The papers presented here explore various aspects of the primary topic, i.e. "Current Trends in Commodity Science. Packaging and Product Quality". Undoubtedly, the quality of our life strongly depends on good quality products and services. Then the fate of good quality products and services is a crucial challenge for commodity science in modern society, or industrial civilization.
The ultimate goal of IComSC‘11 was "to offer new ways to generate rigorous thinking on commodity". Nearly one fourth of the papers presented are related to new achievements and innovations in packing technologies and packaging materials. Nowadays, packaging is perceived as one of the key elements affecting the market, promotion companies and sales activity. As accurately expressed in one of the papers devoted to current trends in packaging "... the essence of modern packaging is the statement, which says that the packaging protects what sells and what sells it protects". Development of packaging has been driven by the requirements of the industry (for example food and cosmetic industry), demands of customers, and specifications of regulatory agencies etc. The packaging technology evolutes mainly in three directions: technological, material and constructional. The food industry expects packaging materials that preserve products, provide their longer shelf lives and protect the product from the adverse impact of external factors. This feature depends mainly on the structure of packaging materials and their barrier properties. Cosmetic industry is especially demanding. Every year the cosmetic market introduces hundreds of new products, thereby increasing demand for new packaging materials and new forms of design. Even capacity and type of packaging have to be adapted to the constantly growing demands of customers. It is also paid a great attention to packaging safety in whole packaging supply chain and to effectiveness of packaging waste management.
Other topics discussed in papers presented in this book refer to new dimensions of quality products and services. Quality that has become the most important concept of modern management currently means more than the traditional notion of quality products and services. Current extended definitions cover also decrease in cost of products, performance in their distribution, time of arrival of product on market and response to market changes.
Natalia Czaja-Jagielska Henryk Szymusiak