ANNOUNCING THE WINNERS OF THE 30TH AWARDS FOR PACKAGING INNOVATION
Dow’s 2018 30th Awards for Packaging Innovation successfully continues the DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation program, which is the industry’s longest-running independently judged packaging awards program. As in years past, the judging panel featured experts with diverse backgrounds, providing global perspectives across design, engineering, retail, converting and academia. The judges evaluated more than 200 entries from companies in 30 countries. In addition to the Diamond Award, the top honor of the competition, the judges also selected nine Diamond Finalist Winners, eight Gold Award Winners and eleven Silver Award winners:
Air Assist Liquid Packaging Technology (Procter & Gamble)
Air Assist is a breakthrough in performance and sustainability for e-commerce and brick-and-mortar packaging. The liquid packaging technology uses compressed gas to provide tailored rigidity to create structure in flexible films. By utilizing a proprietary one-way valve, the new packaging form delivers cleaner dispensing, more controlled dosing and more convenient one-handed use while still being tough enough for e-commerce shipping without extra protection. Air Assist also uses 50 percent less plastic than a traditional rigid bottle and has a 360-degree palette for design, making it a more resource-efficient solution.
DIAMOND FINALIST AWARD
Febreze ONE (Procter & Gamble)
Febreze ONE has the same odor elimination power of other Febreze products with a unique two-in-one formula that makes it perfect for removing odors from air and fabric. By leveraging Flairosol sprayer technology, Febreze ONE produces an ultra-fine mist without the use of aerosols and comes in a refillable package with no dyes and no heavy perfumes.
Flat Wine Bottle (Delivering Happiness Limited’s T/A Garçon Wines)
Delivering Happiness Limited, a British company trading as Garçon Wines, is the inventor and granted IP holders of a flat wine bottle, which is specifically designed for e-commerce in the UK so that it could fit through mail slots, or letterboxes, in the doors of UK homes. The primary package, a slender 750 mL recycled PET bottle, lays flat in a dye-cut cavity in the same shape as the bottle within the postal pack in which it gets delivered. Using 100 percent post-consumer recycled PET instead of glass significantly reduces shipping weight and cost, eliminates potential breakage in transit and offers a more eco-friendly packaging material solution than regular plastic or glass.
LDS 2cc ECOM Dispensing Pump (Rieke)
Continuing with their e-commerce strategy, Rieke has developed their latest dispenser pump designed to address the e-commerce issue of liquid leaking when shipped. The LDS 2cc ECOM dispensing pump has patented technology, which meets ISTA-6 e-commerce packaging specifications. Rieke’s highly qualified engineers have incorporated a range of innovative features, including a plug seal feature to ensure no leakage, enabling it to withstand the challenges of frequent handling and movement during packing, transportation and delivery. The LDS 2cc ECOM also targets to reduce merchandise damage during shipping, which would provide a savings to the e-commerce market channel. Rieke’s LDS 2cc ECOM is available for a variety of applications for the personal care market. In addition, it gives consumers the in-store experience, since it eliminates the need for additional protective packages, such as wrapping paper, bubble wrap and excess material that the consumer needs to remove. This also helps to reduce processing time and the cost of preparing the package for shipping, while helping the environment with less waste.
LiquiForm® (Amcor Rigid Plastics)
LiquiForm™ is revolutionizing the future of liquid packaging. The technology uses the customer’s liquid product instead of compressed air to simultaneously form and fill containers. The liquid product essentially forms its own rigid plastic container. This game-changing process helps design, develop, and deploy products through fewer steps and a single source, creating a world in which manufacturing is nimbler, supply chains are tighter, systems are more efficient, facilities are more localized, and the entire process is more sustainable.
Seed Phytonutrients Shower-friendly Paper Bottle (Ecologic Brands, Inc.)
