Awarding the next generation of packaging innovations

Graham Packaging in the US won the Diamond Award in the 2016 Awards for Packaging Innovation for its ThermaSet blow-moulded PET container.DuPont has announced its 2016 Awards for Packaging Innovation, recognising companies that have responded to worldwide demand for improvements in customer product experiences and sustainability. It also honoured those that incorporated simpler messaging and cost-efficient production technologies.

The DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation is the industry’s longest running, global, independently judged celebration of innovation and collaboration throughout the value chain. It is recognised globally as the leading packaging awards programme. The international competition honours innovations in packaging design, materials, technology and processes.

Graham Packaging, based in Pennsylvania, US received the highest accolade, the Diamond Award, for its ThermaSet blow-moulded PET container for hot-fill, pasteurised food. ThermaSet offers consumers a shatter-resistant, easy-to-hold, safe, recyclable container that significantly reduces shipping, breakage and other manufacturing costs for the brand owner.

The newly inaugurated Diamond Finalist award, given to six companies, acknowledges the growing number of packaging innovations that excel in across three categories: technological advancement, responsible packaging and enhanced user experience.

As a result of ground-breaking, cutting-edge excellence in the packaging marketplace, judges awarded a new Leadership in Innovation Award to MGI in Florida, US. MGI was recognised for its digital spot UV and hot foiling technology for next-generation digital package decoration, with advancements in customisation, personalisation and cost-effectiveness.

‘Ascending to new heights in packaging innovation, this year’s winners show how collaboration, innovation and packaging excellence converge to generate game-changing solutions that positively impact our lives,’ says Dale Outhous, VP of DuPont Ethylene Copolymers. ‘We are inspired by the breadth of advances, including interactive user experiences, clean labelling, advances in safety and sustainability, and expanded manufacturing options and lower production costs, especially with digital printing.’

‘Noticeable this year was a strong commitment to the greater good, with a focus shift from just package functionality to more solutions-based packaging, which provides consumers greater access to products that make their life better,’ adds lead judge David Luttenberger, CPP, global packaging director of Mintel Group. ‘We are also seeing a real demand from consumers for on-pack communication that is authentic, but not overwhelming.’

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