Department - Author 1

Industrial Technology

Degree Name - Author 1

BS in Industrial Technology



Primary Advisor

Louis Tornatsky


The Gourmet Trading Company (GTC) is currently in need of modified asparagus packaging that will both satisfy the needs of their customers as well as provide adequate protection for their product during shipments from Central and South America to North America. Wal-Mart, one of GTC’s customers, needs the packaging to be modifiable in store to display the product vertically on inclined shelves. There currently is no way for the asparagus in Wal-Mart’s produce department to be displayed upright on shelves in stores. The existing method of display lays the asparagus down in the shelves with the butt ends facing the consumer. Wal-Mart prefers that the asparagus spears display all of their qualities by standing vertical in the shelving.

This senior project has created a package that will provide a solution to the Gourmet Trading Company’s dilemma. The project’s accomplishments include package designs that: can be modified to display the product in store, use pallet space more efficiently, and are lighter and stronger than the original package. The research, design, and testing of the packaging took place within the Cal Poly Industrial Technology Packaging labs. These procedures were overseen by Dr. Jay Singh. The data obtained by the certified testing procedures gives the user and their customer specific product specifications. The resulting data will summarize the mechanical properties of the packaging medium in a simulated shipping environment. The proposed procedure has been developed and reviewed by the American Society for Testing and Materials as well as Dr. Jay Singh, this projects student advisor.