Seed Phytonutrients is the first brand to launch a shower-safe paper bottle made completely from 100 percent recycled post-consumer paper. A source reduced inner plastic bottle is also made from 100 percent post-consumer recycled plastic and contains 60 percent less plastic than a comparable size rigid container. The container contains a small seed sachet inside to add to the overall consumer experience.
Simply® Beverages Recycle Code No. 1 Extrudable PET Juice Container (The Coca-Cola Company)
The material for Simply® Beverages’ 89-ounce recyclable juice container was developed and commercialized through close collaboration between The Coca-Cola Company, Indorama Ventures and converting partner CKS Packaging Inc. to reduce the package’s weight by 9 percent while also increasing recyclability and maintaining the familiar form of the previous bottle.
StealthWrap™ (Sealed Air)
StealthWrap™ from Sealed Air protects many e-commerce goods, while eliminating the need for extra shipping cartons and packaging materials. The innovation increases distribution efficiency, reduces packaging waste and enhances user experience. StealthWrap™ shrinks to the dimensions of primary packaging to create a damage-resistant covering, and reduces billable freight weight by up to 18 percent.
Tubairless® (Pumpart System®)
Tubairless®, also known as Tubeasy®, is a hybrid packaging solution that bridges the gap between squeezable tubes, soft pouches and airless pump bottles. The packaging forms a “bag-in-squeezable-tube” by using a vent hole in the middle of the sleeve and integrating an internal flexible pouch. Tubairless® reduces product waste by 80 percent, enhancing natural ingredient preservation, easily dispensing viscous creams, controlling the flow and size of each dose and retaining the shape, aesthetics and ergonomics of the tube. Tubairless® is also 50 percent lighter than traditional airless pump packaging because the pump is replaced with a lightweight PE pouch. Tubairless® can be made of bio-based and PCR PE and is 100 percent recyclable. The packaging eliminates the need to twist, crush, flatten or cut a squeezable tube to get all of the product.
Waterless Internet Flower Packaging (Uflex Limited)
Waterless Internet Flower Packaging is based on Active Modified Atmospheric Packaging Technology (AMAP). Uflex Limited has engineered a special proprietary patented polymeric film to offer a packaging solution for fresh fruits, vegetables and flowers. A fast respiration meter is used to determine the respiration rate of flowers, and associated software then calculates the required film permeability. A special laser system uses the information to adapt the permeability of the film offered by Uflex through micro-perforations. This proprietary polymeric substrate is the first biodegradable film that maintains the hydration of flowers during transpiration – put simply, evaporation causing loss of moisture during respiration – thus creating a closed loop system.
Doritos Crunch Prism Pack (PepsiCo Frito-Lay)
The Doritos Crunch Prism Pack from PepsiCo Frito-Lay provides a clean way of snacking on the go, with a unique shape that is suited for clean one-handed snacking. The wedge-shaped paperboard Prism pack also has a convenient way to keep it open or closed by folding over the corner of the packaging and locking it into a convenient slot.
Doritos E-Z SnackPak™ (ProAmpac)
ProAmpac’s tetrahedron-shaped E-Z SnackPak™ pouch differentiates itself from other packaging by transforming into a serving tray upon opening, providing a unique, convenient user experience. The shape adds structural support that provides product protection during shipping and utilizes less packaging than typical pillow pouches. ProAmpac partnered with PepsiCo Mexico Foods on the Dorito’s E-Z SnackPak pouch.
Dual Hoop Catheter DISK (CleanCut Technologies)
The Dual Hoop Catheter DISK (Dispenser Integrated System Kit) from CleanCut Technologies represents an entirely new packaging solution for multiple catheters and guidewires. The Dual Hoop Catheter DISK eliminates the need for additional catheter packaging, reduces waste by 20–30% and creates significant cost and time savings for medical device manufacturers.
Extra Rich Rosy Foam Facial Wash Packaging (Kanebo Cosmetics Inc.)
With its Extra Rich Rosy Foam Facial Wash Packaging, Kanebo Cosmetics Inc. developed a mechanism that uses dual plungers to dispense the product in the shape of a blooming flower for increased consumer appeal.
