Colors, Containers and Cardboard Cans:
Packaging Passover for American Grocery Stores
Post-Kiddush Chaburah with Rabbi Bolton
In Memory of his father Stewart Bolton, z”l
Saturday, April 8, after kiddush
Unique Passover packaging developed during the late 19th and early 20th centuries in America as Pesah food was mass produced and grocery stores catered to the North American Jewish community. Manufacturers were challenged to understand Passover laws and apply them to the mass production of food yet were equally as challenged in rising to the occasion to design the packaging materials. Design of packaging material had to satify both religious concerns and cultural appeal. The art of package engineering and design took on new meaning both in Jewish and non-Jewish food and provisions companies alike. Rabbi Bolton will explore the history of Passover packaging and Jewish laws that concerned manufacturers, as well as ideas about “religious” package design, in memory of his father, Stewart Bolton, z’l who was a packaging engineer for Warner Lambert Parke-David and a professor of the discipline at Rutgers University School
of Packaging Engineering.