Recognizing outstanding packaging excellence, DuPont has announced this year’s winners of the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation. Being the industry's longest-running, global, independently judged competition, these awards highlight innovative packaging solutions and collaboration throughout the value chain.
This year, the program received nearly 200 entries from 31 countries, marking the second-highest number of entries and broadest reach in the program’s 26-year history. Unilever (United Kingdom) took the Diamond Award top honour for its line of compressed deodorants. The international panel of judges recognized their entry for excellence in all three award criteria – Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience. Unilever’s new containers carry the same amount of product in a package half the size of the original. The smaller packages meet airline carry-on requirements, allow retailers to stock more products on the same shelf space and significantly cut transportation costs as more units fit on a pallet and into each truck.
On May 15th, the 26th DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation were given to 16 winners from 11 countries, which the international jury had selected from nearly 200 entries from all over the world.
In this year’s DuPont Awards for Packaging Innovation Unilever (United Kingdom) took top honour for its line of compressed deodorants. The international panel of judges recognized their entry for excellence in all three award criteria – Technological Advancement, Responsible Packaging and Enhanced User Experience.
In addition to the Diamond Award, the panel of independent judges selected five gold winners and 10 silver winners representing 11 countries. Gold Award recipients demonstrate excellence in any two of the criteria, while Silver Award recipients show excellence in any one of the criteria.
“The Packaging Awards continue to celebrate innovation and champion collaboration,” said William J. Harvey, president, DuPont Packaging & Industrial Polymers. “We updated the award categories this year to reflect emerging trends and amplify the consumer’s role in driving innovation.”
Consumer convenience earned high marks in this year’s competition. Seventy-five percent of the winning packaging solutions bring a higher degree of convenience to consumers. For example, cardboard packaging from VerDeSoft, Germany, allows home cooks to prepare fresh pasta in three minutes by squeezing dough straight out of the package into a boiling pot. P&G in Belgium, Brussels, Singapore and Switzerland won an award for liquid cleaner bottles with smart dosing caps that automatically stop the product flow after dispensing a pre-measured dose. Ultra-high-temperature milk pouches from Parakh Agro Industries, India, keep milk fresh without refrigeration for up to 90 days and enable it to be consumed without first being boiled.
“DuPont Packaging Awards winners demonstrate the best of today’s innovative packaging solutions,” said Yasmin Siddiqi, DuPont Packaging Awards program leader. “Unique designs and advanced technology are used more and more creatively today to package products to enhance user experience and convenience.”
Several winning entries used DuPont products, such as DuPont™ Bynel® tie layer resin and DuPont™ Mylar® films.
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