Green Giant Veggie Spirals™ PrimaPak® (Sonoco Products Company)
The Green Giant Veggie Spirals™ PrimaPak® package is a flexible, stackable, resealable package produced from a single roll of film on modified Ilapak vertical form-fill-seal machinery. PrimaPak is designed as an alternative to bags, stand-up pouches, cartons and rigid containers. The lightweight rectangular box-like shape improves package cube by up to 30 percent, enhancing space utilization on trucks, warehouses and store shelves. All six panels can be printed for maximum space to communicate to consumers. The microwaveable packaging features vent holes as well as a peel-reseal lid for easy opening. Consumers simply place the package in the microwave to heat. The opening created by the label is big enough to see the contents and gives consumers the option to heat, blend additional ingredients and serve directly out of the package, without the need for a bowl or serving dish.
Head & Shoulders Beach Bottle (Procter & Gamble)
This was the largest-ever commercial production of bottles and end products using beach plastic. It is the first-ever application to use 25 percent plastic reclaimed from beaches to convert a bottle that is also municipally recyclable. Although this was a limited edition production run, it significantly raise consumer awareness about packaging waste.
VOLTAREN® “No Mess” Applicator (GSK)
The VOLTAREN®“No Mess” applicator enables consumers to apply a pain relief product with an active ingredient, without touching it. It has also been designed to avoid overdosing when using it. Unlike the industry-standard roll-on or sponge applicators that have no intuitive closing system to help prevent overdosing, the pull-push mechanism allows the cap to close by itself when applying the gel on the skin. The applicator’s head surface also allows consumers to see exactly how much of the gel they are applying
Wave Seal Technology (Wave International)
The Wave Seal Technology consists in the pre-elongating in concentric waves of regular sealable aluminum lids, made with regular aluminum foils, used by food & beverage in wide-mouth rigid packages. The Wave lid can be applied to lightweight, wide-mouth plastic cups & jars, and metal cans. The Wave Seal absorbs inherent vacuum forces created upon cooling after hot-filling sterilization and effectively eliminates collapsing walls and enables up to 50 percent packaging material reduction.
ASAHI SUPER DRY ICE COOLER PACK (WestRock, K.K.)
WestRock, K.K.’s ASAHI SUPER DRY ICE COOLER PACK is a decorative, collapsible beverage package that doubles as a cooler. The carton’s interior includes a special coating that allows consumers to add ice to the cooler and enjoy cold beverages without fear of leaking.
CleanPouch Aseptic Spouted Pouch System (Scholle IPN)
The Scholle IPN CleanPouch Aseptic Spouted Pouch System is the world's first commercially available, pre-made, aseptic spouted pouch system. The system provides clean-label marketing and formulation, with aseptic functionality and economics in the on-the-go pouch format. It is made possible by creative engineering of the pouch’s cap, with an integrated “plug” that is kept in place throughout sterilization; the plug is removed during the actual filling process, then placed back on the spout in a hermetically-sealed position and locks in place with the cap at the end of the filling line.
Danoninho para Levar (Danone Brazil)
Danone Brazil developed Danoninho para Levar to give children a healthy snack option in a convenient package that is easy for them to use. As Brazil’s first and only petit-suisse stand-up pouch for fresh dairy packaging, the innovation represents a direct innovation for the fresh dairy product category. The packaging also enables the product to stay unrefrigerated for up to five hours without spoilage, making it a practical lunchbox option for caregivers to provide for their children.
Downy (Lenor) Parfum des Secrets Package (Procter & Gamble)
Created by a beauty designer and inspired by fine fragrance packaging, this container from Procter & Gamble is multi-faceted and resembles a fine cut diamond. The use of a removable full body sleeve allows for easy recycling. Because of the sleeve the colorants can be removed from the PET bottle while maintaining shelf appeal. Secondly the sleeve’s perforation allows easy removal of the sleeve, further increasing the pack’s recyclability.
