Honorees highlight the packaging industry’s commitment to sustainability, personalization and solving global challenges.
Solutions Inc. was named a winner of the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation, earning a Diamond Award for the Fritz Water Vest, a simple but appropriate packaging solution for water-transport issues in developing countries. The vest innovatively incorporates relatively new materials to accomplish two key, functional needs. The multi-layer nylon structure provides a robust material suitable for rough terrain and multiple uses in dry and rugged environments. The proprietary lamination uses several layers for functional protection and allows for quick heat sealing during manufacturing.
Zume Pizza has been named a Diamond Finalist Award Winner in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for their compostable “Pizza Pod,” which keeps pizza crisp and warm for longer periods. The innovative container allows pizza shop employees to assemble boxes with less time and labor, and requires less shelf space compared to traditional paperboard boxes. Zume Pizza’s Pizza Pod also sustains brand equity, with the branding clearly presented up to the point of consumption.
The Cryovac OptiDure Abuse Bag has been named a Diamond Finalist Award Winner in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. This package represents a significant breakthrough in vacuum packaging for protein, where there is a typical industry leaker rate of three percent and a 1% reduction in leaker rates could eliminate $140 million in food waste globally. The OptiDure Abuse Bag’s enhanced sealing capability enables improved seal integrity through contamination and wrinkles, helping facilitate faster throughput, increase production efficiency, and reduce product and package waste.
MGI JETvarnish 3D Digital Print Decoration Process for Folding Cartons & Labels has earned a Diamond Finalist Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The MGI innovation achieves 2D, 3D and Variable Foil Embossing on cartons and labels on a single line. The technology allows printers, converters and finishers to produce luxurious, eye-catching special effects with variable data personalization and customized short-runs faster and much less expensively than other printing technologies.
Plantic R, a bio-based, renewable and recyclable plastic material with ultra-high barrier and ideal for barrier packaging applications, was named a Diamond Finalist Award Winner in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The technology combines the best of recyclable materials (Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET)) and Plantic’s bio based ultra-high barrier material, which dramatically increases the shelf life of packaged meats.
AMOREPACIFIC’s Prime Reserve jar has won a Gold Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. AMOREPACIFIC designed the cream jar with the consumer experience in mind. The elegant design of the cream jar provides consumers the ultimate indulgence and is an attractive addition to the consumers’ personal care product display in the home. Made of ten different components, this molded “jar within a jar” conveys luxury with its remarkable feel and weight.
FRONERI Brazil has earned a Gold Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for their Ice Cream Mini Cup. The clever cup is the combination of a suite of technologies, including thin wall thickness, fast cycle time injection molding, and in-mold labeling for decoration. It is a packaging solution designed for the on-the-go consumer. The plastic spoon molded into the lid of the ice cream mini cup is an innovative solution improvement to those currently available.
Insignia Technologies won a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for their Insignia Freshtag. This dynamic shelf-life indicator tag is designed to change color over a pre-set number of days at a prescribed temperature. It also changes color faster when the temperature increases. This gives consumers a more realistic view of the actual life of the product based on the different conditions to which it has been subjected.
The MosquitoPaQ OUTDOOR ZONE no-bite SPATIAL Repellent has earned a Gold Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The package demonstrated a clever use of a frangible sealed pouch for this new application of mosquito repellent. The pouch allows consumers to mix and activate the dry and wet chemicals at the time of use, without having to pour out or touch the contents. After activation, consumers can simply hang the pouch on a tree and leave it alone as the repellent is released over the course of fifteen days.
The Bibigo kimchi jar that combines tradition and science from CJ Cheiljedang won a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. This kimchi jar is a real breakthrough in terms of packaging science and innovation. It marries a very traditional product with contemporary, high-tech packaging. A clever incorporation of multiple existing technologies from different markets (including channeled lids and membrane with valve), the new kimchi jar achieves perfect sealing, gas emission, and fermentation.
