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Pet Food in Pouch vs Tray - United States

"Pet Food in Pouches vs Trays - United States" compares packaging 3 ounces of wet dog food in a retortable stand-up pouch vs. a retortable tray when operating in the USA. Our EES of PackagingTM research studies specifically focus on the Economic impact, Environmental impact, and other key variables that impact the performance of specific products, packages, and processes operating in specific locations.

Retortable pouches had great momentum in the United States until a pet food safety issue stopped the program in its tracks. Although the problem was a pet food additive issue, and had nothing to do with the packaging, retortable pouches took the hit. Retortable trays grabbed the newly available market share and held the market share tenaciously. Are retortable pouches now poised to regain momentum? Do retortable pouches or trays win the balance of strengths and weaknesses? Read this quantitative analysis and comparison to understand the current prospects.

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Section I: Introduction
A. What is the purpose of this study?
1. Methodology
2. Industry background
3. Package size
4. Package design
5. Motivation
B. Key definitions
1. Point of view
2. SavvyPack Analysis Service
3. SavvyPack Index
C. Study organization
D. Geographic considerations
E. Study methodology
F. Conventions
Section II: Economics
A. Key assumptions
1. Package size
2. Fill speed
3. Retort process
4. Secondary packaging
5. Scope of the analysis
B. Case 1a: Retort pouch - Manufacturing cost
1. Assumptions
2. Manufacturing cost results
Table 1 – Case 1a: Manufacturing Cost - Retort Pouch
C. Case 1b: Retort pouch -Filling cost
1. Assumptions
2. Filling cost results
Table 2 – Case 1b: Filling Cost – Retort Pouch
D. Case 2a: Polymer tray- Manufacturing cost
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1. Assumptions
2. Manufacturing cost results
Table 3 – Case 2a: Manufacturing Cost - Polymer Tray
E. Case 2b: Die-cut lid - Manufacturing cost
1. Assumptions
2. Manufacturing cost results
Table 4 – Case 2b: Manufacturing Cost - Die-cut Lid
F. Case 2c: Polymer tray - Filling cost
1. Assumptions
2. Filling cost results
Table 5 – Case 2c: Filling Cost – Polymer Tray
G. Results summary
Table 6 – Economic Summary – Pouch vs. Tray
Section III: Environmental
A. Key assumptions
1. Package size
2. Fill speed
3. Retort process
4. Secondary packaging
5. Scope of the analysis
6. End-of-life
B. Case 3: Retort pouch LCA
1. Energy Consumption
Table 7 – Case 3: Energy - Retort Pouch
2. Greenhouse gas releases
Table 8 – Case 3: GHG - Retort Pouch
3. Water Consumption
Table 9 – Case 3: Water - Retort Pouch
4. End-of-life
Table 10 – Case 3: Disposal Volume - Retort Pouch
C. Case 4: Polymer tray LCA
1. Energy Consumption
Table 11 – Case 4: Energy - Polymer Tray
2. Greenhouse gas releases
Table 12 – Case 4: GHG - Polymer Tray
3. Water Consumption
Table 13 – Case 4: Water - Polymer Tray
4. End-of-life
Table 14 – Case 4: Disposal Volume - Polymer Tray
D. Results summary
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Table 15 – Environmental Summary – Pouch vs Tray
Section IV: SavvyPack Index
A. SavvyPack Index defined
Table 16 – SavvyPack Index Defined
B. Metric results
Table 17 – Results for Retort Pouch and Polymer Tray
1. Package manufacturing cost
2. Package filling cost
3. Greenhouse gas (GHG) releases
4. Energy consumption
5. Water consumption
6. Material to landfill
7. Package efficiency
8. Pallet efficiency
9. Post user recycling rate
10.Product protection
11.Package safety
12.User convenience
C. Convert performance metric results to SavvyPack Index scores
Table 18 – Range and All Performance Metrics
1. Inversely proportional
Figure 1 – SavvyPack Index Score for Package Manufacturing Cost
2. Directly proportional
Figure 2 – SavvyPack Index Score for Post Consumer Recycle Rate
Table 19 – Scores for Each Metric
D. Retort pouch industry position
Table 20 – Retort Pouch Industry Position
E. Polymer tray industry position
Table 21 – Polymer Tray Industry Position
F. Reconciliation
Table 22 – Retort Pouch and Polymer Tray Percentage Comparisons
1. Package manufacturing cost
2. Package filling cost
3. Greenhouse gas (GHG) releases
4. Energy consumption
5. Water consumption
6. Material to landfill
7. Package efficiency
8. Pallet efficiency
9. Post user recycling rate

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