KitKat Celebreak Box (CBA B+G)
The KitKat Celebreak box from CBA B+G takes the iconic snap of a KitKat bar and creatively integrates it into the packaging design, giving consumers the added experience of snapping the KitKat-shaped package open to get to the chocolate inside.
Mix On Command® (MOC®) Shaker Bag (JPro Dairy International, Inc.)
Mix On Command® (MOC®) Shaker Bag from JPro Dairy International, Inc., has a unique patented design that features a configuration and shape that omits a flat surface and lacks gussets at the bottom of the bag; this permits the fluid to filtrate and traverse around the product to avoid clumping and providing enhanced mixing. This product provides an exact single serving size, On the Go (Mix On Command®) convenience, and an alternative to RTD products that require high temperature processing, preservatives additives and distribution costs. Product integrity, bioavailability, shelf life, light weight, lower distribution costs (no liquid) contribute towards product quality, reduced costs and product waste.
PaperBoat Thandai Retortable Profile Pouch (Huhtamaki PPL Ltd.)
The PaperBoat Thandai pack by Huhtamaki PPL Ltd. is a retortable shaped pouch that helps preserve Thandai, an ethnic Indian beverage and offer consumers a ready-to-drink alternative, without the hassle of going through its traditional preparation. The pack provides improved retail shelf appeal with its unique pear-shaped profile, paper look and feel along with vibrant graphics. Compared to rigids, it offers space savings during storage while ensuring reduced damage and breakage in transit. Overall, it ensures an enhanced consumer experience with its light-weighted convenience, nostalgia-inducing graphics and reclose utility.
Ariel PurClean™ Package (Procter & Gamble)
Procter & Gamble’s Ariel PurClean™ bottle is made from 35 percent post-consumer recycled content, is 100 percent recyclable and is even manufactured at a facility in France, using 100 percent wind energy electricity and sending zero manufacturing waste to landfall with a 0 percent landfill scrap rate. And moreover, the detergent is made with 70 percent plant-based and bio-derived ingredients.
PushPop® Technology (Amcor Flexibles)
Mentos Pure Fresh Gum Wallet packaged with AMCOR Flexibles’ PushPop technology and VELCRO® Brand PRESS-LOK® closure ensures chewing gum is securely and easily sealed in its diminutive pouch. When confectioner Perfetti van Melle decided to explore a new design to complement their standard plastic Mentos-brand gum bottle, they turned to Amcor. In search of another option for consumers, Perfetti van Melle challenged Amcor’s Flexibles R&D team to help them create a flat, pocket-friendly pack that ensured consumers could enjoy Mentos’ freshness, anytime. To execute this vision, Amcor worked with a collaborative team that included a vertical form/fill/seal machine builder and Velcro. The result is a category-disrupting package that delivers a unique experience for the consumer and manufacturing efficiencies for Perfetti van Melle. The partnership between Amcor and Perfetti van Melle is driven by the mutual desire to be innovative, and resulted in a product that can be produced and transported efficiently, while delivering convenience and value for the consumer.
Stain Remover Qualitá - New Again Plastic Container (GPA Group)
GPA Group market the Stain Remover Qualitá with a plastic container with 70 percent recycled resin sourced from the company’s own recycling stations. Plastic waste from the recycling stations is donated to accredited recycling cooperatives for screening to ensure that it is suitable for purchase, by the partner responsible to manufacturing the recycled resin, used on the packaging production. This way, the plastic material returns to shelfs as a new Stain Remover Qualitá.
Two-Layer Laminate Bag for Packaging Margarine (PrimePak Industries Nigeria Limited)
PrimePak Industries Nigeria Ltd developed a 250-gram flexible, two-layer laminate bag for margarine that is accessible and cost efficient. Margarine is widely used in Nigerian households. The country’s current economic situation makes buying larger rigid containers an expensive proposition, increasing demand for more economical and convenient consumer packaging.