MSU Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
Dissertations, Theses and Plan B Papers -- Abstract
, Donald Lee. Economics and Market Feasibility of Packaging Michigan Potatoes in Institutional Size Retort Pouches
Major Professor: Pierson.
Packaging potatoes in institutional size retort pouches is analyzed as a possible
market outlet for Michigan potatoes. A two-pronged research approach involves
estimation of unit costs of retort pouch potato products (RPP) and an assessment
of the market potential for RPP in the food service industry. Break-even costs
for a six-pound pouch is estimated to be $2.62 (.44 per pound), which translates
to a likely price disadvantage relative to competing products. Food service operators
expressed general satisfaction with existing potato products and will not readily
switch to use of retort pouch potato products.