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Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences


Food Science Facilities

Sensory Lab: Sensory evaluation projects typically include design of study, evaluation protocol, recruiting and training panelist, preparation of products to be evaluated, execution of test, statistical analysis and record keeping.

Culinary Research Lab: The state-of-the-art culinary research laboratory facility contains the following areas: sensory analysis, consumer focus group, bench top laboratory for developing new culinary applications, animal co-products center, retail test market center, and regulatory approved pilot manufacturing for frozen products. The space is used for a variety of classes, labs, and student projects. The research kitchen is a key part of the Food Product Development class as well as the culinary and baking labs. It is also utilized by undergraduate students in specified Creative Inquiry teams as well as by graduate students working on projects with culinary or sensory applications. In the past, it has been used for culinary nutrition outreach programs for students and faculty within Clemson and outside parties, such as school food service management and cooking with a chef programming for college students.

'55 Exchange Ice Cream MicroCreamery: The ’55 Exchange is a student-run retail operation that sells and serves Clemson’s world-famous ice cream and other Clemson-produced items. All revenues generated through the retail center go to support Clemson students and academic programs.

Packaging Science Facilities

The Cryovac Flavourmark Retort Laboratory: Retort pouches have been a growth market in the packaging industry over the last several years. Clemson has been ahead of the curve in this field and has taken a huge leap forward with the newly renovated Cryovac Flavourmark Retort Laboratory. With ample space and two retorts, top-level testing and research can be done quickly and efficiently.

The DuPont "Miracles of Science" Laboratory: The first step in creating new packaging is creating the materials. In the DuPont Lab plastics are extruded filled and sealed to create various forms of flexible packaging.

The Clemson Package Dynamics Lab: Once primary packages have been created they must be unitized for shipment by truck, train, air or rail. These shipping environments can be simulated in our labs. Packages can be tested and observed to determine the time and types of failures. This information is then used to redesign the products or packaging.

The Sonoco Institute of Packaging Design and Graphics is housed in the Harris A Smith Building. The newest building on the Clemson Campus. It is a state-of-the-art design center where Packaging and Graphic Communications students can collaborate and create synergy in the design and printing of packages.

CEFPACK: The Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging (CEFPACK) is a membership organization which offers testing and development services related to flexible packaging for industry consumer product companies and packaging suppliers, and also provides a wonderful educational environment for Clemson students.

Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences
Department of Food, Nutrition, and Packaging Sciences | 223 Poole Agricultural Center; Box 340316, Clemson, SC 29634