Winners from the Flexible Packaging Awards

The Flexible Packaging Association (FPA) has announced the winners of the 63rd Annual Flexible Packaging Achievement Awards.

This year, 54 packages were submitted in the competition, and 14 packages were honored with 26 awards across various categories, eight from the food and beverage industries.

The judges for this year’s competition included Cory Francer, senior editor, packagePRINTING magazine; Robert Kimmel, associate professor and director, Clemson University Center for Flexible Packaging, Clemson University; and David Luttenberger, global packaging director, Mintel.

Sustainability continues to be a focus, with a number of entries using bio-based and compostable materials.

Kimmel said: “We saw several examples of bio-based and compostable materials. But what we thought was most significant is several excellent examples of conversion of multilayer films, which have previously been diverse materials, into materials which will be recyclable in the existing recycle streams, particularly the polyethylene stream. We feel this is very important for the future of the industry.”

Multisensory elements incorporated into flexible packaging was a growing trend seen in this year’s competition.

“The multisensory aspect of flexible packaging has really taken several steps forward between films that have a leathery feel to communicate that aspect of a product and soft touch materials that really entice a consumer to reach out and feel the product,” said Francer.

Industry collaboration on packaging was also seen as a growing trend. According to Luttenberger: “We saw collaboration this year not just between one or two suppliers, but among multiple suppliers – sometimes three or even four suppliers. But what impressed me even more was that we’re seeing collaboration across continents, looking at technologies developed in one region and applying them to another, on a global scale. I think that’s going to really take the industry forward as well.”

Several of the entries also highlighted the transition of products previously packaged in rigid containers to flexible packaging, and addressed consumer convenience, making it easier for the consumers to shop, transport, dispense from, and use flexible packaging.

See below for winners from the food and beverage industries

Expanding the Use of Flexible Packaging

  • Gold – Coors 12 pack cooler bag
  • Silver – Green Giant Veggie Spirals PrimaPak Package

Printing & Shelf Impact

  • Gold – Coors 12 pack cooler bag
  • Silver – Before Brands SpoonfulOne Strawberry Puffs
  • Silver – ConAgra Slim Jim Premium Smoked Sticks

Packaging Excellence

  • Gold – Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch
  • Silver – Coors 12 pack cooler bag
  • Silver – Green Giant Veggie Spirals PrimaPak Package

Sustainability

  • Gold – Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch
  • Silver – Dole Crafted Smoothies

Technical Innovation

  • Silver – Harney & Sons Master Tea Blenders pouch
  • Silver – Bar-Asept
  • Silver – JBS-Swift Printed Ovenable Meat Packaging (OvenRite)
  • Silver – Green Giant Veggie Spirals PrimaPak Package

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