Coca-Cola Gives $400K for University Packaging Center

Coca-Cola Gives $400K for University Packaging Center

The Coca-Cola Company has made the initial contribution to help the Michigan State University (MSU) set up a new packaging research center.

Coca-Cola's $400,000 gift goes towards the proposed Center for Packaging Innovation and Sustainability, which will be a part of MSU's School of Packaging at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The center will act as a think tank on packaging, offering both collaborative, non-proprietary research and proprietary work, which can be conducted in partnership with or independent of MSU researchers. The center will involve MSU's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, College of Engineering and the Eli Broad College of Business.

“The center will offer an entry point for industry to have easy access to MSU expertise. It will serve as a bridge between corporate and packaging industry professionals and university scientists in engineering, packaging, business, the environment and other areas,” said Satish Udpa, dean of the MSU College of Engineering. “The center will be a clearinghouse that disseminates information and encourages action that speeds the adoption and implementation of sustainable practices.”