cal Poly will empower its packaging graduates, faculty and industry partners to continue leading this dynamic field. This movement toward a center will establish Cal Poly as the top program on the West Coast and one of the best in the world.

With the resources of the center in place, Cal Poly’s Packaging Program will refine and strengthen the packaging concentration within the industrial technology and packaging major. The program will balance materials science, packaging design, logistics and operations management through its Learn by Doing projects and labs. Students will also have access to a consumer packaging solutions concentration within the business administration major, a course of study that blends packaging and marketing curriculum. Students in other fields will also have access to a packaging minor, which is an ideal complement to business administration, engineering, food science, or graphic communication majors.

Cal Poly’s M.S. in Packaging Value Chain will allow professionals to develop competencies by creating holistic, efficient and effective packaging solutions that impact the global packaging value chains. The M.S. in Packaging Value Chain program’s 100-percent online coursework incorporates input activities that create value for all players in the packaging value chain. The degree program can be completed in as little as one year. The program also features online professional certificates in packaging value chain, analytics, design, marketability, logistics and supply chain that can be completed in as little as four months.

Through the Center for Packaging Value Chain, Cal Poly will enhance interdisciplinary research and development opportunities among faculty, students and the packaging industry through collaborative research-based projects addressing real-world issues. The Packaging Research Consortium, which provides fundamental research in fresh produce, will grow to be a global research, educational and training resource for food and beverage, healthcare and consumer packaged goods industries. With capacity for more projects and research partners, the consortium will direct the development of innovative materials, processes and systems. In addition, Cal Pack Labs will continue to provide minor to extensive proprietary contract packaging research and development services.

The Center for Packaging Value Chain will expand to become a hub for packaging professionals west of the Mississippi. The program will provide continuing education opportunities, host workshops — like its hands-on FreshPackMoves seminar — specific to industries like fresh produce. Cal Poly’s Center for Packaging Value Chain will foster a community of professionals prepared to take on the industry’s next big opportunity.

Cal Poly is rallying support and raising funds to make the center’s plans a reality. Phase One of the campaign will enable the center to hire an industry-focused director to lead remaining fundraising and outreach efforts. Cal Poly invites all Packaging Program alumni and partners to help establish a lasting foundation for the center through financial contributions and advocacy.

Questions? Contact the Orfalea College of Business Dean’s Office
ocobadvancement@calpoly.edu | 805-756-2705