CROWN Food Europe’s Peelfit Can has won a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for their easy-open foil sealed can. The Peelfit can eliminates the need for a rigid steel ring typically required with double seaming applications. CROWN Food Europe was able to seal a peelable foil directly to the can body. Traditional steel rings had to be stamped out and recycled – this new innovation eliminates that need, easing manufacturing and enhancing sustainability. The Peelfit™ can’s major reduction to this component of the package enabled a 16% reduction in can weight and 32% reduction in energy usage while continuing to deliver 100% protection against oxygen, gas and moisture.
PepsiCo’s Granola Goes Nuts Cross – Directional Laser Scored Flow Wrapper has earned a Gold Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for its innovative incorporation of a unique, easy-open package that also allows users to keep their hands clean during on-the-go use. The cross-directional, laser-scored opening feature on the horizontal flow wrapper provides a controlled, easy opening of the pack. The clever design keeps consumers from creating litter when opening, with a creative configuration of the technology to keep the wrapper together.
Owens Illinois’ Skol Beats Secret – Red Glass beer bottles has won a Gold Award in the 29th DuPont Award for Packaging Innovation for excellence in enhanced user experience and technological advancement. Advancing product branding in its target market, Brazil – the third largest beer distributing market in the world—Skol Beats Secret has introduced the first red glass bottle for beverages to be mass-produced in the world. The dramatic color helps provide differentiation from other alcoholic beverages at the point of sale and provides merchandising appeal to its target consumers, the millennials, who are looking for a new experience.
The Vento advanced coffee packaging with integrated degassing system has earned Amcor Flexibles a Gold Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Amcor recognized the need to improve the traditional systems for degassing freshly roasted coffee from bags. Vento is the only coffee packaging system delivered to roasters with the degassing system already applied in the laminate.
The lightweight 20-ounce Vitaminwater container with PowerStrap and ActiveHinge technologies from Amcor Rigid Plastics has won a Silver Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The technology enables a 15 percent weight reduction from an earlier Vitaminwater bottle with enhanced vacuum absorption capabilities compared to conventional bases used for hot-fill containers. Amcor Rigid Plastics’ unique PowerStrap™ technology offers enhanced side compression properties for improved line handling as well as vertical load-bearing properties for stacking.
Bemis has earned a Silver Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for their work on Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bakery Delights Tactile Packaging. Kellogg’s Nutri-Grain Bakery Delights package features textured film to represent a bakery treat that looks like its wrapped in kraft paper and twine. To uniquely capture the attention of millennial shoppers, the package is designed to look like paper, feel like paper, and even crinkle and crunch like paper.
GreenBlue earned a Silver Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for How2Recycle, the next-generation recycling label for packaging. How2Recycle is the first universal recycling labeling system that was designed specifically for consumers. It fulfills brands’ need to simplify the understanding of packaging recyclability. With the How2Recycle label, consumers can easily understand the recyclability of each package, how to prepare each component of the package for recycling, and if a component is not recyclable.
FUJI’s “FUJI・M・O”, Flexible packaging for the inkjet-gravure hybrid printing machine won a Silver Award in the 29th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The FUJI・M・O is a hybrid printing press that combines full-color inkjet printing and water-based white photogravure printing to achieve vibrant, full-color and white color printing on transparent plastic film. By combining water-based photogravure printing traditionally used solely for white printing, with inkjet printing for full-color, FUJI TOKUSHU SHIGYO CO achieved a breakthrough that solves challenges associated with white color inkjet printing.
DPM_DPA2017_Winner_VP+C_2X1 VIEW MEDIA Farmacy Beauty’s Honey Potion Renewing Antioxidant Hydration Mask package won a Silver Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. The package enhances the user experience because of the outstanding execution of the package design in telling the brand story. The origami-like box unfolds to reveal the brand story inside, while the hand-drawn illustrations on the package help to tell a holistic story about the brand. The honey comb-shaped glass jar highlights the honey color of the product and contains a magnetic lid that holds the steel spatula to the wooden lid.
Plastipak Packaging, Inc. has received a Silver Award in the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation for their Direct Object Printing for Full Package Decoration. Direct Object Printing takes technology that typically prints to a label substrate and instead prints directly to the package, eliminating the need for label materials. Packages can be decorated in-line at production, simplifying the supply chain and reducing the time to market. This technology utilizes white-plus process coloring printing to deliver a wide color gamut and brilliant graphics for full, state-of-the-art decoration of a round package.